Creamy one-pot Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

one-pot orzo 1.jpgIf you are an 80’s Cypriot child like me, you must remember the way our grandparents used to cook the pasta. Boiling it in just salted water was as absurd and unreal as a science fiction movie. No spaghetti strand touched the water in the pot unless a chicken was boiling there for hours, thus creating the most delicious stock, the base for any great pasta meal. With a generous sprinkling of grated halloumi cheese and a light scattering of crushed, dried, mint leaves it was a delicious weeknight lunch or dinner for any Cypriot family. Continue reading

Broccoli and Pasta Gratin with Crunchy Almond Topping

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This dish is something between Mac and Cheese and Broccoli Gratin. It’s lighter than the first, richer than the second and absolutely delicious. I’m a real fan of Mac and Cheese but who needs all that fat if you can get away with half of it. This is not exactly “light”, but it does contain far less cheese than your average Mac and Cheese. Plus the addition of such a nutritious and tasty veggie like broccoli, makes me momentarily forget about all the calories. The topping is really the wow factor. Every bite is deliciously creamy but also crunchy and aromatic with the subtle taste of almonds and a hint of lemon.  Continue reading

Thai Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli

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I LOVE this! I really don’t know if I’m entitled to call them Thai noodles as I very much doubt this is an authentic Thai dish. Whatever the case, all the great Thai flavors are there; Lemongrass, ginger, chilies, kaffir lime leaves and garlic are blended together to form a delicious, aromatic paste, the heart of this dish. This recipe is very easy to prepare. The most important thing is preparation and having all ingredients within arms reach. Once you get that right, then all you need to do is just throw everything in the wok in the right sequence. Continue reading