Anchovies. Along with avocados, tomatoes, asparagus, olives, prawns, marmite, facon, cheese, oranges, garlic, toast, squid, potato salad, humous, peanut butter, roasted peppers, gherkins, cashews, mustard, pasta, eggs, butter beans, smoked salmon and beer, anchovies are my favourite food.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Skill level: Easy
- spaghetti – enough for 2 people
- anchovies in olive oil – tin – 50g
- breadcrumbs – 125g
- caper paste – small squeeze
- lemon juice – half a juicy lemon
- garlic – 3 cloves – crushed
- olive oil – 100ml
Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water.
Meanwhile heat half the oil in a small frying pan, add the garlic, caper paste and anchovies (including oil) and gently fry for 5 minutes by which time anchovies will have ‘melted’.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on a baking tray, pour over the anchovy mixture, mix together and place under a hot grill for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are toasted.
While all this is going on, mix together the remaining oil with the lemon juice and season to taste.
Drain the pasta and pour over lemon juice mixture. Serve up and sprinkle over the breadcrumbs.
Verdict: A salty, fishy, crunchy treat. There’s no reason why the breadcrumbs couldn’t be sprinkled over another pasta sauce as a substitute for Parmesan.
Drink: Preceded by a Sunday afternoon pub gathering with friends, so about 20 units.
Entertainment: ‘I’m a Celebrity, etc’ – along with ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ this is a compulsive piece of annual viewing.