Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Holy Moly – TWO posts in less than THREE days! ;)

Homemade Spaghetti with Lemon, Garlic, Chilli and Mint

Images © Katie Quinn Davies 2012

(Note ~ this above pasta in the bottom pic only has a few leaves of fresh basil through it, to do this just add it to the eggs and flour in the processor. I will feature a recipe later this week using this flavoured pasta along with some other flavouring ideas).

Today I finished shooting my feature for Delicious Magazine’s August issue (we shoot 3 months in advance, which is the norm for most editorials) anyway I was going through my fridge and cleaning out all the bits and pieces left over from the shoot ~ herbs, veggies etc etc.., last night on Masterchef Australia (yes, I’ve become hooked on it again ~ that’s the problem when you look at the first episode!) one of the guest chefs made an amazing looking pasta dish which had been stuck in my head all morning, so I decided it was pasta for dinner and confirmed it so upon spying I had all the ingredients left over in the fridge for my favourite, quick and easy, super-duper, uber-flavoursome home made pasta dish; Spaghetti with Lemon, Garlic, Chilli and Mint.

I hoped to get a few more recipes shot but alas the days are shorter here now and my light disappears, so I’ll try to get them shot over the coming days…

Until then, this is what I’m eating tonight with the better half and I thought you guys might like to do the same… :) x


Book Giveaway

I quickly wanted to update this post to let you all know the winner of the Kylie Kwong Book Giveaway is…Kari Crowe.Kari runs a blog too called Fork, Meat and Spoon. Kari, big congrats, I’ll get onto posting your book to you ASAP.To win the latest cookbook as mentioned in my last post (see here) aka Maggie Beer’s ‘Maggie’s Verjuice Cookbook‘, simply leave a comment below on this post or the last mentioning the title of a recipe you often make yourself and one which you’d like to see me cook, style and shoot for inclusion in a post all about ‘My Top 6 Favourite Reader’s Recipes’ which I’ll feature in the coming months. The recipe which receives the best feedback from the feature will win Maggie’s book!Note: Please keep in mind though I would prefer if the recipes are your own and not taken directly from a cookbook. Also I just need the title for now, if I think it’s a good fit, I’ll contact you directly for the recipe.


34 Responses to “Holy Moly – TWO posts in less than THREE days! ;)”

  1. May 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Love it!! I adore every kind of home made pasta, especcialy with garlic and lemon! Beutiful and inspiring pictures as always.. just to let you know, I made your chocolate fudge cake, I made some changes, but here it is the result:

  2. May 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Nevena – WOW! It looks amazing! No probs at all with you making changes, I do it all the time myself. Hope it tasted as incredibly fabulous as it does in those pics- thanks for sharing :)

  3. May 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

    That pasta photo is so beautiful. I wish I had taken it :-)

  4. May 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Yum Katie. The simplest is usually the best!

  5. May 23, 2012 at 9:12 am


  6. May 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    It looks gorgeous!! Lemon, chill and garlic is a fantastic combo and now I’m inspired to try it with some mint too…

  7. May 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

    looks so yummy. it is brunch time over here in berlin, but i could eat this up right now.

  8. May 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Simple and beautiful! You make everything – recipes and photography – look so effortless :)

  9. May 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Simple pasta is truly comfort food .. just a few fresh ingredients and it tastes stunning! Yours looks gorgeous :-)

    Would love to win the Maggie Beer cookbook! A dish I love and often make is my Lemon Cake . it is tangy and sweet and looks like it is made of sunshine and sugar! Would love to see you give it your own spin :-) Here is my link to it

  10. May 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Lucky, lucky, lucky us….two posts in so many days. Just your photos alone bring huge smiles…

    I love to make apple cheddar quiche for my family. A very Vermonty (US) type of dish.

    As always, it’s fun to come and see what you’re up to!


  11. May 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    our fave summer meal is grilled shrimp (seasoned with garlic salt + olive oil), sautéed veggies, rice, and curry infused mayonnaise dipping sauce. so good.

  12. May 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    can you cook for me, please? :P

  13. May 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I love it when the ‘fridge provides like that! I’ve been making lots of spring soups that way and it hasn’t failed me yet. As far as the reader recipe submissions, I have a “Lemon Zucchini Pancakes with a Heart of Brie” dish I hope you might enjoy–works for breakfast or dinner! Details and recipe here:

  14. May 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Katie, you are my kitchen rock star! something so simple as pasta and it looks amazing, i wish i could crawl into your pictures to eat everything… have a great day, xx, Helene.

  15. May 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    My go-to recipe is something of a quinoa salad. I have no idea how chef’s come up with recipe names- I’m clearly no natural haha its basically quinoa, greens, lemon, homemade pesto, and whatever vegetables I have on hand. Yum!

  16. May 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I made this one up: haven’t seen anything exactly like it. First I cook about 4 slices of bacon, and remove the bacon to a paper towel to drain. Then I use about half the bacon grease, and supplement with a couple of T. of olive oil. I use that to sauté chickpeas and a few red pepper flakes till the chickpeas are slightly crispy on the outside, then quickly throw in a bag of fresh spinach, sauteeing just enough to wilt it, and a few cloves of minced garlic.

    Top with crumbled bacon and Parmesan. Simple and satisfying!

  17. May 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Ooops. So that title would be Pasta with Chickpeas, Bacon, Spinach and Garlic.

  18. May 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    this looks delicious! i am always looking for an excuse to use my pasta maker! thank you!!!!

  19. May 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    looks so simple and yummy! :D

  20. May 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Soooo my type of dish. Simple simple simple is the way to go with homemade pasta.

  21. May 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve been on a real pasta kick lately. Gotta add this one to the list…

  22. May 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks everyone for the comments and recipes ideas, all the latter have been put into the ‘Readers Recipes’ folder, depending on how many suggestions I get, I’ll try and shoot as many as I can as they all sound so wonderful so far.

    If anyone makes this dish for dinner – let me know how you go. Thanks x

  23. May 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I admire your work Katie, you are very talented, and your blog is a huge inspiration to me in the kitchen – keep up the amazing posts!

  24. May 24, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Yum. My juicer is also a pasta maker. I haven’t tried it yet but when I do I’m making this!

  25. May 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Oooh, I have a great dessert that as far as I know I invented: Mini S’mores Pie. Also can be done in regular pie form. I’ve seen recipes with the same idea, but not the same outcome. I’d love to see it styled up and photographed by a pro, instead of by my decade-old camera.

  26. May 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    sounds delicious! gorgeous photos too!

  27. May 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Oh wow, thank you so much, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  28. May 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I’m sure you’re just teasing us Katie – its now 3 posts in 3 days, and all visual treats, although that mocha chocolate pudding still has my heart!
    I really must attempt to make my own pasta, although I’m sure it can’t be as effortless as you make it look.
    My recipe is ‘a bit of a Greek chicken with aioli and lemon pickle’. A firm family favourite and so easy. It cooks with chunky potatoes and lots of garlic and lemon.
    Amanda x
    PS just forward ordered your book for my store here in NZ. Can’t wait!

  29. May 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Yes please, I’ll join you for dinner, where are you? I’ll hop a plane!

  30. May 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

    great mix of flavours – sounds amazing!

  31. May 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Katie! What a wonderful dish! I would love to win this cookbook. I make a truffled egg toast that is to die for. It’s my own recipe inspired by a wine bar visit! It’s delcious. Fresh brioche bread topped with melty cheese, egg yolk, truffle oil,salt and pepper on top grilled spring veggies. Pretty much the perfect brunch or light dinner!!!!

  32. May 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I am a huge pasta lover and this flavored pasta is just fantastic. I am bookmarking this because I think I’m going to have me some pasta later today! Thanks!

  33. May 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I think my favourite homemade dish to make is chicken pie, it’s never the same twice and a great way to use up veggies with leftover’s for lunch.

  34. Ellie
    May 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Looks amazing! A dish that I often make is ‘Russian Snowballs’. They are my Grandma’s recipe for walnut shortbread that we make every Christmas. They are a real tradition for everyone in my extended family.

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