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Pasta Primavera with Grilled Sausage

Pasta Primavera - this is my kind of food. Simple yet full of flavor and impact. Sweet roasted vegetables, spicy sausage and salty, aged Parmesan |

This  Pasta Primavera evokes so many memories. It’s one of the first recipes I wanted to post here because it’s been a staple in my recipe collection for years. I’ve thought a lot about the evolution of this dish and how each stage reflects a different season in my life. I thought about who I cooked it for and where I cooked it.

I was really surprised at how emotional I became during this little trip down memory lane. Food is so nostalgic for me.  My sister loves fashion and she can describe the outfit someone wore at any given occasion any number of years ago. She may be able to tell us how we were was dressed, but I can tell her what we ate! My memory is very much dictated by food, that’s for sure.

There are many different variations of Pasta Primavera, or “Spring Pasta,” none of them complicated by any means. This is exactly the kind of food I like to cook – simplicity at its best, yet full of impact when it arrives at the table. You can smell the barbeque smokiness of the sausages and the saltiness of the cheese. The pasta provides a perfect background to showcase the reds, oranges, yellows and purples of the roasted vegetables. There’s an eye pleasing pop of green from the spring peas and fresh herbs. It tastes better than it looks, which for me, is the cornerstone of a great plate of food.

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Udon Noodles with Peanut Ginger Sauce

Udon Noodles with Peanut Ginger Sauce. An easy recipe for Udon noodles bathed in a silky, savory peanut ginger sauce. Add chicken and fresh vegetables for a satisfying week night meal |

I love these noodles. I really, really love them. They have satisfied so many cravings over the years. Cravings for a quick, easy dinner. Cravings for noodles bathed in a silky, savory sauce. Cravings for beautiful Asian flavors when we don’t feel like going out. These noodles are seriously satisfying. When I sit down to a hot bowl, I eat like I haven’t eaten in a month. All portion control rules are thrown out the window. I can’t help it! Please try them. It’s not fair that I keep such deliciousness all to myself. Continue reading Udon Noodles with Peanut Ginger Sauce

Perfect Cottage Pie

Perfect Cottage Pie. Spiced beef, creamy mash, sweet leeks and strong cheddar. The ultimate comfort food. An improved version of Delia's recipe! |

I have to admit, I was a little shocked at how beautiful the weather was today. I walked out of my office this morning and was pleasantly surprised to feel the warmth of the sun on my back. The usual chill in the air was virtually non-existent and the birds were happily singing away. This weather completely defies my reasoning behind the perfect timing of this post.

A piping hot, hearty cottage pie is perfect food for bitterly cold, rainy, windy days. The kind of weather where the wind and rain are so extreme you MUST wear a coat with a hood because there is no hope of getting an umbrella to stay up. It’s the hood or get soaked. I usually get soaked (note to self: buy a coat with a hood). Yup, that pretty much sums up the last 6 weeks. That’s why I pulled out the old cottage pie recipe, a classic in these parts for very good reason. I even made a portion of this recipe in my cute little soup terrines for added cheerfulness.

Perfect Cottage Pie. Spiced beef, creamy mash, sweet leeks and strong cheddar. The ultimate comfort food. An improved version of Delia's recipe! |

But we can be honest here. This is northern England. It’s February. There’s no way I’m feeling that warm sun on my back again until at least the end of May. I think it’s safe to keep the recipe out for another couple of months.

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