Spaghetti Bolognaise

4A8BD3C8-6A1F-40FF-A14A-DD79F2286DB0Such a busy workday. Exhausted and hungry. Don’t wanna spent too much time in the kitchen and do wanna eat something healthy. As a real pasta fan the choice is quickly made… spaghetti bolognaise!

Easy recipe, you don’t need a lot of different ingredients and ready in about half an hour. What else do you want?

Ingredients for the bolognaise sauce

(serves 4 as a main course)

Olive oil

1 shallot – finely chopped and 1 garlic clove – crushed

250gr beef mince

4 fresh tomatoes

4 tablespoons of Elvea tomato paste

Instructions

(prep 5 mins, cook 25 mins)

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the shallot and the garlic and soften 5 mins

Add the minced meat and fry for 5 mins

Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste, stirr and add 250ml of water

Let cook for 15 more mins

 

 

 

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Pasta with prawns

3AEB68CD-CBAD-4D28-A421-A367C66737FESuch an easy peasy recipe, such a great taste!

Pasta with prawns in a tomato-cream sauce.

Perfect dinner for a Monday evening. Or in other words, how to prepare a nice pasta with only a few ingredients?

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Recipe

Boil the spaghetti following the instructions on the package. I use to go for the spaghettini nº1 from Soubry. Ready in 3-4 minutes.

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and fry a shallot & some fresh garlic for 2-3 minutes. Then add tomato paste (tomato puree). I always use the one from Elvea1885 because for me it’s simply the best. Add the cream (you can go for a law-fat one). Stir a few times and let the sauce thicken. When the sauce is thick enough (in general after 15-20 minutes), add the prawns and let simmer for a few more minutes.

Serve the pasta with the creamy prawns. Finalize your dish by adding some fresh basil and black pepper. Enjoy!

Green asparagus and ham

11C5DF83-09E1-4EB8-B8A4-7A657025D2DFAgain another great salad. Green asparagus with ham. And a lot of tomatoes and cucumber. Some green and black olives. And boiled potatoes with shallot, chives and mayonnaise. A dish full of taste and full of flavours. I love this sunny summer time! Fingers crossed for Saturday… wedding day is coming and I do hope it’ll be a day full of sunshine and joy xxx

Green Asparagus Soup

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First time I made this soup. And I love it. Very good taste, the combination of green asparagus and red pepper works out perfectly. Rather easy to prepare, you need to count half an our. Got the recipe from Libelle Lekker.

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Follow these steps

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And finalise as follow

 

Ready to be served xxx

It’s all about the olive oil

0712A29B-BA6B-490F-B250-55049D3A46C0Preparing tonight’s dinner. A lovely piece of pork fillet. On its best when fried in olive oil in a frying pan. And do not forget the shallot for extra flavour.

I use the olive oil with garlic from the « taste of inspirations » collection @Delhaize. Small bottles, different tastes, perfect for salads and/or for frying in a frying pan. You can find them with basil, lemon, peppers, walnuts, hazelnuts,…

Chicken fillet, fried potatoes and a green salad

743BE22F-5493-42EB-A8BE-8940011FB553This is a refreshing dinner, perfect after a sunny day. Quickly ready, ideal after a working day. Every one is happy in the house!

Ingredients for the green salad: shallot, green lettuce, cucumber and chives. Or you can go for a vinaigrette or simply use mayonnaise like I did.

The potatoes are first boiled in salted water and then fried in quite what olive oil in a frying pan. Add onions and red peppers and let fry for half an hour.

The chicken can or be boiled in water or be grilled on a grill. Avoid to fry it in a frying pan as we used already a lot of olive oil for the potatoes. And don’t forget, we try to eat healthy as our wedding day is coming soon…

Ratatouille

A159F499-6C68-48D6-B4F2-54E7A311FF26Probably the most famous french vegetarian dish. Full of flavours, healthy as can be.

My ingredients: aubergine, courgette, sweet red pepper (original recipe: red or yellow peppers), shallot (original recipe: onion), veal stock (original recipe: red wine vinegar), tomatoes and some herbs: rosemary and bay leaf (original recipe: basil).

Fry some olive oil in a frying pan, add the vegetables and the herbs, a bit of sugar and let stir for 30-40 minutes.

Gnocchi with smoked bacon

8460561F-70A4-462D-8F8C-144DED94BAE7Gnocchi with smoked bacon in « my secret sauce ».

Looks familiar to what we call a bolognaise sauce but has its own specific ingredients… Instead of minced beef, I use smoked bacon stripes. Instead of normal tomatoes, I use cherry tomatoes. Beside the tomato puree, I also add white wine and  brow veal stock. Could sound like a strange combination, but you need to try it out. Once all ingredients are added in the frying pan (see recipe below), let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

 

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