Be inspired by ♥ Broccoli Farfalline

Today, my heart split in two. Since moving to Gordons Bay in 2001 I have never once considered Johannesburg as being far away. We live in an instant society – we can pick up a telephone, and speak to someone straight away, or use skype and actually see them. We can IM, SMS, BBM or whatsapp someone and they will get the message straight away. But, despite this, Johannesburg is still 4 hours away and the cost of an airplane ticket. I would not begrudge the expense to go up to Johannesburg but the timing is not right for me. Part of me wishes I could split in 2 and be in Johannesburg right now, while still being here in Gordons Bay where I too am needed. This hurts and tugs and pulls me in all sorts of directions. My virtual hugs, and Ethernet love will have to suffice for now.

Often during the week, pasta dishes are created as a way of using what is in my fridge. The food is made with love which is what counts. When I opened my fridge for inspiration I saw a whole head of broccoli that I had purchased from a farmer’s market. This sounded like the perfect place to start supper.

"Broccoli Farfalline"

Broccoli Farfalline

Broccoli Farfalline
 
Ingredients
  • 200g farfalline
  • 1 head broccoli florets
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced
  • 250g creamed cottage cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 100g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5mls Dijon mustard
  • salt to seasoning
  • cherry tomatoes for garnishing
  • Parmesan cheese for garnishing
Method
  1. preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  2. cook the pasta and at the same time, steam your broccoli until just cooked
  3. heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the mushrooms until soft
  4. mix together the cream cheese, the egg, the cheddar cheese and the mustard
  5. season the pasta
  6. chop the broccoli and add this to the cheese mixture with the pasta and the mushrooms
  7. spoon into oven proof dishes
  8. add some whole cherry tomatoes and grate over some Parmesan
  9. bake for 20 minutes

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I am submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Theresa of The Food Hunter’s Guide

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About Tandy

Tandy is passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when she cooks. She lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband and three dogs. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.


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Recipe For Broccoli Farfalline — 33 Comments

  1. The pasta looks yummy!! Hugs to you!

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    • hugs back 🙂

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  2. It´s horrible when you can´t be with the ones you love when they need you or you them. I completely understand.

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  3. I love a great broccoli dish and this Broccoli Farfalline recipe sounds like the perfect dish I can add to my recipe collection. Thanks for sharing this..

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    • thanks for the visit Kay 🙂

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  4. Looks wonderful!

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    • thanks!

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  5. I love pasta as a way of using up what is in the fridge! I also love your serving dishes (in all of your posts).

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    • thanks Tammy – last night we did the usual clean out the fridge pasta and I should have written the recipe down 🙂

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  6. Great looking dish!

    I’m thankful for the modern tech that allows us to
    keep contact with those we care about that are not a stones throw away.

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    • me too JamieAnne 🙂

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  7. Mmm, that sounds like a warming, hearty and filling meal–perfect for a day of not-so-positive emotions. As much as technology helps, it’s still not the same as being able to see people in person or be somewhere else. I’m sorry you can’t be everywhere you’d like 🙁

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    • Last night we watched the Time Traveler’s Wife – now that would really help 🙂

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      • A perfect solution! Or (pardon this nerd moment), that time-turner from Harry Potter would come in handy…

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        • the time turner would be perfect!

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  8. Oh, I so know how you feel Tandy. I’ve lived away from my family and friends for quite some time. My trip home last weekend was just too short! I can’t just hop on a plane and visit as often as I’d like and it had been years since I was there. Yes, there are many ways to connect but that human contact is what I miss!

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    • Human contact is so important – especially with the little ones who don’t quite get skype 🙂

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  9. Oh, I so know how you feel. I’ve been away from my family and friends for quite awhile now and my trip back home last weekend was way too short! Yes, we can keep in touch with others thru many ways but that human closeness is what I really miss.

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  10. Thank you for this recipe! I like cooking pasta, and this is a great combination, pasta, cheese, and some vegetables.

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    • it is my pleasure Bianca, and thanks for the visit 🙂

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  11. This sounds delicious,, Tandy. Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes you post. xxx

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    • thanks for visiting 🙂

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  12. I have all of these things in the kitchen as we speak, broccoli of which needs to be cooked today! I want to try this, have you ever pre made the mixture and baked them later? Do you think that would work out? It’s hard feeling like you need to be in two places at once but sometimes it’s better to not beat yourself up and know that you are doing all you can (and as women that tends to be a lot)!

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    • For sure you can premake this and bake later – I do that often if we are going out before dinner. Please let me know how it works out. I know I can only be in one place at the moment – but I have a friend who is hurting and I would love to give her a big hug 🙂

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  13. Sometimes this “instant” world we live in lets us know it’s not quite the same thing as being there. Good thing there’s pasta to comfort us 😉 The dish sounds lovely and all I’m missing is the broccoli. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights

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    • my pleasure Ruth 🙂

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  14. A great comfort meal Tandy. I’m sorry you didn’t get to be in Johannesburg as well.

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    • soon I will want to split myself between Sydney and Gordons Bay!

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  15. Never nice not being able to be everywhere you need or want to be Tandy.
    Your broccoli pasta looks like just the meal to comfort you – super recipe.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

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    • thanks Mandy, happy day to you too 🙂

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  16. We love broccoli pasta! I’m sorry you couldn’t be in two places at once, I know how that feels..

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  17. I’m selfish in that I am missing you very much, but home must always come first. Be gentle with yourself xxx

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    • I would have got straight on the plane to be with you! I wish it were closer – you are in my heart always xxxx

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