Fish and Broccoli Pasta, tasty health

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There aren’t many dishes that are as healthy as those that involve fish. Fish is light and low in calories and mixed with pasta can be also easy to prepare.

To make the Fish Broccoli pasta you will need 700g haddock, skinned and boned, 375g linguine, 250g broccoli, broken up into small floret, salt and black pepper, 125g cream, 125g stock, 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 2 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped, juice and grated rind of 1 lemon, 1 handful parsley, chopped, and 2 handfuls watercress or spinach leaves, roughly torn.

To prepare, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water as per the instructions on the packet.  Add the broccoli.  Drain and return to the saucepan, along with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking liquid.  Keep warm the fish cooks and you make the sauce. Heat the grill.  Lightly oil a baking tray and place the fish on it and season with salt and pepper.

Cook under the hot grill for 5 to 6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Put the cream and stock in a saucepan along with the garlic, chillies, lemon juice and rind and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Stir the mixture and the watercress and parsley through the pasta.  Then flake the fish and gently stir it in.

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Creamy Hot Cocoa, Yummy Warm

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This is the season when it gets very cold and at this time of the year there is nothing better to warm up your insides like a hot drink.

Try the Creamy Hot Cocoa on a chilly night to heat things up!

To make the creamy hot cocoa you will need 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¾ cup white sugar, 1 pinch salt, 1/3 cup boiling hot water, 3 ½ cups milk, ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup half-and-half cream.

To prepare, first combine the cocoa, sugar, and a pinch of salt, in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water and bring this mixture to a boil continuing to stir as it boils. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes and make sure that it doesn’t scorch.

Add the 3 ½ cups of milk and heat until it is very hot but do not boil.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Divide into several mugs and add the cream to each mug of cocoa to allow to cool to drinking temperature.

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Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto, a dish with a difference

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What could be more eye catching than ring-shaped pasta? Tortellini (read here other news) those little circles of meat or cheese-filled pasta – livens up any plate.

They are sometimes called belly-button pasta and can be an interesting switch from spaghetti and fettuccine and regular shaped pasta choices

To make the tortellini you need salt, 1 pound meat-filled tortellini, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 4 ounces prosciutto, finely chopped, 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 cup peas, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, and ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.

To prepare you first heat a large skillet over a medium flame and heat oil and prosciutto and cook until it’s crisp.

Add 1 cup of pasta water and simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes and add cream continuing to simmer until thickened.

Just before the tortellini is done add the peas to eater and cook until they are tender. Drain the pasta and the peas and place in a skillet and coat with the sauce and add parsley and sprinkle with cheese.

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Pork Marsala with Spinach, sweet pork

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There’s nothing tastier than warm succulent pork (read here other news) and with a hint of fresh herbs and Marsala wine it can be the perfect meal for a fine dinner. Pork Marsala with Spinach is one of those fine dishes.

To make you will need 1 ½ pounds of boneless pork roastsaltground pepper, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 ½ pounds of white mushroomschicken broth, ½ dry Marsala wine, 1/3 cup heavy cream, 4 teaspoons lemon juice, ½ parsley leaves, and 1 pound spinach.

To prepare you will need to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Next halve the pork horizontally and then open it out so that it lies flat; Season with pepper and salt, and sprinkle with flour.

Next, in a skillet, heat olive oil over a medium flame and brown on either side. Place in a baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Place mushrooms and salt in a skillet and cook until brown. Use the remaining flour and cook for about a minute. Add the broth and Marsala and boil. Add the cream and continue to boil until the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice and parsley.

Cook the remaining spinach using the remaining oil and add lemon juice an season. Slice the pork and serve with mushroom and spinach.

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