Pasta Puttanesca for Count Olaf
Served as a dish by the Baudelaire children to the vile Count Olaf in the first book in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” franchise, “The Bad Beginning”.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events is the collective volume of thirteen books written by Lemony Snicket, which is a pen name for Daniel Handler. The series follows the unfortunate lives of the three extremely unlucky Baudelaire orphans trying to get by in their ridiculous world and survive the pursuit of their nemesis Count Olaf. The books have been adapted in various ways, including audiobooks, a video game, a film, a TV series, etc.
This series is most commonly classified as “children’s” fiction, but it has also been classified as teen/young adult and having a quality that older adults can enjoy, similar to the Harry Potter series. There is a level of complexity in the series, such as the relations between characters and how it is all connected, which can be sometimes hard to understand. A Series of Unfortunate Events could be seen as a parody of children’s literature or pseudo-children’s literature. For example, there is a lot of mature content and characters dying in horrible ways such as being buzz-sawed to death or gored by lions, and Lemony Snicket is the type of who uses complicated language that many people wouldn’t know, such as “augmented”, “furtive”, “rivulets”, “verdant”, “accoutrement”, etc. In addition, the child protagonists of the series are often portrayed as being intelligent and more mature and “adultish” than many of the actual adults in the series. Some of the humour in the series may also be lost on less knowledgeable audiences; for example, in the TV series, Monty asks Stephano where he studied herpetology, and Stephano replies that he does not know anything about sores. This is a joke about herpes.
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion (finely chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
400g Chopped Tomatoes
2 tsp Capers
10 Black Olives (chopped)
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
375g Pasta (of your choice)
Parsley (to garnish)
Pasta puttanesca is a dish cooked by the Baudelaires for Count Olaf when he told them to make dinner for him and his theatre troupe in The Bad Beginning. When the Baudelaires were unsure what to make, they found a cookbook in Justice Strauss’ library. They hoped that if they served him a nice meal, he may treat them kinder.
How the pasta is made differs in each adaptation. In the book, although the recipe book mentions spaghetti, the Baudelaires go to a pasta store and buy “interestingly shaped” noodles. In the film, the Baudelaires already find random pasta scattered around Count Olaf’s filthy kitchen. In the TV series, the Baudelaires make the pasta themselves.
When the Baudelaires served it to Count Olaf, along with chocolate pudding for dessert, he asked where the roast beef was. When the Baudelaires replied that he did not ask for it and they did not make it, nor do they have it, he violently slapped Klaus. When the Baudelaires re-entered the kitchen after Klaus’ slap, the sauce resembled a vat of blood to Violet, showing how his violence affected their mood.
Step by Step Instructions
In a saucepan heat the olive oil and add the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes until a sauce is formed. Add the capers, pepper flakes, anchovies and olives to the tomato sauce.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water according to the pack instructions, usually about 10 minutes.
Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Garnish the plates with parsley and serve.
Pasta Puttanesca for Count Olaf
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves chopped
- 400 g Chopped Tomatoes
- 12 Anchovies
- 2 tsp Capers
- 10 Black Olives chopped
- Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
- 375 g Pasta of your choice
- Parsley to garnish
- In a saucepan heat the olive oil and add the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes until a sauce is formed. Add the capers, pepper flakes, anchovies and olives to the tomato sauce.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water according to the pack instructions, usually about 10 minutes.
- Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Garnish the plates with parsley and serve.
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