Tagliatelle with parsley and walnut pesto

Tagliatelle with parsley and walnut pesto

Method:

A Tagliatelle twist on the traditional basil/pine nut pesto. So easy but so tasty!

Put the parsley, hazelnuts, garlic and lemon zest in a food processor and whizz to a semi-smooth paste. Add the parmesan and then, with the food processor going, drizzle in the olive oil gradually until everything is emulsified. Taste and add salt and pepper accordingly.

Cook the tagliatelle in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pan with the reserved cooking water and mix through the pesto.

Serve immediately with more grated parmesan.

Chicken in a cider and cream sauce with broad beans and mushrooms

Method:

First season the chicken with salt and pepper and wrap tightly in cling film, this will be poached by placing the chicken in a pan of hot water for around 15 mins.  Leave the chicken in the fridge to let the cling form the chicken into a good shape, in the meantime add the butter and oil to a pan and when foaming add the shallots and fry for around five minutes until soft over a medium heat.

Add the thyme and bay leaf and cook for a further minute before increasing the heat and adding the cider.  Cook this sauce until reduced by half before adding the stock, reduce by half again before reducing the heat and adding the cream with some salt and pepper to taste before setting aside.

Next add the chicken to a pan of hot water and poach for around 20 mins depending on the thickness and size of the breasts, it is important that no water gets in so make sure they are tightly wrapped, alternatively use a small food bag for each chicken breast.

When cooked cut the chicken in half diagonally and add to a hot pan with oil, fry until golden on each side before adding the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes, next add the sauce and broad beans and leave on the heat until the broad beans are warm.

Wilt the spinach in a pan with a little water at the bottom (covered) before draining excess fluid.

Serve the chicken on a bed of wilted spinach dressed with the sauce, muchrooms and broad beans.  Ideal with baby potatoes