Avocado and Ginger Pasta

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by admin 7 Comments

More often than not, cooking shows just make me hungry, but there was one I loved so much (it is sadly off air now, but their website is still full of information.)  It was called The cook and the chef. For all you Australians it was on Wednesdays on the ABC, I think they still might occasionally do shows?  But for the rest – check out their website.

They were interesting, Maggie Beer (Australian home-cooking royalty) and Simon Bryant (executive head chef at the Adelaide Hilton), an unexpected duo. As the cook and the chef, they often had very different ideas in the kitchen, but they communicated well, despite their varied backgrounds and came up with some real culinary treasures. Generally they concentrated on 2 ingredients per episode and did a range of 4 or 5 dishes with those ingredients.

We absolutely love to make this recipe from an episode that aired exactly 5 years ago today!

Avocado and ginger pasta

  • 2 large or 3 smaller avocados chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 6 Tbsp almond flakes
  • 2 tsp finely chopped ginger almost to a mince
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 g (just over a pound) tagliatelle pasta
  • 1/3 c coriander leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C to roast the almonds. This won’t take long so keep an eye on them. Remove from oven when ready. About 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cook the pasta al dente.

In a large bowl place the warm pasta with the oil and minced ginger, toss. Add some salt and 3/4 of the roasted almonds, toss. Then add the coriander and then the rest of the roasted almonds and toss. Add the avocado last, serve with some freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste, and some lemon juice then add the shaved parmigiano (just a handful).

Be sure to visit The cook and the chef for more lovely recipes.  Or Maggie’s cookbooks, which have won numerous awards.  I particularly like Maggie’s Harvest.

Song for this recipe:

“What you know” Two Door Cinema Club What You Know - Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club are an indie rock band from Northern Ireland.  Their upbeat album Tourist History is pretty fun for a mad dance around the kitchen – which is obviously a theme for me these days.  I think this song is perfect for this recipe, as both are fresh and zingy (highly technical terms for explaining music and food- I know).

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7 Responses

  1. Emma says:

    I love the Cook and the Chef! I still watch repeats on Foxtel, Maggie’s a doll.

    Lovely, simple recipe with some of my favourite ingredients (and I’ve never thought to combine avo and ginger before!).

  2. Awesome recipe! First of all…I’m always looking for new non-tomato sauce pastas! And I just LOVE tagliatelle! And the creaminess of the avocados! Bumping this up to my weekend menu! Thanks for sharing this recipe! : )

  3. admin says:

    I was the same when I saw this recipe – so excited to try it – and it is truly delicious. I love that there are repeats on foxtel Emma! They were the best.

  4. RavieNomNoms says:

    Oh wow, the combination of flavors here is pretty awesome. I love the avocado and ginger together. What a pair!

  5. this sounds like an interesting pasta dish, never thought of combining avocado and ginger, this is different. Thanks!

  6. Great blog. I also loved this TV series – I thought the pairing of Maggie and Simon was genius. So unexpected and yet it worked so well.

    I’m actually going to an event in a couple of weeks – CheeseFest, Australia’s largest cheese festival – that Simon will be at (he is the patron). I’ll be interviewing the CheeseFest founder and I’ll also try to grab Simon for a few soundbites my blog report.

  7. admin says:

    Ooh lucky you! I’d love to meet him. I lived in Adelaide for a few years. I miss the markets, the hills, the beach…

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