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Meal Ideas

20 Nov


What you will need:
2 tablespoons of butter
1 onion, diced
12 cup white wine
4 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cup risotto rice
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup havarti cheese, grated
Chopped parsley for garnish
What to do:
In a frypan melt your butter and lightly fry the onions and garlic. Add the rice and white wine and stir until well combined. Turn up the heat and continue stirring until the liquid has been absorbed. Gradually add the vegetable stock 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly and only adding the next 1/4 cup once the previous liquid has been absorbed. Once all the stock has been added reduce the heat and continue to stir until the rice is fully cooked. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Serve with a some chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Meal Ideas

16 Nov


In hopes of saving a bunch for my New Years Boat Trip I have been woking a few shifts at a local deli. While working I came across an unusual ingredient known as “Bottarga”. Curious as to what it was I got googling. Well, it turns out Bottarga is a salted and preserved fish popular in Italy. On a whim I purchased a small fillet and got experimental in the kitchen. This pasta is what I came up with. As you probably know I don’t eat seafood or meat so didn’t sample this dish myself but my father did and said he really enjoyed it, especially the bottarga.
What will you need:
1 pack of spaghetti pasta
2 tablespoons of crushed garlic
300 grams raw peeled prawns
1/4 cup diced chives
1/4 cup olive oil
100 grams of Bottarga, grated
The juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
What to do:
Boil your pasta until al dente. In a frypan heat a small amount of oil. Add the garlic and cook the prawns until they just turn orange. Add your lemon juice and bottarga and toss through your cooked pasta along with the olive oil and cheese. Serve with the chopped chives. Enjoy!

Meal Ideas

12 Nov


You have probably noticed I have been cooking a lot of pasta lately and not all of it being vegetarian. These resent carnivorous recipes are popping up because my wonderful Dad has come to visit for a few weeks and is the biggest pasta lover I have ever known and happens to also enjoy meat. These recipes however can be easily made vegetarian by omitting any non-vegetarian components like the prawns in this dish or Bacon in my Creamy Alfredo recipe. Enjoy!What you will need:
1 packet of spaghetti pasta
300 grams of peeled raw prawns (or for my International readers shrimp)
4 tablespoons of fresh crushed garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup capsicum (peppers). I used a mixture of red, green and yellow
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup olive oil
What to do:
In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook your pasta until al dente. Once the pasta is almost done melt your butter in a frying pan and add the crushed garlic. Lightly fry your diced capsicum and prawns until the capsicum is just tender and the prawns have just turned orange. Do not overcook the prawns as they will become tough. Once cooked toss through your pasta and add the chopped basil, lemon juice and chilli powder. Dress with the olive oil and garnish with a few sprigs of basil. Serves 4.

Meal Ideas

11 Nov


What you will need:
1 pack of spaghetti pasta
4 tablespoons of butter
1/2 onion, diced
2 cups of heavy cream
1/2 cup sharp parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup baby mozzarella
1/2 cup Pecorino cheese, grated
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
150 grams of bacon, roughly chopped
Cracked Pepper
Parsley for garnish

What to do:
Boil your pasta until al dente. In the mean time sauté your onions and bacon in a frypan with a small amount of oil, the crushed garlic and butter. Reduce the heat to low and add in the cream. Stir frequently and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add your cheeses and continue to whisk until they have melted and your sauce has thickened become smooth. This usually takes around 8-10 minutes. Add some cracked pepper and remove from the heat. Toss thought the cooked and strained pasta and serve with some parsley as garnish. Serves 4.

Meal ideas

6 Nov


This pasta dish is so easy to make and the light and zesty garlic and lemon sauce is a great alternative to heavy cream and tomato based sauces. Perhaps best off all this dish tastes great and can feed 4 people for less than $7.00!

What you will need:
500 grams of thin spaghetti
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
2 tablespoons of italian parsley chopped finely
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 olive oil
3 cloves of garlic mincedWhat to do:
Boil your pasta in a large pot of salted water and cook until al dente. Once done strain your pasta well. Pour in the olive oil and garlic and toss until the spaghetti is well coated. Add the chopped parsley, lemon juice and tomatoes and continue to toss. Serve with an extra sprig of parsley and some grated parmesan.
Serves 4.


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