Saturday, January 15, 2011

Farfalle with Tomatoes and Brie, Fennel Salad, Sugared Oranges

Sugared Oranges, Farfalle with Tomatoes and Brie, Fennel Salad
Fennel Salad

2 servings

Preparation 5 min
140 calories per serving

1 fennel, very thinly sliced (360 g)
2 tbsp Classic Vinaigrette (recipe below)
salt and pepper to taste

Remove the stalk and feathery leaves. Thinly slice with a mandolin, then place in a serving bowl. Pour the classic vinaigrette over the fennel, then add salt and pepper to taste. Toss and serve immediately.

Classic Vinaigrette

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3-1/2 tbsp. wine vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Shake or mix well for 1 minute.
Will keep at room temperature for 1-2 months

Recipe is from

I thought I might like this salad because I have had cooked fennel before but . . . it was just okay . . . I doubt I will make it again. I found that fennel has a flavour that is a little too "perfumy" for my liking. If I was served this salad at someone else's home I wouldn't spit it into my napkin though . . .

Farfalle with Tomatoes and Brie
2 servings
Preparation 10 min / Cooking 15 min
520 calories per serving
150 g farfalle (bow-tie), or other short pasta
80 g brie cheese, rind removed, cut into small pieces
2 tomatoes, Roma type, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
To save time, the sauce preparation and the pasta cooking can be done at the same time.  Start cooking the pasta.
Meanwhile, remove and discard the Brie's rind, cut the cheese into pieces, then put them in a serving bowl and set aside in the oven at the lowest setting so cheese will melt without cooking.
Seed and dice the tomatoes, mince the garlic, then add them to the cheese.  Mix in the oil and add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the drained farfalle into the serving bowl.  Mix well.  Adjust the seasoning and serve in the warmed dish.
I really enoyed this dish.   This would be perfect for a lunch served with a green salad.
Sugared Oranges
2 servings
Preparation 5 min / Standing 10 min
70 calories per serving
2 oranges
2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp sugar
Cut the oranges into bite-size pieces.  Put in a bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar.  Let rest a few minutes.  Toss well and portion out into individual cups.
I love this dessert.  It is especially perfect after a meal with strong flavours like cheese and garlic.  And it is healthy and simple to make.