Tag: Spice Mix

Pappardelle alla Norcina
Entrees, Pasta

Pappardelle alla Norcina

Pappardelle is one of my favorite pastas. The thick, wide noodles provide a hearty bite of pasta that can stand up to any sauce. Truffles are an elegant and rewarding addition to this dish and quite necessary to be authentic, however, they are quite costly, hard to find, and can be omitted from the recipe.

Spicy Beef Toast
Hors d’Oeuvres

Spicy Beef Toast

The Cajun-spiced beef on these Hors d’Oeuvres pairs well with the rich and smoky-tomato confit. Cajun spice mixes can be purchased at most supermarkets, I have included a recipe here if you would like to make your own. The term “Confit” refers to an item cooked in it’s own “fat”, slowly for a long period. In this case, the tomatoes are cooked slowly in their own juice. The confit is great on many things from fish to chicken. I also make a compound butter with it and keep it in the freezer for a last minute sauce.

Orange Rice Pudding
Breakfast, Desserts

Orange-Spiced Rice Pudding

At the Inn, we used to serve this rice pudding as a first course at breakfast. I find it to be a lot more interesting than porridge or oatmeal. The short-grain Arborio rice gives this dish a more unique texture than a standard rice pudding and I like it a little al dente. Play around with different dried fruits (figs, dates, papaya, etc..) and you can also diced fresh fruit. The combination of spices in the Apple Pie Spice Mix gives the pudding a nicely balanced spicy background.

Tunisian Seared Cod
Entrees

Tunisian Seared Cod

This is a light and refreshing way to prepare Cod, or any light white fleshed fish. The Tabil spice gives it a distinctive Mediterranean flavor and the Roasted Shallot Compound Butter ads some richness at the end. Tabbouleh is the natural accompaniment to this Cod dish and can be made hours in advance. The Tabil spice mix can be made weeks ahead, as can the compound butter, which should be kept in the freezer if stored for long periods of time.