A few months ago it was my boyfriend's birthday. Because it was the end of university year and most of our flatmates were gone, leaving the flat for ourselves, I decided to cook for him instead of going out for a romantic dinner. I was a little bit scarred (okay, really scared!) because I wanted to be perfect and unfortunately I am not the best cook - before moving to university my fanciest dish was a cheese omelette! When I thought about the menu I wanted something delicious but with simple instructions, so that I can actually make a decent meal! He loves fish and seafood, so the first thing that came into my mind was seafood pasta with white sauce. Then, to keep the mediterranean theme I chose some sangria. It was the first time I drank white sangria, but it worked better with the seafood than the classic red one. The cake was definitely the biggest challenge. Besides some muffins which are really not that hard to make, I have never baked anything. But when I found the cake recipe and saw how good it looked I told myself that I definitely have to make it!
Today I am going to tell you how I made the dishes: the bruschetti and the seafood pasta, afterwards the drink and the cake in another two posts. Let the cooking begin!
Bruchetti with tomato - for 2 servings:
- 2 tomatoes
- 4 sliced of bread
- olive oil
- a few garlic cloves
- some feta cheese
- dried herbs
The first thing that you want to do is to toast the bread. While it's still hot, pour a little bit of olive oil on it and starts rubbing the garlic clove on it. This way the garlic flavour really gets into the bread without leaving big pieces of garlic on it. I usually use one clove but it really depends on how much flavour you want on the slice. Chop the tomatoes in little bits, this time I cut them in little cubes and put around half of tomato (if you use the normal sized ones) on the slices. And some herbs on the tomatoes for more flavour and some squares of feta cheese/greek salad cheese on the plate. That is it, pretty simple huh? I guarantee it is really tasty; it's one of my favourite snacks when I want to eat something but I am not too hungry to have a proper full meal.
Pasta with seafood
- 500 g of pasta (I chose fettucin but you can choose what pasta you like)
- 350 g mixed sea food (mussels, calamari, shrimps)
- double cream
- white wine (optional)
Put the pasta of your choice in a pot to boil. Add some salt and a tiny bit of oil so that the pasta won't stick on the walls of the pot. Cut some garlic cloves in little pieces and half fry them in a pan with a little bit of olive oil, then add the seafood. You don't necesarrily have to defrost it before cooking, I didn't. Fry them a little in the pan and then add around a cup of white wine and let them cook until the wine almost evaporates. If you don't like white wine you can just skip this step. Because they are frozen they will leave a lot of water and they can boil in their own juice. At the end put the double cream, mix everything and serve them. It is delicious! And seafood always reminds me of Spain.
So those are the recipes for today. What do you think about them? Are they easy enough to make? What sort of dishes do you like to cook for your boyfriends/girlfriends? Let me know in the comment section bellow.
Until next time,