Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cooking Is Twice as Fun With Two In the Kitchen

Make cooking even more fun by grabbing your favorite person to help you out in the kitchen. All recipes are twice as satisfying when they’ve been made with two pairs of hands, so get to it: put on some music, open a bottle of wine and fire up the stove!


Cannelloni: a classic for helping hands
Cannelloni are just the thing, because while one of you is working on one stage, the other can be working on a different one. First you need to make the filling: tuna, tomato and pâté (to bind it together and make it smooth and tasty), spinach and pine nut. You also need to cook or hydrate the pasta sheets.
Once it’s ready, one of you can spread the strained pasta sheets on cloths, arrange the filling and roll the cannelloni. Meanwhile, the other should make the white sauce: STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil, flour, milk, salt, nutmeg, plenty of patience and lots of stirring. You want to get a light, smooth sauce without any lumps. Pour the sauce over the cannelloni on an oven tray and cook au gratin.

Chicken breasts stuffed with king prawns and port sauce
Teamwork! While one of you fillets and halves the chicken breasts, the other can be peeling the fresh king prawns. Once you’re done, place some fresh spinach leaves on top of each piece of chicken, along with 3 or 4 king prawns, and roll them up and tie with kitchen string. Gently poach some onion in STAR Original Olive Oil  and sear the rolls. Put aside.
Now, one of you should place the breasts in the oven, and keep watch until the prawns are cooked. Take them out and remove the kitchen string. The other one should be making the sauce on the stove: you’ll need a glass of port, a glass of chicken stock and a cup of evaporated milk. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with the meat.

Mexican style: I’ll make the guacamole; you make the fajitas
For the guacamole you’ll need 2 avocados, 1/3 cup spring onions, 2/3 cup tomatoes, half a lime, half a teaspoonful of chopped, fresh cilantro and salt. Chop all the ingredients up finely (leave the avocados until last as they’ll go brown quickly) and mix together. Add salt, a dash of lime juice and flavor to taste. You can add chili pepper or Tabasco for an extra bite.
Meanwhile, the other can be making the fajita filling: for example, strips of beef with green, red and yellow peppers, chunks of onion, peeled, cubed tomato and a pinch of chill pepper or Tabasco. Fry everything together in STAR Original Olive Oil. Warm the tortillas and serve the guacamole with tortilla chips. Time to take off your aprons, pour yourselves another glass of wine and enjoy the food and company.

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