The ravens are flying past my windows, wrens are building their nests, children are restless for sunnier days. The sun hugs the earth as the new plants push up through the soil. It is as if I have walked through the same doorway a hundred times and yet I am always forgetting what is on the other side. There is always something more to notice. No spring is the same. The birds become brighter in their song, I can recognize more plants and the earth's rhythm becomes a bit clearer. Food even tastes better......
As I wake up from the hibernation of my own personal chocolate-education holiday.... I am again reminded of the joys of Spring. Spring is a time for letting go of the old and embracing the new. Rebirth. I am reminded of the love I have for cooking and fresh foods that expand my palate.
Incoming.... my new Bon Appetite arrived in the mail. Frantically searching for a recipe that would teach me something new, I decided to tackle cannelloni. I am not Italian but I am married to one. I thought I would do a bit of cannelloni rolling and let my husband be the judge. These cannellonis are a fresh treat for the tastebuds. The pungent flavor of the goat cheese and the tartness of the cherry tomatoes mixed with fresh spinach is a wake up call for deliciousness!
Spinach Goat Cheese Cannelloni
Two packages of fresh pasta sheets. - I chose RP's Lasagna Sheets and cut them in half. Peter makes delicious fresh pasta available in lots of places. Give the above link a click and see if it is available near you!
15 oz. goat cheese
14 oz. ricotta
3 oz. parmesean
8 oz fresh baby spinach
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 pints cherry tomatoes - sliced in half
1/2 cup olive oil
Fresh basil, thyme - 1 tbs of basil, 2 tsp of thyme (chopped)
Freshly ground black pepper
- Take the halved cherry tomatoes and place in a glass bowl with olive oil, fresh herbs, oil and mix. Salt mixture to taste and add plenty of freshly ground pepper.
- Slice your lasagna sheets in half. You will probably have some left over. Freeze for a later date.
- Chop spinach coarsely.
- Oven at 325.
- Place cheeses in bowl, mix until the goat cheese has become dispersed. It helps if the goat cheese has been let to come to room temp.
- Add crushed garlic and a bit of basil to the mixture. Mix again. Add spinach. Mix until spinach is thoroughly incorporated!
- Prepare work area. Lay out pasta sheets.
- Place filling along the long edge of pasta sheets. Roll up and place seam side down on a plate or other flat surface.
- Drain oil mixture from tomatoes. Reserve for later.
- Take a bit of oil mixture and smear on bottom of a glass baking dish. 9x15 works well.
- Dip fingers in oil. Rub oil over each cannelloni until coated. Place in pan. Do this until finished. Cover cannelloni with the tomatoes and the rest of the oil mixture.
- Cover with foil. Place in oven for 25 minutes with foil on.
- Take off foil at 25 minutes. Let cook for another 20.
- Let sit. Enjoy!
Loads of foodie love, cannellonis and spring blossoms!