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Father’s Day Dinner | Chicken Tagliatelle & Insalata Caprese

One of my father’s favourite dishes is Fettucini Alfredo. So, for father’s day I decided to make him Fettucini Alfredo. Unfortunately for me, some complications along the way meant that I had tagliatelle at my disposal instead. I had to improvise. Luckily, my house is always well stocked with fresh ingredients which made the improvisation a lot easier. This is what I ended up with: Chicken Tagliatelle & Insalata Caprese.

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Chicken Tagliatelle

The chicken portion of the dish is quite simple. It is just pan fried chicken finished with some parsley. The caprese salad which separates the deconstructing of a Chicken Alfredo is classically made and finished with some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and basil that just became harvestable from my garden. The tagliatelle is cooked al dente and lightly coated with some white sauce and then finished with some ground black pepper.

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Chicken Tagliatelle

He was quite the happy father.

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Braised Pork Tenderloin with Honey Apple Chutney

Exams are when the true procrastinators come out to play. Ever since classes ended I’ve been braising everything. This is pork tenderloin braised in a honey apple chutney. As one can see, I’m still obsessed with the combination of apples and pork that I mentioned in this earlier post.

Pork Tenderloin

I serve the pork tenderloin with steamed green beans and sautéed mushrooms.

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Eggs on Croissant

I’m going to be straight with you; this is the best breakfast I can make. It comes as no surprise to me since the first thing I ever learned to cook was scrambled eggs. My mother taught me how to make scrambled eggs as a child and in the first few weeks of living without a meal plan I abused this knowledge. As I learned how to cook I continued to make scrambled eggs for breakfast. Over the years I have refined it again and again. This is where I’m at right now:

Eggs on Croissant w/ roasted tomato ketchup

I sit the parmesan scrambled eggs on smoked salmon in a croissant-which. The parmesan eggs are REALLY rich so I balance that with a smoked garlic tomato ketchup. I garnish with bacon, mushrooms, and chives.

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Sunny English Muffin

Today I woke up to a very depressing, grey view from my apartment. There is a chance it might not be cloudy and rainy when this post is published but I assure you it is grey and rainy right now. If there is one thing that is sure to dampen my mood, it’s rain. I dragged myself out of bed and made it to the kitchen after what I’m now estimating was 20 minutes. All the signs pointed to cereal. First, I felt really lazy. Second, I had just enough milk for one last bowl of cereal and I was going grocery shopping later that day. Third, I felt lazy.

But there was something special about today. I have no idea what happened to me but as I went for the milk I stopped. Without even thinking about what I was going to make I went for the eggs. While I was taking out the eggs from the fridge, without any thought at all, I grabbed the english muffins sitting on top of the counter with my other hand. This kept happening over and over again with more ingredients. Before I knew it – and without much forethought – I had something sitting in front of me that definitely wasn’t cereal.

Sunny English Muffin

The secret ingredient here is love. That may sound corny but there really is no other way to describe what it takes to make this.It is extremely simple. It’s just an egg cooked sunny-side up on an english muffin and topped with onion sprouts. I finished with a little parmesan. The sauce is really just two sauces. I “sit” the creamy parsley vinaigrette on top of a creamy mushroom sauce. The rest is love.

The thing about food is if you show it enough love it will love you back. That is much more than you are ever going to get from cereal. My grey day suddenly looked a bit brighter.

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Omelette

I almost can’t believe the fact that I used to make omelettes everyday in my sophomore year at Queen’s University. Since that year passed I can’t remember making an omelette once. I have no idea why. So this morning I decided I reignite my closest ever relationship with a breakfast food.

Cheddar Onion Omelette w/ Bacon and MushroomsI’m going to have to make one again soon. It is hard to tell how much you actually like something when bacon and mushrooms are involved.

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