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spaghetti & meatballs

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If you don’t cook brussel sprouts often this recipe will change that. Easy and fast to prepare. Can accompany any dish. Gordon Ramsay included this side dish on his Christmas special.

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Serving: 4-6
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 20 min

Ingredients

2 lbs brussels sprouts
4 slices of baccon chopped (Gordon Ramsay used prosciutto)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped chestnuts (if desired)

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Peel the outer leaves of the brussel sprouts & cut in half.
Thinly slice the pancetta or streaky bacon in 1 cm slices.
Roughly chop the chestnuts and put aside until needed.
Grated the zest of one lemon & leave to one side.
You will use the juice of the lemon later.

Cooking
Place the brussel sprouts in a saucepan in hot water and boil for 2 minutes.
In a separate pan, heat the olive oil and lightly fry the pancetta.
Spoon the just cooked brussel sprouts into the pancetta & cook and coat for 1 minutes.
Season with a good grind of salt & pepper.
Add the chopped chestnuts and lemon zest.
Toss well.
Add the juice of one lemon.
Serve.

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pasta reale in brodo

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You can have this delicious soup in minutes if you have some extra broth in the fridge. It is very similar  to stracciatella soup. I found a written recipe on Simply Italian with Michela Chiappa. Perfect soup for these cold days. Warm, comforting and delicious!

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ingredients

1 egg
pinch of salt and pepper
handful of grated parmesan
handful of breadcrumbs
500 ml chicken stock

to serve

an extra grating of parmesan

¼ tsp of dried chilli flakes (optional)

method

Before you start this recipe you should have your chicken broth bubbling on the stove.

Crack your egg into a bowl and whisk with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then add the parmesan, breadcrumbs and work this mix to form a dough.

Once a dough is formed, hold a cheese grater with large holes over your chicken broth (turn off the heat if the steam is too hot). Push the dough through the cheese grater and allow the tails of pasta to drop directly into the boiling broth, then simmer for about 2-4 minutes.

Serve in a bowl with lots of fresh parmesan on top and a sprinkling of chili flakes, if desired.

Be careful – if your cheese grater is sharp, use the back of a spatula to push the dough through the grater.

It is worth using home-made chicken broth, but alternatively use good quality stock cubes.

If you don’t have parmesan, throw 3 small handfuls of stelline into the water instead for an equally delicious dish.
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cook’s tips

Be careful – if your cheese grater is sharp, use the back of a spatula to push the dough through the grater.

It is worth using home-made chicken broth, but alternatively use good quality stock cubes.

If you don’t have parmesan, throw 3 small handfuls of stelline into the water instead for an equally delicious dish.
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roasted potatoes

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microgreens

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The summer is over and the garden is no more. However, I have been reading a lot about microgreeens and how easy it is to grow indoors. So here they are, my first attempt. Pea shoots, broccoli, basil and arugula greens for start and so many more to try. After a few days of planting  the seeds sprout and 15 days later, the greens are ready to be harvested. The picture below is the first salad I made. It was amazing.  Will definitely continue.

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If you are tempted to start your own microgreens, here are a few links to help you along. Good luck!

West Coast Seeds : How to grow microgreeens

Microgreens on a windowsill

How to grow a microgreens garden year round in your home

Seed to Green

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