SUMMER RISOTTO WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, CORN AND FIGS

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SUMMER RISOTTO WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, CORN AND FIGS
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Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
  • 2 punnets grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups to 5low salt chicken stock warmed
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 2 ears sweet corn kernels cut from the cob
  • 1 punnet figs sliced or quartered 500g
  • 1 handful fresh basil chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly snipped chives
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 punnets grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups to 5low salt chicken stock warmed
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 2 ears sweet corn kernels cut from the cob
  • 1 punnet figs sliced or quartered 500g
  • 1 handful fresh basil chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly snipped chives
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  1. Preheat the oven to 150c. Like a baking sheet with foil. Add the tomatoes and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes, until the tomatoes are deep in colour and caramely and crumpled. Remove from the oven once finished.
  2. While the tomatoes are roasting, heat a large pot or saucepan over medium heat and add the remaining olive oil with the butter. Add the rice and stirring often, toast the rice until it’s somewhat translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the white wine, constantly stirring or at least stirring every minute or so, until the rice absorbs the wine. Once the wine is absorbed, add in 1 1/2 cups of the stock, stirring until the rice absorbs the liquid like it did with the wine. Repeat this 2 to 3 more times, until all stock has been added and the rice is al dente. You want it to appear “hydrated” – and want there to be some liquid left when serving. This process should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Just before the risotto is almost finished, stir in the parmesan cheese. Stir in the tomatoes, fresh corn and figs. Stir in most of the chives and basil. Taste and if desired, add a bit of salt and pepper (this will depend on the saltiness of your cheese and the taste of your tomatoes). Serve immediately with the remaining chives and basil. Top with freshly grated parmesan.
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Fish Tacos With Best Ever Taco Sauce!

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Fish Tacos With Best Ever Taco Sauce!
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Course Main Dish, Platter
Cuisine Asian
Servings
small tacos
Ingredients
Fish Tacos
  • 24 small white corn tortillas
  • 1 kg Blue Grenadier fillets
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
Toppings
  • 1/2 small purple cabbage
  • 2 medium avocado sliced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 diced red onion
  • 1/2 bunch coriander longer stems removed
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 lime cut into 8 wedges to serve
Fish Taco Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce or to taste
Course Main Dish, Platter
Cuisine Asian
Servings
small tacos
Ingredients
Fish Tacos
  • 24 small white corn tortillas
  • 1 kg Blue Grenadier fillets
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
Toppings
  • 1/2 small purple cabbage
  • 2 medium avocado sliced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 diced red onion
  • 1/2 bunch coriander longer stems removed
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 lime cut into 8 wedges to serve
Fish Taco Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce or to taste
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  1. Line large baking sheet with parchment or silicone liner. In a small dish, combine seasonings: 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper and evenly sprinkle seasoning mix over both sides of fish.
  2. Lightly drizzle fish with olive oil and dot each piece with butter. Bake at 180c for 20-25 min. To brown edges, grill for 3-5 minutes at the end if desired.
  3. Combine all Taco sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended.
  4. To serve the tacos, toast the corn tortillas quickly on a large dry fry pan or griddle over medium/high heat.
  5. To assemble: start with pieces of fish then add remaining ingredients finishing with a generous sprinkle of cheese and finally that awesome taco sauce! Serve with a fresh lime wedge to squeeze over tacos
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Mango & capsicum rice paper rolls w. mango coriander dipping sauce

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Mango & capsicum rice paper rolls w. mango coriander dipping sauce
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Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
roll
Ingredients
For the rice paper rolls:
  • 8 ) Spring Roll Wrappers (Rice Paper Wrappers
  • 1 Mango (large ripe thinly sliced)
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers ( sliced)
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced)
  • 2 Cucumbers ( thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves
For the mango coriander dipping sauce:
  • 1 Mango (ripe diced)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons – 3Water
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or any other chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh corinader
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
roll
Ingredients
For the rice paper rolls:
  • 8 ) Spring Roll Wrappers (Rice Paper Wrappers
  • 1 Mango (large ripe thinly sliced)
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers ( sliced)
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced)
  • 2 Cucumbers ( thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves
For the mango coriander dipping sauce:
  • 1 Mango (ripe diced)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons – 3Water
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or any other chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh corinader
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  1. For the mango coriander dipping sauce, in a blender, add mango, lemon juice, water, salt and sriracha. Blend until smooth. Add the coriander and pulse 2-3 times till the coriander is chopped very fine, but green specks are still visible. Remove into a bowl and refrigerate till ready to use.
  2. To start making the rice paper rolls, create an assembly line of sorts. Take a cup of water in a shallow dish which is wide enough for the rice paper roll to sit comfortably without bending or breaking at the edges. In another plate, keep all your veggies together.
  3. Take one rice paper and dip it in the water for 5-10 seconds. Remove the paper and place it flat on the counter. It may still feel crisp, but don’t worry it’ll soften up pretty quickly. Don’t be tempted to dip it for longer than 10 seconds. Place all the veggies and the mint leaves towards one end of the paper, leaving some space to fold.
  4. If your veggies are placed horizontally across the rice paper, fold both the sides to the centre in such a way that they are a bit on the veggies. Now start rolling the sheet as tightly as possible without breaking it.
  5. Continue doing the same for the remaining rice paper till you have 7-8 rolls. Cover with aluminium foil to keep them from drying out. Serve cold with the mango coriander dipping sauce.
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Mexican Street Corn W. Lime Crema & Coriander

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Mexican Street Corn W. Lime Crema & Coriander
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Servings
ears of corn
Ingredients
  • 12 ears of fresh sweet corn
  • 1 cup of cashews soak for at least 4 hours
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh coriander
  • sesame seeds to garnish
Servings
ears of corn
Ingredients
  • 12 ears of fresh sweet corn
  • 1 cup of cashews soak for at least 4 hours
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh coriander
  • sesame seeds to garnish
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  1. Preheat BBQ/Grill, on a medium/low heat.
  2. Remove husks and silk from corn, leaving a bit of the stalks to hold onto when eating.
  3. Prepare lime crema by combining cashews (drained) with lime juice, coconut milk, salt and water. Blend until creamy. Add additional water, one tablespoon at a time, if needed. Crema should be thin enough to easily pour buy not watery.
  4. Grill corn over medium heat, turning often, until cooked through and slightly charred.
  5. Presentation is so much with this dish so have fun with it! Place grilled corn on a platter, drizzle with crema, sprikle generously with coriander, sesame seeds and sea salt flakes. Enjoy!
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Caramelised Nectarine & Feta Quesadilla w. Balsamic Glaze

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Caramelised Nectarine & Feta Quesadilla w. Balsamic Glaze
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Large Quesadilla
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 almost ripe Nectarine sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup sliced brown onion
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup freshly crumbled Feta
  • balsamic glaze for drizzling
Servings
Large Quesadilla
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 almost ripe Nectarine sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup sliced brown onion
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup freshly crumbled Feta
  • balsamic glaze for drizzling
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  1. In a medium sized fry pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and toss in the sliced nectarine.
  2. Toss for 2-3 minutes then add in the onions
  3. Cook until the onions are almost translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle in the brown sugar and toss to fully coat, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to cook until the nectarines are soft and caramelised.
  5. In a second skillet, over medium heat place in a tortilla and cook until golden brown, flip and sprinkle the whole thing with 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese and all of the Feta.
  6. Place the caramelised nectarine mix on top of the cheese
  7. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top and top with the second tortilla. Once the cheese is mostly melted, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes until gold brown.
  8. Remove to a plate and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Enjoy!
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Watermelon Steak With Balsamic Reduction & Feta

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Watermelon Steak With Balsamic Reduction & Feta
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Servings
small steaks
Ingredients
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 1 Tbsp flavourless oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Garnish with edible flowers optional
Servings
small steaks
Ingredients
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 1 Tbsp flavourless oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Garnish with edible flowers optional
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  1. Cut watermelon in half lengthwise. Place flat side down, and cut 1 1/2 to 2 inch wide slice (erring on the side of too wide). Cut the largest rectangle possible from each of these slices. You should be able to get about 6 good steaks from 1/2 a watermelon.
  2. Pat dry each of the steaks with a paper towel, then place in refrigerator, uncovered, for 1 to 2 hours to dry out excess moisture. Give them a final pat fry right before cooking.
  3. Bring oil to low-medium heat in a large saute pan. Gently slide each steak in, cooking for about 5 minutes on each side. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook each side for one minute, or until sides are lightly browned. You may have to work in batches if the steaks don’t all fit.
  4. Remove watermelon steaks from heat and plate.
  5. Drizzle 1 tsp of honey and 1/2 Tbsp balsamic reduction over each steak. Top each with a dash of chopped fresh mint, a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese, and a few edible flowers.
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BLUEBERRY, FETA AND HONEY-CARAMELIZED ONION NAAN PIZZA

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BLUEBERRY, FETA AND HONEY-CARAMELIZED ONION NAAN PIZZA
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Servings
pizzas
Ingredients
  • 2 naan flatbreads either store brought or make your own
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Sea salt flakes
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • handful baby rocket
Servings
pizzas
Ingredients
  • 2 naan flatbreads either store brought or make your own
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Sea salt flakes
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • handful baby rocket
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  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the naan/flatbread on the baking sheet and lightly spray or brush with water. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium low heat. Add the onion and season with a pinch of salt to taste and red pepper flakes. Cook the onions until it is wilted, about 3-5 minutes and stir in the honey, letting the onions caramelize. Remove from heat.
  3. While the onions cook, stir the ricotta and feta cheese in a small bowl. Spread the ricotta mixture over the naan/flatbread, and top with the honey caramelized onions. Sprinkle the blueberries on top.
  4. Place the naan pizzas into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the blueberries are just about ready to burst, the cheese has softened, and the naan is toasted. Remove from oven, sprinkle with rocket and enjoy immediately.
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Quinoa & Mango Salad With Lemon Ginger Dressing

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Quinoa & Mango Salad With Lemon Ginger Dressing
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as a main
Ingredients
  • 1 cup regular red or black quinoa, rinsed well in a strainer
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Mangoes
  • 1 large red onion halved stem to root and slivered
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups mesclun or baby greens rinsed and dried
  • 3 tablespoons chopped corinader
  • 2 avocados halved, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
Lemony-Ginger Dressing
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper plus more to taste
Servings
as a main
Ingredients
  • 1 cup regular red or black quinoa, rinsed well in a strainer
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Mangoes
  • 1 large red onion halved stem to root and slivered
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups mesclun or baby greens rinsed and dried
  • 3 tablespoons chopped corinader
  • 2 avocados halved, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
Lemony-Ginger Dressing
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper plus more to taste
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  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Cook the quinoa: In a saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until most or all of the water is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes. If any liquid remains, strain and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Toss onion slivers with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes. Resist stirring until they begin to brown, then stir occasionally; not too much or they will not brown as nicely. Remove when they are soft and nicely coloured. Let cool.
  4. Pit and dice mangoes.
  5. Make the dressing: Whisk the olive oil into the lemon juice. Whisk in the ginger and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Assemble the salad: Mix the quinoa, mango (and juices), black beans, and coriander together. Spread the mesculan or greens on a large plate and layer the quinoa mixture over it. Top with the roasted onions and the avocado slices. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.
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Asparagus With Ricotta Dumplings

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Asparagus With Ricotta Dumplings
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Dumplings
  • 2 cups ricotta drained (it shield be dry and crumbly
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan plus more (for serving)
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 2.5 teaspoons Sea salt flakes plus more
  • 1/2 plain flour plus more
Asparagus and Assembly
  • 250 g asparagus trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot stalk green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt flakes freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil for drizzling
Servings
Ingredients
Dumplings
  • 2 cups ricotta drained (it shield be dry and crumbly
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan plus more (for serving)
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 2.5 teaspoons Sea salt flakes plus more
  • 1/2 plain flour plus more
Asparagus and Assembly
  • 250 g asparagus trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot stalk green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt flakes freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil for drizzling
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Dumplings
  1. Pulse 1.5 cups of the ricotta with the parmesan, egg, egg yolk, and salt in a food processor just until smooth. Sprinkle flour over ricotta mixture and pulse again until just combined. Transfer dumpling batter to a medium bowl.
  2. Dust a greaseproof lined baking tray with flour. Using a metal spoon, scoop out 2–3 tsp. dumpling batter and scrape spoon against side of bowl at a 45° angle to smooth batter. Using your finger tip, push batter off spoon and let drop onto baking sheet (this may take a few tries). The dumpling will slightly curve at each ends. Dust tops with more flour. (You should have about 65 dumplings.)
Asparagus and Assembly
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until almost tender, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water; drain and pat dry. Reserve pot.
  2. Meanwhile, bring chicken stock to a simmer in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Return pot of water to a gentle simmer and add dumplings (one by one so they don’t crush each other), stirring occasionally, until they’re almost double in size and cooked through and tender, about 4 minutes (dumplings will quickly float to surface).
  4. Transfer dumplings to pan; add butter and green garlic. Cook, tossing often, until sauce has thickened and garlic has slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add asparagus, chives, and lemon juice and toss to warm asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Serve dumplings with more cheese and drizzle with olive oil.
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Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn

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Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn
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Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
  • 500 g dried linguine
  • 4 ripe roma tomatoes
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves plus more for serving
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • Parmesan for serving
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 g dried linguine
  • 4 ripe roma tomatoes
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves plus more for serving
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • Parmesan for serving
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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, following the instructions on the package. Plunge into an ice bath, drain, and let cool. Bring another pot of water to boil. Drop the tomatoes in for about 1 minute, until their skins split. Transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Once cool, peel the skins and remove the seeds. In a food processor or blender, combine the peeled tomatoes, basil, celery leaves, parsley, salt, garlic, almonds, pepper, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Shuck the corn and slice the kernels off of the cob. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the sauce and the raw corn. Serve topped with chopped parsley or grated Parmesan.
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