Pasta with truffle oil and parmesan

When I went to Partridges last time I found some lovely tagliatelle from my favourite brand De Cecco. For some reason I haven’t found this pasta in regular supermarkets, but I am happy I found it at all.

I cooked it al dente and mixed it with some melted butter both for flavour and for it not to be sticky from the starch. Adding truffle oil and plenty of freshly grated parmesan and some black pepper made this into a fabulous meal. It feels decadent yet it is so simple to make.

As always when going for less is more, good produce is key. Make sure you use good quality pasta, nice parmesan (I prefer Parmiggiano Reggiano) and choose a good truffle oil. I found mine in Partridges as well, and it is more pungent than a supermarket bottle.

Pasta with truffle oil and parmesan, serves 2

3oo g tagliatelle

1 tbsp salted butter

truffle oil

plenty of grated parmesan

black pepper

Cook the pasta al dente. Drain in a colander. In the mean time, melt the butter in the pasta pan. Add the drained pasta and toss. Add truffle oil after taste and toss again. Serve in shallow bowls and add plenty of grated parmesan, black pepper and maybe a pinch of salt.

Manicomio and Partridges, Chelsea

One part of London I have always loved is Chelsea. It is so nice to walk along Kings road looking in shops, stopping for a coffee somewhere and just wander around.

I met Gaby here on Saturday for a late lunch. We walked straight to Manicomio, where I have been several times before. It is an Italian café with great produce, simple but well executed dishes and you can sit outside on the Duke of York square people watching. A perfect Saturday past time in my opinion.

Gaby had a simple but beautiful tuna salad with plenty of the perfectly cooked tuna, lettuce leaves and a oil based dressing.

I was so hungry that a salad wouldn’t cut it and went for a warm ciabatta with Italian salami and taleggio. It was simple but good produce and I loved every bite.

We then had a little wander around the food market on the square that is open every Saturday. We saw everything from fudge to Peruvian food and sushi.

It is the food shop Partridges who organises this market and we went inside the shop to have a look around as well. We have both been here serveral times before but because we went together, two complete food geeks, we could really take our time this once and we stayed in there for quite a while, looking at everything.

Among other things I was very surprised to see some Swedish products, both the thin biscuits above, from the same company that makes the best ginger thins, Annas as well as cookies from Gille (which I can easily live without though) and proper nice crispbread from Wasa.

I tried the chocolate and vanilla biscuits and they were really nice. Funnily enough the whole package disappeared down my tummy in just a few days.

Other things I had to buy was some proper tagliatelle, French yoghurts (citron and vanilla), some champagne truffels as a gift and truffle oil for myself.

What I need to go back for are the absolutely adorable Easter eggs from Charbonnel & Walker. They had some chocolate animals too that I don’t thing I can resist. Are they cute or what?!