by Meli C

Category — Food

Polenta & Eggs

We are big polenta fans over here.  Not too long ago I shared this recipe, which is one of our favorites. This past Sunday, however, we satisfied our cravings with one of our other simple go-to dishes: polenta and fried eggs. Fresh ground pepper, sea salt, and shredded cheese compliment this dish perfectly.

To see details on how I make the polenta, click here.

March 27, 2012   1 Comment

Irish Soda Bread

{Soda bread, corned beef & Dubliner cheese}

Last night we had an early St. Patrick’s day dinner at home.  We’ve never been big on St. Patty’s, but ever since I had Emily’s focaccia earlier this week I was intent on attempting to make some fresh bread myself.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s celebrations, I decided to make Irish Soda Bread.  This was my first official attempt at bread, that’s of course unless you consider banana bread a bread.

I went through several recipes before I settled on this one.  I think what sold me on it was what I read over at A Feast for the Eyes about Mrs. O’Callaghan. Plus, the recipe is really simple and uses only six ingredients, five of which I had at home. I only had to buy fresh buttermilk.

{I used 1.5% milkfat all-natural buttermilk}

I added all dry ingredients to the bowl of my KitchenAid mixer and set it to speed 3, using the dough hook. I added the buttermilk and let the mixture stir until combined. I flipped the dough onto a floured surface and followed the rest of the instructions as per the recipe.

The bread turned out so good that we had to force ourselves to stop eating it last night, but had some again for breakfast this morning. I’m saving what’s left to make corned beef sandwiches for St. Patty’s tomorrow.

Wishing everyone a good weekend!

March 16, 2012   1 Comment

Dinner Chez Emily

I began reading Emily’s blog when it was sent to me by a friend in common – thank you, Chiara!

Emily’s writing is fantastic and her reviews of local Miami restaurants are always on point.

After being virtual pen pals for a little while, I was invited over for dinner at her house and I immediately knew I was in for a special treat.

A delicious Homemade Focaccia was laid out, waiting for us upon arrival.

Emily prepared a 3-course dinner while we engaged in interesting conversations and sipped on my favorite red wine.

After having devoured the entire tray of focaccia between six of us, we proceeded to sit at the dinner table to enjoy a carrot soup that was the perfect combination of sweet, savory and spice.

A perfectly al dente fettuccine was the main course, served with a mushroom and asparagus no-cream sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese. As if this wasn’t enough, Emily prepared an arugula side-salad that paired really well with the dish.

Though not documented, a dark chocolate fondue with bananas and strawberries followed for dessert. Although at that point I was only physically able to try a small piece, it was the perfect sweet ending to an incredible, restaurant-worthy meal.

P.S. Click here for Emily’s cooking tips and personal account of the night.

Photo disclaimer: I was hoping to share better quality photos but I was limited to my iPhone + dim lighting for picture-taking. My camera decided to die over this past weekend, and I’m welcoming any camera suggestions at this time! Thanks.

 

March 15, 2012   3 Comments

Polenta Bolognese

{Homemade polenta + turkey bolognese}

These past few days have been refreshingly cooler in Miami, specially at night.  The perfect excuse for comfort food.

I had some leftover turkey bolognese in the fridge, and I had been meaning to pair it with polenta. This dish took all of 30 minutes to put together and it was deliciously satisfying.

I used Bob’s Red Mill corn grits in my recipe and aged real parmesan cheese – a good cheese makes all the difference!

{polenta, parmesan + bolognese}

 {Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil & add 1 cup of dried polenta}

 {Bring heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, stirring frequently}

{After 20 minutes the polenta will be thick and ready}

To serve, simply spoon the polenta into plates or bowls and serve with bolognese on top. Finish it off with fresh ground pepper and some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

P.S. Chunky marinara works great too, for a delicious vegetarian version. :)

March 8, 2012   5 Comments

Grape Truffles

I recently bumped into this simple appetizer idea and I had been waiting for the perfect excuse to try it out.

A few of my friends came over to watch the Oscars this past Sunday, and it was the perfect excuse.  I love that these are so quick to make, and offer the right combination of salty, sweet, and slight crunch.

For my version, I used black pepper goat cheese to coat the (seedless) grapes. It was delicious and definitely added a spicy kick.

February 29, 2012   2 Comments

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