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Homemade Pasta

  I initially thought that making fresh pasta was very intimidating. But, having seen more and more people succeed in making pasta from scratch, I realised that my perception was wrong. Getting inspired, I began my pasta making journey.   The steps in making pasta are pretty straight-forward. They can be summarised as below: • Combine the ingredients • Knead the dough • Rest the dough • Roll...

Creamy Avocado Pasta

  Whenever I recommend avocado to new parents, most of them either dislike it or have no idea how to go about eating it. Hmmm….does this explain why avocado is one of the least popular fruits among Asian kids? Maybe, but I am still pondering about it.   I don’t have many recipes for avocado. However, from time to time, I would come out with some adventurous way of enjoying it. On one occasion,...

Broccoli and bow-tie pasta

  Broccoli is one of the few vegetables that seem to have an universal appeal to children. Given its vibrant colour and distinctive flavour, toddlers are often happy to pick it up as part of their meal. That explains why many mums told me that they had the least headache when introducing broccoli to their children at an early stage even for those who were fussy on eating greens.   Broccoli is a member...

Pasta with minced meat and dried oysters

It’s almost three weeks since my last posting. We went back to my hubby’s hometown to celebrate this Lunar New Year and reunite with our family members and relatives, catch up with old friends and ex-colleagues, as well as to indulge in those “bad for health, hard to resist and once a year not-to-be missed” festival dishes and goodies (feeling guilty now after gaining weight ). Even though we had...

Meatballs & Pasta – the Jamie Oliver’s way

I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver, the famous English chef, not only for his unpretentious cooking style, but also his campaigns in promoting proper eating habits for kids as well as adults. In 2005, he signed up as a dinner lady in the School Dinner TV series to challenge the junk food culture in schools by showing them that they too can serve fresh nutritious food that kids can enjoy eating as well. He actively...

Rainbow seafood pasta salad

Before posting the photos I shot in Penang, I would like to begin my 2009 posting with a food recipe. Do you like salad? I never have a chance to made one so far as my Emperor is not supportive enough for this idea. But after all the Christmas and New Year festive celebrations, I desperately need one now. Remember what I mentioned in my last post? It is my 2009 New Year resolution! As we know, another festive...

Tuna pasta

I haven’t posted any new pasta recipe for quite some time. This doesn’t mean we have stopped eating pasta. Pasta is always our family “all-time favourite ” especially for my son. He eats a variety of pasta – spaghetti, angel hair, shell, macaroni, fusilli (spiral), penne, linguine & alphabet. Good news to all the busy mommies and career women! I am going to share a very simple pasta dish...

Pesto pasta

Ingredients: 200g uncooked spaghetti Pesto sauce: 60g fresh basil leaves 30g pine nuts (lightly toasted) 2 large cloves garlic (crushed and roughly chopped) 100ml olive oil 2-3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese Salt and black pepper to taste Methods: 1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain the pasta but reserve 2 tbsp of the cooking water. Return pasta to the pan with the cooking...

Italian pasta soup

The recipe for this wholesome and tasty soup was adapted from Children’s healthy & fun cookbook (published by DK). Ingredients:75g pasta bows (I had replaced it with small shell pasta)1 large onion (white)2 potatoes2 sticks celery1 large carrot (scrubbed)1 tbsp olive oil1 bay leaf1 tsp dried oregano1 litre vegetable stock (I used Maggi concentrated chicken stock 上汤鸡精)400g tinned chopped...

Spaghetti bolognese

Ingredients:200g spaghetti2 tbsp olive oil1 onion (red)2 cloves of garlic150g of minced meat (alternatively beef or chicken)200g of fresh mushroom (button or portobello) – chopped5 medium sized fresh ripe tomatoes – chopped50g carrot – chopped½ capsicum (red or yellow) – chopped3-4 small floweret cauliflower (or ½ celery stick) – chopped (optional)5-6 small floweret broccoli Seasonings:3...
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