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As the spring leaves dry up and the summer months roll in, many of us start throwing summer bbqs. And a dish that’s often present at our tables is none other than the classic potato salad with its creamy mayonnaise dressing. Yet, too much of a good thing can lead to overkill. Don’t you agree? After all, how much of the mayonnaise-covered potatoes can you eat time and time again? Of course, there comes a time to try something different and this roasted sweet potato salad recipe might just be it! The great thing about it is that it’s not only really tasty but it’s also great for vegetarians too. Have a look at our recipe below, but first read a bit about what inspired the dish in the first place.
There’s absolutely no doubt about it – deep-fried sweet potato fries are mega addictive and extremely satisfying. But have you ever tried their baked cousins? Although the concept might seem foreign to you, making baked sweet potato fries isn’t difficult at all. In this blog post we show you how to make baked sweet potato fries easily and give you a few awesome tips too. But first have a read through why I decided to make the baked version of them!
Our Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
After a long day at work, finding a hot dish of baked gooey goodness with tonnes of flavor to dig into is definitely comforting. Now I’ll be honest here – for a long time lasagna with its layers of pasta, creamy béchamel sauce and beef ragu filling was my ultimate go-to-dish when I felt like something hearty. But after having been to Rome last year, things have changed. For it was on my visit to Trastevere where I sat down with a good friend of mine at a little restaurant overlooking Piazza di Santa Maria that I got to savor the taste of sumptuous aubergine parmigiana for the first time. And as I cut into the thin layer of its crispy, cheesy crust to dig into its layers of creamy béchamel, sweet tomato sauce and thinly-sliced aubergines I couldn’t help but think that there was something magically delicious about this rustic Italian dish as I tasted it for the first time. Read More >>>>
Many of you out there may think that risotto is an Italian dish which is really difficult to prepare. Yet, I beg to differ. In fact, I think that it’s one of the biggest cooking myths out there. Take this pumpkin bacon risotto for example, not only is it an easy peasy dish to prepare, but it’s also great fun to make once you’ve mastered the basics!
I started preparing risotto with my mother a few years ago after trying it at a local Italian restaurant. Initially, I started by making a favorite of mine – mushroom and bacon risotto. And over the years, I’ve found that it’s fairly easy to make once you’ve got the process down to the tee. Fundamentally, all you need to create this dish is some time on your hands, a wee bit of patience and of course the right ingredients.
Once it’s done, you’ll be able to dig in and enjoy a scrumptious hearty meal which will make your neighbors jealous! Below you’ll find my recipe for pumpkin bacon risotto, complete with ingredients, directions and serving amount.
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As much as I love a nice hot plate of spaghetti bolognese on a cold autumn day, I must confess that my heart still yearns for the summer months that have passed and yet will come again. Why? Well, I’m a seafood lover and I believe fresh is always best.
Indeed, if I had the choice, I would feast on the fruits of the blue sea every day. And if there’s one dish I’d choose to eat, it would definitely be Spaghetti alla Vongole with Cherry Tomatoes. Luckily, for me I live in the sunny Mediterranean island, Malta, where fishing is a big industry. So, we do get a nice batch of clams at our local fishmonger once every week or so when the howling autumn wind and rain have shied away from brewing up a storm.
After having tried many versions of this dish, some with tomatoes, some without, there was always this one I’d find myself making time and time again. Below is the recipe I always use. Have a look,prepare and taste the result for yourself! You certainly won’t be disappointed!
One of my all-time favorite snacks to make at the weekend has got to be nachos loaded with ground beef, melted cheddar, beans, bright red salsa and spicy jalapenos to give the nachos a bit of a kick. Of course, sometimes when I’m not in the mood for so much spice, I also like serving them up with a side of sour cream and some slices of avocado or guacamole in order to help reduce the heat when it all gets too much to handle.
Once it’s done, you’ve got the perfect companion for the weekend. A scrumptious plate of load beef nachos to serve up for you and your loved ones. Is your mouth watering yet? Have a look at our recipe below to get well on your way to making this fantastic treat!
Loaded Beef Nachos Recipe
Melted gooey cheese is as sinful and decadent as food comes. In fact, the very thought of it seduces me and makes me drool. And when this particularly scrumptious appetizer is paired with freshly made cranberry sauce and a bit of crunch my love for cheese turns into more of a liaison.
Our Baked Brie Recipe
This particular baked brie recipe is a favorite of mine and has been used countless times to impress guests. However, when I don’t find myself entertaining friends or family, I also use this simple dish as a mood lifter, especially if I’ve had one of those not-so-good days at the office. Nevertheless, what I’d like to specify to you is that the wonderful thing about this baked brie dish is that it’s completely vegetarian! So, if you happen to be catering for two types of eaters, you won’t have to flick through dozens of cookbooks in order to think of two separate dishes to prepare for meat-eaters and vegetarians. You’ll be able to please both with this scrumptious appetizer that will leave both you and your guests wanting more!
One of my summer favorites has definitely got to be mozzarella and tomato salad. Both sumptuous and refreshing, this particular salad doesn’t take much work to prepare. Its main ingredients are milky Italian mozzarella di buffola, ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh green rucola, olives and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. This simple recipe is reminiscent of Mediterranean food at its finest. It’s one you can prepare for work or even to entertain guests as its presentation will certainly whet their appetite. All you need to do is follow the easy steps below and you’ll be well on your way to having a great meal.