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Salmon on a bed of white beans, fennel and orange salad accompanied with a spinach sauce is an attempt to make a crispy skin salmon dish… sadly, the skin wasn’t a success… I’ve burned it. Although the rest of the recipe turn out pretty good, maybe a little excess of sauce… This is the same spinach sauce I’ve used from the prior post; the gnocchis on spinach sauce recipe. This element is optional, of course, the original dish idea was actually without it. Fennel have a quite particular taste to it, a delicate anise flavour. I find raw fennel to be great vegetable to crave on, in summertime, there is a certain refreshing feeling to it, similar to mint. This mediterranean veggie is actually one of the primary ingredient to absinth and is filled with health benefits. When eaten raw, the fennel bulb needs to be cut finely, otherwise its taste can be overwhelming. I’ve used the mandolin…

Smooth gnocchis on a smooth spinach sauce topped with crunchy cured ham, a perfect balance of textures and flavors. If you are a spinach lover, this is the meal for you, also gnocchis, those italian silky potato dumplings are a great compliment to the spinach sauce. A traditional recipe made of spinach already exists; the green spinach gnocchis. I’ve simply separated the gnocchis from the spinach and made a sauce with it. The sauce under the gnocchi makes this dish look better in my option, to see the nice form of each gnocchi opposed to a mix of green balls. Gnocchis recipes in the cyber world tends to be quite traditional, meaning typical sauces that comes with; for example; the butter sage sauce, pesto, ragout, etc. which are all delicious of course. In my case, I’ve done it with a spinach sauce… mainly because I needed a way to use my leftover chicken broth in the fridge and since…

Zucchini vegballs pasta is a great vegetarian version of the famous meatballs spag, even fills you up as much as the meat version. The zucchini balls are made in the oven, so extra healthy, barely any oil used for an ultra healthy vegetarian dish. I saw this recipe in many places online, most of them only contains zucchini, for this particular recipe I’ve done the vegballs with extra onion, garlic and flat leaf parsley for extra flavor. Zucchini’s water Zucchinis are often underestimated, because they contain so much water and get soft and mushy as soon as your cook them. Also zucchini doesn’t have the boldest of flavors… again because it’s filled with water. So… for this recipe, we’ll cook the grated zucchini and onion at first, to release most of the water they contain so this way it’s going to concentrate the flavor. All there is left to do is making…

Cured ham and sage chicken rolls with mediterranean veggies like zucchinis, yellow pepper, tomatoes, onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme casserole is a light, packed with flavor, easy meal. I know… it’s a long… long… title for such a simple dish. A beloved “under 30 minutes meal” recipe, and filled with mediterranean flavors, who can resist that? The cured ham enveloping the chicken breast is my version of a Canadian recipe called in french: tournedos de poulet. Which consist of a chicken breast enrolled circularly  (supreme) with bacon and holds with the help of a string, so it stays round during coccion. Since living abroad in Spain, I have to reproduce those recipes the best I can, so… for this particular recipe makeover, I’ve took a leaner than bacon meat; cured ham. Then add a little sage leaves in between the slices of ham and the chicken to give it a extra mediterranean flair.…

Pho Bo soups are such a delicious, delicate and unique dish already, but adding a few extras like spinach and shiitakes makes it a touch more special. The usual traditional pho bo soup contains a few pieces of long cooked meat in it, but here I’ve simply used bones to make the broth and no extra meat pieces. The Shiitakes replace the meat pieces to perfection, in the resulting soup, only those thinly sliced raw pieces of meat remain in this pho version. The difficult part in this soup is to keep the broth clear, although fully packed in flavour. This means, pre boiling the bones at first and rinsing them, then never boiling, a good filter and really low coccion help with this. In my last pho recipe, I’ve add extra pieces of meat, during coccion which made my soup blurry, so as a perfectionist… I had to redo my broth,…

This chicken couscous recipe is a no brainer… It’s so simple and healthy, a everyday kind of meal. I went to Morocco a while back, and every single restaurant offered whether a chicken couscous dish or the famous chicken tajine dish. Don’t get me wrong here, it was delicious, but after 3 weeks of eating one or the other every diner… I thought I was done for life with couscous… if you know what I mean. But time pass, and you forget about that excess of couscous that happened a while back, and surrender all over again. Just not everyday though… Couscous is a western African meal, the origin isn’t known exactly but it goes back to around 200 b.c., created by the Berbers.  I’ve met that nice Moroccan guy and he told me that the couscous we eat in our “westerners” life isn’t the same as the real…

Artichokes are flower buds cut out just before blooming, no wonder why they look so much like a flower… There is about 140 varieties, from small purplish ones to big massive ones. In Spain, they grow all year long although there is a higher seasons which are spring and fall. In Spain, you’ll see them in many restaurants, cut simply in halfs and cooked directly on the grill or also fried. All good stuff, but the way my dad showed me when I was a kid stays my favorite. I simply vapor cook them and add a citrus butter sauce to it, to dip each leaf in, and then the “piece de consistence” the delicious and tender like butter heart. Use every bit of your artichokes To recycle all those leftovers of leaves and the tails you cut out at first, you can make a nice soup with it. Just add…

Feeling like a fresh, light, summer meal? Get those rice noodles out and let’s make a simple wok dish. The coconut chicken recipe is really similar to a yellow curry sauce, but this one is for lazy people, you can use weather the yellow curry paste but I simply used the curry powder. That powder is actually a British invention to reproduce the orient flavours. The powder usually contains curcuma, ginger, turmeric, coriander, fenugreek, pepper, cardamom etc. It a mix of at those asian flavours in one pot, some powders are spicier than others, the ingredients tends to change depending of the company. I use this curry powder on popcorn, with butter, it’s delicious! Coconut meat constipate while the coconut water is a natural laxative, how perfect is that? A perfect balance within a single coconut. In the recipe, coconut milk is used, but it could be switched to coconut cream, to make it fatter,tastier and smoother.…

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