Thursday, 11 October 2012
Vegan MoFo VI, Day 11 - Chocolate Pasta
But I tried something new!
Some time last year, Mike decided on the spur of the moment that he was gonna go to some 24-hour gaming thing. In fact, I think I'd planned dinner with friends and he suddenly decided to bugger off for a whole day for role-playing. But it was for charity, so I couldn't really say anything.
Well, the next weekend, he brought home a gift for me - one of his friends bought me a bag of chocolate penne (durum wheat semolina and cocoa powder) from Hotel Chocolat as a thank-you for letting them steal him for, effectively, an entire weekend. It was my compensation for being a gaming widow.
The thing is, I had no idea how to use chocolate pasta. It didn't seem quite right to put tomato sauce on it, but I couldn't think of a cream sauce that wasn't super garlicky (and therefore would be weird with chocolate). But then I made the pumpkin alfredo yesterday, and I realised that chocolate pasta would be the perfect vehicle for noochy, pumpkin-y cream sauce.
The chocolate pasta smelled great cooking. And, as suspected, it worked really well with the pumpkin alfredo. It wasn't sweet at all, but lent a nice earthiness to the pumpkin. I don't know if I'd buy it myself as it's a bit expensive for pasta, but it was a nice gift that I really did appreciate even if I didn't figure out how to use it for over a year!