Sunday, 14 June 2020

Chilli Carrot Pasta and Orange Drizzle Cake

You know I do appreciate my weekends.  Come Friday afternoon, I look forward to closing the laptop and tucking it away in its case along with the mouse.  I can then turn my head to my Friday evening and watch some light TV like Gogglebox or Have I Got News For You (but that was not on this week),  so I turned to Netflix and settled on watching  Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods about four African American veterans return who return to Vietnam decades after the war.  There were echoes of Treasure of Sierra Madre.   

I haven't cooked much this weekend though as I needed to rest.  Its been an extremely busy week, in fact its been unbelievably manic since April, which is in stark contrast to  a number of people I work with who say that their pace of life have slowed down and they could get used to it, I can only wish I had that privilege.  
So I am sharing this Chilli Carrot Pasta Salad that I made late last month.   It was one of those recipes where I thought i was being both frugal and innovative with the carrots. However the idea in my head was better than the actual execution of the recipe.  I don't know why I thought the carrots would break down like red lentil dal and cling to the penne pasta like sauce, but that is not what happened. The carrots were grate-y, in fact looking at it you would think there were red lentils in this, but no.
The flavours were alright though - mildly spiced.  The recipe is not dissimilar form the Garlicky Rainbow Chard Pasta Salad, but with the addition of carrot.  Once the carrot had softened up, I used my hand blender thinking it would turn smooth, but it just grated the carrots - I don't know what I was thinking, in fact i wasn't thinking properly.  Regardless of the texture, it tasted okay and was alright to tuck into for working lunch at home. 
I also made Orange Drizzle Cake adapted from the  'Lemon Balm - Lemon Drizzle Cake'  that I shared last month.
It was good. 
I am sharing this Chilli Carrot Pasta Salad with Soup, Salad and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen.


  1. A cool salad for our hot days here. Not sure how to make carrots smooth. Anything lemon works for me. Cake looks delicious.

    Tina at Squirrel Head Manor blog

    1. Thanks Tina. I think maybe some vegetable stock may have helped.

  2. I don't mind when carrots aren't creamy so thin sounds like a nice lunch to me. I always admire all your pasta salads. And the orange drizzle cake sounds delicious. And I feel like life just doesn't let us, and hear all the discussion of people having a lot of time on their hands and wish for just a little of it!

  3. I have cooked recipes I have had in my head and had the same experiences! But then occasionally something will be wonderful. A few duds won't keep me from experimenting. Carry on!

  4. I think I might like the texture of the carrots with the pasta but I do get things not turning out the way you want them to. It is bright and pretty to look at! Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. (The cake looks delicious too!) ;-)

    1. Thanks Deb. I've already got my submission for this week ready - yeph another pasta salad.


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