I used that title based on the movie of the same name making the assumption that Groundhog Day meant just repeating the same thing day in, day out. Apparently it stems from some poor little critter sticking his nose out of its burrow everyday to do a quick weather forecast as to whether winter is over or not. Well for this little critter, winter is obviously getting closer as the summer season in the garden is over. It’s been a mixed season, great tomatoes and capsicums/chillies but that’s about the best we’ve done. No pumpkins, well one and that’s quite scary. No corn, limited beans, limited zucchini (that’s not a bad thing), cucumbers have been ok and I didn’t have much else in. Time for some serious work to boost our gardens nutrition I think. Anyway it means at about 5.00 I think maybe a quick pasta dish would do and it has been ‘doing’ far too often!
Dont get me wrong, I love pasta but because these throw together meals have been done without much thought I was sick of picking out tomato skins and not really having any depth of flavour. Tonight will be different! I chopped up zucchini, onion, 4 different capsicum varieties and some chill and did a very quick fry off in garlic oil. I then chopped up the tomatoes and cooked ever so slowly for about 45 minutes with lots of garlic oil, garlic, some sulca biber (pepper paste), chilli and S&P. I then actually pressed it all through a sieve to remove the skins etc.
A toss of the veggies through the pasta with chopped basil and oregano, drizzled with some more garlic oil, can’t go wrong. this was much better that the ‘quickie’ I was getting so sick of. I find I’m adding pepper paste to many dishes now just to add a bit of zing!