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Basic Tomato Sauce

  I love tomatoes for their vibrant colour, flavour and nutrient. I buy tomatoes almost every week from my favourite vegetable seller who sells his own produce from Bukit Tinggi, at the foothill of Genting Highland. Their tomatoes are not only fresh and cheap but also pesticide-free. As you can see from the photos, they even come with green stem attached. How lovely!   Tomatoes are so versatile that...

Cranberry and pistachio biscotti

  One of the things I look forward to having coffee at Dome Cafe is not its coffee but the biscotti that is served together with it. This little treat compliments the coffee so well! I always wanted to grab hold of a packet to bring home. But, after seeing the price, I decided to give this homemade version a go. That’s when I realized how cheap, healthier and tastier they could be!! Moving forward,...

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...

Thin-crust pizza

My family loves homemade pizza for several reasons. One of them is that I can easily cater to all kind of requests such as: “More cheeses, please? Wait, why not have a mixture of Mozallera, Parmesan and Cheddar? That will be ideal.” “Pineapples, more and more! Mummy!” “Don’t forget to put in Pepperoni, the one without black pepper please” “Yes, thin crust only. Remember to add semolina flour...

Italian pesto bread

  Pesto sauce (basil pesto)is a paste made by blending together fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese and salt. This sauce is ready for use without the need for cooking. If you love the aromatic smell of basil leaves, then this pesto will surely suit your palate. You can either DIY at home or buy the off the shelves ready packed ones at the supermarket. If you...

Homemade pizza

  Homemade pizza can be either simple or difficult depending on which approach you adopt. The simple approach is to buy frozen pizza base and ready made sauce. But I chose the the difficult one, which means making the dough and sauce from scratch. As what my hubby had predicted, I failed terribly in my first attempt. I had a tough time kneading the dough and the pizza base was not cooked thoroughly. I...

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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