Ohmmmmmmm - good morning from a much calmer, more zen-like me after a fabulous yoga class. Friday - and bloody hell - turning 49 tomorrow. Which is weird because to be honest I feel 50 already. Is it wise to be sharing my age with you? When I worked for New Zealand's most famous Wanaka/Auckland TV cook her age was a state secret. Pathologically guarded. And you my lovelies - range in age from 20 to 60+, with quite a few of you around 25-30...so will you gasp in horror and never come here again when confronted with my vast age...we shall see.
Thank God I finally decided on my menu for tomorrow night - inspired partly from the Asian issue of Cuisine which is just about to come out, and partly from my tropical story for an upcoming issue of Dish, we are have a mad-arse Asian melange...kokoda on baby poppadoms, a variety of steamed and fried dumplings, a rich, slow cooked beef curry, a green and herby prawn curry, paratha, mango coconut ice cream in white choc and coconut dipped mini waffle cones and tropical mojitos. Should be a bit of a hoot, especially if my lovely friend Anna fulfils her wish of keeping me from (as is my wont) spending all night in the kitchen!
Right then - this is (quite clearly) a bloody easy little recipe which suits the current (long may it last) fine weather. If you can't be faffed making pesto use store bought, then combine it with the al dente pasta, sweet and vibrant broad beans, tender asparagus and rich smoked salmon. Add a few pine nuts (or toasted almonds) for a bit of crunch and you're done. I took the remnants of this to my sister and was really happy to hear that they actually scoffed it cold - which she said was equally good. Hot or cold, let me know if you give it a whirl!