Today’s yummy breakfast

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I’ve been thinking about eating pancakes for a couple of weeks now. I was wishing to make some carrot-cake pancakes, but I thought it would be a lot of work. So instead I went forward with a recipe of a cook who I think never goes wrong: Nigella Lawson. I announced my idea to Hubby on Friday night as we were going out for dinner. He looked really excited about it. In fact, yesterday it was all he could think of. He even said a bunch of times… oh we are having pancakes for breakfast tomorrow!!

Today I woke kind of late. I got up and went to the TV room in the hopes my husband would be up soon as well. I watched a few shows before he came walking in with what I like to call a crazy hairdo. I immediately ran to the kitchen and got the ingredients ready… flower, baking soda, sugar, salt, eggs, milk and butter. After whisking everything carefully following Nigella’s instructions, I placed two pans on the stove and waited for them to get to the right temperature.

It didn’t take long before I was cooking the pancakes. Unfortunately, the heat was to high so the butter I was using to fry the cakes started burning and producing a heavy smoke. Hubby arrived worried… are you burning the kitchen he asked? We laughed together at the sight of the smoke, and then finished the cakes together. When we were done cooking, I made a strawberry-banana milkshake and Hubby fried some sausage and ham.

We finally sat and ate our super delicious breakfast! The pancakes were really delicious, fluffy and tasty. We added honey and maple syrup for a better taste.  My sausage was not to fried, but it’s flavor was enhanced by the heating. Tasting the sausage at the same time as the pancakes gave it an extra super special flavor.  All in all, this pancakes are really tasty, plus they are really easy to make.  Of course, if you are the lazy kind and prefer to get a box, this would be too much work, but I’m telling you it’s totally worth it! For the recipe go to Nigella’s.

The milkshake was really good too! I loved the taste and the sweetness was just on the right level… if you want to prepare one here is what I used…

Strawberry-banana Milkshake

What you’ll need,

12 large strawberries cleaned

1 large ripe banana

400 mL (13.5 oz.)of 2% milk

How to do it,

After removing the stems from the strawberries, toss them inside the blender with the ripe banana, add the milk, and blend. If too thick add a bit more milk.  For an extra delicious taste add two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa.

Give all this a try and enjoy!!

© mylunchanddinner 2012

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Mexitalian fusilli

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Lately I’ve been kind of lazy.  Perhaps is the proximity of my spring break. Maybe I’m just plain lazy…I was wondering what to have for lunch yesterday. I didn’t feel like cooking much, so I just looked around the pantry and fridge to see what I had. I discovered some fusilli which I had left from the first week of the Jamie Oliver Challenge, half a pack of tomato sauce and feta cheese. I decided to make some pasta adding a Mexican touch, so I went to get some of my jalapeño peppers as well. Additionally, I felt like eating some turkey sausage so I grabbed it as well.

I started cutting and working on a super delicious lunch (says me, but am I a good judge for my own food? mmmm, I do accept when something comes out completely wrong). I was really satisfied with the look of it at the end. The reddness of the sauce made the plate inviting, and the smell… oh the smell! I immediately took a photo because I felt like sharing this new invention. Then, I grabbed my  plate and sat in front of the TV to have my yummy pasta. It turned out to be delicious!! The tomato sauce and feta cheese had almost blended to make a light red sauce. The added italian spices gave it a nice touch. The jalapeño peppers were still crunchy so they added flavor and texture. And the sausage… well it added up to all the goodies I added…

Here’s the recipe…

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What you’ll need:

1/2 medium onion chopped

125 mL (4 oz) tomato sauce

half jalapeño pepper chopped

70 g (2.5 oz) feta cheese in small chunks

1 turkey sausage sliced

2 table spoons olive oil

salt and pepper

dash of basil, oregano and thyme

1/4 teaspoon of Maggi sauce (or any kind of meat sauce)

OMG! almost forgetting!!!

100 g (3.5 oz) of fusilli pasta (or any kind you like)

Hot to play,

1. Cook the pasta as specified in the pack or until al dente

2. While your pasta is getting cooked prepare the rest of the ingredients.

3. Once the pasta is done, drain the water, keeping some of it in case your sauce is too thick, and live the pasta on the drainer.

4. On a hot pan, add the oil and immediately the onions. Cook until transparent. Add the sausage and stir until slightly browned. Incorporate the chopped jalapeño pepper and stir for a minute or two. Add the tomato sauce and cheese and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste and a dash of the other spices.

5. Toss the pasta in the pan and mix well. Add a little of the cooking water if you think your sauce is too heave.

6. Serve, add some freshly grated parmesan and enjoy!

If you like it, please tell me about it!!

© mylunchanddinner 2012