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.
Continue reading Ravioli 3 Ways – Veal and Spinach, Ostrich and Pancetta, Smoked Venison and Butternut
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.
Continue reading Portugese Date Night – Chorizo Stuffed Calamari and Beef Espetada
I decided to make a bolognese sauce with some handmade pasta for date night. Probably not something Tim Noakes will be proud of, but there are only a few things better than homemade pasta and a good pasta sauce.
Continue reading Date night handmade pasta with bolognese sauce
So for date night I decided to pull out all the stops and make some gourmet burgers. With the burgers I wanted to try the jalapeño and pistachio sauce I made here, but I decided to revamp it a bit.
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I wanted to redeem myself after overcooking the beef fillet at the girls’ lunch in June, so I decided to make Beef Wellington for date night. Keeping in line with the English theme, I made Haddock Fish Cakes for a starter and Lemon Posset for dessert.
For the second part of the South East Asian date night menu I made an Indonesian Oxtail Soup (who knew they ate oxtail in Indonesia), a Thai Coconut Fish dish (always a favourite) and a Filipino Pork Adobo which is a dish I’ve been wanting to make for ages.
Continue reading South East Asian Date Night – Part 2. Indonesian Oxtail Soup (Sop Buntut), Thai Coconut Fish and Filipino Pork Adobo
Decided to make an old favourite of mine for date night with a little bit of a twist.
Continue reading Date Night – Oxtail Stew
I recently came back from an over landing trip in Africa that took me a month. This had an impact on my cooking time and I decided to make up for it by creating a couple of dishes. Seeing that it is winter time and very cold in Cape Town currently, I decided to make 5 different soups.
Continue reading 1 day 5 soups
The girls have hinted for a while that they want to taste my molecular gastronomy experiments so on Saturday I prepared a four course lunch for them taking inspiration from the Test Kitchen menu. Continue reading Molecular Gastronomy Girls’ Lunch – Salmon Crema, Curry Glazed Fish, Beef Fillet and Yoghurt Panna Cotta
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