Today’s blog is more than one recipe again 🙂 A starter and a main; spicy salmon mousse served with rocket and bread followed by homemade tagliatelle with a chicken and asparagus sauce.
The starter is from a book I have from the TV show Come Dine with Me. Definitely recommend it to anyone who has not watched it although like most reality type tv shows, the earlier shows were the better ones! The commentator still makes me laugh though even though the contestants have gotten more extreme over time!
The main course was decided as after 3 years living in Barcelona, I finally found the flour I needed to utilise my pasta machine! I’ve probably moaned on here before about the limited range of flour in Barcelona so this flour came from a specialist Italian store. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a bag of flour 🙂
To start the salmon mousse I added 100g of smoked salmon (keeping a couple of small strips aside for garnish), 1.5 tablespoons of double cream, 150g cream cheese, a squeeze of lemon, half a teaspoon of parsley and a teaspoon of chilli flakes to a blender and mixed until smooth. This made enough for 3 ramekins where I added the garnish on top and put into the fridge to set. It goes great with rocket leaves and fresh bread for dipping directly in the mousse 🙂 These ingredients make enough for 3 people (same for the main).
For the main, I added 2 cups (200g) of 00 flour and 2 eggs into a blender and mixed until the dough started to form. Then I kneaded it for a couple of minutes on a floured surface, before putting it into the fridge for one hour (wrapped in cling film).
After one hour, I removed it from the fridge and sliced in half ready for rolling.
I rolled it into two relatively long strips before getting some help from the pasta machine!
The biggest challenge with the machine was attaching it well enough to a surface! The table would not work despite my intense level of concentration….
…neither a chair, nor a coffee table! In the end a bedside table seemed to do the trick but still with an element of holding the machine steady! Another day where I wished for a bigger, more equipped kitchen! But anyway, got there in the end!
I put the strips through the machine 6 times (twice on three different settings, getting thinner each time).
Then I used the tagliatelle attachment of the pasta maker, cutting the long strips into two pieces so the tagliatelle was of a normal length!
I find it quite a fun process, pretty simple but it’s always nice to make something that is shop bought 99% of the time, at home 🙂
I put the plate of tagliatelle to one side while I concentrated on the rest of the main course.
I chopped half an onion, one quarter of a courgette, about 5 pieces of asparagus and one chicken breast.
I cooked the chicken and the asparagus for 4-5 mins in a little bit of oil, before adding the onion and courgette for a couple more minutes. Once they were cooked, I added one clove of garlic (crushed), 150ml of double cream and 100ml of chicken stock (I substituted this in place of white wine) and heated until the sauce started to thicken.
In the meantime I cooked the pasta in boiling water with a bit of salt and olive oil for 3-4 minutes. I added 1 tablespoon of fresh basil and 50g of freshly grated parmesan to the sauce, mixed well before also adding the cooked pasta.
The result was so good!!! I think this is actually one of my simpler posts but actually it has to be one of my favourites 🙂 I even went back for seconds which is not like me! The taste was really rich and the pasta did taste fresh. Just a really nice, simple dish that I really recommend!