It has been literally ages since I published any Wednesday recipe, maybe because I haven’t been a very inspired cook in the past years. But I am slowly getting back to cooking, trying new recipes and having the time to do so. Fortunately we have been blessed with a little boy who eats almost anything! (touch wood, as I know that children can go through different phases of not liking different foods)
Here are some of V’s favourite dishes, that are very easy to make – necessary as we both work full time and V is absolutely starving when we get home in the evenings:
Veal strips in a mustard sauce
Boil or fry strips of thin veal slices with some onion. I still try to boil V’s meat instead of frying it, but I add garlic cloves, laurel, and other herbs to the pot while boiling. When the meat is cooked, drain the water, remove the garlic etc. Add some olive oil / butter, a spoonful or two of French Dijon mustard, tarragon and cream and let it get warm.
Serve with mash of potato and parsnip, and green peas added at the end, or rice.
Spaghetti with courgette, ham & feta sauce
Grate a courgette and fry it lightly with some olive oil and maybe a chopped onion. Add mushrooms if you have some at home, some diced ham, feta cheese and cream. Season with fresh herbs (basil) or dry (I really like tarragon / estragon / dragon). Serve with spaghetti.
Green veggie soup / puré with chèvre
In our local supermarket we can find frozen “green veggies for soup” (broccoli, leek, peas, brussels sprouts etc) that we boil with 1-4 potatoes and some herbs (fresh or dry). Drain most of the water but keep maybe a 1 deci-litre / cup, add some chèvre or feta cheese and blend it in a blender to a semi-smooth soup / puré (depending on which consistency you want!). Decorate with some ham, lightly fried mushrooms and drizzle some olive oil on top (the Spanish touch ).
Et voilà, there you have three quick, simple and delicious everyday meals that are at least as tasty for grown ups as for babies (at least our baby)! We tend to cook without salt nowadays as we want to avoid V eating salt for a while longer. With the ham and the cheese the food gets salty enough.