Thursday, 27 August 2009

Frozen Grapes - with Dark Chocolate

I saw this idea in a book by Jamie Oliver once , and I was really interrested on how it would work, becouse if you buy beautiful fresh grapes then why would you freeze them, but it really works!! The inside of the grapes change to a sorbet like consistensy and are a great complement to a warm summer day.
The best way to eat frozen grapes is with some good quality hazelnut chockolate or dark Varlhrona chockolate and limonchello snaps.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Chickpea Pasta

1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
250g mushrooms, sliced into quarters
2 carrots, sliced into 1cm chunks
fresh rosemary
olive oil
1 glass white wine
2 cans chickpeas
5dl chicken stock
100g pasta tortiglioni
fresh basil
fresh parsley
salt & pepper

Sweat the vegetables in some olive oil and fresh rosemary.

Add the white wine and reduce the liquid.Add the chick peas and chicken stock and let simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

While it simmers, cook the pasta in salted water.Remove half the chickpeas from the pan and set aside. Blitz the rest in a blender or with a staf-mixer until creamy and smooth.

Then add the chickpeas and cooked pasta back to the pan. If the sauce is too thick add some of the pasta water to the pan.

Add some fresh basil and parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some bread and white wine.