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.
I now know that a pasta maker and a rolling pin are not exactly equivalent… 😛
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… 😉
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…!
When I got this piece of salmon at the store today, I was planning to have it with the leftovers of yesterday’s ratatouille. But then I remembered the rucola lettuce that was still sitting in the fridge and that I didn’t want to become a sad lettuce… So, salmon with salad it was for supper today. I roasted some pine nuts, chopped some dried cranberries and found some goat cheese and dill in the freezer. And I thaught a sliced pear would be perfect for the final touch since I kinda like fruity salads… And the honey-mustard-balsamico dressing also turned out quite good!
Paul is travelling for work this week and while I know myself and how much I prefer cooking for more than one person, I promised myself that I would not just have cereals three times a day. Today, I was actually tempted – not because I wanted cereals, but the monster was not a very happy monster today. No idea why, but he constantly wanted to be picked up, then not to be on my arm, but then he’d cling to my leg whining only a few seconds later. So we ended up making supper “together”, the monster being strapped to my front in his old baby carrier. It was not my first time cooking like that, but the last time he was definitely a few pounds lighter and not moving half as much! But we did it, and I really enjoyed my fish and salad after! 🙂
Now the little man is sleeping peacefully and mommy is probably going to follow his example soon…