Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet

I didn’t expect to do another pasta recipe so soon, but I have.  I had a wine that I wanted to match so I went in search of a recipe that I thought would work with it, and it just happened to have pasta in it.

The wine I started with is a Rioja Blanco that is 100% Viura (many white Riojas are blends of Viura,  Malvasia and Garnacha blanca), base on a recommendation from a friend.

With the prawns and garlic, I thought this recipe would be perfect, from Iowa Girl Eats.

Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet

It was super quick to make, although I undercooked the tomatoes a bit (easy enough to fix for next time).  I made it again without the prawns and tomatoes, for an easy vegetarian meal (I also substituted the chicken stock with vegetable stock), and that was quite nice with both wines as well.

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Pasta with Hot Italian Sausage

I’ve been living in London for over ten years now and at this point, there are few things that I really miss, food-wise, from the US.  In part because most are more readily available than they were when we first got here – good burgers, for one.  I have been craving pasta with hot Italian sausage, which I’d make occasionally back in the US, but hot Italian sausage is not readily found in the UK.   So, with the powers of the internet, I found a few recipes and adapted them to make my own.  Fortunately, for this recipe, the starting point was to remove the sausage meat from the casing, so I didn’t actually make sausages, just seasoned the pork, then browned it, added onion, tinned plum tomatoes and some more herbs.

Pasta with hot Italian sausage

To me, this is the perfect comfort food and as it turned out, was just what I needed because as I was taking this photo (possibly before or after, it’s a bit of a blur), well let’s just say, tile floor: 1, red wine bottle: 0.

Fortunately, the bottle was already on the floor and just fell over, so while there was a big puddle of red wine and broken glass, splash damage was kept to a minimum.

So I cleaned it up and then ate the whole bowl of pasta. And  a little more.  And then I felt better. And that’s what’s so great about comfort food.

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Roast Chicken with Carmelized Shallots

For this week’s post, I was looking for an easy recipe that I could match with red wine, which I admit I much prefer to white.  We rarely eat red meat at home, so we’re building up a collection and I’m always on the look-out for something that will go well with red wine.  This has been on my list for a while, and comes from David Lebovitz’s site.  It’s a website I’m particularly fond of, and not just because he lives in and writes about one of my favourite cities, Paris.

Roasted Chicken with Carmelized Shallots

It’s easy and quick enough to make during the week.  I served it with a celeriac purée and steamed flat beans which, along with the shallots, came in this week’s veg box.

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Winter Squash and Chickpeas with Tahini Dressing

A few months ago, I started getting a weekly veg box from Riverford Organic Farms.  It was like getting a present every Monday morning, but  the pressure of not wasting all of these lovely vegetables was always on my mind.  Eat out tonight?  No! We’ve got cabbage and carrots that won’t eat themselves!

So when they invited me to a dinner where the food was made from that week’s veg box, I thought it sounded like a great idea.  And it was!  The food (all vegetarian) was delicious and one that really stood out was a slaw made with a tahini dressing.  So when I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Not only did it have some of my favourite foods (squash, chickpeas, coriander), but it also had a very yummy sounding tahini dressing.

Winter Squash with Chickpeas

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