Posted 31 August 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Cardamom, Coriander seeds, Cumin, Fennel seeds, Fusion, Indian, Italian, John Torrode, Masterchef, Meatballs, Pasta, Spicy | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
I’ve been loving the new series of Celebrity Masterchef, and in one episode recently, John Torrode made these Indian spiced meatballs with pasta for the palate test. The contestants had to work out what the ingredients were, and then recreate the dish. I thought it looked pretty tasty, and luckily, the recipe (“Pappardelle with curried meatballs”) was on the BBC Food website.
I really enjoyed this dish. The combination of spices is absolutely delicious, but not too hot. I must admit, I found the lime pickle a little unusual, not having tasted it before, but it definitely added something. I decided not to make my own pasta and I couldn’t get hold of pappardelle, so I used tagliatelle, and I used turkey mince in place of the chicken. If you don’t have a small food processor capable of grinding the spices, you could obviously use ground spices, although I guess they wouldn’t be quite so flavoursome.
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Posted 23 May 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Chicken, Feta, Lemon, Orzo, Pasta | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
Orzo is a relatively new discovery for me. Ok, not the most life-changing of discoveries, just a new shape of pasta. I think it’s wonderful though. Looks like rice, tastes like pasta, and somehow seems much richer and more comforting than other pasta shapes. This recipe for lemon chicken orzo was one of those “what ingredients do I have in the cupboard” type of affairs, and it worked so well. You can easily change the ingredients around, but the key players for me are the lemon, the chicken, the orzo and some kind of cheese. With the freshness of the lemon, and with fresh, seasonal vegetables, this is perfect for summer suppers.
It’s so hard to take appetising photos of pasta dishes!
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Posted 14 February 2012 by Debbie
Tagged As: Garlic, Healthy, Italian, Linguine, Pasta, Prawn, Spinach | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
In a recent search for healthier recipes, I came across Italian chef Gino D’Acampo’s book The I Diet (“The Italian Diet”). The recipes look pretty good, some low-calorie, some not so much, but all based around tasty and nutritious Mediterranean ingredients. This is a recipe for linguine (or any long pasta) with garlic, prawns and spinach (aka linguine con gamberi e spinaci). As much as I resist the thought of pasta without some kind of cheese, this was actually very tasty, filling and comes in at 449 calories a portion.
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Posted 19 November 2010 by Debbie
Tagged As: Garlic, Goat's cheese, Italian, Lemon, Parmesan, Pasta, Spaghetti, Thyme | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | 2 Comments
This is a quick, simple pasta dish: cheesy, lemony comfort food. I adapted the recipe from In Erika’s Kitchen (mostly just added thyme). If you like a refreshing, citrussy pasta dish, this is great. It would probably be particularly nice in the summer-time.
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Posted 14 November 2010 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bacon, Carbonara, Cheese, Egg, Garlic, Italian, Parmesan, Pasta, Spaghetti | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
Spaghetti alla Carbonara is a classic Italian dish with cheese, pancetta, black pepper and eggs. There are lots of Carbonara recipes on the internet, and several in my cookbooks. One thing seems certain: the seemingly more-authentically Italian recipes don’t include cream, deriving all the creaminess from the cheese & eggs. This is perfect comfort food for a chilly autumn Sunday evening; cheese, bacon, garlic—what’s not to love?! I say bacon as, being a last minute dinner idea on a Sunday night, I have no pancetta and no reasonable chance of getting any. So, bacon will have to suffice. Also, I have no pecorino, just parmesan. Still, I’m doing pretty well!
It looks quite yellow, I think they were particularly yellow eggs.
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