Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Honey Mushrooms – Italian Recipe

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 pack of Italian tagliatelle pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red chilli pepper
  • 250 g marinated honey mushrooms
  • 250 g marinated artichokes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • a block of parmesan cheese to shave off flakes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Preparation method:

  1. Cook the tagliatelle according to the instructions in a pot of salty water, minus 1 minute that will cook with the other ingredients.
  2. Chop roughly the garlic and red chilli pepper.
  3. In a large pan heat the olive oil and gently fry the garlic and chilli pepper, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the marinated mushrooms and artichokes, cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta, the dried marjoram and grind a lot of black pepper.
  6. Stir them gently together and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add some pasta cooking water if you want more sauce.
  7. Serve while hot with some shaved parmesan on top. But you can leave the cheese out to have a vegan version, it’s very tasty even without.

Grilled Argentine Shrimps with Chimichurri

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 500 g / a dozen whole Argentine red shrimps
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley leaves
  • juice of 1 lime

Preparation method:

  1. Peel off the shell of the shrimps leaving on the last segment of the tail.
  2. Devein them if you are skilled enough, I was lazy, so I left most of them with the veins.
  3. Chop the garlic.
  4. Chop these parsley leaves.
  5. Place the parsley leaves, 100 ml olive oil, the chopped garlic cloves and lime juice into a bowl.
  6. Using a hand/stick blender them until everything is mixed nicely together.
  7. Coat the shrimps with a bit of remaining olive oil and grill them 1- 2 minutes per side until cooked and have nice grill marks. Proceed in batches if having a smaller grill, like me.
  8. Lay the shrimps on a large plate and drizzle the chimichurri sauce over them. Serve while hot.

Spaetzle with Speck Emmental and Austrian Apricot Puree – Recipe

 

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 100 g black forest ham
  • 100 g dried spaetzle
  • 100 g Emmental cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Austrian apricot puree/jam
  • 100 ml Sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Cut the black forest ham into small slices.
  2. Cook the spaetzle according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Grate thinly the Emmental cheese.
  4. In a medium frying pan fry the ham slices a bit until they get a bit crunchy.
  5. Add the cooked spaetzle and the sour cream to the pan. Stir them gently together and simmer 1 minute over low heat.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Add the grated cheese, mix and simmer for another 1-2 minutes.
  8. Serve the ham and spaetzle with some tablespoons of the apricot puree.
  9. Grind some more black pepper on top.