Fusili à la Carbonara
During the week I’m usually super busy with t.listed (and I guess school?) so I don’t really have time to make crazy meals. This recipe is really easy, quick and extremely filling.
Carbonara has to be one of my favourite dishes. It involves pasta, cheese, butter and bacon.. What else do you need?! It’s not the healthiest of meals, but you can always make moderations to ‘healthify’ it. You could use turkey bacon instead of real bacon (but common.. who can say no to bacon?!), switch parmesan for a low fat cheese and (in my case) use gluten free pasta.
Making this dish takes the amount of time needed to cook pasta, so no need to do any prep (and perfect for those last minute dinner guests).
What you’ll need:
– 1 box gluten free Catelli fusilli (my favourite gluten free pasta – I highly recommend it)
– 1 1/4 cup grated parmesan
– 1/2 pack bacon (cubed)
– 3 eggs
First, start boiling your water for the pasta. Next, cut your bacon into small cubes and place in a frying pan on low heat. Once fully cooked, place on a plate and set to the side.
Next, in a separate bowl, crack your 3 eggs and whisk.
Add the parmesan to your eggs and mix thoroughly. Then add your salt and pepper.
Your water should be boiling now, so pour in your pasta (I did the whole box because I was feeding 5 people).
Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add about 1 tsp of butter and stir. Next, add your egg and cheese mix. Your pasta is still extremely hot so it will cook the eggs and melt the cheese! Once it is all mixed, add your bacon (but make sure to save some to sprinkle on top!).
I hope you enjoy!
Triple Chocolate Gluten Free Brownies
I came across this recipe while watching The Food Network a couple of weeks ago. It does take a bit of time to bake, so it’s perfect for the weekend! It wasn’t originally gluten free, but I substituted the normal flour with gluten free and they turned out delicious, chewy, rich, and I promise you won’t taste that ‘gluten free’ after taste!
He makes these brownies in a variety of ways including Peanut Butter, Mocha and White Chocolate. (I promise I’ll make and post all of these in the future!) But for now, you’re *stuck* with my triple chocolate brownies.
What you’ll need:
– 1 cup butter (softened)
– 8 ounces (I used 2 packages of Lindt 70% cocao)
– 2 cups brown sugar
– 1 tbsp vanilla extract
– 1 cup gluten free flour
– 1/2 cocao powder
– 1 tsp baking powder
– A little bit of salt
– 4 eggs
– 1 cup chocolate chips
First, in a small bowl (or a mixer!), whisk together the flour, cocao powder, baking powder and salt and place to the side.
Next, in a double boiler (so the chocolate doesn’t burn – DO NOT melt chocolate in microwave!) melt chocolate and butter.
Once thoroughly mixed, add vanilla and brown sugar and mix until blended. Once mixed, take the bowl off of the boiling water and place to the side to cool slightly.
In another separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs.
Finally, add the warm chocolate mix to the dry ingredients and start to mix. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer, but you can do this by hand or with a hand held mixer! Finally, add the eggs.
Place the brownie mix in a lightly greased pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes!
Forgot to buy a present or flowers? No problem! Surprise your significant other, friend, family with home fries with bacon & onion with a poached egg on a butter croissant topped with creamy spinach sauce. This is the perfect breakfast/brunch to surprise your significant other with on Valentines Day. It’s more than delicious and looks like it’s straight from a 5 star restaurant.
I was fortunate enough to have my boyfriend make this for me a couple of days ago. Although a lot went into making it, the whole recipe was pretty simple. The key to make this breakfast perfect is TIMING! Make sure to follow my instructions exactly to ensure the perfect breakfast!
What you’ll need (these are ingredients for 2 people):
– 2 fresh butter croissants (for those non gluten eaters: feel free to replace the croissants for gluten free bread!)
– 2 eggs
– 1/3 of a pack of bacon (diced)
– 2 potatoes (sliced into fries)
– 1/3 of a red onion (sliced)
– 2 cups of spinach
– 1 cup 18% table cream
– 1 tbsp white vinegar
– 2 garlic cloves (minced)
First, in a large frying pan on medium heat, combine your garlic and bacon. Once the bacon is slightly cooked (pink), add your sliced potatoes. When the potatoes begin to brown, add most of the onions (leave some for the spinach sauce). Make sure to constantly monitor the frying pan to make sure nothing burns!
Next, in a small pot on medium heat, add about 1 tsp of butter, garlic and (he chose to do this, you don’t have to!) 1 tbsp garlic aioli. Once this has slightly melted, add your spinach. Wait until it is slightly wilted (but still bright green) and then add your cream. Stir for about 1 minute, and then transfer to your Magic Bullet (or any other blender/mixer). Mix for 30 seconds, then transfer back to the small pot on low heat. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Your fries should be done, so change the temperature to low. Next, add about 6 cups of water to a medium pot and set the heat to high. It is crucial that you don’t allow the water to boil, so wait until the bubbles start to form on the bottom then turn heat lower. Add your vinegar. Crack both eggs into 2 separate bowls, then gently add to the hot water. Make sure to constantly keep moving the egg around with a spoon, so none of the eft white escape! Cook between 3-4 minutes (depending on how runny you like your yolk).
While your eggs arecooking, start plating! Cut your croissant in half (lengthwise) and place on plate. Add your fries. When your egg is done, place on croissant then add a hefty load of sauce – the more the merrier!
And there you go, the perfect Valentines Day (or any other day) breakfast!
I’m not going to lie, it was a really messy afternoon in the t.listed kitchen. There was chocolate everywhere! But everything turned out delicious, so it was well worth it.
I used our ice trays from Ikea – heart and stick shaped. They bend, which makes it easier to get the chocolate out. I don’t know how this would work with non-bendable ice trays.. So if you don’t have one I suggest getting one before making these!
First, put your Cadbury Mini Eggs in a Ziploc bag and, with a rolling pin, crush them into small pieces.
Once they’re small enough, place them at the bottom of your hearts and sticks. )I also put a little bit into the melted chocolate)
Next, place your chocolate in your double boiler on medium heat and stir until melted and smooth.
Once thoroughly melted and with the help of a spoon, put the melted chocolate into the heart shaped and stick ice trays. When all of them are full, take a knife to smooth out the top.
I melted the Hershey’s Cookies & Cream chocolate and made chocolate sticks with half white chocolate and half cookies & cream (it was the best one!). I wish I made the hearts this way.. So I suggest you mix both chocolates together!