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Angel Hair Anchovies

Around this time of the year; with all the seasonal invitations to attend or meals for your own guests to be prepared, you may find yourself in a dilemma for something different to serve them. Usually I know what I am going to eat over the next two - sometimes three - consecutive  days.

I  shop and have ready all the ingredients I will be requiring. This saves the bother of wracking one’s brains an hour before lunch or dinner. Obviously I do not always keep 100% to the plan. Maybe, while shopping, I will see something more tempting than what I had in mind or maybe the leftover ingredients or groceries I have in the fridge will dictate a change of plan.

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Try to plan at least some meals in advance. This can be as simple as making a mental note of what you'll have for dinner tomorrow, or defrosting meat so it'll be ready to prepare.
Develop a shopping list during the week. Keep a piece of paper near the refrigerator to jot down items as you need them. Read recipes ahead to be sure you have all ingredients on hand. Make a "game plan"-- a logical order for tasks in preparing the meal.

Back to something not too Christmassy to serve your family or guests; This is pasta dish,  which we call Angel Hair Anchovies is quite exotic and a regular favourite with the family.

Serves 4
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 tin anchovies
• 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
• 2 1 pound tins Italian tomatoes, chopped
• 1/2 cup pine nuts, roasted until light brown in a small skillet
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 can medium pitted olives, sliced
• 1 pound cappelini (angel hair) pasta


• Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pot. Add oil from tin of anchovies. Chop anchovies into small, 1/4-inch slices. Add slices to pot and turn heat on medium. Cook about 5 minutes. Anchovies should start to melt. Add chopped garlic. Cook three minutes longer.
• Prepare tomatoes by pouring into a bowl and brake them up small pieces. Add this sauce to the pot. Cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Add the roasted pine nuts and raisins. You can add pepper here for taste, if you wish. Cook 20 minutes longer.
• Add sliced olives. Cook sauce for 5 minutes longer. (Do not overcook the sauce with olives added, as they may discolour the sauce.)
• Cook pasta in 4 quarts of salted boiling wateral dente). Drain pasta.
• Place 1/3 of sauce into a large, wide serving dish. Add pasta and gently turn the pasta to mix with the sauce. Cappellini absorbs sauce, so it may take a few minutes to mix sauce and pasta together. - Fly at a Smile-Price