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Peperonata & Chicken Parisienne

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Wednesday Dinner – Week Two
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While
 peperonata (peperonate) is a classic, well established Italian dish, this version is adapted to my personal preference of taste and texture.
I used the traditional olive oil, garlic, onions, tomato paste and basil, but instead of the usual mixture of different-colored bell peppers, I used a variety of chilis with different colors and various levels of spiciness, from sweet to very hot. Also, instead of cooking everything down to a soft mash, I left the vegetables with a bit of a bite to make the texture more pleasant. All in all, a successful, different and modern take of a classical dish 🙂
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Pepperonata & Chicken Parisienne


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Pepperonata & Chicken Parisienne


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Preparation :
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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa/Tomato Sauce, With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Last  month my friend Curtis introduced me to a store which I have been missing all my cooking  life. It’s the “Foodtown Supermarket” in Davie, corner sterling/dairy rd extension. Here I can find EVERYTHING my culinary cravings will ever desire as far as Asian and Latino food ingredients are concerned. EVERYTHING !!! 🙂  – Live frogs, live crabs, live shrimps, fresh fish heads, intestines, you get the idea.
(You can check it out online by clicking this link, especially read the comments) 🙂
Although Merguez sausage is neither Asian nor Latino, Foodtown has a great quality one on offer, as well as a small selection of  other African/Mediterranean items.
So yesterday after work I stopped by there for a few goodies and amongst other stuff I got merguez sausage, harissa and pearl pasta (Piombi)
So here is what I had for lunch today :

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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Preparation :
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cook pearl pasta in salted water, strain, reserve some of the cooking liquid in case you need to thinnen the sauce

cook pearl pasta in salted water, strain, reserve some of the cooking liquid in case you need to thinnen the sauce

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cut mild chilies, onion and blanched carrots into triangels

cut mild chilies, onion and blanched carrots into triangles

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saute carrots and onions in a generous amount of herb / garlic butter and olive oil until starting to caramelize

saute carrots and onions in a generous amount of herb / garlic butter and olive oil until starting to caramelize

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add chilies and sliced scallions

add chilies and sliced scallions

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add pearl pasta, mix well, check / adjust seasoning

add pearl pasta, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, mix well, check / adjust seasoning

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remove merguez sausage from casing, form into small balls, saute in olive oil until medium, add 1/3 of harissa and 2/3 of tomato sauce. If too thick, add some of the pasta liquid, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

remove merguez sausage from casing, form into small balls, saute in olive oil until medium, add 1/3 of harissa and 2/3 of tomato sauce. If too thick, add some of the pasta liquid, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

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plate pasta, leaving a well in the center

plate pasta, leaving a well in the center

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add lamb meatballs and harissa / tomato sauce

add lamb meatballs and harissa / tomato sauce

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sprinkle with finely crumbled feta cheese and sliced scallions

sprinkle with finely crumbled feta cheese and sliced scallions

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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Sauteed Vegetables In Ginger / Garlic Cream With Fan

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Last
 night’s dinner could have been sooooo healthy, if  I’d have stuck to olive oil instead of butter and no heavy cream.
But then again,  what is life without love, food and drink as good and rich as possible.
(Well, for me, anyway)
So, there you have it, an almost healthy dinner, great tasting and not too shabby looking either 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

For FAN  (chinese steamed rice) recipe, click here

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Sauteed Vegetables In Ginger / Garlic Cream

Sauteed Vegetables In Ginger / Garlic Cream

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Mafaldine, Striploin, Mushrooms & Chilis

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Dinner  for two :
Sauteed strip loin, mafaldine, mushrooms, chilis and grape tomatoes with garlic and scallions.
Simplicity at it’s best 🙂

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Mafaldine, Striploin, Mushrooms & Chilis

Mafaldine, Striploin, Mushrooms & Chilis

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