Coloured Pasta

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This was my first go at coloured pasta, I’ve seen loads of posts on instagram showing beautiful colour pasta shapes and needed to give it a go. It was a lot easier that I originally thought, although my filling shape needs to be improved. lol! Practise makes perfect as they say….lol.

I use my Kitchen Aid pasta roller for this but any handheld pasta roller or even a rolling pin will do.

The general rule of thumb when making pasta is:-

100g ‘OO’ Flour, 1 egg, pinch salt. (makes enough for 2 small portions)

If you need more simply double everything ie: 200g flour, 2 eggs etc, 400g flour, 4 eggs etc.

 

For the basic past dough:-

100g ‘OO’ Flour

1 egg

Pinch of salt

For the Colouring:-

1 tsp Beetroot Powder (Red)

1 tsp Blue Pea Powder (Blue/Purple)

1 tsp Spinach Powder (Green)

You can of course use any colour you wish.

Extras:-

Semolina

Baking Sheet

Pastry Cutter

Filling:-

60g Ricotta

60g Marscapone

1 tsp nutmeg

handful chopped Dill or Spinach

40g Parmesan grated

 

  1. Make a well in the middle of your flour on a flat surface.
  2. Crack the egg into a jug, add the tsp of colouring and salt and whisk until blended, pour into the well of flour.
  3. Gently with a fork mix a little of the flour into the egg, once it starts to come together use your hands to bring together into a dough. If it is too dry just dip your fingers into water and add. You want the dough to be like a child’s play dough type texture.                                                                                                                                            20191025_181244
  4. Once in a ball wrap in cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Using the pasta roller, roll through on 1 twice, then fold the edges in, this is to try and keep the pasta sheet shape, then roll through on 1 again twice then 2,3,4,5 twice then a final roll on 6 then 7 just once. Sprinkle some semolina on a baking sheet and lay pasta down, this is to try and stop it from drying and sticking too much.
  6. Once all your sheets are ready, change cutter to tagliatelle. Choosing just 2 of the colours, pass through the cutter, then coat the strips in semolina to stop sticking together.
  7. Take each strip of colour and lay onto the final colour past sheet and press down, then put through the pasta roller to combine on setting 4, then 6 then 7 just once.
  8. Now you can decide on your shape, cut using pasta cutter.
  9. If filling, turn upside down 1 sheet and add dollops of your filling leaving enough space between, using a little water to edge the pasta (this allows the seal). Take the other pasta sheet and place on top and press around filling to seal ensuring no air bubbles. Freeze the filled pasta and then cook from frozen when required. (By freezing you ensure that the filling doesn’t leak when cooking)

     

    I had some tagliatelle left over, so I just cooked in a little salt water for 2 minutes using my steam pot on my pasta setting, drained and mixed with the left over cheese mixture (quick little snack)

     

If you have any excess, allow to completely dry out by hanging (48 hours) then just bag or jar (ensuring covered with semolina to stop sticking).

Enjoy.

 


Classic Lasagne

My first try at making my own lasagne and it was delicious, there are so many different ways to making a lasagne but I decided to start it would be the classic, as you can never really go wrong with the good old recipes.

My new oven actually has a Lasagne setting which took away my thinking of what the correct temperature, humidity and cooking elements to be used. I am impressed, a perfectly baked lasagne. (ok some may say a bit too browned on top, but my partner likes it that way…lol).

Makes for 2-3

250g minced beef

1 red onion – finely chopped

1 clove of garlic – crushed

1 tbsp olive oil for fry

1 red pepper – diced

1 tbsp flour

250g tomatoes, skinned and chopped (to skin, score tomatoes and place in a pot of boiling water for about 10 mins, the skin will then easily peel away) or you could use chopped tin tomatoes.

2 tbsp tomato puree

100ml beef stock

100ml white wine

2 tsp dried oregano

Salt & pepper

Lasagne sheets – I used wholewheat

For the sauce

25g butter

25g flour

250ml milk

150g grated cheddar cheese

 

Method:-

  1. Gently fry the onion and garlic in a pan with the oil for a few mins until brown.
  2. Add the mince and cook through
  3. Add the chopped pepper and cook for a few mins
  4. Add the tomatoes, stock, wine, tomato puree and oregano, season well, mix through and simmer for 30 mins uncovered. If still too wet, add some flour to help thicken or increase heat and boil for a couple of mins. 20170522_175815
  5. Meanwhile to make the cheese sauce, add the butter, milk and flour to a pan and gently heat through stirring continuously until it starts to bubble, then add 100g of the grated cheese and mix through for about 2 mins. 20170522_175840
  6. Place some of the meat in a lasagne dish, then cover with some lasagne sheets, then pour over some of the cheese sauce, continue to layer until you finish with the sauce. I got 2 layers. Sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese.
  7. Set your oven to 170 deg fan and cook for approx 35-40 mins if you haven’t got a lasagne setting.
  8. Serve. Oh yummy!

You can do a vegetarian version by replacing beef stock and mince with veg stock and vegetables of your choice. You could even do a chicken lasagne with chicken stock. The options are endless.

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Chocolate & Orange Amaretto Biscuits

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A wee afternoon treat to myself, I love Amaretto and I love coffee, no better way than to combine them. I had some Amaretto flavoured coffee left over so decided to try that instead of the liqueur in the biscuits (as I had none) and it so worked.

Makes 12 biscuits

200g all purpose flour

100g sugar

80g butter

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp amaretto coffee, my fav from the Edinburgh Tea & coffee Company

1 tbsp orange flavouring

50g cocoa powder

 

  1. Firstly make the amaretto coffee in a cafetiere.                                                                                               20160703_161407
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder ,baking powder and butter together. Then add in the coffee and orange flavouring, mix together until you get a dough like consistency.
  3. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and refrigerate for about an hour just enough so you can roll out.
  4. Remove from fridge and roll out to approx 1cm thick, place some greaseproof paper or parchmont paper on a baking tray.
  5. Using a cutter, cut out the biscuits and place onto baking sheet. Bake for approx 15 mins at 200 deg.
  6. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool and crisp up. Sprinkle some icing sugar over and serve.

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Wee Italian toast snacks

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I purchased some Soya Based Mozzarella from Muckle Coo Ltd at my local Glasgow Food Assembly https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 this week.  Jill (the owner) at Muckle Coo Ltd makes handmade Soya based Meltable Mozzarella style balls that are Dairy/Gluten free & Vegan friendly. The two day process uses 83% organic ingredients (however, as its not 95% I can’t list any of the components as organic).
They are: Soya beans, water extra virgin rapeseed oil, tapioca flour, Carrageenan, sea salt, bifidus & acidophilus.

It was absolutely delicious! I decided to melt them onto Olive bread topped with cherry tomatoes and fresh chopped basil, such a tasty wee snack.

 

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When Thai meets Italy

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Couldn’t decide between Thai or Italian for lunch……so why not have both? This was a tasty wee snack for lunch that just simply worked. I love creating in my kitchen. Sun was shining today and wanted a refreshing lunch snack with a bit of a punch.

 

4 x Thai Rice papers

About 12 king prawns (3 in each wrap)

Handful of my favourite Italian pasta – Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (translated – black squid ink spaghetti) 20160515_135909

Handful of Kalette leaves – steamed

Peanut satay sauce – my favourite is by Cottage Delights as it has a nice spice kick to it.

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Parmesan Cheese – grated

1 tbsp crushed peanuts

 

  1. Cook pasta as per instructions. It does look a bit like worms…..lol!                                                     20160515_141611
  2. Heat a griddle pan to a high heat and griddle the prawns for a few minutes on each side. Then mix with the peanut sauce.                                                                                                                                                      20160515_141331  20160515_141806
  3. Soak the rice paper as per instructions.
  4. Assemble together with kalette leaves, spaghetti, prawns then shavings of parmesan, the roll to make your parcels. I always find folding the sides in then rolling keeps everything in better.                                                         20160515_142430
  5. Place on a plate, sprinkle peanuts over and serve with a little of the peanut satay sauce.  Yummy!

 


Italian Parmesan Potatoes with Roasted Rainbow Vegetables

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Another amazing purchase from the Food Assembly this week, Fresh Rainbow Beetroots and Carrots….I just love the colours and design of these vegetables, makes my plate of food more exciting. I made some lovely Italian potatoes to go with these for my fantastic veg dinner tonight. So tasty, full of flavour and very, very healthy, at under 400 calories per plate it’s a winner!

 

Serves 2

4 small roasting potatoes – cut into 4 lengthways (like wedges)

1 yellow beetroot – sliced (just look at the lovely rings inside)

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1 purple carrot – chopped into chunks

1 orange carrot – chopped into chunks

Italian seasoning

Parmesan Cheese

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 210 deg.
  2. In a roasting tin, lightly spray base with light spray oil and place the potatoes facing upward in the dish. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and Italian seasoning to desired taste, then grate a little parmesan cheese over top of potatoes. 20160426_193920
  3. In a separate roasting tin, place in beetroot and carrots and spread out evenly, sprinkle a little olive oil over and season with salt & pepper, nothing else, you want to taste the amazing flavours from these vegetables.   20160426_173054
  4. Place both in hot oven and bake for about 40 minutes.
  5. 5 minutes before ready, remove potatoes and grate a little more parmesan cheese and put back.

Serve! Yummy!

 

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My visit at the Global Market Village in Glasgow

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I was lucky enough to win some vouchers for this years Global Market Village, it is another huge celebration of culture, flavour and diversity! With over 40 different traders, Glasgow was bursting with a fantastic atmosphere where shoppers have the chance to explore a number of represented countries during this free event!

From a range of different Curries to a Greek grill, Spanish paella, Traditional German Schwenkgrill, French Crepes and not forgetting the amazing Italian Cuisine on offer there was something for everyone, my mouth was watering with every step.

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I well and truly spend all my vouchers, I went around the world but decided to France and Italy for my purchases, with some amazing spaghetti to French Patisserie delights and beautifully coloured and flavoured meringues I was in my element. Lovely day walking around and amazing smells.

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Here is what I picked up, can’t wait to get cooking. The pastries and meringues were amazing.

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My Italian Spicy Chicken with Vermicelli

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I really fancied something Italian tonight, already had most of these Ingredients in my kitchen, so a little of this and a little of that, and voila a tasty and still healthy little Italian Dish.

Serves 2

2 x Chicken Breast cut into chunks

4 tbsp of Paprika

2 nests of Wholegrain Vermicelli

1 Red and 1 Green Pepper – chopped

1 white onion – chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

10-12 Piccolo Tomatoes – halved

250ml tomato passata

1 tbsp chilli

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp coriander

1 tbsp basil

1 tsp garlic

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

 

1. Coat the chicken chunks with the paprika and brown in a saucepan or wok with the olive oil

2. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside

3. Put onion, peppers and all spices in pan and cook under slightly tender

4. Add back to the pan the chicken and mix.

5. Then add the tomato passata and red wine vinegar, stir and reduce to a simmer for 5 mins.

6. Meanwhile place the vermicelli in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 4 mins, then add to the pan and stir through for 2 mins.

7. Serve. Yum! Goes well with a lovely glass of Chardonnay. You can also add some parmesan on top for extra flavour.


My Spicy Homemade Meatballs and Spagetti.

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My spicy meatballs with spaghetti Serves 2

For the Meatballs:-

300g Scottish steak mince

1 red onion finely chopped

1 tsp thyme

25g Parmasan

1 tsp Paprika

1 egg

1 tsp Garlic

Salt & Pepper

 

For the Sauce:-

300g Passata

100 g Water

Basil, Handful chopped

1 tbsp. Garlic

1 tbsp Tomato puree

1 tsp caster sugar

Few drops of Tobasco or more I you like it really spicy

 

Method:-

1. Mix all the Meatball ingredients together to form a ball, then break up into small meatball size portions. I got 14.

2. Brown meatballs in a frying pan until cooked all over.

3. Meanwhile cook pasta as per instructions.

4. Add all the sauce ingredients into the same pan as the meatballs and stir through, heat on a high heat but not boiling for about 10 mins.

5. Dish up and serve with some parmesan cheese on top and a wee glass of vino. Yummy!


Healthy Dinner in under 3 minutes!

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Scottish Salmon with Potato, Spinach and Beetroot Gnocchetti.  (Whole meal 420 calories and 3 minutes to cook!)

 

I visited the Hopetoun Farm Shop and found this Tri Gnocchetti, thought it sounded lovely and yes it tasted fabulous too. Made in Italy by the Fresh Pasta Company. Needed to Scottish the meal up though, so I bought some fresh Scottish Salmon.

1 x Portion of Scottish Salmon – I used my Automatic Fish programme on my Combi Microwave, it steam cooks it in under 2.05 mins for a 125g portion. I splashed some lemon juice and some fresh chopped parsley on top. Lovely!

1 x 150g portion of Gnocchetti – Bring a pan of water to boil, drop in Gnocchetti and cook on high heat for about 60 seconds or until they rise to top of water, remove with slotted spoon, place onto plate and top with Salmon.

Serve with a lovely Chardonnay. Mmmmmmmm! Perfecto Friday dinner.