All posts filed under: Pasta

Crispy skin salmon

Crispy Skin Salmon with Ginger Scallion Oil Noodles

Writing a food blog is not as fun (really?) because when a recipe fails, we swallow the dish (with grace) and try the recipe over and over again until we get it right.  Believe me when I said that my family has eaten a fair share of failed dishes – sometimes, when my obsessive behaviour takes over, the same dish dinner after dinner after dinner.  Foodies like us can’t rest without getting it right, and we can become rather obsessive at times 😉 ” Getting a recipe to work and making it work all the time is a remarkable feeling “ This dish is as easy as it looks.  But yet, I have tried so many times just to get all the elements perfect. The crispy skin salmon and ginger scallion oil noodles can be enjoyed separately, but I prefer to eat them together because the flavours marry OH so well. First thing is to get the crispy skin salmon to be, well, crispy outside and beautiful light pink inside. How many times have you pan fry the salmon …

Garlic Prawn Pasta

Speedy Lunch with Garlic Prawn Pasta

I love a good simple meal especially when I’m cooking for myself.  To say that this pasta dish is delicious is an understatement because it is extremely extremely tasty.  Donna Hay, one of my favourite Australian TV chef/personality, describes this dish as a tasty combination of two of her (and moi too!) favourite ingredients – garlic prawns and pasta.  Yummy Yum Yum! So, after watching Donna’s video, adding oil in the pasta water doesn’t really help to unstick the pasta.  Instead, it’s just making it difficult to clean the pot later 🙂  According to Donna, the trick to getting the pasta to not stick is to have a generous amount of water that’s always boiling because it’s the bubbles that’s keeping the pasta strands separate. While the dish is easy, timing is everything.  We don’t want to make the pasta cooked too early or the garlic prawns over cooked.  So, time the cooking properly. Garlic Prawn Pasta (adapted from Donna Hay’s Fast Fresh Simple)  Serves 1 Ingredients: 100 g angel hair pasta 25 g unsalted butter 1/2 tbsp …

Scallops & Bacon Aglio e Olio

Scallops & Bacon Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio Olio is a classic Italian pasta dish and one of my favourite pastas of all time.  It’s such an easy pasta dish to make and tastes absolutely fantastic.  It’s so easy that you’d probably need to try very hard to go wrong.  Spaghetti Aglio Olio got its name from cooking in garlic and olive oil.  Sometimes, chilli flakes are added into the equation to give it a bit more “stir” in flavours, which is the way I like. In this recipe, I wanted to treat my family to some fancy pansy ingredients – scallops and bacon, so the dish is much more flavoursome.  You can replace with prawns if you like. Scallops & Bacon Spaghetti Aglio e Olio  Serves 3 Ingredients: 15 fresh scallops (see note) 4 pieces bacon strips, cut into small bite-size pieces 12 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 40g unsalted butter 4 tbsp olive oil vegetable oil 3 servings spaghetti (about 250g) dried chilli flakes, to taste 3 tsp dried italian herbs (store-bought) sea salt fresh cracked black pepper parmesan …

Fettuccine with Mushroom & Bacon Sauce

Fettuccine with Mushroom and Bacon Sauce

Whenever I’m short on time or ideas to prepare lunch or dinner, I would just go with pasta.  The simpler pasta dishes are easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep and cook time.  This dish is one of the easiest and tastiest pasta dishes I have made other than Spag Bolognese, Mac n Cheese and it’s delicious.  The only regret that I have with this dish is that it’s not creamy enough.  So, I will definitely like to add more pouring cream to make it creamier and tastier next time! My lil’ one loves this dish so much that she not only finished her plate of pasta but ate half of my portion too 🙂  Talk about large appetite for a growing girl! Fettuccine with Mushroom and Bacon Sauce (adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly, Best-Ever Collection)  Serves 3 Ingredients: 250g fettuccine pasta 15g unsalted butter 3 rindless bacon slices, chopped to small squares 300g button mushrooms, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 cup chicken stock 1 1/2 cups pouring cream Grated …