Suddenly for a couple days, the summer is gone. And when I feel winter coming, I can only think of melted cheese. I remembered about zucchini boats while talking with my pal Philipp (that doesnt like zucchini, say whaaaat?) and I told him about the baked boats my mom used to make on winter days and how they feel like a love child between lasagna and mini pizzas. This recipe shouldn't take more than 45 minutes to make and there is a vegan variation at the end of the recipe. So lets get all cheesy now, melted cheesy!
No, I am not turning Vegan. But Netflix is mean/good to my diet. I started watching all these documentaries about meat and milk lately and following the example of my Vegan besties Ailine and Sophia, I decided to become "4-days-a-week-vegan" to lower my meat intake. I stopped having cow milk, cheese and yoghurt in my fridge as well.
There are over 15 different kinds of basil. We mostly know the green rounded one, known as Sweet Basil. But sometimes in the supermarket you will find purple basil or Dark Opal basil. This beautiful basil taste very similar to genovese or sweet basil but a bit sharper.
Pesto has been my favorite dish since I was a kid. In Peru, it is made out of spinach and genovese basil with fresh cheese and no nuts. While walking through the whole foods supermarket I found this basil and I thought about making pesto, purple pesto. As the Dark Opal is more nutty than the regular basil, I went for Pecans so the nut taste wont disappear with this stronger basil.
Because I come from a country that has unique vegetables and fruits, I make the mistake of thinking I cant find in europe many of my favorite ones. In Peru, mostly sundays, we have huge breakfast that turns into brunch and then into lunch. And one of my favorite dishes of those days are "Pastel de Acelga" or Chard Pie.
When my Friend Line asked me for some birthday summer recipes for an article in the norwegian Magazine Foreldre I was thrilled. I love children birthdays. I remember the cakes, sandwiches, red jello and all the joy I had while growing up.
Line told me that norwegian children birthdays are so different than what southamerican birthdays are. There is no big buffet table and everyone has a place, and mostly they serve hot dogs and cola. I started thinking on a summer table that would delight kids and adults.
Spring is the time for colorful and fragrant flowers. But besides all that: It´s Wild Garlic Time!!!! I never tried this wonder of nature until I moved to scandinavia... I heard of wild garlic and in germany of Bärlauch.. but somehow never tried it.
The taste of garlic is so special, you will want this to grow all-year-long. But what do do with it? well besides using it to garnish and give an extra "oomph" to your dish, you can use it as the main element on recipes. This time I used it to prepare a wild pesto.
I brought so much Roquefort cheese from Roquefort while filming this episode for TV2's #Kultour, so I decided to make some more dishes with it. I love blue cheese pasta, though most of the people say the cheese overpowers the sauce and normally ends up being "too much". But I find out is all about the amount of cheese and cream you use. This is a very fast dish to make, approx 10 min for the whole dish.
150 grs of Spaghetti (normally 75-100 gr per person. I used Barilla gluten-free pasta)
100 ml Heavy cream
100 gr Roquefort cheese
a bit of extra roquefort to garnish
Salt & Pepper
Cook the pasta as directed on the package but remember to add some oil and salt to the water. In a small pot warm the cheese and cream in medium heat. Stir continuously until it thickens.
Mix the pasta in to the sauce. I used some cooking rings to make the form better. Shave or cut some roquefort cheese over the pasta and sprinkle some pepper over it. Garnish with fresh rosemary and Enjoy!
On my third trip with #Kultour I went to Roquefort to see how Roquefort cheese is made. As some of you saw in the "behind the scenes" in the latest Vlog, I was really in the town of Roquefort. It was incredible to see the natural caves where the bacteria comes from and how this famous cheese is made.
The boys asked me to make a recipe that includes Roquefort cheese, and since the weather is getting warmer I thought why not make a fresh tartar? With a twist, though! I didn't want to make it in the regular traditional way, but in stead used ingredients like quail eggs and figs.
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