Penne Pasta with Chicken and Bacon, sweet, tangy delight

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The great thing about pasta and especially penne pasta is that it is a great accompaniment with many different types of seafood, meat and vegetables.

To make penne pasta with chicken and bacon gather I package penne pasta, 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, 6 slices bacon, chopped,2 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, 1 pound deboned chicken breast, rinsed and cut into strips.

First, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil and add the penne pasta and cook until the pasta is tender but firm to the bite for about 8 to 10 minutes.

In a separate container, heat olive oil over a medium flame and sauté chicken. Remove the chicken and fry the bacon until brown and crisp. Next add garlic and cook for about a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook until it’s done.

Drain water from the pasta and stir in the chicken and bacon, tomatoes, and garlic mixture with the remaining olive oil.

To add a little something extra this dish may be prepared by adding a few fresh vegetables.

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Mushroom Risotto, creamy mushroom rice

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Risotto (read here other news) that favourite of Italian dishes made into a creamy classic can be served with a variety of accompaniment including meat, vegetable, or fish. This is the Mushroom Risotto.

To make you need 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 small onions, finely chopped , 1 clove garlic, crushed , 1 teaspoonminced fresh parsley, 1 teaspoonminced celerysalt and pepper to taste ,  1/2 cupssliced fresh mushrooms, 1 cup whole milk , 1/4 cup heavy cream , 1 cup rice, 5 cups vegetable stock , 1 teaspoon butter , and 1 cupgrated Parmesan cheese.

To prepare, first heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high flame heat. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is tender and the garlic is lightly browned.

Remove the garlic and add the parsley, celery, salt, and pepper and cook until the celery is tender. Next add the mushrooms and reduce the heat to low, and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft.

Pour in the milk and cream into a saucepan and add the rice. Heat until it simmers and then stir in the vegetable stock into the rice 1 cup at a time, until it is absorbed.

After the rice has been cooked, add the butter and Parmesan cheese, and remove from heat.

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Cyprus, Mediterranean paradise

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Very mild winters and warm dry summers make the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea a hotspot for tourists. The island gets almost twice the sunshine of cities in Northern Europe with as many as 12-13 hours of sun during the summertime.

Cyprus sits south of Turkey and east of Greece and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. The island of Cyprus is divided into Greek and Turkish rule and is unique in that it is the only one which has a divided capital city – Nicosia. Nicosia is divided by a “green line” with part in Turkish Cyprus and part in Greek Cyprus. The city is surrounded by a Venetian wall.

International flights arrive at Larnaca International Airport in the south of the island. The island is mountainous in the north and south with plains in the centre while there are also plains on the island’s southern coast.

There are many archaeological sites scattered across Cyprus that date from the Stone Age through the Roman Empire and the island also boasts a beautiful coastline.

Cyprus is a great place to buy leather goods including shoes and handbags, jewellery, lacework from the village of Lefkara, and Cypriot wine. It boasts interesting cuisine and meze, a dish that can be made from meat or fish, is a must try.

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Yummy Cheese Fritters

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Cheese fritters are a great meal that can be enjoyed if you prefer to have something filling or a snack sans meat or fish. The best thing is that fritters can be made with any left-over bits of cheese whether it is cheddar, feta, gruyere, pepper jack or mozzarella.

They can also be served with marmalade or chutney to give them a little extra zest. First in a bowl sift flour, salt, and cayenne or black pepper, chopped onions, chopped scallions, and thyme. Make a hole in the centre of the blended flour and add two eggs. Whisk batter combining the eggs with two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of milk. Next grate in the cheese and stir all together.

Let the mixture sit for a few minutes while you heat a saucepan with oil. Once the oil is hot use a large spoon to scoop up batter and drop medium size dollops in the pot. Fry until golden brown. Once cooked, remove the fritters and place in a sieve or silicone paper to drain off extra oil. The marmalade can be bought or you can make you own using sugar, cider vinegar, sweet peppers, oil, and garlic. Over a medium heat carmelise sugar and onions, sweet peppers, and garlic. Turn down flame until sauce is thick. Do not allow the mixture to burn. Turn off stove and allow marmalade to cool.

Serve and enjoy!

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