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my dinner tonight - DEELICIOUS!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

I think dinner has always been my most favoritist of meals. I tried out a recipe tonight and put it together with other stuff I had. Delicious dinner. YUM YUM YUM.

Here goes:

First had marinated mushrooms, red bell peppers, onions. This is the marinade (also made a dressing for the kids salads tonight. They don’t care too much for the mushrooms just yet.)

Marinade/Dressing
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup Nama Shoyu
* 1/4 cup agave
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp Italian seasoning
* 1/2 tsp cumin
* pinch of Himalayan salt

Put all ingredients except the mushrooms and onions in a blender and blend until smooth. Slice the mushrooms and onions, place into a shallow bowl and pour marinade over. Cover and let sit for a couple hours. You can also leave in the fridge overnight.

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Then I made a lovely little recipe I found here: http://therawchefblog.com/tomato-macadamia-mozzarella-linguine

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Read on for the recipe…

Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine

Linguine
500g carrots (about 4 medium carrots, peeled
500g parsnip (about 4 medium parsnips, peeled
1/2T salt
15 large basil leaves, chiffonade
2T Italian seasoning
2c baby plum tomatoes, cut into small sections

Macadamia Mozzarella
1/2c macadamias
1/2c cashews
1T Nama Shoyu
2t lemon juice
1/4c water
1T nutritional yeast

Red Pepper Sauce
1/2c pine nuts
1 red pepper
1/2T lemon juice
1T Nama Shoyu
1T agave

Method

  1. Turn the carrot and parsnip into thin strands with a mandoline or vegetable peeler. You can also make spaghetti using a spiral slicer.
  2. In a bowl combine the vegetable pasta (linguine)you have produced with the salt and mix well by hand.  Leave to stand whilst preparing the mozzarella.
  3. Combine all mozzarella ingredients in a Vita Mix or food processor (a Vita Mix isn’t a food processor, it’s more of a blender but no other blender that I know of is suitable to make the cheese so an ‘ordinary’ processor is the next best thing).  Blend until a creamy texture is achieved, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of extra water to get it all to mix.  Set aside.
  4. Mix all Red Pepper sauce ingredients in a Vita Mix or blender until smooth(blender is ok for this at the mixture is saucier :-) than the cheese).  Again, you may need to add water to get a ’sauce’ consistency.
  5. Go back to the linguine and you should find that it has released it’s water and is now softer and has a cooked ‘al dente’ feel about it.  Wash the salt off and dry with kitchen towel or a salad spinner.
  6. Transfer linguine to a clean, dry bowl and add the remaining linguine ingredients.  When thoroughly mixed add the macadamia cheese ans mix again by hand to coat all linguine in the cheese mixture.
  7. Serve with the Red Pepper sauce.  For the dinner party I built the pasta up in a metal ring that I bought from a cookshop and then removed the ring so you get a pasta ‘tower’.  I then put the sauce in a sauce drizzle bottle and drizzled over the top.  You can also garnish with more chiffonade of basil.

So I served it as follows:

A big plate of greens with a bit of rice. Then some marinated veggies and a bit of the parsnip and carrot linguine. Boy oh boy did this make for a delicious meal.


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