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me again. long time no blog, must have been hybernating. anyway, spring is back and so is my beloved spinach. here’s a quick recipe i put together with my beloved one last sunday night. i call it “Tripple S” (spaghetti, spinach, sardines)

here’s what you need:

  • 500gr fresh spinach from the market
  • 1 tin sardines in saltwater
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 250gr spaghetti
  • 2 tbs pine nuts

bring water to the boil, wash the spinach, chop the onions and the garlic

in a medium sized frying pan gently roast the pine nuts, when done remove the pine nuts and gently fry the chopped onions in some olive oil, then add the sardines, turn heat to a minimum and add the chopped garlic

when the water boils, add salt and the spaghetti

about 3-4 minutes before the spaghetti are al dente, add the spinach. once the spaghetti are al dente, pour spinach and spaghetti into a sieve, leaving some of the cooking water in the pot

put spinach and spaghetti back into the pot, add the onion-sardine-garlic mixture and the cooking water, stir well and put on plates

sprinkle with some roasted pine nuts and some fresh chopped chili for taste and colour

serves two hungry mouths with a staggering 824kcal per serving.

(if you’re on a diet, go easy on the olive oil and reduce the spaghetti to 160 grams, which gives a fair serving per person and reduces the calories to roughly 600 per serving)

buon appetito


I needed a quick-fix of pasta yesterday night and had only little time at hand, so here’s what i put together in less than 40 minutes.

serves about three with roughly 530kcal per serving

you need:

  • 240 gr. of pennette (I used the wholewheat ones from barilla)
  • 2 pork sausages
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 dried chili
  • 2 average sized courgettes
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil from your herb garden
  • 2 tsp. extra vergine olive oil

for the sauce…

squeeze the sausage meat out of its skin and form it into little balls (roughly hazelnut sized), throw them in a cold frying pan and start heating the pan. no need to add oil or butter since the sausage meat already contains enough fat.

while the meat is slowly sizzling away, roughly chop the spring onions and add to the pan. crush the chili and add as well. cut the courgettes into cubes about the size of the sausage balls and add to the pan. let it all fry for a while at medium heat.

saving energy

in the meantime bring some water to the boil in the kettle and pour it into a pot in order to only use one hotplate and save energy. repeat this to have enough hot water ready for your pasta to cook.

then cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan with the sausage meat and courgettes and let it simmer for 5 minutes. remove the pan from the hot plate and put the pot with the hot water on. once the water is boiling again add salt and the pennette and cook them al dente.

final touches

sieve the pasta and leave some water in the pot. add the pasta and four to five tablespoons of cooking water to the sauce. quickly reheat everything and stirr well. add some extra vergine olive oil and the freshly chopped basil and serve with parmesan cheese… enjoy – i did!

Japanese Cherry

Japanese Cherry

spring is here. finally and with full power. the woods become green and greener, it’s amazing how many different shades of green there are. the flowers and the trees are blooming, especially¬†gorgeous are the japanese cherry trees that line my street.

spring is here and makes everything new, so i needed a new theme for the blog as well. enough of that black-orange winter gloom. let’s get it on with something fresh…