Friday, 6 April 2012

Creamy Trout, Yellow Tomato and Asparagus Risotto

Creamy Trout, Yellow Tomato and Asparagus Risotto

This delicious healthy and nutritious risotto is made with trout, fresh tomatoes and other vegetables, herbs and a creamy white wine sauce with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

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(Serves 4)

300g Arborio rice

200g trout fillet (cut into cubes)

60g butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic (chopped)

1 leek stem (sliced)

4-5 yellow cherry tomatoes (diced)

1 teaspoon chopped of fresh thyme

1 tablespoon chopped chives

1 glass Italian white wine

1 litre chicken stock

1 tablespoon cream

150g of asparagus tips

150g diced butternut squash

70g grated Parmesan

Salt and pepper

70g grated Parmesan

1.      Melt 40g butter and oil in a pan. Fry leek, garlic and butternut squash for 1 minute without browning.

2.      Sizzle in the wine and thyme. Add in the rice and the chicken stock.

3.      Bring to the boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

4.      Gently stir in the trout, the asparagus. diced tomatoes and the cream. Add a little more stock if necessary. Cover and simmer very gently for 3 minutes. Stir every minute till the rice is soft and creamy and the fish is cooked.

5.      Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the rest of the butter and half the chopped chives.

6.      Serve hot. Sprinkle with Parmesan and chopped chives.

This is a very easy recipe to make for the whole family. It is delicious and nutritious and bursting

with flavour. It is a favourite for both adult and children. as a hyper-link within the words 'Tuscany villa'

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Romantic chocolate Kissing Pie

100g dark chocolate (melted)

100g bar milk chocolate Toblerone  (cut into chunks)

25g butter

2 tablespoon strong coffee

1 tablespoon coffee liqueur

2 pastry cases

Melt dark chocolate and butter in a pan.

Stir in coffee and coffee liqueur.

Leave to cool slightly.

Pour into pastry cases.

Arrange 2 chunks of milk chocolate Toblerone on top so that the tips of the triangles are just touching (kissing).

Friday, 16 December 2011

Vegetarian Paella


(serves 2)

1 cup Paella rice

2 large carrots (grated)

1 onion (chopped)

1 teaspoon saffron

4 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup peas

10 green olives

10 black olives

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 clove garlic (chopped)

3 tablespoon diced red pepper

1/2 chopped red chilli

3 cup hot vegetable stock

1 level teaspoon sweet red paprika

1 lemon

Sat and pepper

Soak saffron in ½ glass of hot water.

Heat olive oil in a paella pan. Fry onion and garlic without browning.

Add in the rice, grated carrots, red pepper, tomatoes,chilli, olives,1/2 teaspoon salt and paprika. Stir well.

Add in saffron and the water and the vegetable stock.

Cook the paella for about 15 minutes. Stir in the peas. Cook for further 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Cover the paella with a greaseproof paper and let it stand for 10 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Festive Avocado Coconut and Grand Marnier Ice Cream

1 large soft avocado

300ml coconut cream (from 1 grated coconut or a tin)

5 tablespoon icing sugar

1 tablespoon chopped dried cranberries

2 tablespoon Grand Marnier

  1. Mash avocado till creamy.
  2. Warm coconut cream in a pan. Stir in icing sugar.
  3. Leave to cool. Stir in avocado and cranberries.
  4. Add the Grand Marnier. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and churn until set.
  5. Keep in the freezer till needed. Serve with warm mince pies. Delicious.

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Queen's birthday, Amsterdam, Holland

After several weeks of serious consideration, my wife and I decided to go and visit Amsterdam in Spring on the Dutch Queen’s birthday.

We boarded the Eurostar train from London St Pancras International to Brussels. It was our first time travelling on the Eurostr train, we were very excited. From Brussels we had to change train to go to Holland, but because it was the Queen’s birthday, the train does not stop at Amsterdam but at Schiphol Airport instead. From the airport we had to change train and travel back to Amsterdam Central Station.

As soon as we came out of the station we saw crowds of people dressed bright orange colour costumes all over the place. Some were on the boats in the Canals and some were just dancing around on the street having fun. Everywhere was busy, all the bars, café and restaurants were jam packed with people enjoying the day. The parties went on all day and right through the evening. It was quite an occasion.

On the next day, we decided to have some peace and quiet. We took a trip out from Amsterdam to Keukenhof garden to see the tulips. There must be over thousands of species of bulbs in this garden. We spent over 3 hours in the garden walking round every corner and making sure we did not missed anything. It was quite an eye opener to all the plants of different colours, shapes, forms and sizes grownig in one massive garden. Not surprising that Keukenhof garden is world famous.

After the garden we came back to Amsterdam and head toward the Heineken museum. It was very interesting to see the process of beer brewing and at the end of the tour, we were ready to have a taste of the ice cold Heineken Beer.

Visit of Amsterdam will not be completely without a canal cruise. We decided to take a cruise on the narrow canal boat by the Central Station. It was nice to admire some of the tall narrow buildings in Amsterdam from the water level.

By the afternoon it was time for us to board the train to return to London. It was a short weekend break, but we managed to cramp a lot in the 48 hours. It was a wonderful experience.

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Tuscan Creamy Seafood Potato Bake

"I want to win a week in a Tuscany villa!"so I created this lovely Tuscan dish and I hope everybody enjoys this recipe as much as I do.

Serves 4

300g Mixed seafood, (prawns, salmon , cod and scallops)

2 large potatoes (cooked and slice)

200 ml milk.

2 tablespoon double cream

2 tablespoon cream cheese

3 teaspoon cornflour ( blend with 50ml milk)

50g parmesan cheese (grated)

50g grated cheddar

3 small mushrooms (sliced)

2 tablespoon diced carrots

50 g broccoli

50g chopped cherry tomatoes (chopped)

1 tablespoon olive oil

  1. Heat milk in a saucepan. Add cream cheese, cream and blended cornflour. Stir all the time. Bring to the boil. Simmer till thicken. Season the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in another pan. Fry the seafood and all the vegetables except the potatoes. Add into the cheese sauces.
  3. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Divide the cheesy seafood into 4 ovenproof dishes or into a large casserole dish.
  5. Arrange the potatoes on top. Sprinkle with the grated cheddar  and the  parmesan  cheese.
    6. Bake in an oven or 45 minutes Gas 4/ 180C/ 350F till golden brown.