This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs we have started a new season cooking with a new chef, Jamie Oliver. I made Pasta Peperonata, this is the first Jamie Oliver recipe I've ever tried and it was a hit! I found the recipe here at his website and it sounded too good not to try, especially since I had six bell peppers in the fridge, and was not quite sure what to do with them.
recipe from Jamie Oliver -- my adaptations in italics
2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced
2 yellow peppers, deseeded and sliced extra virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 red onions, peeled and finely sliced --I left these out and added in two orange bell peppers in their place, so 6 peppers total for me 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated 2 handfuls of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped, stalks reserved -- I used a few shakes of dried parsley 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar -- I used pomegranate infused red wine vinegar -- seems like I always buy these flavored vinegars but don't often find uses for them even though I love vinegar 2 handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese optional: 2 heaped tablespoons mascarpone cheese or crème Fraîche 455g/1lb rigatoni, penne or spaghetti
Put all the peppers in a large frying pan over a medium heat with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 red onions, peeled and finely sliced --I left these out and added in two orange bell peppers in their place, so 6 peppers total for me
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
2 handfuls of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped, stalks reserved -- I used a few shakes of dried parsley
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar -- I used pomegranate infused red wine vinegar -- seems like I always buy these flavored vinegars but don't often find uses for them even though I love vinegar
2 handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese
optional: 2 heaped tablespoons mascarpone cheese or crème Fraîche
455g/1lb rigatoni, penne or spaghetti
Add the onion and cook for a further 20 minutes. Then add the garlic and parsley stalks and toss around, keeping everything moving in the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes most. Have a little taste, and season with a bit more salt and pepper.
Add the vinegar - it will sizzle away, so give everything a good toss. Then add one handful of the grated Parmesan and the mascarpone or crème fraîche if you are using it and turn the heat down to minimum while you cook the pasta.
Meanwhile put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions. When cooked, drain in a colander, reserving some of the cooking water. Put the peppers, pasta and parsley leaves into a large warmed bowl.
Give them a good toss together, then add a little of the pasta cooking water and a few good lugs of extra virgin olive oil to coat the pasta nicely. Serve straight away sprinkled with the rest of the Parmesan.
This was so delicious! I love peppers but usually like them better just slightly sauteed and still crunchy, so I wasn't sure if I would love these or not but I did. The vinegar was just wonderful in this, and all of the flavors went together so well. Even though I added an extra two peppers (six total instead of four), I think I could have added a couple more (maybe two greens?) -- this has me thinking this will be a perfect recipe in the summer time with all of the garden fresh bell peppers! So, my first Jamie Oliver recipe was a huge success, and guess what? Even the kids liked this! Can't wait to make it again.
Bright fuchsia yoga jacket from Lucy. I purchased this around Valentine’s day when Lucy’s had 25% off anything pink. Like the turquoise yoga jacket, it has thumb slots, which are so awesome for keeping your hands warm after a workout.
|Perfect Almond Butter Cookies|
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cup cottage cheese
- 2 cups KAF Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp salt
- Parmesan cheese
Military style jacket by Trouvé. Probably not an essential item, but I like it. It has a zipper around the collar that goes nowhere. Good with jeans or a skirt and boots.
Making new puppets became an important focus for the children, look at the wonderful bees and beehive stick puppets the children made.
"Puppets have united people of the world through a language unique to puppetry... it is a language that conveys feelings, ideals and passions" (Burn, 1989).
Puppets are great for fostering social interaction, communication, role playing, imagination, listening and much more. They develop leadership, performance and at times the courage to stand in front of our peers. Using puppets makes risk-taking feel a bit safer for children.
My Aunt Joan is the queen of shortbread, as far as I'm concerned. She makes lots of different kinds, and lots of them are even wheat-free and dairy free. I prefer the wheat and butter ones, and this is one of those recipes. These shortbread cookies (also from Aunt Joan) have replaced Aunt Joan's Almond Butter Cookies as my favorite shortbread, but just barely. I like these cookies because they are so tender and melty on my tongue. They're on the dry side, so maybe that's why my husband doesn't care for them, but with a nice light brown edge and lots of macadamia nuts, they satisfy a butter & sugar craving any day.
Oh, and if you try these, the "shaken to level" instructions are because the first time I made these they spread too much, so by shaking the measuring cup to level the dry ingredients, you get just enough body so that the cookies don't over spread and loose their cute stamp design.
- 3/4 cup real butter, softened but still cool
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (shaken to level)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour (shaken to level)
- 1/2 cup cornstarch (shaken to level)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped roasted macadamia nuts, or other preferred nut
Step 3: Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in ½ cup very finely chopped nuts (or in granulated sugar if you’re not trying to keep to less than 6 ingredients). Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten with a greased cookie stamp or flat-bottomed glass. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove shortbreads to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Eddie Bauer, Girl on the Go raincoat. This one is essential for rainy weather when I need a coat that goes with anything. It’s rain and wind proof and works well with both jeans and skirts.
We really enjoy engaging in the creative arts at Mairtown Kindergarten. Last week, Kim gave back to the children some of their completed art work. Re-offering children their art work provides opportunities to build layers, create depth and add new ideas as they develop their awareness of colours, shapes, forms, texture and lines.
Creating with paint and dyes.