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Linguini with Fresh Tomatoes and mozzarella!

Sometimes the best recipes are born completely by accident! The other night I made a pasta with artichoke lemon pesto, and served it with a plate of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basilCannedtomatoes, that I had drizzled with truffle oil.   We were so full by the time it came to eat the tomatoes that my husband told me to save them for the next day. I had a lot of linguini left over, and I added the tomato mixture to it, with lots of fresh olive oil, more fresh tomatoes, 5 cloves of pressed garlic , the rest of the mozzarella, some parmesan and handfuls of minced fresh herbs and parsley! Sea salt to taste and the next nights supper was created. You can eat this at room temperature, but I prefer it slightly warmed, so that the mozzarella is oozing everywhere. I had only red tomatoes, but I would love to eat this with several different  types, maybe a few of the gorgeously coloured heirloom varieties. A little garlic bread, a chilled rose', a bit of opera, the right companion.....The possibilities are endless!

Picture is courtesy of  www.myownlabels.com , the best private label site that I've ever found for creating labels that are worthy of adorning jars of your prize winning tomato sauces or canned peaches!


Linguini with Fresh Tomatoes and mozzarella!

Sometimes the best recipes are born completely by accident! The other night I made a pasta with artichoke lemon pesto, and served it with a plate of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basilCannedtomatoes, that I had drizzled with truffle oil.   We were so full by the time it came to eat the tomatoes that my husband told me to save them for the next day. I had a lot of linguini left over, and I added the tomato mixture to it, with lots of fresh olive oil, more fresh tomatoes, 5 cloves of pressed garlic , the rest of the mozzarella, some parmesan and handfuls of minced fresh herbs and parsley! Sea salt to taste and the next nights supper was created. You can eat this at room temperature, but I prefer it slightly warmed, so that the mozzarella is oozing everywhere. I had only red tomatoes, but I would love to eat this with several different  types, maybe a few of the gorgeously coloured heirloom varieties. A little garlic bread, a chilled rose', a bit of opera, the right companion.....The possibilities are endless!

Picture is courtesy of  www.myownlabels.com , the best private label site that I've ever found for creating labels that are worthy of adorning jars of your prize winning tomato sauces or canned peaches!


Sugar Snap Peas & Fresh Peaches!

Peas2 Yesterday I made a fabulous discovery! I  had purchased some beautiful sugar snap peas at the market the day before and I was looking for a different way to prepare them. If you've never tried them, there is absolutely nothing like the flavor of a raw sugar snap pea! They are crispy, fresh and sweet, with the most satisfying texture.   Usually I steam them,  but this time, I tossed them into a pan lightly coated with olive oil and set them to sauteing. I wanted to add something to them, and usually I would grab a handful of fresh mint, but today I wanted something a bit more flavorful. The local peaches are beginning to be just gorgeous ....ripe and juicy, dripping down your chin pleasurable!  I diced one up and threw it into the pan  with the peas and let the soft heat work its magic. Within seconds the peas and peaches had formed a passionate relationship, the peas retaining their crispness, and the peaches melting like butter all around them. The whole process took about 5 minutes, and then I added just a sprinkling of cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and some allspice,  adding a bit of spiciness to the already sensual flavor.  They didn't need  butter although if you wanted  you could finish them with just a wee bit of it.  It was a really pretty dish as well, and would look lovely on a platter surrounded by some freshly sliced peaches for a garnish! I served it with a pasta last night, but today I'm going to try it with some slow cooked organic lamb shanks. That should be a marriage made in heaven!

Picture courtesy of www.williegreensorganicfarm.com   a site I discovered when looking for a picture. They have a wonderful recipe for peas with mango sauce, and a roasted pea recipe which sounds just amazing!


Sugar Snap Peas & Fresh Peaches!

Peas2 Yesterday I made a fabulous discovery! I  had purchased some beautiful sugar snap peas at the market the day before and I was looking for a different way to prepare them. If you've never tried them, there is absolutely nothing like the flavor of a raw sugar snap pea! They are crispy, fresh and sweet, with the most satisfying texture.   Usually I steam them,  but this time, I tossed them into a pan lightly coated with olive oil and set them to sauteing. I wanted to add something to them, and usually I would grab a handful of fresh mint, but today I wanted something a bit more flavorful. The local peaches are beginning to be just gorgeous ....ripe and juicy, dripping down your chin pleasurable!  I diced one up and threw it into the pan  with the peas and let the soft heat work its magic. Within seconds the peas and peaches had formed a passionate relationship, the peas retaining their crispness, and the peaches melting like butter all around them. The whole process took about 5 minutes, and then I added just a sprinkling of cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and some allspice,  adding a bit of spiciness to the already sensual flavor.  They didn't need  butter although if you wanted  you could finish them with just a wee bit of it.  It was a really pretty dish as well, and would look lovely on a platter surrounded by some freshly sliced peaches for a garnish! I served it with a pasta last night, but today I'm going to try it with some slow cooked organic lamb shanks. That should be a marriage made in heaven!

Picture courtesy of www.williegreensorganicfarm.com   a site I discovered when looking for a picture. They have a wonderful recipe for peas with mango sauce, and a roasted pea recipe which sounds just amazing!


The Black Knight!

The Black Knight
This is  Gorgeous! It's a butterfly bush that I planted and for the first time ever, I've ben able to get it to flower! I love it's name, The Black Knight! So regal! The colour is the most amazing deep purple that i've ever seen in a flower, and the bees love it!


The Black Knight!

The Black Knight
This is  Gorgeous! It's a butterfly bush that I planted and for the first time ever, I've ben able to get it to flower! I love it's name, The Black Knight! So regal! The colour is the most amazing deep purple that i've ever seen in a flower, and the bees love it!