Gnocchi with fresh pesto and roasted baby tomatoes

  I love gnocchi – even more so when i make it myself which you could do if you felt up to it – here is a recipeĀ  (http://www.tuckin.co.za/lemon-and-ricotta-gnocchi-in-a-brown-butter-and-sage-sauce/) for my home-made gnocchi. But if your in a pinch and don’t have time or energy just get some good quality dried gnocchi. If you cook…

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Classic Pomodoro Pasta sauce – like Marco Pierre White does it

Sometimes the best pasta dishes are the absolute simplest, where fresh ingredients shine. So I have been watching Masterchef Australia which has sparked my cooking ignition again YAY. I mean I’m not back to making pasta from scratch or other crazy things just yet but i FEEL like cooking again. Last night Marco Pierre White…

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Delicious Meatballs

Winter is here it seems which is lovely…being pregnant in summer wasn’t fun, i feel winter is going to be alotĀ more conducive to comfort now at the business end of the 9 months. It also brings comfort food which is what I have been wanting. These meatballs were tender, juicy, with just the right amount…

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Zesty Smoked Salmon Cappellini Pasta

Oh…My….Gosh This may be my new favourite pasta dish. Not just the sauce but the pasta itself, which was a happy accident. I had meant to buy spaghetti but in my haste I grabbed what looked like spaghetti on the picture, but when i opened it, was very thin pasta. At first I thought oh…

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Pesto, Mushroom & Sundried tomato pasta

I used yoghurt as the main source of creaminess in here and I was very pleased with the result. Not only is it healthier but it is tangy and very creamy and adds to the flavour which cream often doesn’t.   Ingredients *optional 2 rashers bacon, diced – leave out for vegetarian 1/2 cup home-made…

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Hand rolled Ravioli – 2 ways

I always assumed that to make pasta you needed a pasta machine! And that it was terribly difficult. But i felt like a challenge and I checked around and saw that in actual fact, for some pasta’s like ravioli, a machine is not needed at all. Yay It was also not difficult to do or…

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Creamy Cauliflower Risotto

This isn’t a cauli rice risotto..it’s a proper risotto with some creamed cauliflower added in. People are scared of risotto. They definitely can go wrong but they are mostly quite forgiving! The issue is you cant leave your stove for around 30 mins, so i tend to avoid it at dinner parties. Other than that,…

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Sundried tomato & Spinach cream pasta

I made this over the weekend but didn’t get a chance to post it! We were having a pasta craving as one does, and this totally satisfied. Ingredients: 6 rashers streaky bacon, diced 2 cups spinach, blitzed in your processor so it’s very finely chopped 1 large red chilli, sliced and seeds removed 2 garlic…

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Creamy Chicken & Spinach Lasagna

Creamy sauce…cheesy cheese….chicken….bacon….what more do you want on a Monday night? Ingredients 2 cups cooked shredded chicken – you can use cooked rotisserie from the shops, or poach some chicken breasts in water for about 40 minutes.  I prefer this route because I use the stock for the sauce If you don’t do the above,…

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Creamy Zucchini Noodles

I have listed a spiralizer on my birthday list because I want to be able to make zoodles properly. I use my julienne peeler which does an ok job but doesn’t get nice long twirly noodles – more short and straight ones. So what’s all the fuss about zoodles? Well you see, if you are…

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Sunday comfort food – Creamy Spinach, Bacon and roasted Tomato penne

I woke up feeling like pasta! Not great when your doing low-carb most of the time but since i haven’t had pasta in 2 weeks i thought why not! It is after all one of my favourite things to cook….and eat. Creamy pasta’s are great because the cream absorbs all the flavours and some lemon…

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Basil Gnudi with crispy bacon and brown butter

Gnudi (pronounced “nu-dee”) is a type of gnocchi made from ricotta cheese and a little bit of flour. The result is a dumpling that some describe as “nude” ravioli, and is light and fluffy. I saw this recipe in my Jamie Oliver comfort food book. I was attracted to it because as far as pasta…

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Deliciously decadent treat – Mushroom, crispy bacon and parsley risotto

This might sound completely absurd…but i find cooking risotto really relaxing. I mean sure, if you have ten guests in the next room and your pressed for time it would not be relaxing. But when you have time to spare and can enjoy being in the kitchen alone – it’s as good as a massage….

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Creamy Cauliflower “Risotto” with pesto

I have been so excited to try this and you know what – it was pretty damn tasty. Did it taste like risotto? Um not really let’s face it, cauliflower is a versatile veg but it cant become rice! Is it tasty, creamy and comforting AND low – carb? Abso-frikken-lutely! Ingredients: Serves 2. You could…

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Sunday treat day – Spaghetti Carbanara

I LOVE pasta. It’s the one thing I haven’t found a good sub for in my low-carb lifestyle. So i allow it every now and then. I was watching Masterchef Aus last night and Marco Pierre White did a spaghetti carbanara and OMG it looked so so good i actually woke up thinking that’s what…

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Lemon and ricotta gnocchi in a brown butter and sage sauce

I never really liked gnocchi that much before…i think the times i had tried it, it had been boiled and they were those dried ones you buy. Then i decided to make my own one day, and i used a potato gnocchi recipe. Damn it was good, but quite time consuming and labor intensive. I…

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