3 cheese risotto with crispy leeks

Difficulty: 2/5

Risotto is my favourite comfort food. If you’ve never cooked risotto before, then this is the perfect recipe to start with. I used Mozzarella, Gruyère and Parmesan cheese; which really are my favourite cooking cheeses. If you like blue cheese or other strong cheeses, I recommend that you crumble them on top instead of adding them into the risotto as it can be a bit overwhelming. On top of this risotto I put crispy leeks, which are not only really easy to make, but they are also really tasty. I like to put it on my salads and fish also. Continue reading 3 cheese risotto with crispy leeks

Easy peasy Irish soda bread with parmesan cheese

Difficulty 1/5

Bread… what an amazing invention. That smell of bread that just came out the oven is completely irresistible. Given that right now I’m in Dublin, I thought it was apropiate to share this recipe with you. It’s soooo easy! It doesn’t even need yeast; it’s actually called soda bread because it uses bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. It’s more compact than a yeasted bread but it’s completely exquisite. I love to toast it and put some butter on it… YUM! As always, it’s my version of the recipe with some changes I like in my baked goods, like the parmesan cheese. You can also put raisins instead or nuts if you want it on the sweet side. Continue reading Easy peasy Irish soda bread with parmesan cheese

Pesto and cherry tomatoes quiche

Difficulty 2/5

Pesto is one of the greatest inventions Italy has for us. It’s very useful for different recipes: pasta, chicken, fillings, toast, sandwiches… we can’t have enough of it. In this case I bring you a quiche that turned out to be amazingly god. The filling has parmesan, mozzarella and of course a recipe of pesto that you can use and change as you like. It doesn’t have to be basil, it could also be spinach, kale, rocket, whatever leafs you like. Instead of pine nuts you could also use pecans, walnuts or almonds… yum! Continue reading Pesto and cherry tomatoes quiche

Creamy parmesan polenta

Difficulty 1/5

Polenta, for me, is a bliss. And so is parmesan. So when I discovered the mix, my life was complete. To put a spoonful of polenta in your mouth is absolute perfection, but it has to be well done. I love it when it’s creamy and smooth, then I could even eliminate risottos from my life and swap it for polenta. Yes, I just said that! You can eat it by itself, add some roasted vegetables or any protein you like. I personally like it with meats with a sweet glaze or sweet vegetables like beetroot or sweet potato; it makes a really nice contrast. Continue reading Creamy parmesan polenta

Artichoke and cheese hot dip

Difficulty 1/5

Nothing beats being welcomed into a home with something warm straight out of the oven. This cheese dip is not only easy and very little trouble to make, but it will have everyone drooling over it (not literally, thank God). When I made it for some friends, it was gone within seconds! And I swear the container was quite big. I served it with these paprika and parmesan crackers that I posted, and they go amazing together. The artichoke goes really nicely with the cheese, and we use a mix of cream cheese, mozzarella and parmesan inside and grated on top… YUMMY! A glass of wine and we’re ready to rumble 😉 Continue reading Artichoke and cheese hot dip

Paprika and parmesan crackers

Difficulty 2/5

Why would you buy crackers for your appetizers when you can make them yourself? They are SO much better than the ones found at the store, really tasty, different, and a perfect complement for your cheeses, olives, etc. And with this you can now sense that these crackers absolutely rock! If you have a food processor, the dough will take you 15min and then 10min to bake. Faster than going to buy some! I made these for a family gathering and they were gone within SECONDS because they were far too yummy, they were even eating them by themselves and I was like “hello, you’re missing the point… I bought cheese!” So now you know, you might even want to consider these as an appetizer on its own hahaha. There goes the recipe! Continue reading Paprika and parmesan crackers

Saffron risotto with pan-fried swordfish

Difficulty 3/5

My favourite risotto is definitely saffron. I love how fragrant it is and specially how well it compliments seafood. On the other had, I also love swordfish; I think it has a very nice firmness to it and a very particular taste. If you haven’t had it before, this is an amazing combo to try it. For ganish I just roasted some tomatoes and fried some zucchini until golden. YUM! Continue reading Saffron risotto with pan-fried swordfish