Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes, Capers, Anchovies, Goat’s Cheese & Pasta.

Thursday 24th March 2011

I bought the fennel by mistake really. I was looking for celeriac and ended up walking away from the grocer’s with this instead. I didn’t have the heart to tell the man that, what I had just described to him, wasn’t what I actually wanted. I walk past the shop everyday and never see anyone in there.

I didn’t think I would like the taste of fennel as I’m not to keen on aniseed. Zephyrus, on the other hand, loves liquorice so I knew he wouldn’t have any trouble.

The recipe I found just used the fennel and tomato but I thought the capers and anchovies would fit in nicely.

And they did, the whole meal was a success. As it turns out fennel isn’t over-powering aniseed tasting. It was much more subtle than I had expected and was a superbly matched with the salty anchovies and creamy cheese.

I asked Zeph what he thought.

“Yeah, yeah a 9…no a 2…no a 7. Whatever you want Daddy.”

Not sure what to make of that but, his plate was empty.



Fennel, Tomato, Capers, Anchovies, Red Wine, Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper.

Cut the fennel in quarters and brown in a pan of olive oil. Once browned place in an oven proof dish and season with salt & pepper. De-skin the tomato in a pan of boiling water. Core and cut up into 8 then put in with the fennel. Scatter the capers and anchovies and finally splash in a bit of red wine and olive oil. Cook until the fennel is tender. Mine took about 35 minutes.

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5 Responses to Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes, Capers, Anchovies, Goat’s Cheese & Pasta.

  1. Stef says:

    Way to improvise! As for Z’s assessment, I think his stomach may speak louder than his numbers. πŸ™‚ Have you considered making a for him? (They use these in hospitals here; sometimes kids have difficulty putting feelings into words…)

    • Stef says:

      Good lord, that link didn’t work out so well. Hopefully you understand get what I tried to express anyway… (shaking head at myself slightly)

    • Expressing himself verbally has never been what he lacks, to be honest. More than anything, I think it’s his lazyness to think about something other than what he is thinking about. But then, I wouldn’t expect anything else from a 7-year-old. πŸ™‚

      But thanks for the tip.

      That was a nifty bit of tech you had going on there too-Good job. πŸ˜‰

      • Stef says:

        Well, yeah, there is that, too. (I.e., only wanting to do what *he* wants to do.) But to your point, he’s 7. I know some 30- and 40-year-olds who can’t get much beyond this, either. πŸ˜‰

  2. Mistral Zagni says:

    This was a surprising tasty meal. I am not usually keen on many of these ingredients ie. fennal, capers and anchovies but it was really tasty. I’d eat it again.

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