Shrimp Alfredo

I found some pasta nests at the store and decided to do a Shrimp Alfredo with them. Yummy, I haven’t had this in years. It turned out great, maybe a little thick on the sauce so I upped the cream in the recipe for you. This is a fast and easy week day meal ideal for Spring!!

2 Tbsp. butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tbsp. flour
3 cups half and half cream
1 cup parmesan, grated
Salt to taste
1 lb. shrimp cooked in crab boil spices
8-10 tagliatelle nests
Freshly ground black pepper
Parsley to garnish

Heat a large pot of salted water for the pasta.  Melt butter in a fry pan and saute garlic and red onion. Add white wine and let it reduce to less than a 1/4 cup.  Add 2 Tbsp. flour to the onion mixture and stir for 1 min. Slowly with a wooden spoon or whisk add the cream. Heat to simmer and reduce slightly. Add the cheese and salt to taste. Cook pasta to the manufacturers instructions. Ladle sauce over the pasta nests (if they come apart while cooking just reform then into little nests again), top with the cooked shrimp. Garnish with parsley and freshly ground black pepper.

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie-Recipe Swap with Cupcakes and Kale Chips

This recipe is from a fellow blogger’s site, Brianne from Cupcakes and Kale Chips.  We have been on this journey together and both of us are fairly new to the game but she has developed a gorgeous fun site. She also has had loads of pictures accepted to the various foodie sites. The one thing that I am so enjoying is the friendships you develop while blogging. It it an amazingly friendly world!!!

When we decided to do this swap, which I thought would be fun, I kept being drawn back to the Strawberry Smoothie. She has lots to choose from on her beautiful site like White Chocolate Salted Caramel Gooey Bars or Peanuts and Cracker Jack Cupcakes but I was drawn to the smoothie. I was intrigued with the cheesecake flavour in a drink. It is so good, you have to try this one. It is full of flavour and goodness. Great way to start off your day.   Please come by to see how she made this gorgeous smoothie at Cupcakes and Kale Chips. Ken, Amber and I all fought over it. It is not too sweet and is simply delicious. She decided to do our Souvlaki Dinner that we did for a Friday Night Cooking Class. Come and see her rendition of the Souvlaki Dinner, you will be all over this meal again.

 

Julia Child’s Salade Nicoise for JC100

 

It’s here again and I am always excited to get my weekly assignment!!! This is a truly magnificent salad with so many lovely flavours. It originated in Nice which was under Italian rule until the 1860′s. It has a very antipasto feel to it and that is why. I honestly don’t know when I have had an anchovy if ever but they were so good with the eggs. I of course have used anchovy paste countless of times. I bought brown eggs for this and they had gorgeous bright yellow yolks, so lovely for a hard boiled egg. The salad has to be assembled just before serving but all of it’s parts can be made ahead of time. The last time I had this salad I was sitting in a bistro in Paris. It would make a perfect brunch salad with some fresh French bread and a lovely glass of chardonnay. Perfection!!

1 large head of Boston lettuce, any leaf lettuce would do
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. green beans, washed and ends removed (I don’t remove the tail)
2-3 ripe red tomatoes, cut into 8 pieces each
170 gm. can of tuna in broth and oil, drained and flaked
French Potato Salad
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half
1- 50 gm can of flat fillet anchovies
1/3 cup black sun dried olives
1/3 cup kalamata olives
Capers to garnish
Roasted red pepper to garnish
Parsley to garnish

French Potato Salad

8-10 new potatoes, boiled and warm
1 shallot finely minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/8 cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

Slice the warm potatoes in large slices and toss with remaining ingredients and set aside for 10 min. or if making ahead refrigerate.

Cooking the Green Beans

1 lb. green beans
6 quarts rapidly boiling salted water
Large bowl of ice water

Drop the prepared beans in the boiling water. Cover briefly, to bring the water quickly back to the boil, then uncover. Boil uncovered until the beans are just cooked, 3 min. Test if need be. Drain the beans and immediately place them in the bowl of ice water. After 3-4 min. drain again. These can now can be refrigerated, covered until ready to use.

Preparing The Lettuce

Make sure the lettuce has been thoroughly washed and completely dried using a salad spinner and then letting it rest and to dry further wrapped in a clean tea towel. This can also be done ahead of time of put into the refrigerator.

Salad Dressing

6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried mustard
2 Tbps. fresh basil, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

To assemble the salad first lay down the lettuce on a large round or oval platter. Dress the lettuce with two Tbsp. of the dressing. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss the beans with a small amount of the dressing. Place the potatoes in the center of the platter and drizzle with a small amount of the dressing. Place the tomatoes in four different sections around the platter and drizzle with some of the dressing. Place equal amounts of green beans on either side of the tomatoes. Place the two halves of the eggs between the green beans and top with two anchovies each, repeat around the plate. Beside two sets of eggs place the flaked tuna and drizzle with some of the dressing, top with the capers. Beside the alternate eggs place one of the two olives. Add one slice of roasted red pepper to each mound of green beans. Garnish with more capers, parsley and freshly ground pepper and any remaining dressing. Serve immediately.

Excerpted from The Way to Cook by Julia Child. Copyright © 1989 by Julia Child. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

One Lovely Blog Award

Wow, I was just nominated for my first award!! I am thrilled to accept it!! Thank you so much Vanessa from Homemade Bites. I always wondered how you got these lovely awards but hadn’t figured it out yet.

{Seven random facts about me}

1. I have had a love of food and a passion for cooking starting as a child.

2. It takes me months to read a book. I would love to have time for that but seldom do. An airplane is the perfect time.

3. I don’t like baked beans but will eat them in chili.

4. I love all sorts of music from opera to heavy metal.

5. I am half Finnish and half Irish, quite the combo!!

6. My favourite drink is a very dry Beefeater martini on the rocks with an olive. I inheredited this from my dad.

7. I could watch the Food Network 24-7.

{The seven blogs I want to nominate for One Lovely Blog Award}

1. Cupcakes and Kale Chips has started at the same time as me and has some lovely recipes and pictures. She is also been a great support.

2. My Prairie Window also started at the same time as myself and has been an amazing support. She can sure ice a beautiful cake!!

3. Ground Beef Budget was the first blog that got in touch with me and is a wealth of information. She is lovely and so is her blog.

4. Carolina Heartstrings for always popping by to see me and for her beautiful southern hospitality in her down home blog.

5. Adora’s Box for her gorgeous recipes and amazing photos that are truly inspiring me.

6. Feed My Soul. Peter has also been a friend from the beginning and a huge support. Always popping by some site to say how much he likes my photos.

7. Sunflower Supper Club again for her great support. They have a beautiful site filled with great recipes.

{Did I do it in the right way?}
Some rules must be followed, since I was nominated for One Lovely Blog Awards. Here I go:
. Display the blog award -> {check}
. Create a link to the site that nominated you -> {check}
. Write seven random facts about yourself -> {check}
. Display the links of the blogs you love and pass on the award -> {check}

Tasty Food Photography Book

This book has completely changed how I do photography. I resource it back again and again. It is excellent for anyone wanting to improve their food photography skills. I have photos accepted all the time to food sites such as Tastespotting, Foodgawder, Healthy Aperature, Tasteologie etc. after just two months learning how to take photos from this book. I had never held a DSLR camera before. I know I have a long road ahead to still improve but this book gave the the know how to get started. I have a rotating sign here on the left that you can click into to buy this ebook. It is located just below my Tastespotting and Foodgawker banners. You just download it and you have it at the ready on your computer anytime you want it. No worry about it being misplaced, you always know where it is. I clearly can’t say enough about this book and how it has changed my photography skills. Click on in and have a look. It will change your photography for life!!! A small investment with a big payoff!!