Spaghetti with Anchovies, Chilli, Garlic, Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts

Posted By Stephen


After quite a long run of successes and almost-successes, we were due for a dismal failure some time soon and this was it. In a strange series of coincidences, we had arrived at the idea for the dish by instant messenger conversation and had typed each of the ingredients at exactly the same time as the other had.

The main drivers were that we fancied pasta with something light on it, we had brussels sprouts that needed to be used up and we’ve had a lot of success with anchovies and chilli on pasta before. But looking at the ingredients list now, it looks like one of those very badly conceived Masterchef dishes where there is at least one too many ingredients and none of them really seem to fit together.

I managed to salvage mine by pouring sesame oil and soy sauce onto it and converting it into a pseudo-Chinese style dish, which seemed to suit it better. Kerri had crumpets.

Jan 15th, 2009

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  1. Sylvie said,

    Oh dear, I hate it when things don’t turn out. It is so dissapointing.

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  2. Baby Bro said,

    Everything that gliters eah?

  3. Mrs Ergül said,

    I understand how you and Kerri felt! I too hate it when things go wrong! I will never forget that once when I was making a double batch of daring bakers’ caramel cake. it flopped. and a double portion of the ingredients went to the bin. i was really sad….

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  4. Antonia said,

    Love that Kerri had crumpets instead! I hate it when things don’t work out… so disappointing.

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  5. Kerri said,

    It was disappointing but at least we know this doesn’t work now, even if we both thought it would!

    I remember that Mrs Ergul, I think that’s a lot more frustrating than just a few wasted Brussels sprouts!

  6. Hippolyra said,

    Oh dear!

    I can imagine that the soy and sesame would have greatly helped. Maybe without the anchovies and using soy and sesame it would work?

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  7. Kerri said,

    I think you’re right Hippolyra, it certainly seemed better as an Asian style dish.

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