Mammma-mia itss-sa-spicy ... Bolognese?
Inspired by J. Oliver Esq. and tweaked to cater to local taste, this bolognese was definitely not a food fail!
Jamie's Easy Meals For Every Day had this intriguing recipe for a bolognese, but if we made it his way, we would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town on a railroad girder. So we did what we do best - cooked on the fly!
The ingredients... slightly modified.
The ingredients were roughly the same carrot, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, with the addition of leeks and radish for extra flavours were all fried. Oh. Instead of using Rosemary (the name of today's chef, indecently), we used oregano straight from the garden. The minced meat was added, fried until it colored nicely, and a can of our local, international award winning, larger was added.
The fragrance when the lager hit the pan was nothing short of ammmaaaazing!
As we waited for the alcohol to evaporate, we came to the point where we had to take a call of we were to stay with Jamie's recipe or not. Needless to say, we strayed! We added just a half can of cherry tomatoes, and a single cup of water. But...
A picture says more than a thousand words.
... a truly generous amount of store brand chilli sauce was used, supplemented by many spoons of custom made chilli sauce, made at home using snake-eye chilli!
This wasn't done lightly. Every spoonful of the home made sauce was stirred in properly, until the dish tasted "right" - we didn't want to overdo the chilli and lose the subtlety of Jamies original recipe. It took eight and a half tablespoons of the special sauce and then we called uncle. The bolognese had all the flavours of what the original recipe should have tasted like (we think!), with the kick of a youthful mule! The perfect balance!
The final dish had the pasta with the bolognese mixed though, topped with cheddar cheese, and garnished with, well - check out the picture at the top. The cheese balanced the dish perfectly and I don't often say this, but it was seriously good!