Prosciutto, tomato and olive pasta!

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I love cooking pasta with fresh ingredients rather than drench it with sauce and all. I love this dish as it’s full of flavor with different colors and texture. Moreover, it’s super easy to make.

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Ingredients
  • 450 grams (1 pound) fettuccine
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 shallots, finely minced
  • 130 grams (~ 1 cup) black olives, pitted
  • 3 to 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 42 grams (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut up
  • reserved pasta water (optional)
  • 75 grams (2.5 oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • a handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 200 grams (less than 1/2 pound) prosciutto
Preparation
  1.  Cook pasta according to package instructions, stirring often to loosen up the sticky strands.
  2. Drain the cooked pasta, but save about 1 cup of the pasta water. Set aside.
  3. Wipe clean the same pot and set over medium heat with olive oil. When oil is hot, lower heat to medium-low and sauté garlic and shallots until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Increase heat to medium again, add olives, and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until soft, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the wine and stir until the alcohol has evaporated, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Stir in butter until dissolved.
  8. Put the pasta back in the pot and gently mix until each strand is coated in the sauce. Add reserved pasta water if the sauce seems too dry.
  9. Toss with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  10. Serve and garnish with prosciutto slices.

 

Shakespeare, Dubai!

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I love to go out for lunch and dinners. Don’t get me wrong, I do like to cook, but it just doesn’t come out right like it does at the restaurants 😛 One of my favorite restaurants to go here in Dubai is a place called Shakespeare. They have many locations all over the UAE and the ambience of it makes you feel like your out of a scene of Marie-Antoinette. It’s got that chic Victorian interior and honestly you feel like you’re in a doll’s house, which I love! I am beyond girly, so I love the feminine touch to it.

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The food here is exquisite. You really get your money’s worth. As soon as you sit down, the staff will bring you fresh hot bread with creamy garlic and cilantro butter.

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I kept it simple and ordered a chicken carbonara with snow beans and walnuts. The portion sizes are quite big so if you’re a small eater like me, I would definitely share a meal with someone. ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????When it comes to dessert here, you are spoiled for choice. I honestly did not know what to order and when I did, I felt like I was on a sugar high. That’s how sweet it was lol. But look how pretty they all look. How can you resist right?

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Spaghetti Carbonara

So I’m having one of those fat days where all I’m craving is pasta with cheese, cream and bacon! No, I am not pregnant! I’m just hungry lol! So I gave into my craving and whipped up some Spaghetti Carbonara which is absolutely delicious! I love this recipe as it’s so easy to make and all the ingredients were found in my kitchen. If you don’t have spaghetti, you can always substitute it with any other type of pasta. Furthermore, I had run out of bacon as well, so I just chopped up some ham slices and fried them. DELICIOUS!

Recipe from http://www.laurainthekitchen.com/all/episode.php?episodenumber=110