We had a magical visitor in the night.
Of the fairy kind.
At school Alfie pulled out a wobbly tooth and when I went to collect him he ran to me, lisping the news. ‘Mum, my tooth came out. I pulled it out. It was wobbling so much I just pulled it and out it came’. And he knelt down and from a pocket in his bag he carefully took out a scrunched up tissue and ever so gently he unraveled it and there was the tiny but precious, gleaming little tooth. The sixth one he’s lost so far.
Last night he lovingly placed the tooth in the tiny pewter container beside his bed hoping for a special visit from the Tooth Fairy.
Oh but it wasn’t like that.
I wish it was.
The trouble is, by the time the child gets to the stage where their teeth are falling out, they’re too old and too cool to believe in tooth fairies building enamel castles in the sky.
Alfie is on to it. ‘There’s no tooth fairy is there mum. Are you going to tell me the truth? There’s only you. You’re the tooth fairy’.
‘Mothers don’t have time to be fairies Alfie, they’re far too busy for that’.
‘Where do you put all my teeth? Can you show them to me?’
‘I’d have to ask the fairy what she’s done with them’.
‘Mum, can you give me more than a two dollar? All my friends get five dollars’.
‘You know how much the Tooth Fairy gave me when I was a little girl? And I had beautiful strong white teeth that were good quality and made excellent fairy castles.’
‘Will you give me a five dollar, mum?’
‘That’s an awful lot of change for a tooth fairy to carry, Alfie’.
‘It could be a five dollar note. It doesn’t have to be coins.’
‘Well back in my day I got twenty cents. And I was grateful and happy.’
So when Alfie went to bed he put his tooth in the pewter container beside his bed and he said to me, ‘Mum, I’d really like a five dollar. And mum, you’re still the best’.
There was no need for fairy magic. Alfie had weaved enough of his own and he woke up to five dollars.
So the fairies didn’t arrive but the latest Delicious magazine did. Here is a recipe from the Tuesday Night Cooking segment that is dedicated to fast, tasty and economical meals that are family friendly.
Chorizo Ragu with Spaghetti
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: All of these ingredients are readily available and are therefore not expensive items.
- 3 chorizo sausages, casings removes
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tbs chopped thyme leaves
- 250g lean mince
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 150ml red wine
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- 2 tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 500g dried spaghetti (I used organic spelt)
- Grated parmesan and toasted pine nuts to serve
Roughly chop the chorizo meat and place in a food processor, then whiz until coarsely ground.
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the chorizo mince and cook, stirring for 6-8 minutes until browned. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan.
Add the onion, garlic and thyme with some salt and pepper and cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes or until soft and lightly golden. Add the beef mince and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until browned.
Return chorizo meat to the pan and stir in the tomatoes, wine and tomato paste. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Adjust seasoning to taste, then stir in parsley and keep warm.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water according to packet instructions or until al dente. Drain.
To serve, divide the spaghetti among serving bowls and top with the ragu. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and top with the pine nuts.
This recipe is from the August issue of Delicious Magazine.
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