Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Soba Noodle Salad With Radishes

I made this salad end of jully as it was hot weather here plust I was home alone as Hans was in Malta and I didn't want to make anything elaborate and I wanted to try something new that the usual cold pasta salad I make when it is hot weather.
So I was going through my Wagamama Cook book and saw the recipe for a noodle salade.
I made little change plus I like more dressing so I adjusted the dressing to my taste.
So the recipe I have written below is not exactly as in the book. I just made a little change for my liking.

Serves 2:

125 gm Soba noodles
12 to 14 radishes thinly sliced
1 carrot Juilenned
1/4 cucumber ,deseeded and finely sliced
2 to 3 spring onions finely sliced
6 to 8 mint leaves roughly chopped
Couple of corriander leaves chopped
1 red thai chilli sliced ( you can add more if you like it spicy but i think the samade should not be over spicy)
Tosted sesame seeds and white seasmae seeds fro garnish
Juice of 1 lime and zest


2 tsp of honey
2 tsp of fish sauce
2 tso of rice vinegar
2 tsp of mirin
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together the dressing ingredients in a small pan, bring to boil and set aside to cool. When it is cool stir the lime juice and the zest.

Cook the noodles according to the packet instruction drain and refresh under cold water.

Combine the noodles with the radishes, cucumber,spring onions,mint, chilli and corriander.
Add the cooled dressing and toss everything to make sure that everything is coated.
Check the seasoning and if you want add more salt.
Sprinkle with the both the kind of sesame seeds and serve.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Pasta with Scampi Lime and Saffron

I have been always a huge fan of Peter Minakis Greek Food blog Kalofogas and that has been for years. And I have made few dishes from his place which are all absloutely Delicious.

And when he posted this Scampi recipe I remember saying to myself I am going to make this one day, but then as always there is so many dishes I want to make and sometimes it happens like this one.
Have to say only regret I have is that why I hadn't made this one earlier as it is so Delicious.
With the zest of lime it is a real refreshing pasta dish.

You can always make exactly as Peter has made, I kept ti the original recipe just that I made with less pasta but mostly kept the rest of the ingridients quantity for the amount of pasta he used.

And instead of white wine I used Nolly prat as I always have a bottle of that and I tend to use that when I don't have opend up wine or wine in the freezer for cooking purpose.
And ok I did add a bit more chilli flakes :-)

The Original recipe you can find here

350 gm Pasta ( I used Linguni)
1/4 cup olive oil
18 medium sized Shrimps
1 onion finely chopped
8 garlic thinly sliced
100 ml Nolly Pratt
Few stands of Saffron
Zest of 2 Limes
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp chilli flakes
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsely
1/4 cup sliced spring onions
Black and white seasame seeds for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Season the scampis with pepper and salt.
Heat a pan with a little of oil and fry the scampis for 1 minute each side and keep it aside.
Add the rest of the olive oil and add the chopped onions and saute for few minutes ,
Add the garlic slices and the chilli flakes and fry for few minutes.
Add the Nolly prat and cook in a high heat for couple of minutes .
In the mean time cook your pasta according the the packet instruction , drain,make sure you keep a few bog spoons of pasta water to add later.

Now add to the pan, the chopped parsley, lime juice,chopped spring onions and the lime zest and the drained pasta together with the few spoons of pasta water.
Add the scampi's which are kept aside , mix everything together and serve with a sprinkling of seasame seeds.
If you like you can sprinkle with a bit more chilli flakes.