Tuesday, February 06, 2007
"Are you planning on hurting someone with that?"
"What as in Death by Cookbook?"
That's what I got to hear when I unpacked my precious Christmas present. I had desperately wished for it and just picking up the carefully wrapped parcel, I knew what it was at the weight of it.
One would probably feel intimidated by the utter size and weight of this thing, but me? I was glowing and beaming from ear to ear!
Culina Mundi is a whopper of a cookbook in every way. Over a 1000 pages, 60 World class cooks from 40 countries and over 500 recipes make up this treasure of a cookbook.
When Sara announced the theme for the next Weekend Cookbook Challenge I was so excited to finally give Culina Mundi a spin. I flipped through the pages marking all the things that appealed to me.
I settled on something Italian and for the first round a bit easy.
A wonderful flavorful pasta with all my favorite fresh ingredients - zucchini, cherry tomatoes and basil and the added bonus of sun dried tomatoes. The pasta is freshly made, making the entire dish just delicious.
I am just a dork and forgot to post it. So, I am hoping that I can misuse the time zones a little and still manage the deadline.
Fresh pasta - homemade or store bought. Brilynn recently posted a great recipe for fresh pasta
1 garlic clove - finely chopped
50 ml extra virgine olive oil
1/4 onion - finely chopped
15 cherry tomatoes - cut in halves
1 zucchini - cut in strips
6 sun dried tomatoes - cut in strips. I used some that was marinated with herbs and oil.
cracked black pepper
fresh basil leaves
100 ml white wine
grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare the pasta according to instructions. Keep in mind that fresh pasta does not take long to cook so it might be a good idea to leave this till after the topping is prepared.
In a large hot pan sauté the garlic without allowing it to get brown. Add the onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, salt and cracked black pepper. Allow this to cook for 1-2 minutes. Tear the basil leaves, coarsely and add to the vegetables.
Pour in the white wine and simmer for approx. 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste - if required. Now take your cooked pasta and add it to the pan, tossing it lightly until the pasta is nicely covered with the sauce. Let it heat through for a minute.
Serve sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Could a lunch get any easier than that? I know it does sound too easy, but it is amazingly tasty. A great alternative to the usual tomato sauce for the kids. Soeren loves his pasta and this was a huge appetizing delight for him. The extra vegetables add all the healthy nutrients needed and now you can put away the tomato sauce for good. For us adults it is an elegant way to enjoy the simple but oh so big Italian flavors. Tom was soaking up the juices with a piece of bread.
Culina Mundi does seem like a promising cookbook and I really look forward to trying out several of the recipes I have marked.
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