December is one of my favorite months. It’s crazy and hectic but well worth it. I love waiting for my loved ones to step out of the plane, I love the lights, I love the cold and warmth in the atmosphere.

During that month, there is rarely a free evening at home doing nothing. There’s always an event to attend, someone to see, or just too much traffic. But there’s always that one day, where you find yourself with nothing to do and you sneak back home after work to relax. Two nights ago, we made these delicious mini fusilli with extra tomatoes and basil we had in the fridge. These kind of meals are best had on the living room floor, with an excellent bottle of wine and a great movie.

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What you’ll need:

  • A box of mini fusilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 medium red tomatoes, diced
  • 8 basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese

How to make it:

  1. In a pot, boil water and cook the pasta until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, cook the onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp of olive oil until slightly golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes, the rest of the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and bring to the boil.
  4. Once it’s boiled, lower the heat and mash gently with a mixer handle.
  5. Taste and season accordingly, then add the basil, mix for a minute and turn off the heat.
  6. Remove the pasta from the colander and place in the dish. Add the sauce on top and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy with red or whichever wine you prefer 😉

Sobremesa topic for this meal: The Christmas menu, how to decorate the house for Christmas Eve, plans for New Year’s Eve.

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On this gloomy Monday, when the world is at its lowest and everyone feels sad and unsafe, there is only one thing that has the power to make things slightly better: food. Pasta is the food I run to when I’m looking for comfort. I specifically like to have it in front of a nice F.R.I.E.N.D.S. episode, to forget the world and relax.

For those of you who feel the same, here are 5 pasta recipes to make you feel good 🙂

1) Mozzarella and Pesto Pasta – Add a twist to your traditional pesto pasta by making this Mozzarella and Pesto recipe: http://www.breadonbutter.com/the-pasta-series-mozzarella-and-pesto-presto/

2) Seafood Spaghetti – Chef Jean’s fresh and delicious seafood spaghetti is an excellent dish to make at home for guests – view the recipe here: http://www.breadonbutter.com/the-pasta-series-jeans-fresh-and-exquisite-seafood-spaghetti/

3) Porcini Mushrooms Pasta – No need for cream to make your mushroom pasta exquisite. Try this great recipe and make it in no time: http://www.breadonbutter.com/the-pasta-series-porcini-mushrooms-spaghetti/

4) Easy and Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta – For a quick but satisfying dinner, try this cherry tomato pasta, you won’t regret it for a minute: http://www.breadonbutter.com/the-pasta-series-easy-quick-cherry-tomato-pasta/

5) Vongole Pasta – If you’re a spicy lover and love yourself a pasta dish filled with flavors, this is for you: http://www.breadonbutter.com/pasta-la-vista-baby/

So what are you making? 

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This is a quite traditional Lebanese dish. Kafta Batata is healthy and is just the perfect mix of meat, carbs and yummy sauce. I never ate it with rice but recently discovered you can. It all depends on your diet and how many carbs you’re willing to mix together.

As any Lebanese dish, you can either make your own meat mix, or ask your local butcher to do it for you. The main ingredients of Kafta (meat patties special to this dish) are: minced beef, onions, and parsley all processed together. A trick is to add a bit of chili powder to enhance the taste.

So what you’ll need (for 2 persons):


– 600 grams of meat (mixed as above), formed into small round patties

– 4 small to medium potatoes, sliced

– 2 to 3 medium onions, cut into rings

– 4 medium tomatoes, sliced

– 250 grams of tomato juice (pomi)

– Salt and Pepper to taste

– Water

How to make it:

1) Start by placing the patties in the oven (7 minutes on each side). Set aside

2) Do the same with the sliced potatoes


3) In the serving dish (that also has to be oven friendly), place the patties first, then top them with the potatoes, onions, and tomatoes






4) Cover the whole thing with pomi and a bit of water (to make it juicy)


5) Place in the oven for approximately 20 to 30 minutes

Enjoy with a fresh green salad (and rice, if you choose to add it to the whole meal).


Bon Appetit! 🙂