Monday, August 18, 2008

A few good dinners!

I have had a few very good dinners lately. A friend served me this delicious duck breast. I gave her advise on how to prepare a perfect breast, but I loved the ingredients served with it. Mashed sweet and regular potatoes, lightly steamed beans, and raspberries, and she added raspberry in the sauce, as well. DE-LI-CI-OUS!

The traditional ingredient to serve with duck are cherries. The raspberry were more interesting and provided a more interesting contrast to the salted meat.

Try it!

Penne with ruccola pesto and blue cheese

I make the most delicious pesto from home grown pesto from my garden of my country home. The idea for this sauce was conceived in an Italian restaurant, where I was served gnocchi with a ruccola-blue cheese sauce. To create a similarly smooth sauce, dissolve 75 grams blue cheese in a little milk over gentle heat. Add ruccola pesto and heat lightly until sauce is smooth.

Add olive oil to newly boiled penne or other pasta. Add fresh ruccola - as much as you want, and stir before adding the sauce. Before serving add Parmesan cheese and pepper.


An extremely easy and healthy dinner (or two)

Coming home after a busy day at the office, you often have to make an easy meal. This does not mean that it has to be unhealthy.

Buy a bag of frozen vegetables, and place in an oven-proof dish. Add a little oil, salt, pepper, 200-300 grams of diced cold boiled ham. and stir. Then stir in what sauce you want, I used 3-4 tbsp of pesto. Place in a medium hot oven, and bake until tender.

High in proteins, low in fat and carbohydrates - and it tastes good too!

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