A quick fix for no water days: Spaghetti with Marmite

In Nigella Lawson, pasta on April 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

spaghetti with Marmite

Many of us who live in the Klang Valley have experienced water rationing since March due to the drought. Despite heavy rainfall in the past two weeks, the water level in the dams are not even half full yet. It looks like we will have to suffer the inconvenience well into May. Affected households are getting water supply on a two-day rotation.

I live in a condo so it is not so bad. On no water days, the water from the tank in each block is rationed to conserve supply. We receive running water from 5.30am to 9.00am and 5.30pm to 9.00pm. Being at work the whole day, I’m not really affected as I have water to get ready in the morning. I just need to reach home in time to have a shower and wash the dishes. Thankfully, the rationed supply usually runs until 10.00pm. And there’s always the water I have saved in the pails.

It’s the weekends that are a bummer. If the no supply rotation falls on the weekend, that means I can’t cook lunch. It’s no fun prepping, cooking and washing up with scoops of water.

Today, I was reminded of an easy dish I have cooked before. Nigella Lawson’s Spaghetti with Marmite. It’s the perfect meal for no water days. Minimal prepping is required. There is nothing to cut or wash. Just boil the spaghetti, melt butter with Marmite and a bit of pasta water in a pan, toss in the cooked pasta, mix everything around and it’s ready to serve with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Sedap! (Delicious!)

From the pantry: spaghetti (I used linguine), Marmite, butter

Can I do it?: Yes, of course. You can’t mess this up. 

Credit: Kitchen by Nigella Lawson. Full recipe here.



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