Squid Ink Pasta with Prawns

 

prawn and squid ink pasta.jpgI am a huge fan of black food. Think about it; Black truffles, black rice, black garlic, black quinoa and of course, black pasta have phenomenal taste and looks. I cooked squid ink pasta with prawns many times before but what really changed my cooking method was a tip I saw in Bon Appetit magazine (my cooking bible). I am sure their recipe was phenomenal, although they mentioned an ingredient I have never heard before and have no idea what it means (Nduja?). Continue reading

Chicken, Pasta Salad with Yogurt and Feta dressing

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Also known as left-over-chicken salad. Having said that, I find myself deliberately keeping some roasted chicken aside in order to make this salad the next day. It’s so irresistible. The dressing is tangy and fresh, and really takes this dish to another level. I use «Mitsides» shrimp shaped pasta as I think their thin grooves and twisted shape absorb the dressing best. You can also use small penne or small shells. Don’t even think of not using the paprika and chilli flakes. Heat and feta is a match made in heaven. Continue reading

Spicy Oyster Mushrooms with Lemon and Garlic

 

oyster1I bought all these mushrooms once to make a pasta sauce but never got round to it, as –and this is typical- I already cooked far more food than my guests could consume. So I got stuck with portobellos, cap and 500 grams of oyster mushrooms. The portobellos turned into a tasty mushroom stroganoff and the caps into a creamy mushroom soup. And that left the oysters. So I decided on something really quick, flavourful and spicy. I cooked them in my griddle pan with a little bit of oil then added tons of flavor with garlic, lemon and soy sauce. I finished them with a generous sprinkling of chili flakes (don’t even think of leaving them out) and yum! Seriously good eats! Continue reading