Unusual Chocolates

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I finally opened up the box of chocolates I purchased from a store in Bruges called The Chocolate Line.  They had the most unusual and unique kinds of chocolates!  I made sure I snapped a few shots of the really unique ones before my hubby and I went to town on them all.  What an epicurious adventure!  I gotta say, I really liked the bacon chocolate.  It had crispy little bacon bits in it – savoury yet sweet.  I know, its really hard to imagine it would taste good but I was surprised myself.  My second favourite was the cola one (unfortunately I ate it before I took a photo of it).  It literally fizzes in your mouth like you’re drinking pop.  Loved it!  The chocolate that came in third place was the apple.  It had caramel with apple balsamic vinegar and a praline with granny smith green apple.  I know it sounds like a mouth full but something about the tartness from the granny smith apple really balanced the sweetness of the caramel.  By the way, the last picture is to show you what a wonderful hubby I have.  He insisted that I should have the first bite to all the chocolates.  Wait a minute….or was that his way of avoiding a yucky tasting one? Hmmm….

Greetings from Europe!

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Greetings from Europe!  I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far.  I most definitely am having a blast eating, shopping, sight-seeing and taking pics of everything.  We just finished exploring Edinburgh and we currently arrived in York.  What a difference in weather!  Edinburgh was sunny but chilly and York is currently experiencing a heat wave.  I love it though!  My hubby on the other hand…well, lets just say thank goodness for air conditioning in the stores and museums.  We will be heading off to London and then Belgium and Amsterdam later this week.  Its going to be a busy week but feel free to follow along with me on instagram! 😉

Jazzed up Caesar Salad and Pancetta Pasta

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My parents came over for dinner tonight.  I decided to jazz up the usual caesar salad by not ripping the romaine, lightly dressing it with a creamy caesar dressing and garnishing it with chopped capers, shaved parmegiano reggiano and ofcourse, some crispy pan-fried bacon.  mmmm….bacon….

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Next up, Pasta with Arugula and Pancetta.

Ingredients:

Yield: 4 servings

Sea salt

3/4 pound spaghetti (I used penne instead)

1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 fresh hot red chile, seeded and finely chopped 

8 ounces pancetta or bacon, cut into 1/4 -inch cubes 

2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

6 cups arugula leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta; boil for 8 to 10 minutes or until it is cooked but still has a bit of bite to it. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan, add onion and cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until softened.

3. Add chile and cook for a few minutes. Add pancetta and cook for 5 minutes or until crisp and golden, then stir in garlic and cook for a few seconds. If necessary, add more olive oil such that oil and rendered fat from the pancetta coat the bottom of the frying pan.

4. Return drained pasta to the pot. Toss with pancetta mixture. Add arugula, season to taste with salt and pepper and toss gently. If mixture is too dry, add some of the reserved cooking water. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

Enjoy!! 😉

I got the original recipe here