Pizza: parma ham, goat's cheese and parsley

DIY Pizza: parma ham, goat’s cheese and parsley

I am almost always in the mood for a lovely Pizza Pie.I must confess, I do buy more of them then I make my self, but when I do have the time, its always a pleasant acquaintance! This recipe is really just a template for what ever your like on your pizza, feel free to substitute the toppings with your favorite choices.

Pizza dough

  • Tipo 00 flour
  • water
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Crumble the yeast into the lukewarm water , add salt and olive oil. Add flour until you have a nice dough. Keep kneading for about 5-10 minutes. then set to rest for about 1 hour. After resting, separate into fist size pieces and rest again for about 30min. Roll out to a thin disk.

Tomato sauce

  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil

Sweat of onions garlic and thyme, add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. fry for a couple of minutes. Season with salt, pepper and a god helping of olive oil. Blitz in a blender until smooth.

Toppings & assembly

  • Parma ham
  • Mozzarella
  • Goat’s cheese
  • Flat leaf parsley

Preheat the oven at full whack (if you have a pizza stone, now is the time to use it)  Roll out the dough, add a small layer of the tomato sauce. Add the toppings (Don’t overcrowd the pizza, or you will end up with a soggy crust.) Cook  for abut 10 min..

ENJOY !

Prawn Risotto

Prawn risotto with lemon and thyme

A Italian classic. Risotto has the ability to morph into whatever you like. A simple everyday dinner, or a fancy meal. This edition is on the simple side, with a fresh lemon and thyme taste.

Recipe

  • Prawns
  • Peas
  • Risotto rice
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • White whine
  • Chicken or vegetable stock
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh thyme
  • Butter

Chop and fry the celery, onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. Increase the heat and add the rice. Stir until the rice is translucent. Add the white whine and cock until reduced. Under constant stirring ad the stock ladle by ladle until the rice is al dente. Add the peas and prawns towards the end.

Finally add lemon, thyme and butter. Season with salt and pepper.

ENJOY !

Creamy spinach & bacon penne

Creamy spinach & bacon penne

Another quick, everyday pasta dish. The simple ingredients combine to give a tasty and filling meal.

Recipe

  • Pasta Penne
  • Bacon
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Cream
  • Nutmeg

Start cooking the Pasta..
Fry the bacon, remove from the pan (including most of the bacon fat), place on kitchen paper to drain.
Chop the onion and garlic and fry in the same pan.
Rinse the spinach and add to the pan.
Add the cream, season with nutmeg, salt&pepper
Drain the pasta and combine it with the sauce and bacon.

ENJOY !

Almond-parsley pesto with sweet fried tomatoes

Almond-parsley pesto with sweet fried tomatoes

I was looking for something to eat this evening, but with no energy to go grocery shopping, the requirements for this recipe was twofold.

1.  Only use ingredients I already had lying around.

2.  Easy and fast to make.

The end result was this pasta dish with a nontraditional homemade pesto. It’s literally possible to make this dish in the time it takes to cook the pasta.. thats pretty fast i my book 🙂

Recipe

  • Dried pasta, preferably linguini
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • Almonds
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Cherry Tomatoes

Start cooking the Pasta..
In a small pan, fry the cherry tomatoes in olive oil and salt & pepper
Toast the almonds in another pan
Combine parsley, thyme, chili, garlic, almonds and parmesan in a pestle & mortar and pound… Add olive oil until you have a fine paste. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice

Drain the pasta and combine with the pesto. Serve with the fried tomatoes…

ENJOY !

SpaghettiAndMeatballs

Meatballs

Another classic, and without tying to offend all the italian mama’s out there.. this one is the best version 🙂

Pasta

  • Homemade pasta (or linguini if you don’t have the time)

Meatballs

  • 1/2 part groud beef
  • 1/2 part ground pork
  • Onion
  • Stale bread
  • Egg
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic
  • Chopped sage
  • Salt & pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • White wine (or dry vermouth)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • Extra vergine olive oil

Blitz the bread in a mixer to make breadcrumbs, add the onion and garlic and until they are finely chopped

combine the mixture with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Form nice golfball size meatballs and fry in olive oil.

In a big pan, saute the onion and garlic. add the wine and reduce by half. Add the diced tomatoes and season to taste.

cook the pasta, and add to the sauce (include a little of the cooking water) finally add the meatballs and combine.

In a small pan, fry whole sage leaves until crisp

Serve with plenty of grated parmesan and crispy sage

ENJOY !