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Creamy spinach gnocchi


creamy spinach gnocchi|marmite et ponpon

The word gnocchi is derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning knots (gnocco is the singular form). In italian cooking gnocchi are small thick dumplings usually made with potato, semolina or wheat flour, egg and cheese. Can be served with a sauce or in soup.

Creamy spinach gnocchi, this velvety deliciousness, is a very easy and quick recipe, served on your table in less than 30 minutes. For a quick lunch or dinner after a long day all you need is this foolproof recipe. It calls for: (serving two people)

  • 500g fresh gnocchi cooked as per package directions
  • 500ml milk  or 2 cups (you can use skimmed milk)
  • 200 ml cream, or one cup
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (or thawed)
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • salt to taste

Cook the gnocchi according to package instructions and set aside.

Melt the butter over medium heat then add the flour and cook it to make the roux. Slowly add the milk and cream to the roux and whisk constantly to avoid any lump.

Before the sauce starts to thicken add the garlic salt, salt and spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes until the spinach has wilted and sauce thickened.

creamy spinach gnocchi |marmite et ponpon

Return the gnocchi to the sauce and fold to combine. You can add parmesan cheese to the sauce or simply sprinkle on top. Serve immediately and enjoy heaven in you mouth.

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creamy spinach gnocchi| marmite et ponpon

 

Brie, pear and honey crostini


Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

A tiny bouchée to hold so many deep flavors! i would rather call it the brie symphony!

Though these are not the main hero on your menu, but a holiday table can’t be set up without these festive hors d’oeuvres.

Get your party started with these irresistible and elegant brie crostini. You will need: (you decide on the quantity)

  • baguette (toasted) sliced
  • brie cheese slices
  • pear slices
  • walnut chopped
  • cranberry
  • honey
  • arugula (or rocket leaves) for decoration

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

Layer the crostini with a slice of brie topped with a slice of pear. Drizzle with honey then add few chopped walnut and cranberry. The arugula comes at the end to shout out the spectacular look!

With this season full of special occasion, i am sure you will add this easy yet delicious appetizer to your repertoire.

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

This impressive combination of cheese, fruit and nut is a little bite of heaven. the smoothness of cheese with the crunchiness of walnut, the sweetness of honey and pear along with the sour taste in the cranberry create the symphony i told you about in the beginning!

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

Brie, pear and honey crostini|marmite et ponpon

This is my last post in the 2018. I wish you all a happy end of this year and a great 2019 ahead full of happiness and endless beautiful moments and blessings your heart can hold! Love always xoxo

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Mini sausage Christmas wreath


Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

Christmas food challenge is elevating a simple hors d’oeuvres to a next level. Food just tastes better when it looks festive. Mini hotdogs wrapped in dough, baked and arranged in a festive wreath. This easy appetizer comes together in minutes and get devoured just as quickly!

Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

  • shortcrust dough
  • mini sausage
  • egg wash
  • ketchup
  • rosemary sprigs (for decoration)

Cut the dough lengthwise into triangles to roll in the mini sausages, starting from the thick end of it. Brush with egg wash before baking for 20-30 minutes on 180ºC. Lay them in circle to form the wreath. Put the ketchup bowl in the center and lay around the rosemary sprigs.

Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

This eye pleasing starter is really simple and so addictive that you keep coming for more. Dijon, bbq or any other favorite sauce could be another option than ketchup.

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Sausage Christmas wreath| marmite et ponpon

 

Guacamole tostitos scoops


guacamole tostitos scoops|marmite et ponpon

The most joyful and blessed time of the year has arrived.

Hello Christmas! My favorite and special holiday that still play magic on me. . . May you never stop searching the skies on Christmas eve!

Food is a big part of the festivities, and why not deck the table with some relish hors d’oeuvres to wow everyone. Go beyond regular and add let your food presentation as well say it’s Christmas time.

At this time of the year, red and green are not just regular colors!

guacamole tostitos scoops| marmite et ponpon

Guacamole tostitos scoops, are a beautiful and festive amuse bouche, to be on your christmas table. It’s always good to have an easy-to-pick-up food that requires no fork or spoon.

guacamole tostitos scoops|marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • 20 tostitos scoops (tortilla chips)
  • 1 big ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • lemon juice (as per your taste)
  • diced capsicum for garnish
  • sour cream optional

A very easy and last minute preparation, no efforts or time needed. All you have to do is to layer the ingredients in the tostitos scoops. Starting with the sour cream, (if you decided to put), then guacamole and finally garnish with the finely diced red capsicum. To make the guacamole, puree the avocado, roughly with a fork, (when it’s really ripe, you don’t need more than a fork to mash it) and mix it with garlic salt and lemon juice. Adjust the ingredients as per your taste, condiments are always subjective.

guacamole tostitos scoops|marmite et ponpon

guacamole tostitos scoops|marmite et ponpon

You will love these bites, and trust me they will disappear in seconds!

I wish you an extraordinary “reveillon” full of delicious food, warmth, blessings, lots of gifts, memories, laughter and love. Chocolate doesn’t come as a wish, i am sure it’s for granted 😉

guacamole tostitos scoops| marmite et ponpon

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Spanish rice and shrimps


spanish rice and shrimps|marmite et ponpon

This is my new lunchtime invention! I heart cooking with shrimps and pairing it with a side filling dish. Today the Spanish rice is the awesome amigo.

If you are fan of the Spanish flavors, i encourage you to give it a try. Vamos to this flavorful quick, easy and foolproof recipe. I am sure you will end up with a staple recipe in your cooking book. I got lots of compliments 🙂

To serve two big portions you will need:

  • 400g cooked shrimps (oven baked or boiled) and deveined. Divided in 2x200g portions
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced

spanish rice and shrimps|marmite et ponpon

How to prepare the rice?

Heat the olive oil and cook the onion until fragrant and translucent. Add the rice and pour the chicken broth. If you prefer vegetable broth go ahead, it will still be as delicious. Mix all and add the remaining ingredients, tomato paste, paprika and garlic salt. Put 200g of the shrimps and keep the other 200g to serve it along with the rice for a nice presentation. When it starts boiling, cover your pot with the lid and let it cook on a very slow flame about 20-25 minutes or until all the liquid is gone.

spanish rice and shrimps| marmite et ponpon

This rice is a basic one for more other inventions, next time i will try it with beans or chicken. I will keep you posted. Happy cooking 🙂

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