Monday, 22 March 2010


I read a lot about me-time lately in magazines. Me-time to sport, me-time to have fun with friends, me-time to relax or get a beauty treatment. But what about we-time?

With two little children, it is not easy to find we-time with my blue prince. There is always one of the kids requiring attention, or something needs to be done at home, or there is some piece of work that needs to be finished.

Last Saturday we had a romantic dinner: see set-up arranged (as a surprise for me) by my husband:

My contribution was the starter: coquilles with tomatoes. How to cook it?

What do you need?:
- 4 coquilles per person
- A couple of tomatoes
- 1 lemon
- Olive oil, salt and pepper

How to prepare the tomatoes?
First you have to peel the tomatoes (it really makes a difference). Then cut them small, I cut them in thin long pieces, but I do not think that the shape really matters. In a bowl, mix the lemon juice,a bit of oil, some salt and pepper. Then mix the tomatoe pieces with half of the sauce.

How to prepare the coquilles?
Cook the coquilles in an anti-adherent pan. Wait until they are slightly brown on one side, and then turn them. If you are impatient like me, you will find it hard to wait, but please do so, because if you turn the coquilles too many times they get broken.

How to make the plate look nice?
Put first the tomatoes, and then the four coquilles in each plate on top of the tomatoes. Add the remaining sauce on top of the coquilles. For decoration purposes, you can add a bit of fresh persil or other fresh herbs on it.

And there you have a romantic, easy to cook and delicious starter!


X.M.C. said...

4 coquilles per person, are you sure ???, I think two it's enough.

Astrid said...

Thanks Laura! This cooking I am sure I can do!


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