Posts Tagged ‘creamy’

June 9th, 2008

Dinner for One – Mushroom & Thyme Pasta Category: Recipes

On the rare occasion I have to make dinner for one, I’ll often opt for a cheeky little creamy mushroom pasta type dinner as Anthony isn’t a fan of the humble mushroom.

Tonight we were supposed be enjoying sausages from Hollies Farm Shop in Northwich (a new discovery when we bought a new car from the area a week or so ago).

However, Anthony had to have a tooth out this afternoon so wasn’t up for anything but soup and with sausages on the intended menu, that certainly means he really couldn’t eat anything.

Back to the mushrooms though. Every time I make something like this it is just thrown together at the drop of a hat, no recipe in sight. Tonight’s was quite delicious & I thought it about time I share (& post!).


Mushroom & Thyme Pasta for One

  • 6 Chestnut mushrooms
  • 1/2 small white onion, chopped
  • Sprig of fresh thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons low fat creme fraiche
  • Pasta

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March 9th, 2008

A Creamy Indulgent Dinner Category: Other Foodiness, Recipes

Last night we made the chicken and tarragon pie I had been meaning to do earlier in the week. But before we enjoyed this we used up the left over asparagus.

I say we, but it was Anthony that cooked up a delicious starter. Steamed asparagus spears with quick hollandaise sauce. This sauce is not a traditional way of making hollandaise but is lower fat and much easier and to be honest, tasted just as good

Quick Hollandaise Sauce

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 1/2 rounded tablespoon creme fraiche
  • 5ml white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 25g butter

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August 18th, 2007

Creamy Chicken Pie Category: Recipes

I’ve been wanting to make a pie for so long now, but as I don’t cook much meat I’ve kind of put it off and my new Nigella pie dish has been patiently waiting in the cupboard.

Well last night we where in Tesco & I picked up Olive magazine and some corn fed chicken breasts. And it just so happened Olive contained the kind of pie recipe I’ve been craving.


  • Chicken breasts
  • 8 shallots – 6 whole, 2 sliced
  • 100g creme fraiche
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons sherry vinegar – I’d probably use a touch less next time
  • 75 ml white wine
  • Small bunch chopped tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Ready rolled puff pastry

How to Do It

  1. Heat oil in pan
  2. Cut chicken into chunks & brown in heated oil
  3. Once brown remove chicken & add all the shallots and cook for 8 minutes
  4. Add vinegar & cook until reduced by half
  5. Add chicken, wine, creme fraiche, tarragon & cornflour mixture – cook for 5 minutes
  6. Add mixture to pie dish & cover with puff pastry (cut to just larger than the pie dish)
  7. Cook for 25-30 minutes on 180°c
  8. Let pie cool for 5 minutes before serving


May 24th, 2007

Creamy Spinach Pasta Category: Recipes

1 onion.

1 clove garlic.

Soften in olive oil.

Add a generous glug of vermouth or white wine.

Add spinach (wilted) & a glug of single cream & parmesan.

Serve mixed into tagliatelle.

Not bad as a quick meal.