Honey roasted fig & almond tart

Honey roasted fig & almond tart

Delicious, sweet and fruity pud, great served with cream or ice cream – make the case with bought pastry

ready in 1½ -1¾ hours, plus chilling time





500g pack shortcrust pastry at room temperature, thawed if frozen

8 ripe figs, stalks trimmed

finely grated zest and juice of one large juicy orange



1 tbsp clear honey

200g softened butter

200g golden caster sugar

200g packet ground almonds

2 medium egg yolks


1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ conventional 200C/gas 6. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a shallow loose-bottomed 25cm flan tin. Make sure the pastry comes above the rim – it may shrink in baking and the filling could spill. Chill for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cut the figs in half lengthways and sit them cut side up on a roasting tray. Mix the orange juice and honey in a bowl, pour over the figs and roast for 10-12 minutes until just soft. Drain off any juice into a saucepan and reserve.

3. Prick the base of the chilled pastry case all over with a fork, then line with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5-10 minutes until the pastry is golden. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to fan 130C/conventional 150C/ gas 2. Leave the pastry case to cool slightly before filling.

4. Cream butter and sugar in a food processor or with an electric beater until smooth and pale. Tip in the ground almonds and zest and whizz briefly to combine. Add egg yolks and 1 tbsp of the reserved fig juice and whizz again until smooth. Spread evenly over the pastry case.

5. Gently press the figs cut side up into the almond mixture. Bake for 11⁄4 hours or until it’s golden all over (don’t worry if the centre still seems soft – a little gooeyness is good). Leave in the tin for 15 minutes, then remove sides and transfer on its base to a wire rack to cool.

6. Before serving, take the tart off its base and transfer to a flat platter or board. If you have juice left from roasting the figs, bring it to the boil and simmer for 1-2 minutes until sticky and syrupy. Brush this over the figs and serve as soon as possible, while the syrup is still glossy on the figs (it will start to seep through into the filling if you leave it too long).

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Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe

Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe

Are you a fan of hearty Italian cooking? Do you love pizza and pasta? Well we’re big fans of Italian cuisine and pizza and pasta are our favorites, specially those with marinara sauce!

Sure we have our favorite Italian restaurants both here and abroad. But nothing beats home cooking! And a bowl of spaghetti is comfort food at its best.

Pastas and pizza have 2 basic ingredients; dough in the form of noodles or crust, and sauce. So making it at home should be easy, specially since you can buy pasta, crust, and sauces dried, frozen, or bottled from any grocery store. But why settle for boxed sauces (or pasta or crust) when making it from scratch is so simple?

Ok maybe making pizza dough is a bit time consuming and so is making pasta, but the sauces, well that’s pretty easy! (If you want to make homemade pasta check out my review of the Philips Pasta Machine). Marinara

One of the easiest and most versatile sauces is Marinara Sauce. You can use it for pasta, think spaghetti marinara; pizza, think Margherita; sandwiches, think meatball subs; and as a dip, think fried mozzarella sticks!

So today I’ll share my Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe. Believe me it’s super easy!
I use canned Fire Roasted diced tomatoes to give it that homemade taste. Sugar cuts the acidity of all those diced tomatoes so don’t leave it out even if you think it’s weird. And lastly I add some spice with crushed red peppers, yes, the the stuff you sprinkle on your pizza; you can add the tablespoon or more if you like spicy or omit it if you don’t.


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  1. Purée diced tomatoes in a blender, you will have to purée in 2 batches
  2. Heat olive oil in large pot
  3. Sautée garlic for about a minute, do not allow them to brown or even burn as it will make sauce bitter
  4. Add Italian seasoning and crushed pepper, mix well
  5. Add puréed tomatoes
  6. Stir in salt, sugar, and bay leaf
  7. Let boil then turn down heat to low
  8. Simmer sauce for about an hour
  9. Serve over pasta or use in pizza and sandwiches, or as a dip
  10. You can brown ground meat then add marinara sauce to make a meat sauce
  11. You can also use it in your favorite pasta dish like Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan and spread it on your lasagnas!
  12. Store in mason jars or sealed plastic containers in the refrigerator for about a week. Or store in freezer safe containers in your freezer for about 3 months.
  13. Whatever you use this Marinara Sauce for, enjoy!
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Brown Butter Butternut Squash Pasta

Brown Butter Butternut Squash Pasta

Whether you’re looking for a perfect dinner for your cozy night in or looking to impress that hot date, this is THE pasta. It’s warm and cozy and filling, but not heavy. If you want to make it vegetarian you can totally skip the sausage. There’s plenty of squash in there to fill you up!

Love an easy pasta recipe? Try out some of these appetizers ideas!


1 large butternut squash, peeled, halved and seeds removed
1/2 medium red onion
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. bucatini
1 lb. sausage, casings removed
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage
2 tsp. freshly chopped thyme
1/4 c. shaved Parmesan



  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cut squash into 1/2 “ cubes. In a large bowl toss squash, red onion, and 2 tablespoons oil together. Divide between two large baking sheets and season with salt and pepper. Roast until fork tender and golden, 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water, then drain.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add sausage and cook, breaking meat up finely with a  wooden spoon, until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on a plate to keep warm.
  4. Return skillet to heat and add butter. Cook butter until foamy, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir until butter starts to smell nutty and turns a deep golden, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, sage, and thyme and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then remove pan from heat.
  5. Add bucatini, sausage, squash, and ¼ cup reserved pasta water to skillet and toss to combine. Add more pasta water to help sauce come together as necessary.
  6. Top with shaved Parmesan before serving.


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Pancit Palabok (Philippine Style Noodles in a Prawn Gravy)

Pancit Palabok (Philippine Style Noodles in a Prawn Gravy)

This dish too was caused my desperation to own Pancit Palabok. Now, within the Philippines you’ll get this noodle dish nearly anyplace. It’s additionally extremely popular for birthdays. However in my desperation this weekend to own this dish.

 I had to form it from scratch. Pancit Palabok or Pancit Luglug (they are just about a similar dish except Palabok uses a thicker noodle) is seasoned with prawn gravy thickened with corn flour or flour and poured over rice noodles (bihon). What i like most concerning this dish ar the toppings – it’s a matter of private alternative however the foremost common toppings embody prawns, pork, hard-boiled eggs, smoke-cured fish, bean curd and my personal favorite, crushed pork crakcling (chicharon)!


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500 grams rice noodles (bihon)
30 ml (2 tablespoons) cooking oil
10 grams dried prawns
5 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon achuete powder
600 ml shrimp stock (see recipe below)
30 ml (2 tablespoons) fish sauce (plus more to taste)
salt and pepper
Toppings: grilled squid, prawns, pork belly, smoked fish (tinapa), crushed pork crackling (chicharon), spring onions, hard boiled egg (quartered)


1. To make the prawn stock, peel the prawns and place the peels (including the prawn heads) them in a pot and cover with around 600 ml of water. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer. Make sure to press the peels as the stock is simmering to extract as much flavour as you can. Continue to simmer for around 30 minutes and set aside. The peeled prawns can be used for the toppings.
2. Heat the cooking oil and saute the dried prawns and garlic until fragrant, around 2 minutes. Next, add the flour and the achuete powder.
3. Add the prawn stock, a little at a time as if making a roux and mixing well after each addition. The sauce should now be thick (like a custard or a thick bechamel). If you prefer to make it thinner, add some water to dilute. Add the fish sauce and some salt and pepper to taste.
4. For the toppings – this should be done to taste. Marinate the squid, prawns and pork belly in equal quantities of soy sauce and fish sauce for around 30 minutes then grill or pan fry.
5. Fill another pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the bihon noodles and cook for around a minute until tender. Strain then place in a bowl Top with the prawn gravy, and the toppings (see above).


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7 Round-Up of Best Italian Pasta Recipes!!!

7 Round-Up of Best Italian Pasta Recipes!!!

Italy is one of the most popular countries in the world with its best place and kind people, and not only that, Italy is a home of the bests and talented chefs in the world so no wonder Italy is famous with its Amazing Cuisines.

Travelers around the world dropped by in Italy just to dig and dive –in for an Italian Cuisine.

Check out in our link: Tips for Train Travel in Italy! https://www.savvynana.com/tips-for-train-travel-in-italy-2/

Check out Naples, Italy – 5 Things You Can Do In a Day: http://www.savvynana.com/naples-italy-5-things-can-day/

Check out 5 Things to Do in Messina: http://www.savvynana.com/this-of-things-to-do-in-messina/

And Check out A Day Trip to Siena – What Not To Miss: http://www.savvynana.com/day-trip-siena/

Now here are 7 Round-Up of Best Italian Pasta Recipes you should try when you get to Italy; credits to the owner of these images and sites.


Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

This Italian pasta recipe is the best I ever tasted if pasta and meatball cooked to perfection? SUPERB!!!

You can check the recipe here:



Classic Italian Lasagna

I remember my Grandparents cooking this classic Italian lasagna taste, it’s an earthly heaven!

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/classic-italian-lasagna-recipe-1941225


Pasta With Winter Squash and Tomatoes

Not just it’s mouthwatering and smells heavenly, this also a healthy and dietary dish that will satisfy your cravings without mead involve.

You can check the recipe here: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/mark-bittman/pasta-with-winter-squash-and-tomatoes-1960869


Shrimp Scampi With Linguini

This is one of my favorite Italian dishes, I would really love to make this dish every single day! You too can make it.

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/shrimp-scampi-with-linguini-recipe-1942429

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

We all love baked food, with roasted vegetables and cooked into perfection pasta? What more I can say!!!!

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-penne-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe-1916906


Pasta with Beans and Mussels

Pasta, beans and mussels? The smell oh my! THE TASTE? OMG!

You can check the recipe here: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012765-pasta-with-beans-and-mussels


Roasted Vegetable and Sausage Lasagna

This Italian Pasta has a unique texture, the taste is awesome and it’s a drug when the seasoning is spot on! Addictive!

You can check the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/roasted-vegetable-and-sausage-lasagna-3280053


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