Mozzarella with Chillies and Basil

Again, in honour of eat something hot and spicy day, a variation on the classic mozzeralla, tomato and basil salad.

For 2 servings you need:
1 ball fresh, good quality mozzarella
handful torn fresh basil leaves
1/2 finely chopped chilli
pepper/chilli flakes
6 cherry tomatoes
good quality olive oil

Slice the cheese and lay on a plate. Add slices of tomato. Top the cheese with the chilli then basil and finish with the pepper/chilli flakes and the fresh basil. Drizzle over the oil and serve either on its own or with some italian crusty bread to mop up the lovely juices.

Spaghetti and Meat(less)balls

Today is eat something hot and spicy day. Apparently. So in honour of this we hat spicy meat(less)balls and spaghetti for dinner.

For 3-4 portions you need:
300g spaghetti
1 tin chopped toms
1 large onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 whole chili, deseeded and finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp stock powder
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1 packet quorn swedish style meatballs
freshly grated parmesan

Begin by sauteeing the onion in some olive oil. After about 5 mins add the garlic and chillies. After a couple of mins add the oregano and fry for 1 minute. Then add everything else apart from the pasta and parmesan. Cook, covered, for about 15 mins till the sauce is reduced and the meatballs cooked. Check the seasoning.

Meanwhile cook the spaghetti. When cooked drain and add to the sauce. Mix till the pasta is covered then serve with a grating of cheese on the top.

Tiramisu

This is a different version to normal as Tescos helpfully delivered me two tubs of ricotta with only a 1 day shelf life. Remind me again why I shop online?! Anyway. It seems to have worked and tastes nice.

You need
2 tubs ricotta
1 tub mascapone
250ml strong fresh coffee with 1 tbsp vanilla sugar added to it
1/4 cup kahlua
2/4 packet sponge fingers
2 tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup vanilla sugar
1 tbsp vanilla paste (or same quantity of vanilla extract if you can’t find it)

Begin by making the coffee. Once it’s brewed add 1 tbsp vanilla sugar to it along with 1/4 cup kahlua. Leave to cool. Meanwhile mix the ricotta with the mascapone, 1/4 cup vanilla sugar, vanilla paste. Soak the spong fingers briefly in the coffee and layer into a serving dish. Spoon the cheese mixture on top, dust over the cocoa and leave to chill before scoffing. Inauthentic, calorific and lovely.

Birthday Pancakes

Well, pancakes made with a different recipe to normal at any rate. And served on my birthday so therefore birthday pancakes.

This is a tweaked Jamie Oliver recipe.

For about 15 or so pancakes you need:
1 cup milk
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg
1 apple, grated (skin, core and all)
a pinch salt

Mix everything together into a batter and then pour, a ladle at a time, into a hot pan. Cook for about 1 minute before flipping over and cooking the other side. Serve with maple syrup and sit back and hear the moaning that these aren’t the usual pancakes, why are there bits in them whilst enjoying them yourself.