Monday, 29 March 2010

Tagliatelli Mushrooms and Asparagus with Garlic Breads

Ingredients for the recipe:
  • 300grs tagliatelli egg pasta
  • 250mls fresh cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 mushrooms
  • 10 asparagus
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt and pepper and a little olive oil

In a small saucepan boil the asparagus for about 10-15 minutes, when cooked remove them from the water and throw them in a (hot) wok pan with the mushrooms cut in halves with the chopped garlic plus a little butter and olive oil , season them with a little salt and pepper.

Cook them for aprox 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally, then add the cream, continue until the cream comes to a boil, then next add the egg yolk diluted in about three tablespoons of milk and add the cheese also, continue stirring it until the sauce thickens (about 2-3 minutes). After which you just serve.

While making the sauce, boil the tagliatelli in some water for about 12 minutes, then drain it and drizzle a little olive oil so that the pasta doesn't stick together, finally serve it with the previously made sauce on top.

The breads I made as follows. In a bowl, mix the flour with a pinch of salt and a little Luke warm water, until it was mixing it until it forms a ball, after which you kneed it and stretch it for about 10 minutes, then make small balls and put them on a floured tray and covered these with a cloth for 20 minutes, on the side in a little bowl crush a garlic with a little oil, which you then brush over the balls before placing them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown, then serve them with the tagliatelle. 

Real good food like this has to be made and eaten, especially as is a quick homemade delicious dish.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Roasted Pork tenderloin on Saffron Rice with Oven Potatoes and Broccoli

Ingredients for the recipe: (for 2 People)
  • 1 organic pork loin about 300grs
  • 250grs rice
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 long potatoes (washed and cut into wedges)
  • 2 pieces of broccoli (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 soup spoon of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 Tea Spoon of chilli powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece of ginger (size of a clove of garlic)
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Very simple good wholesome food, as most of my dishes. Make small incisions in the pork loin as you see in the picture. Then in a small bowl crush the garlic, ginger, a little salt, pepper cream until it makes a consistent, rub it well in the back especially in the incisions, and let the rest for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Then put a skillet pan on the stove and in a little oil, once hot put it and let the loin fry sealing it and making crispy and golden all around, cooking is done pretty fast so it will still be raw inside, then place the skillet in the oven (or transfer the pork to an oven-proof dish and bake it for about 15 minutes 200celcius. 10 minutes before putting the pork loin in the oven, put the potatoes in a baking tray seasoning them with a little olive oil and some salt, these then bake for 25 minutes ending at the same time as the loin. While the pork cooks make the rice placing this in a pan with only a little salt and water, boil it until it is almost cooked (only short about two minutes).

Meanwhile in another pan put the chopped onion, the remaining chopped garlic, the chilli, a tablespoon of turmeric, salt and black pepper to taste, and about four tablespoons of olive oil and fry until the onions have caramelized a little, about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Once cooked, add a little water and a tablespoon of tomato concentrate and one of butter, stir it and cook a further 3 minutes.

Now add the drained cooked rice to this sauce cook for a further 1 minute, mix in the chopped parsley cover with a lid and let it rest 3 minutes. Of course while the rice is doing, on another little pan cook the broccoli. Then just arrange the plate, this dish if if you notice is the header on my blog. Bon appetit!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Cherries Cheesecake

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 300grs well matured cherries
  • 250grs mascarpone cheese
  • 200grs sugar
  • 8-10 digestive biscuits
  • 2 soup spoons of butter
  • optional, cherry liquor + a little vanilla essence


Put in a pan the cherries chopped + the sugar, boil it as if you were going to make jam, but you turn of the stove one step before it becomes jam, as you just want a delicious fruit compote, and then let it cool down completely.

Meanwhile place in a bowl the finely crunched digestives, the butter and half of the cherries liquor, mix all very well. Once well mixed place them in the container you wish to make the cheesecake spreading it evenly throughout the base and press firmly down with the base of a drinking glass.

Next step is to get another bowl and place there the mascarpone two thirds of the cooled compote and the remaining cherries liquor, mix all very well in a folding motion, and place the mix on top of the previously laid biscuits spreading it evenly....finally place the remaining compote on top of this in a circle smaller than the circumference of the cheesecake, and with a stick go around the circle line twirling circles over this one to get the same effect, or do it your own way hehe!! wil taste the same.

Finally refrigerate for a minimum of one hour and serve it with very strong black coffe for a treat. Bon Apettit!!


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