We’ve been back to Bilder & de Clerq. With a store like this, how could we not?!? Himself decided one night that we needed to try their take on bolognese; so homeward bound he tromped, with fresh ingredients in hand!
First you sweat the onion, carrot and celery for five minutes in two table spoons of olive oil.
Then you add in the garlic and chilli to the pan to fry for a further minute.
Adding the meat from two skinned Italian sausages, you break it up using a wooden spoon.
Add three sprigs of finely chopped (fresh) oregano and some fennel seeds to the pan, followed by two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Briefly boil to reduce the balsamic, then add in a tin of tomatoes.
Cook gently for ten minutes until reduced and slightly thickened. Boil the pasta for ten to twelve minutes until the pasta is al dente.
After draining, return to the pot and mix the sauce through the pasta, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Pick and add in fresh basil leaves, stirring through gently.
Divide pasta between two plates and sprinkle with parmesan.
Consume the dish paired with good company and a full bodied red.
It was a really lovely dish! Another win for Bilder & de Clerq! I hope you all find the opportunity to enjoy it as well!