Weekend Cooking

Ah, weekends. Weekends are always my time for relaxed cooking for the enjoyment of family and friends. This weekend I made easy but flavourful dishes that took barely any time to make and that would allow me to linger at the table with good wine and good company.

The first dish I made with the help of my partner was coleslaw. I swear I am not buying coleslaw from the supermarket anymore. This coleslaw was so much more tasty and crunchy than the store-bought stuff, I am never going back! The recipe is as follows:

1/2 head of white cabbage

1 large carrot or 2 small carrots

1 medium red onion

4 tablespoons of full-fat mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop the onion and slice the cabbage into thin strips. Grate the carrot and mix all the vegetables together in a bowl. Add the mayonnaise and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Coleslaw Ingredients       Coleslaw

The second dish I made was one of Ina Garten’s recipes, Summer Garden Pasta. It’s getting warmer and tomatoes and basil are reaching their peak season. This is one of my favourite dishes to make in the warmer weather and one that is so easy to put together but is incredibly delicious. It just takes some time to marinate the tomatoes and basil, but it is so worth it, trust me. The recipe I used, enough for about 3 people, is as follows:

1 punnet of baby plum tomatoes

40 grams of fresh basil

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

About 150 grams of capellini (angel hair) pasta

Pinch of chilli flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

55 grams of grated grana padano or parmesan cheese

Cut the baby plum tomatoes in half and place in a bowl. Chop the basil and the garlic and add to the tomatoes. Add the olive oil, chilli flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl in cling film and refrigerate for 4 hours. After 4 hours, cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Mix the cooked pasta with the tomato mixture and cheese. Serve immediately with extra ground pepper if desired. Delicious!

 Tomatoes and Basil        Pasta

Lastly, on Sunday afternoon I decided to make my twice-baked potatoes. They are one of my favourite ways to eat potatoes, so delightfully cheesy! My recipe, to serve between 3 and 4 people is:

2 large baking potatoes

2 spring onions

1 tablespoon of butter

3/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese

A little milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Bake or microwave the potatoes until cooked. Allow to cool and cut in half. Scoop out some of the potato, leaving the skin intact. Mash the potato in a bowl, add the butter, a little milk, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the spring onions and salt and pepper to taste. Place the potato skins in an oven tray and place the potato mixture in the skins. Sprinkle each with the remainder 1/4 cup of cheese and bake in an 180 degree celsius oven until golden (around 15 minutes).

I served the potatoes with delicious barbecue pulled pork and the coleslaw I had made the day before. A great meal, and a lovely way to end a relaxing weekend!

Twice Baked Potatoes 1         Twice Baked Potatoes 2

Pulled Pork Meal

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