December 18th, 2014
Popular Italian Bolognese ragu meets popular ingredients in the Greek kitchen such as eggplants and feta cheese combined with a subtle touch of cinnamon in this Mediterranean fusion cuisine.
Spaghetti (alla) Bolognese is widely popular around the globe and often perceived as a typical Italian dish. Funny thing though is, that Italy of all things happen to be the only country where spaghetti is actually not served along with the ground meat based sauce (to be honest I didn’t know that until now that I’m writing about it). The reason for that is that spaghetti is lacking the substantial ‘meat sauces adhere well on it’ attribute.
Tagliatelle is usually the classic pasta in Italy that gets the privilege to be dressed with Bolognese ragu. I for one know, that my next pasta Bolognese will be made with tagliatelle. Alternatively pappardelle, fettucine or short tube pasta such as rigatoni or penne are also acceptable.
The classic Italian bread salad is a great way to use up stale bread and boost the taste experience up to ‘very pleasing’ (ding, ding, ding). In its most common form it usually also consists of tomatoes and raw onions in a basic vinaigrette. This version also adds bell pepper for some fibrous crunch and a basil dressing with Chimichurri vibe.
It might just be my selective perception but as soon as I discovered Panzanella for me – as a great way to use up stale bread – suddenly Panzanella recipes were popping up everywhere. It seems that this bread salad practically became pretty much a free style salad. Or say it’s on the verge of becoming that. As long as there’s bread involved you can call it Panzanella (mostly without any nervous ticks or a backlash).
Linguini with Smoked Salmon – And a Little Excursion on Cooking with Alcohol in General and Spirits in Particular
This delightful pasta recipe has spring/summer written all over. Smoked wild salmon gets accompanied by the always enchanting green asparagus. Whisky enhances the smokiness. Fresh tarragon adds a perfect finishing touch.
A potato salad on the lighter side – yet it compromises nothing. Dressed with a simple but brilliant concoction made with beef stock and vinegar, typical for Southern German potato salad this side dish will become your secret main star.
This is a meatless take on the classic Spaghetti Carbonara that typically features guanciale, pancetta or other (preferably unsmoked) bacon. Sautéed radicchio refined with dry sherry is the star here. Similarly supported by fresh eggs – and a good reasonable amount (a ton!) of black pepper, hence the name ‘Carbonara’.
A relaxing and refreshing ‘ahhh’ is what you are going to say when you try this salad with Japanese buckwheat noodles and complimentary dressed raw, fresh vegetables with a nice bite.
It really is a great and healthy salad especially on a hot summer day, as it’ll help you keep your cool while also tasting amazing. Yes, there is some various vegetables chopping involved here but as soon as you take the first bite you’ll know it was the right decision to make this salad. I promise.
This Japanese soy sauce ginger dressing will make you fall in love with your salad.
Well-orchestrated ingredients make this Japanese origin vinaigrette a great salad finish. You can use this dressing for all kinds of salads, like a Refreshing Soba Salad, Asian cole-slaw, mixed green lettuce salad, or mixed cabbage salad with vegetables like red cabbage, carrots, radishes, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, scallions – topped with a (soft)boiled egg. Possibilities are nearly endless.