Warm Tortellini Salad (for #PastaFriday) and something that bothered me today.

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This post is supposed to go up tomorrow but I have some totally unplanned time today to write. Tomorrow will be a busy day and anyhow something happened this afternoon which I feel deserves a mention. So if you don’t mind sticking around just for a little while, I would like to share something with you. Some will not like me after this but in this space I’m allowed to speak my mind and get to the personal stuff once in a while. Don’t worry, you will find a recipe at the end of his post, but you will have noticed that by now in the title. Here we go.

If you know me personally, or even if you come by my blog or Facebook wall once in a while, you will notice that I take many matters to heart. C&T is mostly about food and I understand that’s why many people come here. Hopefully you stop by because you like the recipes and photos, and my occasional rants about food, and I’m always glad when you pop in and say hello, both on this blog and also anywhere else you can find me on social media. Reading comments is something I hold dear and I don’t take these for granted. No blog comes to life without readers, both the regular ones and those who visit sporadically. I have been criticised many times, and that’s OK. Really. I do get upset sometimes but I am learning to let some things go.

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Picnic Pasta Salad and a Special #PastaFriday Event

Picnic Pasta (8117)So last Friday I announced that I’ll be posting a pasta recipe every week. Today I’ve decided to make it an event. Why not?! So if you are a food blogger and you love pasta, this can be the space for you. To participate in this weekly event, on a Friday or during the weekend, I invite you to write a post on your blog accompanied of course by a pasta recipe. What you need to do next is very simple:

  1. Include a link to your post in a comment on my post for that week.
  2. Include a link to my post in your own blog post. Don’t reblog the post. A simple link will do.
  3. If you use Twitter promote your post with #PastaFriday so everyone will be able to see it.

Easy. This event will run up to October 2nd, at least for the time being.

Now onto this recipe which I have promised you ages ago but never got round to it. It’s an off-the-cuff one simply because everyone does pasta salad differently. Everyone comes up with many variants most of the time. I have to be honest here: there has been a time (I suspect that it’s not over) that this became one of my regular go-to suppers as it’s easy to prepare and good for transport. Also it’s a good one for making use of things I just want to use up. I open the fridge and voila you have a meal. I have made it during these hot months for friends coming at the house at the last minute, especially during those intermittent weeks where I skipped my otherwise regular grocery shop.

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Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake

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What? You say. Are you actually posting a cake recipe in the middle of August? The answer is quite obviously a resounding “Yes!” Don’t worry, there’s a perfectly plausible explanation for this. It’s #TeaandCakeTuesday – weekly blogging event where anyone can post their favourite cake or dessert recipes and/or photos. One of the things that stuck with me during Blogging 101 (now completed by the way, with a few design tasks still to tackle) is how important it is to talk to other bloggers and readers alike. Years of experience have already helped me understand this, but once in a while it’s good to remember that even if you feel you’re in a bubble, working and writing alone, there are many other people with whom you can connect. So here’s one of my favourite cakes which deserves to be written about and celebrated here, and in turn celebrates all those hard-working folks brave enough to blog and/or vlog. It’s not as easy as it seems people.

One of the yearly running jokes in my house is that I repeatedly end up baking my own cake for my birthday. There’s no need for repetition here but you know that baking is my thing, so I really don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen, even on my date of birth. I must confess though, I miss my mum’s birthday cakes. (I recently saw a polychromatic one which reminded me of those number cakes she used to make me when I was little.) It was already so hot that morning that I almost gave up. However I still wanted cake and/or cupcakes but I wanted a no-fuss recipe, and came across this one.

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Fusilli with a Simple Tomato Sauce

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I spent the last thirty minutes or so reorganising my photos into ingredient folders, if that makes sense. I just have too many, but it’s been a very interesting exercise, because now I’m aware of some old dishes I’ve been wanting to publish for ages. So for now, every Friday is Pasta Day. Lately my least busy day, at least for the summer, has been Friday. Having said that, today has been quite a hectic one and all I want to do right now is eat, watch a movie and sleep. I have sadly finished all episodes of Castle. Sad days indeed. I had a very light lunch today so now I’m feeling ravenous. I don’t like heavy meals in the evenings though. I’m a light sleeper by nature, on the verge of being an insomniac, so anything heavy will make me sick. However I find that one of the gentlest things to eat at night is pasta. I know, I know, it may seem weird to you and it was to me too, the first time I read that. I mean, how was that even possible? I read an article a few years ago written by a chef. He said that he eats a small portion of pasta after a late night at the restaurant because apparently carbohydrates are one category of foods that are easiest to digest. I can’t remember where I read this but all I can say is that, for me, this works. I cut down quite a lot on pasta and bread these past few months, but once a week it’s pasta day in my house and that, my friends, makes me more than happy!

This will be a bit of a throw back. Not a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) – a #TBF, which I bet, knowing me, doesn’t even exist! (If it does please give me shout.) I make this and many versions of it often, and so the recipe below serves primarily as a guideline. As in almost every post I publish here, this pasta dish has a story behind it, which I recalled lately while having a lovely heart-to-heart chat with my mum. Mentioning my mum, before I continue I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to send condolences and kind words after the passing away of my nan. Every word was read and appreciated. A big thanks to all from the bottom of my heart.

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Peach and Chickpea Curry with Noodles

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I have been meaning to post this recipe for quite a while and I guess there’s no time like the present. It was almost not going to happen, and as I’m writing this it didn’t happen yet. The people upstairs are blasting away at the wall installing their aircon, and now I’ve got Celine Dion blasting in my ears in turn. Thank goodness for noise-reducing headphones! There’s a solution for everything…well, almost. But now I’m back in the game baby and it feels good.

This morning has been rough. I woke up in a tizzy (is that expression still used today?) after taking for ever to sleep, downed some hot chocolate (not a good idea in this heat) before I changed into something other than my pyjamas to visit my mum. A few trips to the grocery store, veggie truck and other errands, and I was knackered. So if you see a typo or two today, please be kind!

For me, the summer months were always somewhat tricky in terms of what to cook and how much time I am willing to spend in the kitchen. By now you must know that I’m not a summer person. I must have been born in heavy rain, snow or sleet in another life. I wouldn’t be surprised! However there’s a solution for everything, non? This recipe is just the ticket for when a proper meal is needed, without necessarily slaving around in the kitchen for long. It calls for minimal prep and you can start eating in half an hour or even less. You will have a couple of pans going on at the same time but it can be done. Take it from a non-multi-tasking klutz like me. I can handle multi-tasking in the colder months, I think, but now, that’s almost impossible. Not when my head is in a continuous heat fuzz. Keep calm I say to myself and this can be done.

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For the love of cookbooks, food blogs and other thoughts

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Blogs are funny things, especially when you’re just starting out. You have this space on the web where you can write about whatever you want (well, within certain limits of course but as long as you don’t harm yourself and anyone else in the process then you’re fine) and be whatever you want for that matter. A few days ago a lovely reader asked me for some advice on starting a blog and this got me thinking about how I started out. She didn’t want to know about the technical details as such, even though I think you need to know the basic stuff beforehand. What she was interested in is how to get going and how to get the message across. I gave her a few things to think about, which I listed below. I’ve been thinking about writing a few words on this but never got round to doing it. I guess the time has finally come.

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Project Blogging 101 with WordPress

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I have been running Chorizo & Thyme (also affectionately known as C&T) for almost five years now and I loved every minute of it.  I still do mind you, although these past two years have been a bit of a hit and miss. Especially this past year I would say. There have been a lot of changes in my life and some major ups and downs, as most of us that actually live experience. I have been very regular in my posts on the whole and I am so pleased with that, but I feel I need to push myself some more to get even more motivated.

So I decided to register for Blogging 101 with WordPress. From what I understood before I took this on was that it’s primarily for those who want to start blogging but haven’t started yet for whatever reason. I have been doing this for quite a while I know, and having said that I felt a bit awkward at first, not out of pride mind you, because I am always up for new learning experiences and I learn from everyone. I think it’s because I am not confident enough my blog could actually be something really good, something which people like to read. Does anyone out there feel the same?

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