Tuesday, 29 de December de 2015

Creamy mushroom and zucchini fettuccine

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2016 goals.
Well, mine are: keeping the exercise routine, starting a French/Spanish language course (haven’t decided which yet), staying at least one day per week vegetarian and reading a lot. I’ll talk about each goal in other posts, but the focus now is finishing my book list for 2016. Let’s see how far I’ve made.

January – Pyramids, by Terry Pratchett (because I’ve already started so I might as well finish)
February – The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
March – Queen, by Phil Sutcliffe
April – Battle Angel Alita, or Gunnm (a manga my friend borrowed me and it’s been sitting inside my work’s drawer for ages)
May – The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
June – Autumn Bridge, by Takashi Matsuoka
July – A Wild Sheep Chase, by Haruki Murakami
August – Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
September – The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx
October – The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
November – All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
December –

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Just one more month for me to finish my list. I’ve concluded it with suggestions by you guys and some books Goodreads suggested me. Can you help me finish? Please leave other titles, nice things to read, different, new or old. I’m truly up for anything as long as it is interesting, well written, funny or even serious, if it’s a good story.

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As for the New Year’s supper. Well one of Mr. Boyfriend goals is getting to any-less-than-two-digits-number for fat body mass. Nonsense, I say.
One beautiful weekend day, he kindly asked me: “could you please help me on my diet and cook something healthy?”. Of course, I replied, just trust me. And so this fettuccine was born, with butter, heavy cream, cheese on top and… mushrooms and zucchini. That’s fitness enough for me.

Creamy mushroom and zucchini fettuccine
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by Erren’s Kitchen, with adaptations.

500g dry fettuccine
20g butter (like a good heaping tablespoon)
3 garlic cloves
1/2 big onion or a whole small one, diced
250g paris mushrooms, cleaned and sliced in .2 inch thickness
1 zucchini
1/2 cup (125ml) heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped parsley (or more depending on your taste)
salt and pepper

1 – Slice the zucchini in half, then cut them again dividing by half once more. You should get 4 long strips. Slice the zucchini on the same thickness of the mushrooms. Place all the zucchini on a strainer and sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt on top. Let it sit on top of your sink for 10 minutes (prepare everything else meanwhile). This step allows the bitterness of the zucchini to drain out.
2 – Cook the pasta with a lot of boiling salted water. Check the package instructions for the time indicated: if it’s 10 minutes, cook the pasta for about 8 ou 9. Always stop some minutes before the full cooking time because it will cook some more in the sauce. Drain the pasta, keeping a bit of the cooking water.
3 – While the fettuccine cooks, melt the butter in a big pot where you can fit everything inside. Add the onion and the mushrooms and cook for about 4 minutes.
4 – Add the zucchini and garlic, and keep cooking until the zucchini wilts down and the garlic is super fragant.
5 – Add the heavy cream and the parsley (I use 1 tablespoon at first, then I add more if I think it calls for it). Mix well. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper. Let it boil on low heat for about 2 minutes. If it gets too thick, add some of the pasta water.
6 – Add the pasta inside the pot and mix everything thoroughly. Right now, it is best to use tongs. Mix until everything is well combined and warmed through.
7 – Serve immediately with some parmesan cheese and more parsley if you want.

I think I might repeat this recipe for New Year’s eve, because it’s simply awesome. It’s part of my feel good vibe by trying new foods I’ve never eaten before because I was bitchy: zucchini and mushrooms.

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I guess I’ll see you all in 2016! Wish you an amazing New Year’s party, with huge kisses. Wait for some new tasty things on this blog, I’ve been planning good stuffs and I hope everything goes well.

And what are yours 2016 goals? :)

  1. Gabriel
    29 de December de 2015 - 10:12

    Oi Ju! Olha eu aqui de novo!

    Faltou um livro muito bom pra te indicar: A Sombra do Vento, de Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Este livro é muito bom, com uma mistura de mistério e romance. Minhas metas são iguais ás do seu Sr. Namorado! kkkk
    Mas também quero estudar mais gastronomia e ler mais também e aprender novas receitas de cupcakes.
    Eu adorei esta receita, assim que der eu vou testar!
    Um feliz ano novo pra vocês aí!!

    • 17 de January de 2016 - 22:32

      Gabriel, vou colocar na listinha também hihihi Obrigada!!

  2. Isabel
    29 de December de 2015 - 10:29

    Adorei a lista dos livros. em 2015 comprei acho que mais de 20 e ainda não li nenhum.
    vou copiar tua ideia e me impor metas de leituras para 2016.
    Beijos gostosos como tuas receitinhas.

  3. 29 de December de 2015 - 10:31

    Oi, amada!

    Não é livro, mas recomendo que leia Sandman do Neil Gaiman!

    E que venham muitas Segundas Sem Carne. E quartas, sábados, terças, rs.

    bjk

    • 17 de January de 2016 - 22:33

      Sandman ta na lista DA VIDA e até hoje não li :(

  4. Camila
    29 de December de 2015 - 23:26

    Olá!
    Meu preferido está na sua lista: O Caçador de Pipas. Depois dele, fiquei mais fascinada ainda pelo Oriente Médio! Sou louca por aquele lugar.
    Então li:
    Cidade do Sol (chora-se até 2050).
    O Livreiro de Cabul ( talvez você goste muito, pois são relatos de uma jornalista Ocidental que viveu na casa do Livreiro e expôs o ponto de vista dela sobre o mundo deles.
    Eu sou o Livreiro de Cabul (resposta do livreiro à jornalista, quase que irado pela perspectiva que ela expôs o mundo dele)
    As Consequências do Amor (romance lindo que retrata a realidade de quem ousa se apaixonar por lá!

    • 17 de January de 2016 - 22:33

      Camila, eu também adoro livros de culturas diferentes, vou anotar todas as suas sugestões! :D

  5. Tamy
    30 de December de 2015 - 16:38

    Como uma boa amante de livros eu recomendaria a Batalha do Apocalipse, seguida pela trilogia Filhos do Éden, todos do Eduardo Spohr, autor brasileiro.
    Adorei os livros, são histórias envolventes onde não queremos parar de ler.

    Morte Súbita também me agradou muito, de J. K. Rowling.

    =)

    Feliz Ano Novo!

  6. 02 de September de 2016 - 07:23

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I’m a journalist with more passions than time can allow me to have. I have found in the kitchen my paradise, my resting place after a long and exhausting day. It’s my addiction, really. Not only cupcakes but anything that I find interesting, challenging or fun to do. Despite the blog’s name, it’s not all about cupcakes. I love cooking risotto, of all kinds, and I simply love any recipe with cheese.

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