Linguine with Aubergine, Tomato, Sage, Garlic and Chilli

Linguine with aubergine, tomato, sage, garlic and chilli
Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 2 small dries red chillies
  • 4-6 sage leaves
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Method:

Fry the aubergine in a generous couple of glugs of olive oil until soft and golden, them remove and drain from the oil on a couple of kitchen towels and set aside.
Chop the garlic, chilli and half the sage leaves and fry gently in fresh olive oil
Add the chopped tomatoes, add salt, fry very gently over a low heat for 5 mins them remove the pan from the heat.
Cook the linguine.
Whilst the pasta is cooking, add the aubergine to the tomatoes and garlic and hear up in the pan.
Add some pasta cooking water if necessary.
When al dente remove the pasta from the water and add to the sauce along with the rest of the sage.
Garnish with roughly chopped cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
Linguine with aubergine, tomato, sage, garlic and chilli.

Breakfast in Brighton

I’m always on the lookout for places like this whilst on tour.
We arrived in Brighton very early this morning on the Tourbus after an overnight drive from Birmingham (day 3 of the Boy George tour).
About 10.30 I decided to wrench myself out of my bunk and take a walk on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny morning in search of some breakfast / brunch…. or whatever you want to call it (as it’s my first meal of the day, technically it’s breakfast, but I had something more commonly recognized as lunch fayre).
I walked round the corner from the Brighton Dome which is tonight’s venue and came across this establishment.
It had a wide variety of authentic looking Italian sandwiches, as well as pizzas, croissants etc for a pretty reasonable price given the fashionable surroundings.
I opted for a chicken scallopini and mozzarella ciabatta which was served hot, straight from the pannini grill. Definately no microwaves here.
The bread was fresh and very well toasted, and the chicken scaloppini (or escalope) was nice and hot with crispy breadcrumbs. The mozzarella was at that nice stage between being melted inside and slightly burned where it had oozed out of the sandwich.
But really, the thing that won me over here is the fact that when I ordered a tea, it was served in a nice big mug, with the bag still in, a teaspoon, and a small jug of milk, so I could brew it to my own preferance.
I know this may sound incredibly petty, but badly served tea is one of my pet grumbles whilst on the road.
From the annoying continental European habit of presenting you with a cup of warm water, with a teabag on the side (and often omitting the milk) to the British misdemeanor of selling you either a very small cup for an overinflated price, or getting the beverage served in a badly designed metal teapot that leaks half he liquid down the side and onto the table when you try and pour it out, in my experience it’s actually quite a rare thing to be able to purchase just a nice big mug of tea.
All of this cost me quite a reasonable £5.40
Anyhow, if anyone is in Brighton and looking for a light meal, I would definately recommend this one.
The address is 24 New Rd, Brighton.
Also, apologies for the half eaten sandwich pictured. Only remembered to photograph after I’d started tucking in…