Yesterday we had cha ca and fresh spring rolls for dinner, so there was some crab meat left.
Something had to be done with it today...
Here a pasta with dish I really like and which is very simple.
Of course you can do it with every pasta type but I really like the curly types. We brought Strozzapreti home from Sardinia, they are a good choice for this dish.
Cook the Strozzapreti in lot's of salt water. Meanwhile slightly fry some garlic in olive oil, I used fresh one from the garden, add chili flakes salt and pepper. Add the zest of one lemon. And the crabmeat and 1dl of the pasta water.
When the pasta are done mix with the crab sauce and ad 5 tbsp of double cream.
Decorate with some lemon basil if you can finde.
Got some beautiful fresh Calimari from Italy in the Globus store in Zurich and prepared the following dish:
Calimari beaten and sautéd in olive oil, garlic, peperoncini for 2 minutes while adding salt, in the end sprinkle with lemon juice.
Orechiette with trevisano and rocket salad:
heat olive oil in pan, add onions and garlic, throw in the trevisano, cook for short time then add a splash of white wine. In a bowl mix this with the pasta and the rocket. Dead simple and utterly georgious!
I tried to make fresh pasta last week. We live next to a pasta manufacturer where I can buy fresh pasta dough ready to fill.
I tried a filling of pumpkin, chestnut and oregano. Served only with butter, parmesan and black pepper. It turned out quite nice. Next time a will ad some cilli to the filling to make it a bit spicier and I'll make a bit more and put them in the freezer.
A simple and very nice pasta dish adapted from the river cafe pocket cook book recipe.
Mix 100 ml double cream with the zest of 2 lemons and the juice of one. Wash and cut off the fig stalks and cut into quarters.
While cooking the tagliatelle fry the figs very shortly (just to caramelize) on each side. Set aside and season with chili flakes (from two chillies).
Drain the pasta, put back in the pan, ad the cream mixture and the figs season with salt and pepper.
The different tastes and the spice of the chili works beautifully in this dish.
The river cafe pocket cook books I keep in my office, the place where one really needs cook books - I think. After work I usually have no Idea what to buy and cook for dinner. I think with every cook book one buys, one should get a login to an online recipe service...
My ginger and lime scampi are a classic with us by now. Chop lots of garlic, put oil, salt, chili flakes or fresh chili and grated ginger in the frying pan. Sprinkle your scampi with fine cane sugar. Pour contents of pan sizzling hot over your scampi and wait a while before putting them on the grill. Squeeze an entire lime and pour over scampi, - keep an extra lime to squeeze some over your grilled scampi before serving.
There's no way tomatoe spaghetti would've gone with this, - so I tried a fresh, kind of stir fried vegetable sauce to go with the spaghetti for starters instead.
Chop spring onion, celery, garlic, lemon, mint basil, parsley, baby tomatoes. Heat olive oil with a spoon full of tomatoe puree, add the garlic, stir fry the veg in this, add salt and pepper.
This is a real sardinian classic: prawns marinated with ginger, brown sugar, lime and chili and then grilled over the fire. As a starter there have to be the culurgiones from casa raviolo. Culurgiones are fresh pasta filled with potato and mint, a sardinian speciality. Serve them with a sauce of fresh tomatoes or with butter and sage.