Summer (pasta with tomatoes)

Italian Cooking Class Cookbook, 128pp.
by the Australian Women’s Weekly
Australian Consolidated Press, Sydney, no date
Cooking on page 32

I reckon Women’s Weekly cookbooks turn up in most Australian homes, as well as homes around the world. In fact, on our overland travels, I have seen them for sale across Asia and South-east Asia.

These days they sell for around $12, but this one has $4.98 printed on the inside front cover. I probably bought it new when I first came to Australia in the early 1980s.

There are plenty of tempting recipes, so it deserves another look, but for now, I’m cooking from page 32, and over a campfire.


500 grams (1 lb) firm, ripe tomatoes
1 onion
6 green olives
1 tablespoon capers
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup oil

Chop unpeeled tomatoes finely; peel and chop onion; stone and chop olives; chop capers finely; crush garlic. Combine all ingredients; mix well, cover, stand overnight. Serve cold over hot pasta.

pasta and camping

Poor John serves up some pasta in the dark

How it played out
I had 500 grams of cherry tomatoes that I roasted (with oil, salt and a splash of balsamic vinegar) before we left Perth. I popped these in the Esky (ice chest), along with most of the other ingredients. I did use mixed herbs rather than oregano, but that’s what I had. And overall, I used no more than 1/4 cup of oil.

When we got to Lake Ballard, I cooked the onions and pasta over a beautiful campfire. Voila, dinner was ready. Too easy and very tasty. And we even had a bottle of wine.

Not the greatest pasta dish you’ll ever have, but quick, easy and flavourful—perfect for camping. I don’t have a pic of the cookbook cover, so you’ll have to settle for pics of the campfire and Poor John digging in.


About leggypeggy

Intrepid overland traveller, keen photographer, avid cook—known to jump out of airplanes and do other silly things. Do not act my age.
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