Cranberries, pecans and almonds rice pilaf

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Welcome to my first Christmas Special 2016 post! I LOVE Christmas; when December arriver and I star seeing decorated houses, shops, christmas fairs and all that, I have a tingly sensation in my stomach from excitement (although now we get decorations starting in May! LOL). The first recipe I’m going to share with you is this delicious rice pilaf with almonds, pecans and cranberries. It also has orange zest that gives it an extra special flavour. The difference between a normal rice and a pilaf is that it’s cooked in stock rather than just water, making the rice absorb all this extra flavour. Continue reading Cranberries, pecans and almonds rice pilaf

Pesto and mozzarella stuffed breaded chicken

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This recipe was a really pleasant surprise! I was in bed thinking “hmmm what if I stuff a chicken breast with pesto and mozzarella… ooohhh and I could bread that… with panko! No, panko and walnuts! Yup! I’ll try that tomorrow.” And so I did! It’s a really pleasing combo. The crunchy outside, the melted center, and the nutty flavour from the outside and the pesto too. Also, this pesto recipe you can also use for pasta, sandwiches or anything else your heart desires. I ate this chicken with some brown rice with carrots :).
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Asian flavours salmon papillote

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Oh my god this salmon, oh my god! If you’ve never tried salmon this way, it’s so smooth, the texture remains smooth and moist, not flaky and dry like it turns sometimes if not correctly cooked. A papillote is basically cooking inside paper or foil in the oven, usually accompanied by liquid so that it’s cooked by the steam within the chamber. Thus, it’s a great experience when you open it at the table and the fragrance comes out to greet you. This time I marinated the salmon in soy sauce, ginger and lemon grass and cooked it with it. YUM! And to go with it we did some sticky long grain rice with peanuts and broccoli that we cooked and then pan fried with garlic, ginger and sesame oil. YUM!!!!

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Really Easy Caprese Risotto

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This amazing risotto is creamy and fresh at the same time! If you love risotto this is one for you. It’s really easy to cook and your family and friends will love you for it. Eat with a glass of wine on the side ;). It’s ideal to do your own chicken stock, but if you’re in a hurry you can skip that and use vegetable cube instead and it will work as good.

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Christmas Special: The Mushroom Rice Pilaf

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I have to say out of the starch options out there, my favourite remains rice. Probably because I grew up eating it and it has its way to blend flavours together, specially if there’s a sauce involved and you can actually put it on your rice (do you want some gravy on your rice?). Continue reading Christmas Special: The Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Rice Pudding

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Last week I had over some friends and cooked ají de gallina and for dessert rice pudding. So there are many versions of rice pudding around the world, this is the one I’m used to and what we eat in Peru. I really love it, it’s sweet and has really good texture! Also love the cinnamon and clove aroma it has while cooking, it takes me back several years! Hope you enjoy it!

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