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sicilian inspired pasta recipe

Sicilian Inspired Pasta

August 6

One of the best things about living in London, has to be the endless possibility for cheap travel elsewhere. The flight deals that you can get to cities around Europe are absolutely unreal, especially coming from Canada where a 1 hour flight from Calgary to Vancouver costs hundreds of dollars. In our utter lack of organization, our plans to go to Scotland fell through the cracks and we were left, the day before we departed, to figure out where we should fly to. It wasn’t a very bad position to be in. There is always so much choice. It was a toss up between Sicily and Munich. We ended up going to Sicily, a place, in all honesty, that I had never considered going to before (not for any particular reason). What pushed us both over the edge as we looked into both destinations was the food.

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Shiitake Mushroom Ravioli

June 30

As promised, here is some ravioli! While fresh pasta can be enjoyed in every shape and size, I think that stuffed pasta is where making your own pasta really pays off. Being able to customize your own filling and play around with different flavours is something you can’t do with store bought pasta (unless you can get your hands on fresh pasta sheets that you can then stuff and shape yourself). Personally, I love the idea of making my own stuffed pasta because, like homemade dumplings, the filling is always so much fresher and identifiable than a lot of the pasty fillings that characterize a lot of the store bought stuff.

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A bowl of seafood goodness

June 20

This used to be the meal that we reserved for the most special of occasions. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it’s chock-full of seafood, making it feel extra-special. In fact, if you go to the about page on this website, you will see the last time (until today) that I got to enjoy this meal (look how happy I am!). You may be asking yourself: Sami, why haven’t you made this for a whole year if it is so utterly tasty? Haven’t there been occasions that need celebrating? Of course! The reason that it is no longer on our rotation at home is a result of… the incident.

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Tagliatelle with Creamy Tomato Sauce

June 6

A few months ago we went to a movie and didn’t eat dinner beforehand. We ended up getting home close to midnight and were both starving. For some reason we were both craving pasta with creamy tomato sauce. I threw something together as quickly as possible and it was completely terrible. Like, inedible. I don’t know why, but I put tarragon in it. It was so gross. I was hungry so I ate a bit and I watched my boyfriend scarf it down in awe, didn’t he realize it was so disgusting? Anyway, he did. He was also just really hungry. Needless to say my craving for creamy tomato sauce wasn’t fulfilled.

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