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Gnocchi al Pomodoro is a fun and pillowy gnocchi on a bed of tomato sauce. Topped with crispy cured ham, shaved parmesan and arugula to bring a nice crunch. A mouthful of flavours and textures! This Gnocchi al Pomodoro recipe is so easy, fast and too good tasting for the time and preparation it needs. It’s not a traditional “Italian” dish, per se but a personal experiment. It’s a dish filled with textures, in one bite you’ll get a smooth gnocchi, tangy tomato sauce and a crunchy ham or fresh arugula. A Romantic dish, with all those textures and colours going, perfect for Valentine’s day. Is Gnocchi pasta? Let’s talk gnocchi for a sec… They look like pasta and come with a sauce like pasta but they are not per se the usual semolina pasta… they are potato dumplings. First of all, I chose pre-made gnocchis from the market, if you want to make…

A twist on the classic Club sandwich, the famous deli favorite from north America. The traditional Club Sandwich it made of 3 levels of toasted white bread, chicken slices, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. This version is made by replacing the bacon with a leaner cured ham slightly cook, just enough to make it crispy. The slices of chicken are replaced by a creamy chicken salad mix which is blended with a touch of mayonnaise, sweet mustard and pickle juice (brine) until smooth and an extra layer of the beloved avocado for a touch of color. The bread is an whole grain square bread, toasted and served with the usual crunchy lettuce and juicy tomato, nothing new there… This way the Club Sandwich gets a creamier and tastier chicken and smooth avocado contrasted with a crunchy cured ham and lettuce. This sandwich is a nice ensemble of textures, color and taste, hard not…

After a week of german recipes… it’s time to go back to an old good friend called Pasta. This pasta is ridiculously addictive, be aware. I have no idea if it’s the mix of texture or the mix of flavors that makes it so irresistible. It’s a terribly simple recipe too, also done under 20 minutes. If you already know vodka sauce you know it’s a pinky cream sauce colored by some tomatoes, usually a tomato paste, but this version I’ve simply used a few fresh cherry tomatoes. It’s called vodka sauce but really there isn’t much vodka in it and obviously it doesn’t really taste like it at all. The vodka here is used mainly as a stabilizer to the acidity of the tomato and the cream which would be impossible to mix without some type of alcohol in the sauce. The vodka could also be substitute by a white wine.…

This sandwich is an imitation of the North American lunch dish; Club Sandwich. Just a few things changed, for example, the bread turned into a baguette, the bacon got replaced by a slightly cooked Serrano (Prosciutto)  cured ham and the mayonnaise switched for an aïoli sauce. I did a side of healthy oven baked thyme potato slices and a few pickles… No better lunch than a club sandwich, and the size of this version is to your taste, just have to cut the size of sandwich you’d like. I often think a traditional 3 layers Club Sandwich is way too big… With this one you choose, it’s a different format but the taste is all there! This version is healthier, since you cut the middle layer of bread, cut on the bacon and mayonnaise. For 100g of bacon, there is about 42g of fat in it, while the serrano ham 9g only.…

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