italian

September 5, 2018
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Pesto Sauce

Ingredients: 

2 cups basil leaves 

2 garlic cloves 

2 TBS lightly roasted pine nuts 

1/2 cup good olive oil 

1/2 cup parmesan cheese 

A squeeze of lime 

A pinch of lime zest 

A tiny bit of black pepper 

Preparation: 

In a food processor, place the basil, pine nuts, garlic, black pepper, lime zest and squeezed lime (squeeze directly in the processor u only need a tiny bit), process all until u obtain a fine mixture 

With the processor on low speed, add the olive oil as a thin thread in a steady motion until they are all well incorporated

Add the parmesan and process just until blended 

Use immediately, you can also refrigerate or freeze for later use! 

For the pesto pasta:

Heat a pan 

Add some pesto sauce (as much as you like) 

Add boiled pasta and some pasta broth 

Mix well and serve immediately!


July 11, 2018
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Tomato Meat Sauce

Ingredients:

400 grams finely minced meat
1 finely chopped big onion
1 crushed garlic clove
1 big tomato,chopped
1 TBS tomato paste
1.5 cups hot water
A pinch of salt, Oregano, dired basil and black pepper

Preparation:

In a pan add some oil, add the onions and spices and stir sprinkle some salt and allow to cook.
Add meat, garlic, tomato and tomato paste.
Stir and cook on low hear for 10 mn
Add hot water
let simmer for 10-15 mn
until the mix thickens

White Sauce

Ingredients:

4 cups or 1 L skimmed liquid milk 

4 tablespoons cornstarch 

A pinch of black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg and salt  

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients well while cold

put in a pan and transfer to heat

keep stirring until the mixture thickens 

Preparations of lasagna

Put a layer of white sauce

top with non cooked lasagna sheets

add white sauce, meat mix, lasagna sheets and repeat until you end with white sauce

top with a cheese mix or some light mozzarella cheese
cook in a preheated oven at 220 degrees for around 20 mn
brown the top a bit

Let it rest a little before cutting


July 10, 2018
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Whole Wheat Dough 

Ingredients: (for 4 thin pizzas)

 Mixed together:

1 cup lukewarm water 

1/2 tsp sugar 

 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

Set aside for 10 mn 

Combine: 

1 and a 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 and a 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt 

2 TBS olive oil and mix with your hand 

Preparation:

Make a well in the middle of flour mix and add the water mix, combine till you get a soft dough 

Knead for 8-10 mn until u get a soft elastic dough

transfer to a greased bowl

cover with a greased plastic wrap let rest for at least 1 hour 

To make the pizza:

Spread one dough ball into a round shape

Spread 2 TBS truffle paste

Add fresh mozzarella cheese chunks

bake in a preheated oven (220 degrees) until cheese has melted and dough is well cooked


July 10, 2018
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Ingredient:

Ciabatta bread

fresh mozzarella cut into chunks

some basil leaves

tomato slices

1 TBS basil sauce

1 tsp olive oil

black pepper

Preparation:

Fill ciabatta bread with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, tomato slices, black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and my basil sauce

Heat the sandwich in a preheated oven (180 degrees c) for around 10 mn then grill a little to get those beautiful grill lines!

Basil sauce

Ingredients:
2 cups basil leaves
2 TBS lightly roasted pine nuts
1/2 cup good olive oil
A squeeze of lime
A pinch of lime zest
A tiny bit of black pepper
Preparation:
In a food processor, place the basil, pine nuts, black pepper, lime zest and squeezed lime (squeeze directly in the processor u only need a tiny bit)

Process all until u obtain a fine mixture
With the processor on low speed

Add the olive oil as a thin thread in a steady motion until they are all well incorporated

Use immediately,or refrigerate/ freeze for later use!


July 9, 2018
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Whole Wheat Dough: (to make 4 thin pizzas)

Mix together : 1 cup lukewarm water + 1/2 tsp sugar + 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
Set aside for 10 man

Combine: 1 and a 1/2 cups all purpose flour + 1 and a 1/2 whole wheat flour + 1 tsp salt + 2 TBS olive oil and mix with your hand

Make a well in the middle of flour mix and add the water mix, combine well.

Knead for 8-10 mn until you get a soft elastic dough

transfer to a greased bowl, cover with a greased plastic wrap let rest for at least 1 hour

Spread the dough, top with your favourite toppings and bake in a preheated until well browned.

I topped this with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil

 

Marinara Sauce:

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Black pepper, paprika, oregano and dried or fresh basil (whatever u have) u will need around 1/2 tsp of each or more according to what u prefer
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato puree

Preparation:

Heat a pan, add the garlic and stir leave for 30 seconds and the rest of the ingredients and leave to simmer for around 20 mn
Blend
Cool before using


July 9, 2018
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Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts (800g – 1kilogram ) cut in half

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of each dried oregano and dried basil

1 tomato , thinly slices

1/3 cup sun dried tomato strips in oil

1 cup fresh baby mozzarella cut in half

a few basil leaves

4 cloves garlic , minced 

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 180°C 

Cut each chicken breast about 3/4 quarter of the way from the thickest side of each breast (do not to cut all the way)

combine 3 TBS of the oil reserved from the dried tomato with  with salt, pepper, and basil and oregano. Mix well.

Brush the oil mix on all sides of the chicken and on the inside

Fill each chicken with fresh tomato, sun dried tomato strips,  mozzarella cheese and basil leaves.

Seal with 3-4 toothpicks diagonally to keep the filling inside while cooking.

Heat 2 teaspoons of sun dried tomato oil (or olive oil) in a non stick pan over medium-high heat. 

Add the chicken and brown for 2 minutes on each side until golden.

While the chicken is cooking, mix together the garlic, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small jug. 

Pour the mixture into the pan around the chicken

simmer for 2-3 mn until the glaze has slightly thickened 

Transfer pan to the oven and continue to cook for a further 20-25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through

Remove toothpicks and drizzle with pan juices.

Serve hot!


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