Risotto with Spinach

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Finally, time for risotto with spinach! Last time I went out to hunt for spinach I came back with lettuce. Great stuff but besides the fact that they are both green, it’s a very different vegetable 😉 This recipe is based on one of my favourite dishes which my mother in law always prepares when we visit Italy. It has a fabulous taste. Mine is ofcourse a slightly different version (besides, no way you can compete with this fantastic recipe for obvious reasons!). Continue reading

Summer | Spinach Soup with Chickpeas

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najoboSpanish spinach soup with chickpeas! Potaje de garbanzos y espinacas. This recipe was inspired by Claudia Roden’s book: The food of Spain. It’s a beautiful book full of inspirational regional Spanish recipes. I’ve been cooking this soup for a while now and it has become one of my favourite soups to make for guests.

Lets get started: Peel the potato and slice into thin pieces. Fill a large soup pan with 750 ml water and one cube of stock. Add the chickpeas and sliced potato. Boil the mix on a moderate fire.

In the mean time chop the garlic in halves and break the bread into little pieces. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and add the garlic and bread. Fry slowly until the garlic turns slightly (!) brown.

Add the spinach to the chick peas and potato mixture. Cover and leave to simmer, stir every now and then. Now boil two eggs for 8 minutes, peel them and remove the egg yoke.

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Spring | Puff Pastry with Spinach, Eggs and Sweet Gorgonzola

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The best combination ever you will keep on serving ’till the last crumb!

Another great dish with the two magic key ingredients for oven dishes I like to make: spinach and eggs. You can never serve enough of this dish, you are always short. Because it’s so tasty you tend to eat faster, but if you wait a little while you will notice that it’s not actually that light!

Gorgonzola originates from Italy and has a very distinctive smell and bluish green marbling look. It is a soft cheese and less strong than the Gorgonzola Piccante. For this dish I’ve only you used a little to sprinkle on top. It’s just to add a bit of spice. Continue reading

Pasta | Oven Pasta Dish

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Pasta di Semola di Grano Duro. Since 1947. On the fields of gold in Umbria, high quality wheat is harvested to make a fantastic pasta from the brand Filiberto Bianconi. For this dish I’ve used durum wheat pasta in the shape of a flower. The shape is in fact the symbol of Florence: Giglio. It’s a pretty pasta with a full taste because the pieces are short and fat. The combination of eggs, spinach and pasta is my favourite dish of success. It’s colourful, tasty and looks beautiful on  your plate. Besides the look, spinach also  contains high quantities of  antioxidants and is a rich source of iron.

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