I just completed Giulia Melucci's book - I loved, I lost, I made Spaghetti. With many thanks to Taryn over at dragonflymoments here
'From failure to Fussilli, Giulia Melucci's delicious memoir is a hilarious account of her fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she uses to seduce her man, and then console herself when each relationship flames out.'
While not the most well written missive and containing a few grammar faux pas (which I know I am guilty of) it was still extremely entertaining, funny, sad and at times hard hitting. The names of some of her recipes made me smile - No Nookie Gnocchi (while between boyfriends and considering entering the convent), Real Estate Roast Chicken (when she thought she had found the new apartment of her dreams) Frugal Frittatas (when money was tight) and my favourite the Fuck-You Cakes (when she exorcised the man from her life who left her for a much younger woman - but before he begged her to come back)
This is one of the recipes I am looking forward to trying out over the weekend, maybe at my Mum's farm.
Salmon with Lemon-Tarragon Butter
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Juice and zest of 1 large lemon
Freshly ground pepper
2 salmon fillets
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
Melt butter with lemon juice and zest in a small saucepan over low heat.
Place salmon skin side down on a grill pan (or bbq)
Brush with 1/2 the butter mixture, season with salt and pepper.
Cook until just cooked through, about 20 minutes (there is no need to turn)
Transfer to plates (Skin will stick to pan)
Add tarragon to remaining lemon butter.
Spoon over salmon and serve.
Yummy! Tonight its my glamour in an instant duck curry. 20 mins from when I arrive home until its on the table (not including the Nigella market style shopping in China town on the way home) but it makes me feel glamorous.
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