This post is sponsored by Lindeman’s.
I made two trips to America in the same year back in the 90s, but neither trip saw a visit to New York. So when I think of New York inspired food I think of pizza courtesy of Carrie Bradshaw on one of her nights out with Miranda. Or pasta, I imagine there to be an abundance of fabulous authentic pasta on offer made with Italian history that dates way back. I picture quaint little family owned restaurants with old wooden tables adorned with tablecloths and the smell of freshly fried garlic filling the air. This is of course just my assumption and imagination, I really have no idea other than what I have read or seen in movies.
Food made famous by New York in my mind includes hot dogs (everyone knows there are hotdog stands in NY), Buffalo Wings (thank you Jessica Simpson – can you see where I draw my food knowledge from here?), New York style cheesecake, and of course the humble bagel. I imagine if I did ever visit New York I’d be wanting to try the lot. I was excited by the discovery of Oreo biscuits in a 7-Eleven in Michigan (we didn’t have them in Australia back then) so you can believe that the sight of a hotdog stand would cause all sorts of frenzy. Don’t even get me started on marshmallow s’mores.
So with my Carrie/Manhattan fascination I decided to whip up my own New York inspired pasta dish. I tend to mostly cook the same sauce – bolognese. This was a new one for me. Simple, delightfully tasty and probably not at all authentic. But my taste buds aren’t complaining. Oh and when you reach the end of the recipe you’ll see a link to enter a competition to fly to New York courtesy of Lindeman’s to experience the Manhattanhenge. If you win be sure to take a photo of yourself chowing down on a cupcake Carrie-style and send it to me. Deal? The photo, not the half-eaten cupcake.
Ingredients // serves 4
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
200g mushrooms (I used Swiss Brown)
Salt and black pepper
1/4 cup white wine (I used Lindemans Pinot Grigio)
Freshly grated Parmesan (as much as you like)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Cook farfalle, drain.
Melt butter in a large pan. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper, and allow the mushrooms to simmer a little. Pour in the wine and cream, reduce heat and allow the mushrooms to cook for about 10-15 minutes until they are soft and cooked through.
Add cooked pasta and parsley and toss gently until well coated. Taste and season if needed. Top with freshly grated parmesan and serve immediately with a good glass of Pinot Grigio. Or whichever wine takes your fancy.
To be in the running to get you and your palate over to New York (with three friends no less) all you need to do is buy $20 of Lindeman’s wines from the stores they mention, enter here, and then you could be off to the Big Apple! Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions, participants must be Australian residents 18 years of age or older. You can also find out more on the Lindeman’s Facebook page.
So if you did win a trip to New York, what food would you be itching to sample? And would you eat a corn dog?