Home made Raviolli with spinach and ricotta filling

I honestly believe there is nothing in this world as amazing as home made pasta. It is SO fresh and so delicious, I swear I can’t go back to store bought boxes of pasta. You just need to find a really good recipe, and I have tried many. My favourite is from Chef Michael Smith. I made a home made tomato sauce as well, but I will not be posting it for a while, so you will have to make or buy your own!14355589_10157410985795099_816792382677748228_n

Ingredients:

-1 lb favorite pasta dough, rolled into  thin strips

-16 fl oz or 2 cups ricotta cheese

-4 cups spinach, chopped as small as you can get it!

-salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg

-1 egg, beaten

-1/4 cup parmigianno reggiano

For topping-

home made or store bought tomato sauce

basil

grated parmesan

 

Directions:

mix your ricotta, spinach, egg, parmigianno, salt and pepper and nutmeg together in a bowl.

Lay your pasta flat on a floured surface. Using a cup, or ravioli cutter, cut out circles big enough to hold 1 tsp of filling, or big enough to fold the pasta over itself. I cut out enough circles so I could put another piece of pasta over the filled ravioli. And then i just used an egg wash to help the edges stick together.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, season the water with salt. A LOT of salt. Add your ravioli and cook for 7-9 minutes.

Add to a plate, throw pasta sauce on top and add some grated parmesan cheese and some basil.


Mexican Beef Taco’s with chimichurri

I made this one night for about 12 people, so I had to double what I am putting down here. it was a huge hit. Serve these bad boys with grilled street corn and spanish rice. They are sure to be a hit!!!!

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Ingredients:

-12 corn tortillas

-1 large flank steak

Steak Rub:

-1/2 tbsp each of smoked paprika, chilli powder, oregano, thyme

-1 tsp each salt and pepper (taste the blend and add more if needed.)

-2 tsp corainder

Chimichurri sauce:

-1 bunch of cilantro (stems included. lots of flavour in those.)

-1 bunch parsley (stems also included.)

-zest and juice of 1 large lime, or 2 smaller limes.

-2 jalapeño peppers. for less heat, remove the seeds and ribs with a spoon.

-5 cloves garlic (i put garlic in everything. feel free to scale down this number.)

-1/2 of a small onion, rough chopped

-salt and pepper to taste. Add this in small amounts, taste the sauce and add more if needed.

-1/3-2/3c EVOO, or more if needed

 

Directions:

-Combine all steak rub ingredients in a small bowl and rub ALL over that steak. Make 1/4″ slits with a knife AGAINST the grain of the steak, throw in a baggie and marinate for about 2 hours. (You can skip the marinating. But I wouldn’t.)

-Heat your grill to medium heat. Once hot, throw your steak on the grill. Do NOT touch it until you can easily flip it without the meat sticking to the grill. If it sticks to the grill, that side is not done. I cook mine about 7 mins per side to get a nice medium-rare to medium.

Flip the steak and cook on the other side.

-In a blender or food processor, add all chimichurri ingredients except for the EVOO. Process until finely chopped. Start adding in your oil 1/3c at a time. Blend and add until your desired consistency.

-Take your steak off the grill. Place on a cutting board, cover with foil and let it rest for about 7-10 minutes. While your steak is resting, throw your corn tortillas on the grill and warm them through.

-Cut your steak nice and thin against the grain, and on a hard angle. This will help ensure the steak is not chewy.

-Build your taco’s! Add your steak, chimichurri, guacamole if you want, some pico de gallo..anything! Delish!

 


Cardamon rice + Chili Beef

The beef cooked with this rice dish is a straight copy from Chef Ramsays “Great escape” cook book. It’s a great one, I suggest you get that book!! the rice is just something I thought to make with it. And it is sure delicious. Packed with flavour.

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Ingredients:

-chef ramsays chili beef from “the great escape”

-1.5c long grain rice (basmatie or jasmine)

-3c chicken broth

-4 cardamon pods, crush them so the seeds can fall out. keep the pods.

-1 heaping tsp coriander

-1 tsp red pepper flakes

-1/2 a lime, juiced – keep the juiced lime half for cooking

-salt and pepper to taste

-In a medium to large sauce pan over med-high, add your chicken broth. Once the chicken broth is warmed, add your cardamon seeds and pods, coriander, red pepper flakes, lime juice and lime half, salt and pepper. Whisk, and bring to a boil. once it has been brought to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavours meld together. once that is complete, cook your rice in the broth according to package directions. I cheat by using a rice cooker 😉


Herb buttered chicken and a white bean puree

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Ingredients: (serves 2)

-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and flattened to less than 1/2″

-salt + pepper + red pepper flakes (enough to coat both sides of chicken)

-EVOO

-3 tbsp butter

-2 tbsp each minced garlic, parsley and oregano

For the white bean puree:

-Immersion hand blender or regular blender

-1 can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained

-1 cup chicken stock

-4 cloves garlic, chopped

-1 red onion, rough chopped

-salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad:

-1 large handful of arugula

-1 tbsp grainy dijon mustard

-1 tbsp red wine vinegar

-1/2 tsp honey

Directions:

Season both sides of pounded chicken with salt pepper and red pepper flakes. In a little bowl, add butter, garlic, parsley and oregano.

In a skillet over medium heat, add your EVOO. Once the pan is hot, add your chicken breast. Do not move the chicken, let it sit in the pan to brown and cook. After about 6-7 minutes, flip your chicken breasts and cook on the other side for another 6-7 minutes. Add your herbed butter, and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through. This cooking time depends fully on how flat you’ve pounded your breasts. If you’re unsure of the doneness of your chicken, i suggest a kitchen thermometer. Chicken should be 160F.

In a medium sauce pan over just under medium heat, ands your onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are slightly translucent. Once they are, add your white kidney beans. Cook for another minute or two. Add your 1 cup of chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper. let these flavours boil and cook together for at least 7-10 minutes. After that, puree your mixture with a hand blender. (Or transfer to a regular blender.) Once blended, turn the heat to low and keep warm.

In a medium bowl, add your dijon, red wine vinegar and honey. whisk to mix together. Throw your arugula on top, and toss with your hands to coat the arugula with the dressing.

When ready, serve your chicken on top of your puree with your salad on the side.

This meal tastes best when you eat the puree , salad and chicken in one bite. Yummy!!


Warm Thai Steak Salad

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I’ve got a hankering for something gingery and garlicky… And I just so happened to have a flank steak pulled out. Thai inspired steak salad, here we come!!

Ingredients:

1 flank steak

Marinade:

-1/4c sesame oil

-1/4c soy sauce

-3 tbsp worcestershire sauce

-2″ knob ginger, grated

-5 cloves garlic, minced

-2 tbsp sriracha sauce

-2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Noodles:

-1 lb boccatini spaghetti, cooked

-2 tbsp tahini sauce

-1 heaping tbsp peanut butter

-1 tbsp honey

-2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

-1/4c fresh chives, sliced

-lightly toasted sesame seeds

In a resealable freezer bag, add all your marinade ingredients. Score your flank steak across the grain from one end to the other. this will allow the marinade to sink in. Marinate 4 hours or over night.

Remove steak from the bag. KEEP the marinade. Pat the steak dry with paper towel. Turn your BBQ to medium-high heat. BBQ steak 6-7 mins a side for a medium rare. Remove from the BBQ and let rest.

in a sauce pan over low-medium heat, add your marinade and the rest of the sauce ingredients. (All except the sesame seeds and chives.) Bring to a boil, and let simmer. Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, add it to the noodles. Add your chopped up lettuce and mix. Top with steak, chives and sesame seeds.

 

 

 


Herb Stuffed Chicken with a white wine sauce

Herb stuffed chicken with a white wine sauce

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Ingredients:

-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and flattened

-4 slices of prosciutto

-2 tbsp each of fresh oregano, thyme, parsley, and chives coarsely chopped

-6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 FAT tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:

-2 garlic cloves, minced

-1 tbsp each of: oregano,thyme,parsley

-1.5c white wine

-1 tsp flour mixed in to 5 fl oz cream

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425 F. Once you butterfly your chicken, use a pan or a tenderizer to flatten your breasts to the same thickness. You want them decently thin so you can stuff and roll them.

Season both sides of the breasts with salt and pepper. Place your mozza and fresh herbs on your chicken breasts. Roll up nice and tight. Wrap the chicken with 2 slices of prosciutto de parma.

In a skillet over med-high heat, add your EVOO. brown chicken on ALL sides. place in the oven and cook for 17-20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Once the chicken is done cooking, remove from the oven. Place chicken on a plate. Put your pan back on the stove on medium heat. (I always use frying pans that can go in the oven.) Add your garlic cloves to the chicken drippings. Saute for a minute until the garlic is fragrant. Add in your herbs, sauté. Add your white wine, and cook until it is reduced by almost half. Slowly whisk in your cream+flour mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over the chicken.

 


Apple & Pear Stuffed Pork Loin

This pork tenderloin recipe has been an absolute hit! I am so happy that so many of you like it! Along with the revamping of the rest of my blog, I am also revamping some recipes and photo’s. The recipe for this is pretty much almost the exact same, but it has a different cooking method to ensure moist and juicy pork, and we added in some brie cheese. (Because why not?!) Hopefully you like this version just as much (if not more) than the last one! The fruit content has been cut down to a reasonable amount to stuff the pork tenderloin without too much overflow and waste. The left over apple and pear in this recipe that is NOT used on the pork, is used in this Spinach salad with a creamy brie poppy seed dressing. Enjoy!

Ingredients: (serves 2-3 with some left overs.)

  • 1/2 of an apple, sliced thinly. It’s your choice to peel or not to peel.
  • 1/2 of a pear, sliced thinly. it’s your choice to peel or not to peel.
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 TBSP fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 TBSP Evoo
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 pork tenderloin, butterflied and pounded to 1/4″ thick. (Thinner is better. don’t worry if you can’t get it quite this small.)
  • Enough salt, pepper and smoked paprika to season BOTH sides of your tenderloin
  • 3 heaping TBSP Brie cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. In an ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp EVOO. Let it get nice and warm. Add your sliced apples and pears. Cook until soft. Add in your sliced garlic and rosemary. Cook until your garlic is fragrant. Careful not to Burn your garlic. Remove from heat.
  3. Lay the mixture out into a line closest to one edge of your ALREADY seasoned pork tenderloin. Add the cheese along the line (all things stuffing the pork should be going from one side to the other.) Drizzle your maple syrup on top of the garlic and pear mixture.
  4. Start rolling your pork. Bring one end of the pork OVER the stuffing. Keep rolling nice and as tight as you can. Once you’ve rolled up the pork, secure it in at least 4 to 5 places with butcher twine.
  5. In the same oven proof skillet over med-high heat, drizzle another TBSP of EVOO. Let it get nice and hot. Sear your pork tenderloin on all sides. Let it sit for a few minutes on each side to get nice and browned to lock in all that flavour. Don’t flip your pork if the cooking side is still only white. IT MUST BE BROWNED.
  6. Once pork is seared on all sides, place it straight into the oven at 425F for 10-13 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 145F.
  7. Take pork out of the oven and move to a cutting board. Let it rest for 5-8 minutes. Then slice, and serve!

 


Arugula and walnut salad

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I made this with my delicious herbed pork today and was it ever amazing! The walnuts make this salad! I swear!

Ingredients:

this serves 2

-2 handfuls of arugula

-1/4 cup (or 1 handful of slightly crushed walnuts)

-1/4 c goat cheese, crumbled

-salt and pepper to taste

-3 tbsp good EVOO

-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, toss, and serve!

 

 


Pork loin with white wine and herb gravy

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Ingredients: (Serves 2)

For the pork-

  • 1 LB pork tenderloin
  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 1 TSP each dried thyme, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Gravy-

  • 1C white wine
  • 1/4 TSP garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1/4C heavy cream
  • 1 TSP corn starch

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together your thyme, rosemary, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spread all over your pork tenderloin.
  2. Preheat your oven to 425F.
  3. Heat an oven proof skillet over medium high heat. Add your EVOO. Once your oil is hot, add your tenderloin and sear it on all sides.
  4. Once your tenderloin is nicely seared, put it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 145F.
  5. Once your tenderloin is done cooking, remove it from the oven and the skillet and place it on a cutting board. cover it loosely with tin foil and let it rest for about 7 minutes.
  6. Place the same skillet back over medium heat. Add your garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, rosemary and black pepper. Whisk the seasonings together in the pan for a little less than a minute. Add in your white wine and whisk everything together, getting all the nice browned bits of pork and seasoning from the bottom of the pan. Let the wine reduce by a little less than half. Add your butter, season with salt.
  7. Mix your cornstarch with your heavy cream, and then add to the gravy. Whisk and let thicken.
  8. Slice your pork into medallions, and serve with the gravy.
  9. Serve this with roasted carrots and potatoes. season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder, or whatever seasoning you like. bake at 425 for about 20-25 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Grab your pork loin. Make tiny slits all over the loin and slide your garlic slices in. I call this “studding” my loin. Once finished, in a plastic zip lock bag, add half the rosemary sprigs and half the thyme sprigs. Add your salt and your water. Braise your loin for 24 hrs or more. You can also SKIP this step if you don’t have the time.

Preheat your oven to 375F.

In a skillet over med-high heat, add EVOO. Remove your pork from the braising liquid. Dry the loin with a towel or paper towel. Season all sides of the loin with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, onion powder, and parsley. Add the loin to the pan. Brown on all sides.

NOTE: I cooked this with balsamic carrots. SO, I placed the sliced carrots in the bottom of a roasting pan, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and then I placed the garlic loin in the centre. i also added about 1/4-1.2c chicken stock to the pan. Place in the oven, and cook through. About 30-40 minutes or so, depending on the size of your loin.

In the sauce pan that you browned your pork in, deglaze with white wine. Let it reduce to half. Add your chicken stock. Next, add in the remaining rosemary and thyme sprigs.Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. whisk in your flour coated butter. Once the pork tenderloin is done, add 1/2c of the cooking liquid to the gravy. Simmer until ready to serve.


BBQ’d Chicken with a creamy avocado sauce

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When your boyfriend buys a bag of avocado’s because they’re on sale – you must use them!!!  So here we go – easy and quick chicken  and veggies done on the BBQ with a creamy avocado sauce. It is absolutely divine. The sauce is light and creamy and pairs beautifully with the chicken. We loved it! and this time.. I paid attention to what i used and of how much. So, cheers to that!

Ingredients:

for the chicken:

-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded to 1/4″

-salt and pepper to taste

-chili powder

-2 tbsp dijon mustard

-3 tbsp EVOO

-1/2 of a lime, juiced

For the avocado sauce:

-1 avocado, peeled

-1/2c full fat plain greek yogurt

-1 lime, zested and juiced

-1/4c honey

-salt and pepper, to taste

-1/2 tsp-1 tsp chili powder

In a small bowl, mix together the dijon mustard, the 3 tbsp EVOO and salt,chilli powder and pepper.

Season your chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and chilli powder. Heat your BBQ to medium heat. Throw chicken on the bbq. Baste with the mustard mixture. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Flip. Baste the other side with the dijon sauce. Cook another 5-7 minutes or until finished.

In a blender or a food processor, add all your sauce ingredients. Puree until smooth, and serve on the side or on top of the chicken.

 

Note- for the veggies, all I did was cut up peppers and onions, tossed them in oil, salted and peppered and cooked them on the BBQ, only turning once.