Handmade Italian Gnocchis For Starters

I’ve watched a couple of Italian cookshows and seen many times how those famous chefs could easily manipulate a chunk of dough to work them into small pieces of gnocchi with their very agile fingers. They cut out the gnocchi at an amazing speed and then, with their really skillful thumb and a fork, pressed and rolled the gnocchis down the fork to form a U-shaped pasta with striped patterns. And they don’t seem to have to put their mind to doing it right at all because they are so used to making them. And that was what made me want to try making gnocchis from scratch because it looked so easy and doable.

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Cheesy Pesto Bread For The Family

Loving this combination in my bread – cheese and pesto. It gives me one thing more to look forward to in the morning, a warm-hearted breakfast with home-baked bread to go along with my cuppa coffee.

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Crispy Japanese Chicken Kaarage

  

Chicken karaage is the Japanese method of deep-frying chicken. This method sees the chicken chunks marinated in the basic Japanese condiments (mirin, Japanese sake etc) before being dredged in potato starch for the deep-frying.

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Crispy Italian Breadsticks

  

The first time I tried breadsticks, it was in Rome, Italy. That was more than ten years ago now (thirteen? fourteen?) when I went to Europe for my first time with the guy. We were there the day on Christmas eve and it was crowded everywhere. I recall being quite tired and happily sat down on one of the impressive columns right outside St. Peter’s Basilica and settling my lunch there. Yes, with a huge box of Italian breadsticks. It was crunchy and fragrant, but probably not to best thing to savour on a cold winter day.

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Sichuan Cold Peanut Sesame Ramen

A simple bowl of noodles cannot be perfect without the right gravy to go with it. I love how flexible it is to cook noodles and turn them into different dishes and recipes by varying the sauces that accompany them. You can have bak chor mee or dry ramen simply by omitting a condiment or two from one or the other recipe. The best thing is that you can have your meal within fifteen minutes from cooking the noodles in the microwave oven.

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