I’m a lucky girl.
While many people who date chefs have fantasies of gourmet meals every night, they are soon shocked into the icy reality that many chefs do not cook at home.
Fortunately, that’s not true for Chef Rouge.
While he is only ever home before midnight 2 days a week, he does cook on his days off. His passion for food is as ever present as my appetite and so I was surprised when he told me that one of his signature dishes was spaghetti puttanesca because I have never had it!
Puttanesca translates easiest to whore in English and there are many stories as to how it’s gotten its name – whatever the reason is I’m grateful.
I’m also grateful that in the heat of July he agreed to make it for me. For my Italian friends who may comment on the authenticity, his version includes herbs throughout each stage and of course the inclusion of spalla or prosciutto because…
pork makes everything better!
The best part of spaghetti puttanesca is the sauce, make sure you save a bit of bread at the end for scarpetta.