The easiest pasta recipe there ever was!

I love pasta and I’m incredibly impatient. That’s why I always work from this fresh pasta recipe. 

It’s very easy to make and also to remember, which makes it a go-to classic every time I get a spag craving!

1 person = 1 egg + 100g of strong white flour.

If you are cooking for three people it will be 3 eggs and 300g of strong white flour,

four people would be 4 eggs and 400g strong white flour etc etc etc.

Here’s what you will need to make this recipe:

. pasta machine

. rolling pin or a wine bottle

. clean surface

. 100g strong white flour per person + a little extra for dusting

. 1 egg per person

. one sauce pan of boiling water

The first step is to make your pasta dough. Take your flour and egg and mix them with your fingers on a clean dusted work surface, until the mixture is all stuck together. Then start to knead the dough for about 10 minutes.

Secondly, roll out the dough with your rolling pin (or bottle of wine), needs must.

Using a bottle of wine to roll your dough is a great idea as it’s on hand to drink whilst cooking. I am a huge believer that drinking wine is an excellent thing to do whilst cooking.

If you’re not ready to cut your pasta yet; soak a tea towel and place the rolled pasta dough on top of it.

No pasta machine? No worries! All the Italian mamas do it by hand so get stuck it thinly slicing your dough. If you love your gadgets get pasta machining.

Once ready to rock ‘n roll put your pasta in a saucepan of boiling hot water for about 3/4 minutes. Straight from the pan, drain and serve.

I love dribbling a little fresh chilli pesto and mixing in some raw spinach leaves for a bit of crunch.

Easy, simple, delicious! 

Let me know how it goes! www.twitter.com/lulu_williams

The Magic Garden, Battersea.

I recently was in hospital for a week, on a drip, on a roller coaster of hysterical drug fuelled laughing to a nightmare of constant injections, scans and 8 blood tests a day. As soon as that was over it was too late to book a holiday for my time off work (set aside for a little spanish sun). Instead, I was treated to a day out rowing in Battersea Park and a lunch at The Magic Garden.

To start I had the water melon, feta and walnut salad (£6). This was lovely and refreshing. The combination of crunch, crisp and neutral lambs lettuce was a delicious taste-bud-tickler to kick start our lunch time feast.

Being a massive cheese lover, for my main I chose the colston bassett stilton panna cotta, roasted figs & toasted walnuts (£10). “Stilton panna cotta?!” I hear you cry. Yes, and as exciting as it sounded, it was not. It was tasteless and quite watery which was a huge shame as the rest of the meal was scrumptious. I am not one to leave food on my plate at the end of a meal, (you’ll often find me licking the gravy off my plate after one of my Yorkshire lass mum’s Sunday roasts) but I have to admit – that small white jellied cheese went away with only one forkful removed.

For pudding I ordered the chocolate brownie & vanilla ice cream sundae (£5). This was deliciously sweet and was served in a dinky cocktail glass. I would’ve enjoyed it slightly more had it not been so melted upon arrival.

All in all I’d give the:

Food 7/10

Venue 9/10

Staff 9/10

Oh and they have a cat with awesome whiskers in the garden so I’ll give an extra 0.5.

It’s a lovely venue and the staff are nice and smiley. I hugely recommend visiting it:

231 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4LG