Category Archives: European

Ravioli 3 Ways – Veal and Spinach, Ostrich and Pancetta, Smoked Venison and Butternut

As we try to stick to a fairly low carb diet most of the time, I haven’t made fresh pasta for ages.  This was a great excuse to make ravioli for date night.

As every date night is a special occasion I decided to push the boat out and make 3 different types of ravioli with 3 different sauces.

Veal & Spinach Ravioli in a Walnut Sauce, Ostrich & Pancetta Ravioli in a Porcini Sauce and Venison & Butternut Ravioli in a Sage Butter Sauce.

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Portugese Date Night – Chorizo Stuffed Calamari and Beef Espetada

Sometimes the simplest food is the tastiest – Beef Espetada being a prime example.  A dish from the island of Madeira,  large chunks of beef are rubbed with garlic, salt and bay leaves.  It is then skewered and cooked over an open fire.

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Belgian Date Night – Moules Frites

One of Belgium’s classic dishes is Moules Frites – mussels steamed in a white wine sauce with fries.  Adrienne makes a great mussel potjie in a garlic cream sauce, so the challenge was on to see whether I could make a mussel dish that would measure up.

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Springbok Fillet with Café de Paris Butter

Café de Paris butter was first served in the 1940s at the Café de Paris restaurant in Geneva.  There are many different variations but the key ingredients are usually citrus, herbs, curry powder and anchovies – not a combination that sounds very compatible but this flavoured butter is  delicious. Continue reading Springbok Fillet with Café de Paris Butter

Italian Menu – Prawns with Pancetta, Veal Scaloppine with Marsala and Panna Cotta with a Raspberry Sphere

Feeling like Italian food and experimenting with my molecular
gastronomy kit on date night I decided to make a very simple Italian menu with some Heston Blumenthal wonders thrown in for the wow factor. Continue reading Italian Menu – Prawns with Pancetta, Veal Scaloppine with Marsala and Panna Cotta with a Raspberry Sphere