Monday, March 8, 2010

Day One - Flavor Rocco Dispirito - Prawns with Handkerchief Pasta

Back to the kitchen today.  I couldn’t wait to start cooking this week since I new I would be testing, Flavor, by Rocco Dispirito.   I've seen this guy on TV a few times, but he's never really captured my interest, until I went to the bookstore and his book was on sale for $12.99, original price was $50.00.  The pictures in the book looked amazing and if you never cooked a day in your life, I think you may be able to handle this book.  Rocco provides pictures, descriptions, and explanations about how all the seasonings work.  I'm a very visual person, so pictures of key ingredients for each recipe are fantastic.  So when you go shopping, you have an idea of what you're looking for.  On the right side of each page, there is a bar that tells you what the total cooking time is, active prep time, difficulty, portions and best of all which wine goes with the dish.

I had a really hard time picking a recipe today.  They all looked good; but even better, the recipes were so original.  I decided to easy my way into the book and started with the Prawns with Handkerchief Pasta.  The ingredients that seemed out of place for a pasta dish were lime juice, the juice of blended shrimp in Riesling and ground coriander seeds. I wasn't holding out much hope for this recipe.  Once I pulled all the ingredients together within the 55 minutes time line indicated.  I plated the food, and cautiously took a bite.  My husband and I lit up like Christmas trees in disbelief.  The dish was delicious!   No left overs.  I was certainly pleased by the results.  The seasonings were subtle and complemented the pasta, tomatoes and spinach.  Everything melded together.  I can't wait to make this dish again.

I'll have to go through the cookbook tonight to try and make a decision about what to make tomorrow.  Everything looks so good, I wish I had more time and a bigger appetite to make more dishes in a day.  I'll see what I can pull off tomorrow.

The Cookbook Addict