Everyone loves fresh pasta, but making it can take quite some time. These Butternut Squash Wonton Ravioli may angry some Italians but cheating is definitely worth-it. This time I made them with a light and tasty roasted pumpkin filling that I usually like to pair with an equally simple and delicious sage butter. But this short-cut allows for infinite options! As in any Mediterranean preparation, a good combination of ingredients and quality will be the key to make the dish a success, so with that in mind, get creative! Plus, with this cheeky trick, no elbow grease or hand pasta rolling skills are required, just keep the secret to yourself and don’t tell your dinners.
·1 Roasted Butternut Squash
·2 Cloves of Garlic
·50 gr Parmesan Cheese
·Olive oil, Salt and Pepper
Note: *This recipe can be made vegan by using egg-less wanton wrappers and substituting the parmesan for cashews.
Cut the squash in half, season with salt and drizzle with olive oil before roasting at 200ºC for about 1h or until tender. Once cooked, fry the finely chopped onion and garlic with a tbsp of olive, add the roasted squash and fry for a few extra minutes. Reserve and season with pepper, nutmeg, grated parmesan and mix well.
Grab a wanton wrapper and place a tbsp of filling in the center, with a wet fingertip or brush, moisten 2 sides of the pasta square and fold it into a triangular shape. There are many ways of folding the wrapper, but this super simple method allows for a good amount of filling, perfect for this light roasted pumpkin deliciousness.
Boil the ravioli for about a minute, drain and fry in sage butter or along with your favorite sauce. There are no longer excuses not to make fresh pasta at home, cheating is the new cooking!
These pink pickled eggs are as cute as you imagine, after soaking on a beet juice brine, their exterior absorb the colour and turn into fuchsia, which contrast with the yellow yolk on the inside. But why would the mood for this recipe be #diarrhea then? Well, because I’ve just launched a series of videos about “cool looking food for hipsters with sensitive stomachs” and these are part of the first recipe, a Pink Congee with equally pink pickled quail eggs (see the video on our Instagram or Facebook). And there are more to come!
But if if you are quite severely sick to your stomach, skip the vinegar and pickle the eggs only with beetroot juice. Also, beware that eggs (specially egg yolks) aren’t the best for a grumpy belly, so probably pink congee on it’s own will have to do this time!
· 24 Quail Eggs
· 1/2 cup Vinegar
· 1/2 cup Water
· 1/2 Beetroot Juice
· 4 tbsp Sugar
· 2 tbsp Salt
Bring some water to a boil and submerge the eggs for 2 minutes. After the time, take them out and put them into very cold water to stop the cooking process. Peel the eggs and they will be perfectly soft boiled and ready for the brine.
For the pink solution, mix the rest of the ingredients, and heat them on a saucepan so that salt and sugar dissolve properly. Then leave to cool to room temperature, and pour it over the eggs. The brine will soak into the white overnight, but the longer you leave them in, the further the color will reach.
The moment has arrived, a spanish guy is offering you the recipe for perfect french butter croissants! But don’t worry sceptic readers, we spanish people have a tradition on stealing the french (ejem ejem, Crème Brûlée). Anyways… this time I got the recipe from Yann Duytsche, a baker with french C.D.O living in Barcelona who shared how to prepare this buttery deliciousness in “El Comidista”. As you can see (and since they already did a perfectly well filmed video with the whole process and explanation) I decided to take a picture of a “typical spanish croissant” or what’s the same, a croissant most people out there wouldn’t want to eat. Because although we are, I would say, quite good at cooking, precise work isn’t our thing and I’m warning you, this is quite an arquitectural piece of doughy art.
If like me you decide to accept the challenge and make them, here’s a tip; This recipe makes loads, so bake some to show off and freeze the rest. Whenever you feel like having a luxurious breakfast, put out a few overnight and you will wake up to perfecly defrosted and risen croissants. 170ºC and 14 minutes later freshly baked pieces of heaven will be sitting next to coffee (if you made coffee as well of course).
And if your cravings for french delights aren’t fulfilled yet, no worries, I also took the time to carefully arrange a playlist of unintelligible songs. There’s only one scene where I can imagine myself fully listening to “Je t’aime moi non plus” by Brigitte Bardot, and that scene, indeed, is making croissants.
· 1 kg Strong White Flour
· 120 gr Sugar
· 25 gr Salt
· 240 ml Milk (can be plant milk)
· 240 ml Water
· 40 gr Fresh Yeast
· 80 gr Butter/Margerine
· 660 gr Butter/Margerine (shaped in 2 thin blocks)
Combine the dry ingredients with the liquids (cold/at room temperature water & milk, and the 80gr of melted butter/margarine). Knead into a dough and leave to rest for an hour, uncovered and at room temperature. (Resting the dough is essential, you will see through out the whole process that this dough is extremely strong and can’t be worked well without leaving it to rest).
After 1 hour slightly mix the dough and roll into a 60cm long rectangle. Leave it to rest again 1 hour in the fridge.
We are ready to start making the layers! Lay a thin rectangle of 330gr of butter over the first 2/3 of the dough, fold the remaining 1/3 over the butter block and the remaining 1/3 on top of the first piece we folded. (I know, hella confusing, check “el comidista’s” video for a better look at the process). If you made it, that’s how you make a fold! Dough and butter must be cold so that they don’t melt into eachother and loose all those beautiful layers we are after. Roll the folded dough, repeat the folding process and leave to rest in the fridge for 1 hour. Repeat the process again to add the 2nd block of butter. We will have done 4 folds and our croissant dough will be almost ready after 1 more hour of resting! Roll the dough to a 3mm thicknes and leave it to rest again.
Cut the dough into triangles, strech them with your hands and roll towards the tip. Finally they start lookig like croissants! Now leave them to rise at room temperature for about 2 + 1/2 hours, brush them with some egg wash and bake at 170ºC for 14 min. Voilà, croissants are done!