Tag: Figs

Rustic Italian

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I haven’t been very adventurous nor experimental with my cooking lately and just realized that my last food post was back in October! With our lovely visitors though, we have been taking advantage of the opportunity to make great food together – and take turns in watching the monsters. 😉

Today we made ravioli – my first time if I don’t count the cooking class that I took last week with my cooking buddy Angela (another first…). During the class, we stuffed the little pasta pockets with Ricotta and spinach – a nice filling, but one you find in every grocery store. I find, if you do go for the effort of making raviol from stratch, you should make something more exciting. So I did! Our composition was a mix of Ricotta, goat cheese, grated Parmesan and dried figs, spiced with fresh thyme and nutmeg (yes, again…) and roasted pine nuts for some crunch.

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I now know that a pasta maker and a rolling pin are not exactly equivalent… 😛

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Because we didn’t want to overpower the flavors of the filling, we served our little beauties with a light zucchini sauce – and were lucky to find a bottle of white wine in the fridge! So yummy, I’ll definately make this again!

We also had some red wine poached pears with Mascarpone whipped creme a few days ago, another dish that we had made during the cooking class. The smells of cinnamon, cloves and red wine clearly made me feel a bit like Christmas, but it was actually quite cool that day. I mostly stuck to the recipe that we had used during the class, except for adding a few chopped pistachios. And serving two half pears per person instead of just one. Obviously… 😉

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Figs and pears

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I really hope that I am not boring anyone with another post on sweet pizza, but I just can’t help myself… 😛 After Paul brought a crate of fresh figs home on Saturday, that seemed to be the perfect occasion for another weekend pizza feast – plus, we had a friend over for lunch yesterday.

We already really enjoyed the pear pizza from last time, but I find this time it turned out even better. We added some Ricotta to the sour cream base and were a little more daring with the amount of blue cheese that we crumbled over everything. But I think the biggest difference were the figs themselves – simply such a treat! The only thing I may have missed a little bit would have been a glass of red wine but well… soon enough…

A very berry salad

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I was quite ecstatic when I found fresh figs at the store yesterday. And after having a rather heavy lunch at the pub today, we were all up for a really light supper. So, perfect conditions for another experimental salad! 😀

Good thing we also had blackberries, spinach, rucola and blueberry goat cheese in the fridge! And I guess I don’t need to tell you again how much I like pine seeds. Together with a sweet honey balsamico dressing… Yummy, so good! And as it happened we had also just stocked up on bread from Art Is In, my favorite bakery here in Ottawa, earlier today. We chose this beauty with rosemary and garlic for today’s supper and also snacked on a small selection of specialty cheeses. Again, so yummy…!

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