I don't know why we eat heavy food in summer. Yes, I do: Christmas. They should move it to July. The northern hemisphere might object, but I say to the northern hemisphere: you try eating turkey on a forty degree day. And that's our celsius forty, not your fahrenheit.
Fortunately Christmas was only mid-twenties this year so squeezing in the baked ham and the stuffed chicken and the plum pudding with brandy butter sauce wasn't as difficult as it might otherwise have been. But it is still nice to move on to cleaner food; salads and light pasta dishes and the like.
This is a pasta dish I made the other night.
Rigatoni with tomato, herbs and chick peas.
Chop an onion finely and toss it into a pot with a can of diced tomatoes. Warm through gently. Toss in half a can of chick peas. (I used Durra brand 7mm chickpeas - smaller, sweeter and softer than most. Available at the new food store at Sydney Road and Albion Street.)
Now run around the garden and gather herbs. In my case, I picked a leaf or two of basil and oregano and a little more of parsley. Chop and toss them in. A good amount of ground black pepper, but no salt. Half a teaspoon of sugar.
Boil up another pot and cook half a pack of rigatoni. Drain and serve with the sauce. Top with cheese if you wish.