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die beste macaroni-en-kaas gevind

die beste macaroni-en-kaas gevind
Derde plek: Jamie Oliver se macaroni-en-kaas

Derde plek: Jamie Oliver se macaroni-en-kaas

Macaroni-en-kaas is een van die verleidelikste trooskosse en in dié gereg gebruik jy nie jou spoggerige tuisgemaakte pasta of gesonde heelgraan pasta nie. Nee, jy koop ʼn pakkie macaroni, ʼn pakkie cheddar, ʼn bakkie room en spek, en jy maak dit sonder om aan die kaloriewaarde van die gereg te dink. Maar watter macaroni-en-kaas resep is die lekkerste? Na ʼn paar weke van soek, proe en vra som Stephanie Bourgeois van Food52.com dit die beste op: “Looking for the perfect mac and cheese can feel a bit like the quest for the Holy Grail.” Na wat soos ‘n Indiana Jones kos-advontuur en macaroni-en-kaas skattejag gevoel het, het ek het tog drie gunstelinge en ʼn wenner raak geproe!

En die wenner is…Heston Blumenthal se macaroni-en-kaas
Die gereg het my heeltemal in vervoering gehad en my heen en weer laat wieg (met ʼn groot glimlag op my gesig) op die maat van die mees perfek gebalanseerde sout, suur en umami smake. Vat ʼn paar happies, maak jou oë toe en proe jou weg deur die smaak-simfonie. Die eerste kos-note word deur die suurige-wyn-smaak gespeel, dan kom die soutige parmesaan-viool by, saggies in die agtergrond proe jy die macaroni-tjello raak en dan ʼn stadige truffel–umami-crescendo wat ʼn perfekte lang noot in die finale speel. Dit verdien ʼn staande toejuiging. Bravo!

Eerste plek: Heston Blumenthal se macaroni-en-kaas

Eerste plek: Heston Blumenthal se macaroni-en-kaas


In die tweede plek: Kook en Geniet se macaroni-en-kaas
Ek het groot geword met Kook en Geniet se macaroni-en-kaas met ʼn eier-en-melk in plaas van ʼn kaassous basis. Dit word sonder spek, sampioene of room gemaak en ma het dit altyd tong-skroeiend warm met ʼn groot bottel All Gold tamatiesous bedien. Ja, dit was nog die goeie ou dae toe ons nie skaam was vir bottels op die tafel nie!
Resultaat: Dit is my kinder-hartskos-trooskos en ek dink dit is heerlik. Daarom kry dit saam met my meer innoverende tamatiesous ʼn welverdiende tweede plek.
Tweede plek:  Kook en Geniet se macaroni-en-kaas

Tweede plek: Kook en Geniet se macaroni-en-kaas

In die derde plek: Jamie Oliver se macaroni-en-kaas
Jamie se macaroni-en-kaas is baie interessant en kry tamaties, lourierblare en tien knoffelhuisies in die kaassous. Ek het geskrik vir al die knoffel en het net ses gebruik, maar ek dink tog jy moet nie ʼn bangbroek soos ek wees nie en al tien insit. Al wat ek sal verander om dit meer romerig te maak is om die pasta met 100 g te verminder tot 500 g.
Resultaat: ʼn Baie geurige en bevredigende macaroni-en-kaas met ʼn unieke lourierblaar geur.

Wat sê die kookboek outeure?
Alida Ryder: Ek maak dit soos my ma dit gemaak het met skywe tamatie en baie witpeper. Vir my man maak ek ʼn bier en spek macaroni-en-kaas – hy vrek daaroor!
Errieda du Toit: Ek is ook mal oor Jamie Oliver se macaroni-en-kaas, en nee, dit gee nie ʼn knoffel-hangover nie.
Sonia Cabano: Ek hou daarvan om drie soorte kaas in die sous te sit met ‘n lagie gaar, fyngekapte spinasie wat met neutmuskaat gegeur is.

Heston Blumenthal se macaroni-en-kaas
(Heston gee al die bestanddele in gramme aan)
20 g sout
200 g macaroni
15 g truffel-olie
300 g droë witwyn
300 g goeie hoenderaftreksel, warm
80 g parmesaan kaas, fyn gerasper en 20 g ekstra vir bak
10 g mielieblom
80 g roomkaas

Voorverhit die roosterelement. Kook 2 kg water, gooi die sout en pasta by en kook vir ongeveer 7 minute tot al dente. Gooi die truffel olie oor die pasta, roer deur en sit eenkant. Kook die witwyn in ʼn pot tot dit na 30 g verminder het. Voeg die hoenderaftreksel by en bring tot kookpunt. Meng die parmesaan met die mielieblom en roer by die hoenderaftreksel totdat dit ten volle geïnkorporeer en verdik het. Gooi nou die pasta by en kook vir ʼn minuut of twee totdat die pasta warm is. Roer die roomkaas by. Geur met sout. Skep in gesmeerde oondvaste bak, gooi die 20 g parmesaan oor en rooster tot bruin.

My variasie van Kook en Geniet se macaroni-en-kaas
Bedien: 6
1 liter melk
5 eiers
15 ml mosterdpoeier
5 ml sout
2.5 ml swart peper
750 ml cheddar kaas, gerasper
4 koppies macaroni, gekook
Tamatiesous
250 g tamaties, in blokkies gesny
15 ml olyfolie
80 ml water
5 ml suiker
250 ml All Gold tamatiesous
ʼn handvol vars basiliekruid, geskeur
Voorverhit die oond tot 160 °C . Klits die melk, eiers, mosterdpoeier, sout en peper saam. Voeg die kaas en gaar macaroni by. Skep in gesmeerde oondvaste bak en bak vir een uur tot gaar. Tamatiesous: Verhit die olyfolie en braai tamaties totdat die pan droog is. Voeg die water by en kook weer tot droog. Roer die suiker en tamatiesous in en laat dit een minuut kook. Laastens roer die basiliekruid by.

Jamie Oliver se macaroni-en-kaas
45 g botter
3 rondvol eetlepels meel
10 knoffelhuisies, fyn gesny
6 lourierblare, vars
1 liter melk
450g macaroni, gekook volgens die pakkie aanwysing
8 tamaties, rof opgesny in blokke
150 g cheddar kaas, gerasper
100 g parmesaan kaas, gerasper
ʼn paar vars tiemietakkies, blaartjies gepluk
‘n paar skote Worcestershire sous
2.5 ml neutmuskaat
sout
swart peper

Voorverhit die oond tot 220 °C. Smelt die botter in ʼn groot pot oor lae hitte. Voeg die meel by en roer tot ʼn gladde pasta. Verhoog die hitte tot medium en voeg die knoffel by. Roer aanhoudend totdat die knoffel goudkleurig en klewerig is. Gooi die lourierblare by en roer. Gooi nou die melk geleidelik by en roer voortdurend tot die sous dik en glad is. Laat dit vir ʼn paar minute kook terwyl jy aanhoudend roer. Skep die pasta by die witsous en verwyder van die hitte. Geur jou gekapte tamaties goed met sout en peper en voeg dit saam met die kaas en tiemie by die pasta mengsel. Geur nou met Worcestershire sous en neutmuskaat. Skep in gesmeerde oondvaste bak en bak vir 30 minute.

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tomato + chorizo pasta = perfect weekend dish

tomato + chorizo pasta = perfect weekend dish

{extravagant treat}
This pasta is an extravagant treat yet plain + simple. It is one of those really easy recipes but it is so delicious that your family or guests might think you had been slaving away for hours … It is warm and hearty and perfect for friends popping over for dinner and is best served with a sultry smile and a good glass of red wine.

{bliss}
What I used in this recipe is my tried and tested, home styled tomato sauce recipe – it’s just olive oil, basil, garlic and tomatoes. After the tomatoes have popped open they ooze this richly irresistible, fresh cooked puree which forms this thick, lava like sauce of yumminess. I then add thin slivers of chorizo – let the tomato and chorizo pasta sauce simmer for a few minutes. And there you have it … done + dusted. Just do not forget the glass and a bottle of good red wine. Bliss!

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chorizo pasta

 

chorizo pasta a perfect weekend dish
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 900g Rosa tomatoes
  • 200ml Olive oil – good quality (I know this sounds a lot but the tomatoes burst open to combine with the olive oil, garlic and basil to create a really amazing sauce )
  • 2 Handfuls of fresh basil
  • 8 Garlic cloves – peeled but kept in whole segments
  • 225g Chorizo sausage thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 150 – 200g Fresh parmesan cheese – shaved with potato peeler
  • 500g Spaghetti cooked as instructed on pack
Instructions
  1. Add the olive oil to a large pan / pot and add the garlic and about one handful of shredded or torn basil leaves. Heat the oil very slowly on low-medium. Remember, we are wanting to the olive oil to infuse with the garlic and basil. Infuse for about 5 minutes – please do not burn the garlic.
  2. Add all the tomatoes; turn up the heat to medium high and cook for +- 20 minutes without the saucepan lid.
  3. You will see the tomatoes will start to burst open and infuse with the olive oil.
  4. Add the chorizo and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Season generously with salt and freshly grounded black pepper. Please be sure to taste when you season!
  6. Just before serving, add the rest of the basil. To finish your dish take a potato peeler and shave some slices of good Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over your dish.

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mac + cheese + tomato sauce = no frills + no fuss + just eat

mac + cheese + tomato sauce = no frills + no fuss + just eat

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This one is quick + easy and been a firm family favourite through the years. I remember sitting around the kitchen table, the radio playing in the background (there was no TV in those days)… My dad saying grace and thereafter mom bringing in this big baking tray full of steaming mac + cheese.

We did not have the fancy or posh mac and cheese – there was no bacon, no mushrooms, no cream etc … our mac and cheese came straight out of the Kook and Geniet and straight out of the oven. The basic ingredients are milk, eggs, macaroni and cheese. It’s the baked version that you can cut in blocks. We used to just get these blocks on our plates and in the middle of the table was a bottle of tomato sauce – and that was it for us … heaven.

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So today I took the same recipe my mom used and tweaked the ingredients to suit my adult taste buds. When it came to the tomato sauce I had to make a few changes – I fried some plump delicious rosa tomatoes in olive oil, added tomato sauce and fresh basil. Its still my  mom’s mac + cheese + tomato sauce – with a little twist. Life seemed much more simpler then. At least I can say that this recipe has remained simple and easy … give it a go.

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mac and cheese

 

mac + cheese + tomato sauce = no frills + no fuss + just eat
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1L Milk
  • 5 Eggs
  • 3t Mustard powder
  • 1t Salt
  • ½t Black pepper
  • 3 Cups of grated cheese
  • 4 Cups of cooked macaroni
  • Tomato sauce
  • 250g Rosa tomatoes - cut in half
  • 1T Olive oil
  • 80 ml Water
  • 1t Sugar
  • 250ml Tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves – shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Mix the milk, eggs, mustard powder, salt and pepper all together. Then add the cheese and cooked macaroni.
  3. Butter a baking dish well and add the mixture and bake for 1 hour.
  4. For tomato sauce: Heat the olive oil and fry tomatoes till the pan is quite dry. Add the water and cook again till quite dry.Then add the sugar + tomato sauce – heat through. Finally add the fresh basil + season to taste + serve with your mac + cheese.

 

 

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shades of night – the alluring aubergine

shades of night – the alluring aubergine

Although I did not quite start painting I decided I wanted to bring this mysterious aura of the aubergine into one photograph – to highlight its mysteriousness and allow the almost reclusive mood of the vegetable to translate onto the plate – anel

aubergine and tomato pasta

I always had a deep love for aubergines – something more than the usual obsession … when I see aubergines I want to design and create. I want to take out a canvas and start painting all its deep and alluring hues. The aubergine is just so mysterious and captivating, I don’t know if it is the beautiful shape with the green crown or that dark purple colour – or when you cut them they are full of these beautiful seeds and flesh – something dark, almost sinister yet enticing.

My mom used to sprinkle it with salt, then just roll it into some flour and fry then in a pan of oil. She then gave it a little sprinkle of Worcestershire sauce – and I was in heaven. Soft, delicious and packed with flavour.

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So with this all said, I decided to keep this recipe simple using only tomatoes and some red peppers however, my creativity got the better of me after I took the pics. Although I did not quite start painting I decided I wanted to bring this mysterious aura of the aubergine into one photograph – to highlight its mysteriousness and allow the almost reclusive mood of the vegetable to translate onto the plate. Enjoy.

aubergine and tomato pasta

 

aubergine + tomato pasta
 
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Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 500g Aubergines – cut into 1 cm circles - leave the skin on
  • 500g Rosa tomatoes
  • One whole garlic bulb – cut in half (do not peel or break into smaller cloves)
  • 1 Red pepper sliced thinly
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh basil
  • 500g Pasta – cooked as per packet instructions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 C°. Sprinkle the tomatoes, red pepper, garlic generously with olive oil and paint both sides of the aubergine with the olive oil. Place everything on a baking tray sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and bake for 40 minutes.
  2. In the mean time cook your pasta until al dente.
  3. When done squeeze some of the roasted tomatoes with your hands into a pulp over the pasta – mix into the pasta. It forms a tomato sauce for the pasta.
  4. Tear the aubergines and add the red peppers. Squeeze the garlic out of the shells and add to the dish.
  5. Season liberally with Maldon salt and some pepper and a good sprinkle with olive oil.
  6. Finish the dish off by adding parmesan shavings and freshly chopped parsley and some basil leaves.

 

 

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poppy’s roasted chicken + herby tomato orzo

poppy’s roasted chicken + herby tomato orzo

poppy’s roasted chicken + herby tomato orzo

We’re fortunate enough to live in a real suburban neigbourhood – picket fences, children in the streets, we don’t ever lock our doors and then we had this most amazing relationship with our neighbours.  Poppy (fromGreece) and Giuseppe (from Malta) were our neighbours for the past 8 years and they have  really become like a  second set of parents.  Poppy and I have always shared an incredible  love for food while the men shared the same love for their gardens.   When  I woke up in the mornings I would hear Poppy working in her kitchen – cooking and baking away on one of her many Greek creations.  There is no-one  in my eyes that  can cook like Poppy – or better than Poppy for that matter.  She is someone who can  take the simplest of ingredients and transform them  into these most amazing dishes.

At times when I was sad or  lonely when hubby was away I used  to sit in her kitchen in my pajamas, having a cup of coffee and waiting for a fresh bread or croissant coming out of her oven – she nurtured my body and soul. In the evenings I will hear a holler from over the wall….Aaa-néééél – then I rushed to the wall and there Poppy would be with a sample (enough for  Rick and I and another two people) of what she cooked during the day.

One of the dishes that she sent over the wall on several occasions was roasted chicken with orzo. Poppy taught me how to make this dish – yes, I have I added my own twist to it – but it’s still my Poppy’s dish.

Poppy and Giuseppe have since moved and our life is not quite the same without them but they are not too far away and never out of my thoughts.

I love you and miss you, Poppy. I made this specially for you on Dinner Divas.

roasted chicken + herby tomato orzo
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Chicken
  • 6 Chicken thighs
  • 1t Dry oreganum
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tomato Mix
  • ½ Tin (205g) Rhodes Oreganum and Basil Tomato Mix
  • 1 Tin (410g) Rhodes Whole Peeled Tomatoes – chopped
  • 1t Rhodes Tomato Paste
  • 3 Cloves of garlic finely grated
  • 60ml Olive oil
  • 200g Cherry tomatoes
  • 125ml Dry white wine
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1t Ground black pepper
  • 1t Sugar
  • Pasta Rice
  • 300g Cooked pasta rice
  • 1T Olive oil
  • 250g Grated Halloumni cheese (if you don’t have Halloumni cheese you can replace this with hard grated feta cheese)
  • 1t Dry mint
  • 2T Fresh parsley – finely chopped
  • 2 T Fresh basil – finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 °C.
  2. Rub some olive oil onto the chicken pieces.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, sprinkle with the oreganum and then set aside.
  4. Add all the ingredients of the tomato mix into an oven roasting pan and stir well.
  5. Then place the chicken pieces on top of the tomato mix.
  6. Put in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  7. In the meanwhile cook your pasta rice.
  8. Drain the pasta rice with a sieve (not a colander as the rice drops through) and wash under hot water.
  9. Add the olive oil and mix.
  10. Then add the rest of the pasta rice ingredients and mix well.
  11. After 35 minutes take the chicken dish out of the oven.
  12. Remove the chicken pieces and set these aside for the moment.
  13. Also remove the whole baby tomatoes as we are going to use these for the salad later.
  14. Add the pasta rice to the tomato mixture – mix well then add the chicken and thereafter put the whole dish back in the oven for 10 minutes and bake.
  15. Take out of the oven and taste whether further seasoning if necessary.
  16. Serve hot in individual bowls with the pasta rice serving as a bed on which to rest the roasted chicken breasts.

 

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herby chicken + stem broccoli + parmesan and lemon pasta = healthy springtime surprise

herby chicken + stem broccoli + parmesan and lemon pasta = healthy springtime surprise

herby chicken + stem broccoli + parmesan and lemon pasta

My mom, Babs, is in her eighties, extremely healthy and has been a size 10 her whole life. She is one of those “odd” people who does not like butter, cream, fatty foods, deep fried foods, chips and crisps or anything unhealthy and then she also does’nt like too much spices either – not like her not-so-small-foodie-wine-drinking-spice-loving-daughter! Lean proteins, huge salads, vegetables, different kinds of fruit and whole grains are part of her daily regimen – washed down with a cuppa tea or two or ten – and then … always a healthy strong whiskey every single night. I have to admit though that she has been prone to a bit of strong cheese and a dash of olive oil here and there just to keep the body parts in good working order.

So when Babs comes to visit I have to cook something healthy and therefore for our Sunday lunch recently I prepared a chicken breast covered in fresh herbs, some stem broccoli and I served it on parmesan + lemon flavoured pasta. It was delicious, fresh with a light and dreamy springtime flavour… but most importantly … mom approved. Enjoy!



herby chicken + stem broccoli + parmesan and lemon pasta = healthy springtime surprise
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the chicken
  • 4 Skinless deboned chicken breasts
  • 1T Olive oil
  • 1 Clove garlic – peeled and sliced in 4 slices length ways
  • 2 T Fresh coriander – chopped
  • 2T Fresh parsley – chopped
  • 1T Fresh basil – chopped
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • For the spaghetti
  • Cook enough spaghetti for 4 people
  • 2T Olive oil
  • 75g Grated parmesan cheese
  • 2T Fresh parsley – chopped
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • For the stem broccoli
  • 4 or more stem broccoli
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Chicken: Make small incisions into the chicken breasts and insert a sliver of garlic into each breast.
  2. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix all chopped herbs together – parsley, coriander and basil.
  4. Then press the breasts in the fresh herbs – so that the herbs coat both sides of the chicken breasts.
  5. Using a non-stick pan fry the breasts till done – while frying squeeze a bit of lemon over the chicken.
  6. When done put aside.
  7. Pasta: Add the parmesan, olive oil and lemon in a bowl – mix well and add to the cooked pasta.
  8. Then mix the parsley through.
  9. Taste the pasta for seasoning – add some more salt and add the black pepper.
  10. Stem broccoli: Cook as per packet instructions – normally only 3-4 minutes.
  11. Immediately put in a bath of ice water.
  12. After a while, warm the broccoli up again in the same pot you have cooked them – add a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  13. To assemble: Place the cooked pasta the bottom of the bowl. Add the stem broccoli and then the chicken breast. To serve, add another drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon and parmesan shavings.

 

 

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wheat + mushroom + thyme = delizioso risotto

wheat + mushroom + thyme = delizioso risotto

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I love wheat….and I love Italians. I am fascinated by the way Italians eat and the way they cook – it is the simplicity and the flavours, their history and the la famiglia. I grew up with wheat on our table and have always loved the earthy crunchiness of wheat, its healthy and nutritious in so many forms, its cheap and then of course it is also grown just around the corner from us in Malmesbury. What got me thinking about Italians and wheat was a fabulous foodie get-together with #chicksthatchow (see below)* at the Italian restaurant, Zibaldone. It was a spectacular feast of Italian cuisine and the kind of atmosphere that makes a South African like me feel part of the greater La Famiglia…

What stole my heart and took my gastronomic spirit on a wheat journey was the lamb tortellini with creamed pearl barley. Out of my endless curiosity when it comes to food, I had to explore wheat as a risotto ingredient. I went back to Jamie’s basic risotto recipe that I use every time I make risotto and tweaked it somewhat by replacing the risotto rice with wheat and added some martini and mascarpone cheese. It is so delicious and crunchy. It has such a proud and distinctive nutty undertone of flavour and can be enjoyed as a main meal or accompany any beef or lamb dish.

*About #chicksthatchow: we are a group of “taste, tipple and tweet” women who celebrate life, happiness and all things good over a serving of fabulous food and a glass or two of the best pressed grapes whenever or wherever the mood or the menu may take us. #chicksthatchow was founded by the inspiring and enchanting Errieda du Toit, aka @huiskok and now the presiding President of #chicksthatchow.

Divertiti…!

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wheat + mushroom + thyme risotto
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup of wheat – pre-cooked for 25 minutes without salt in the water
  • 1T Olive oil
  • 1 T Butter
  • 1 Medium onion – finely chopped
  • 1 Celery stick – finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic – grated
  • 60ml Martini Bianco
  • 450 ml Stock of your choice
  • 40g Grated parmesan
  • 2 Generous tablespoons of mascarpone cheese
  • For mushrooms
  • 500g Mushrooms – any sort – thinly sliced
  • 2T Olive oil
  • 2T Butter
  • 2T Fresh thyme –leaves picked
  • 2 Cloves garlic – grated
  • Pinch of chilli powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Big squeeze of lemon juice
  • 30g Chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Prepare the mushrooms first: Cook the mushrooms, thyme and garlic in the olive oil and butter in batches in a very hot pan – season each batch with salt and black pepper. Do not let the mushrooms become soggy; they should be a beautiful nutty and brown colour.
  2. When cooked add the chilli powder, a squeeze of lemon juice and the chopped parsley and then set aside.
  3. Melt the butter over medium heat in a pot and add the olive oil.
  4. Add the onion and celery and fry for about 5 minutes till translucent.
  5. Add the garlic and let it fry for another few minutes then add the cooked wheat. Slowly fry the wheat for a minute or two.
  6. Add the Martini – and stir till the martini has evapourated.
  7. Now start adding the stock ladle by ladle – allow each ladle to be absorbed by your ingredients in the pot before you add the next one.
  8. Continue until all stock has been added to the saucepan. Remember… your wheat needs to stay moist and creamy.
  9. Now add the mushrooms – give it a good stir.
  10. Then add the parmesan and mascarpone.
  11. Taste for seasoning – it is not normally necessary to add salt – but I always give it an extra pinch of black pepper.
  12. Serve with beautiful fresh Italian bread and a glass of good red wine.

 

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tomato pasta sauce + 10 variations to spice it up

tomato pasta sauce + 10 variations to spice it up

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I made a tomato pasta sauce with well-renowned and fabulous Nina Timm at her home earlier today. What an honour and absolute delight to meet and spend a day with this amazing woman! Yip, she is the wonder behind the much followed www.my-easy-cooking.com blog. We laughed, we cooked and shared so many stories from our past and talked about the thrills of living in today…. I will be chatting to her tomorrow on her RSG radio broadcast between 9 and 10 am and share what we did today. I am so inspired and so alive … Nina I thank you for one of the best days of my life and to cooking up many more memories in the future!

Back to the sauce … I am a freakishly mad about tomatoes. So obviously my most favourite pasta sauce is a tomato-based sauce … made from fresh, ripe, juicy tomatoes that brim with flavour. I read about this method to make tomato sauce a few years ago in a magazine – unfortunately I cannot remember or find the magazine between the thousands of foodie magazines lying around in my house – please try this, it is definitely the most delicious tomato sauce you will ever taste!!

Variations you can add to the tomato sauce + remember always sprinkle generously with shaved parmesan!

  1. Cut chorizo sausages in slices and add – this makes it a rich and spicy dish.
  2. Bacon (+ chilies optional) – everyone loves bacon! Adding a somewhat smoky flavour to your pasta.
  3. Meatballs – you can make this on Sunday and just add in the week to your pasta dish.
  4. Lots of fresh chopped chilies – simple, yet always deliciously and one of my favourites.
  5. Capers + olives + anchovies + chilies – my absolute favourite!
  6. Any seafood – prawns, calamari, fish, mussels – add them to the tomato based sauce at the end of the cooking process – let it simmer through for 5 minutes – taste for seasoning again after you have added any seafood.
  7. Fresh herbs (basil, parsley) and lots of rocket – mix it with the sauce – yum.
  8. Roasted vegetables + olives + capers + crumbled feta – these produce lovely Mediterranean tastes.
  9. Artichokes, creamy feta cheese + sprinkle of dry oregano (use the oregano very sparingly).
  10. Fresh slices of buffalo mozzarella + sprinkled with smoked Maldon salt .

 

tomato pasta sauce + 10 variations to spice it up
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 900g Rosa tomatoes
  • 200ml Olive oil – good quality (I know this sounds a lot but the tomatoes burst open to combine with the olive oil, garlic and basil - and creates the most amazing sauce )
  • 8 Garlic cloves – peeled but kept in whole segments
  • Handful fresh Basil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 150 – 200g Fresh parmesan cheese – shaved with potato peeler
  • 500g Penne pasta (or spaghetti)
Instructions
  1. Add the olive oil to a large pan / pot and add the garlic and about one handful of torn basil leaves. Heat the oil very slowly on low-medium – we want to infuse the oil with the garlic and basil. Infuse for about 5 minutes – please don’t burn the garlic.
  2. Add all the tomatoes, turn up the heat to medium high and cook for +- 20 minutes without the saucepan lid.
  3. You will see the tomatoes will start to burst open and infuse with the olive oil.
  4. Season generously with salt and freshly grounded black pepper. Please be sure to taste when you season!
  5. Just before serving, add the rest of the basil and sprinkle generously with shaved parmesan
  6. You can use the sauce just as is or see the 10 variations above you can add at the end for an interesting twist.

 

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