Monday, September 22, 2014

One-Pan pasta...

Pasta with sauce that you can prepare in one pan only and all within 15 minutes, including the "chopping" part? Yes, that's possible and what's more - it will also taste great! I found the recipe on Food52, but as it turned out it's one of Martha Stewart's inventions. The dish proved to be super quick, easy and delicious. I was really surprised how much flavor it had - from the garlic, onion and tomatoes. The amount of water, which during cooking turned into a delicate sauce, was just enough and surprisingly it was quite thick. I had to improvise a little bit with the ingredients I had at home - didn't have enough of cherry tomatoes and no fresh basil, but dry herb, added at the very beginning worked perfect. Used paprika powder instead of flakes - which gave that little int of taste and, by far the biggest change, and quite "luxurious" one was substituting olive oil for... truffle oil! As a result, a simple dish of pasta and tomatoes turned out to be very flavorsome and perfect to make on a busy day!



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Plum and walnut cake...

Have I mentioned before that Autumn is my favorite season? Well it is. I love the smell of the crisp, fresh air and that very distinctive scent. I enjoy the walks through dry, "crunchy" leaves. I adore the views of multicolored hills, soft sunsets and cosy evenings. I'm looking forward to being snuggled under the blanket with a hot drink in my hand, reading a book or watching a movie. I also love the baking this time of the year. It changes, it gets more comforting, more sweet, more spicy than that during spring or summer months.
Below cake - plum and walnut cake - was inspired by one of the recipes I found in "The Kitchen Dairies" by Nigel Slater. Brilliant book, full of not only great recipes, but also everyday thoughts and observations of changing seasons and life. The original recipe has a mix of flour and ground almonds, but as I run out of the latter, had to improvise a bit to keep the proportions right. The cake is moist but with a slight crunch from the nuts. It's not too sweet, the taste of plums compliments walnuts brilliantly! I really wasn't missing those almonds at all. What says "Autumn" better than two most seasonal things of them all - plums and walnuts :) 




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Sunday, September 07, 2014

French baguette... recipe by Paul Hollywood...

Who doesn't like or at least know world famous French baguettes? There are many version of them, many ways of making them, but on this occasion it's Paul Hollywood's recipe that helped create those beauties. In my house we don't buy bread - all is home made. Sourdough bread, many different rolls, Irish soda bread and even white sandwich loaf. This time was the very first time that we ate home made baguettes. The smell is so distinctive and so appetizing! OK, so there is some work involved in making them and it may not work the way you wanted the first time round - but it's all well worth it! The crunchy, tasty crust, soft and airy inside! Perfect just with a little bit of butter, melting on a still warm baguette.... Hope I've convinced you enough, to give it a go! ;)





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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gooseberry jam...

This year, particularly this summer, has been very good for me in the department of jam making and preserves in general. I have hardly any space in my cupboards to store all the jam, chutneys etc. and hardly any spare jam jars left... But still, I'll make more! There's something very comforting and a sense of achievement when I see all the jars, next to each other in my pantry, and on top of each other at this stage ;) I made gooseberry jam for the very first time ever, using a recipe I got from my work colleague (that's why it's in pints and pounds this time ;) as that's how I got it and didn't want to change anything). That's also the very same work colleague I got the gooseberries from in the first place! Nothing more to say, add now, but - happy jam making! :)



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