Lemony Ricotta, Basil and Thyme Linguine

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recettebilingue My recent stay in Corsica was great! I got to enjoy some much needed time off under the sun with my friends and family. I caught up on my summer reading by the pool and on my sleep in a hammoc. Oh how good life can be! Being back in Paris quickly brought me back to reality though, a.k.a rain eveyday, and work. So as an attempt to bring back some good summer vibes and reminisce about Corsican days, I decided to make a summery pasta dish.

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Lemon

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I didn’t know banana bread until I came to the US. Not once had I even heard of it. Crazy, right? So when my roommate first asked me if I wanted a piece of her mom’s world-famous banana bread, I hesitated for a solid second before I decided to give it a try.

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Saadia’s Moroccan Chicken with Lemon, Green Olives and Squash

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Though this isn’t the prettiest dish there is, it may be one of my all time favorites. Actually, there is nothing I ever want to change about this recipe. It blends so many wonderful flavors in one plate, that it really blows my mind (and taste buds)! In case you were wondering, it is titled after its owner, who happily gave it to me after noticing how fast I cleaned my plate the first time I ate it. Indeed, Saadia knows that her chicken is my favorite, which is why she immediately shared it with me.

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Couscous Tabouli and Homemade Hummus

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I know I’ve already told you that Asian cuisine (and all kinds of it!) ranks among my favorite types of food, but Lebanese comes as a close second. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have two great Lebanese restaurants right by my house. My mom and I would often get it to-go, and our go-to order always had our all-time favorites: Keftedes (meatballs), Hummus, Baba Ganouj (broiled eggplant) and Tabouli.

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Shrimp Tacos!

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It’s Taco Time! I’d been meaning to make my own tacos for a little while now, but never got to it until today. It looked really easy and I absolutely love tacos so I thought it was time for me to finally try my hands at it. I’m obsessed. Now all I want to eat is homemade tacos. All you need is tortillas, a bunch of veggies, and some kind of protein and you’re all set. I went for shrimp tacos because those are usually my favorite with pulled pork ones (but who’s got time for that at home?). To be honest the highlight of these tacos is the salsa. It’s absolutely delicious and goes perfectly with tender shrimp and slices of ripe avocado. I highly encourage you to try to make your own tacos at home as well. It’s actually not intimidating at all, and you can be as creative as you’d like with the ingredients. Bon appétit!

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Prep Time: 20 min

Ingredients for the tacos:

  • 1/2 cup shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup mixed shredded red and green cabbage
  • Spicy Yogurt Sauce
  • 2 small tortillas
  • 1/4 avocado
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 lemon wedges

Ingredients for the most amazing salsa:

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 onion
  • a bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • salt, pepper
  • mild jalapeno tabasco (optional)

Spicy Yogurt Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp water
  • good drizzle of sriracha

Directions:

  1. Start by preparing the salsa.  Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and salt in a bowl. Next chop the cherry tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, fresh parsley and onion in very small pieces, and add them to the bowl. Drizzle with mild tabasco, toss everything gently, and reserve in the fridge so that the vegetables release their juices and the flavors blend together.
  2. Next, make the yogurt sauce by mixing the yogurt, olive oil, water, salt, pepper and sriracha in a bowl. Toss the shredded red and green cabbage with the sauce and set aside as well.
  3. Finally, cook the shrimp. I use frozen shrimp that I heat up in a pan with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes.
  4. To plate start with the tortillas, previously heated up in the microwave (between sheets of paper towel) or on the stove. Then add some of the shredded cabbage, a good amount of salsa, and the cooked shrimp. Top with sliced avocado and another drizzle of the yogurt sauce and enjoy!