Category Archives: Pasta

Classic Fettuccine Carbonara


DSC_0774Fettuccine Carbonara………A truly classic recipe! Back home, this is the first pasta I have ever known. I did not know that it will be as easy to prepare as it only needs bacon, cream, egg and salt and pepper.  some doesn’t even have cream. So, come in new zealand, I dont have this confident to bring this in our restaurant as it is very easy recipe that i am afraid no customer will appreciate and order this recipe. But my opinion was wrong, When I introduce it from the first day, it was a super blockbuster!!!! Well to make a little twist and non-traditional, i drizzle my carbonara with pesto sauce. just imagine, white creamy sauce blending with pesto-herbs sauce! yummm!!!!…………………Did you know that pesto sauce main ingredients is basil leaves? and basil leaves are Basil is also known to have extremely powerful antioxidant properties, especially when it is used in the form of an extract or oil. The natural antioxidants found in basil can protect the body against damage from free radicals, thereby preventing cellular aging, common skin ailments, and even most forms of cancer. Antioxidants are an important part of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, and basil may be a safe and effective source of these potent, life-giving compounds.

Ingredients:

30 gms butter

120 grams cooked egg fettuccine noodles

1 pc egg

3 pcs streaky bacon (chopped and bit toasted)

50 ml cream

parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

drizzle with pesto sauce

garlic bread

 

Procedures:

in a teflon pan, pour in butter and bacon bits, add in egg fettuccine and pour in cream and seasoned with salt and pepper. simmer until its hot. drop in egg and remove from heat. drizzle with pesto and topped with parmesan cheese and garlic bread. serve hot!

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Kid’s Party Menu


Kid's Party Menu (1024x683)Kid’s Party………..To all of my fellow bloggers and viewers who followed me for my past post regarding my kid’s party. Here is the complete set of menu. I hope I helped you with an idea of preapring your kids party menu…….

We had:

  • Vegetable sticks
  • Fried Wontons
  • Sushi Platters
  • Pizza’s
  • Coated Hotdogs on sticks
  • Kid’s Cupcakes
  • Barbecued Wings
  • Spaghetti
  • Chips and dips, popcorns, cookies, chocolates, lollies and candies
  • Juices and softdrinks
  • Ice popsicles

Futuristic Menu


Futuristic Menu (1024x683)Food in the future……………………My fellow bloggers, I would love to share you what we did in our 2012 Christmas Party in our Church. There is a competition were every group needs to design and create a futuristic dinner booth. And I am very happy to tell you guys that we won the first prize. Yes, the overall champion booth. Who knows this might be the start of a new generation that food in the future might come into a capsule. A flavored capsule which you can choose a wide variety of viand such as roast meats, vegetables, dessert, soups and etc. What you think?………..The lovely tomato flower curving was made by my wife!!!!!

Ingredients and preparation:

Lots of love and team efforts!

Steak and Pasta – Canadian T-bone Steak and Pesto


Finally, where in the main course. For recap for those who just tuned in, This is the main dish of our 7 course meal. And this entree’s will be our 5th meal of the night. Starting from canape, appetizer, soup and salad. We still ave that big appetite. Yes, We are very big now! (LOL). I choose a steak to accompany  my pesto al dente pasta. And my steak is just flat in taste, I just seasoned it with salt and pepper. I love my steak to be like this way. I also like my steak cooked in medium done To complement the steak I paired it with a plain spaghetti al dente with pesto sauce. So, you can just imagine the flavour of herbs and the steak exploding on your mouth every single bite.. how about you? what do you want to pair with your steak?. Please stay with next week as we will continue with the dessert………………Did you know that pesto I used here is made with basil leaves and olive oil. I already featured the basil leaves, so we will go on with the olive oil. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat, which doesn’t oxidize in the body, and it’s low in polyunsaturated fat, the kind that does oxidized. Some recent studies also indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. It has also been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains is the most effective approach for diabetics. It helps lower “bad” low-density lipoproteins while improving blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity. Lastly,  although olive oil is high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.

Ingredients: good for 7 persons

  • 7 pcs of T-bone steak seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled your way
  • 500 gms of cooked pasta
  • pesto sauce
  • parmesan cheese
To plate: cooked your steak on your desired doneness, then place reasonable amount of pasta on each guest plate and top with the steak. enjoy!
procedures:
  • In a large non-stick pan, tossed cooked pasta with 1/2 cup of pesto sauce.
pesto sauce
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves (approx 200 grams)
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 4 pcs chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
Procedures:
  • In a food processor, blend all ingredients together and transfer in a clean container preferably a bottler or a ketsup dispenser. Use for pasta or for garnishing.


Bacon and mushroom pasta


pasta…………..Most of the time, I always have a ready cooked noodles in my fridge. As I always wanted to cook pasta as our dinner. It is one of the easiest and quickest  way to have a very good dinner. Once you have a ready cooked noodles. less than 10 minutes you can have a great pasta like this. It is a simple bacon and mushroom just seasoned with salt and pepper and dressed with a heavy cream and parmesan cheese. ………………….Did you know that mushrooms are very effective in preventing cancer of breast and prostrate due to presence of Beta-Glucans and conjugated Linoleic Acid having anti carcinogenic effects. Out of these two, linoleic acid is particularly helpful in suppressing effects of estrogen. This estrogen is the prime reason for breast cancer in women after menopause. The Beta-Glucans, on the other hand, inhibit growth of cancerous cells in cases of prostrate cancer. Selenium in mushrooms is very effective in inhibiting cancerous cells.

Ingredients: good for sharing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium sliced onions
  • 200 gms cooked spaghetti noodles
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3 pcs mushroom slices(soak in water for 5 minutes)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pc egg
  •  chopped parsley optional

Procedures:

  • In a non-stick teflon pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion, add in bacon and mushroom then seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Add in pasta and continue stirring for a minute. then add the rest of the ingredients
  • Great to come with a toast garlic bread

Japchae(Korean Stir-fry Noodles)


This dish is a very popular korean food, Well we usually serve this in an Asian buffet menu when we had our continental buffet eat all you can which features a tour of Asian cuisines such as korean, japanese, malaysian and many more. This noodles have its own distinctive taste from others, it is made with soy sauce, sugar and sesame oils and seeds. The vegetables were stir-fry individually to preserve its flavour until it is mixed with a cold potato starch noodle………..Did you know that sesame seeds is one of the first oil seeds known to mankind, sesame seeds are used in culinary as well as in traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive and curative properties. Its oil seeds are sources for some phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties. In addition, this seeds are also very good source of dietary proteins with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children……..

Ingredients: serves 8-10 persons

  • 400 gms korean potato starch noodles
  • water for cooking noodles
  • 1 large white onions sliced
  • 1 medium carrots Julienne sliced
  • 1 bunch of spinach(blanched)
  • 8-10 pcs dried mushrooms(soak with water and sliced)
  • thinly sliced fish cake
  • onion leeks for toppings
  • 250 grams beef slices (tenderloin)
  • olive oil for stir frying
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup kikoman soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 cloves chopped garlic

* in a container with lid, combine all ingredients together. stir well. for best results, let it stand for 12 hours before using.

Procedures:

  • In a teflon pan, heat little oil and stir fry ingredient one by one except spinach. when stir frying add little sauce. Do carrots first then set aside, beef then set aside, then onions set aside. mushrooms then set aside
  • Then in a large saucepan, boil water and cook noodles for just 5 minutes. wash in cold running water and set aside. then transfer in a serving pyrex or tray. add the remaining sauce and toss well.
  • Combine stir fried ingredients and noodles together.
  • Enjoy!!

Sausage Pasta with Mesclun Greens


Pasta……When I was still working in an Italian Restaurant back in the Philippines, We always changed our menu quarterly which includes 6 – 8 pasta specialties and some mains and entrees. We remove those dish that doesn’t not sell well and retain the popular ones on the menus. I am happy to share you guys that this recipe is one of the best-selling ones. It’s a sausage pasta cooked in caramelized onions and tomato sauce perfectly combined with fresh mesclun salad greens.  It’s a healthy way to eat pasta and salad greens. ……Did you know that mesclun are the combination of salad greens mainly lettuce. Lettuce leaves are the store house of many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties. It is a rich source of vitamin K, Vitamin K has the potential role in the increase of bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone. It also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

Ingredients: good for sharing

  • 2 piece of sausages(frank furter, weinerli or any sausage will do)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium white onions chopped
  • 1 fresh tomato quartered
  • 3/4 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 bunch / handful mesclun greens
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • pinch of dried basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 200 gms cooked noodle(spaghetti or fettuccine will do)
  • hot sauce is optional
Procedures:
  • In a non stick teflon pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, let it caramelized for a while and then add sausages and tomatoes and season with dried oregano and basil,  salt and pepper.
  • add in tomato sauce and pasta noodles and cook for 2 minutes.
  • In a serving plate, place mesclun greens and pour in pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese upon serving.
  • Great with garlic breads!
  • Enjoy!!

Baked Spaghetti


A very similar dish to lasagna or lasagne…This recipe belongs to the family of tomato base pasta such as Classic Spaghetti, Pinoy Spaghetti and many more….Filipinos tastebuds is more on the sweet side of the pasta rather than the authentic Italian pasta which is the sour side. So I put lots of cheese on it.. . Cooking spaghetti really depends on your taste, no matter sweet or sour, as long as you made it with passion and love, the end results will surely be great. How about your spaghetti? ………..Did you know that baked spaghetti’s primary ingredients are tomatoes.  We all know that tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, but did you know that it is also loaded with vitamin C? …. Some studies conducted have discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomatoes a week, or the equivalent to eating 5 tomato pasta base a week , can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer?….

Ingredients: good for 4-6 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic (crushed)
  • 1 medium onions (diced)
  • 1 small carrots (small diced)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 500 gms beef mince
  • 100 gms of sausage sliced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup grated cheese(reserve half for toppings)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp corn flour dissolve in 1/2 cup water
  • 500 gm spaghetti noodles (cooked)

Procedures:

  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, add in beef mince and cooked for about 10 minutes and stirring every 5 minutes. add in veggies – tomato, carrots, celery and seasoned with herbs, salt & pepper
  • Then add ham and tomato sauce, sugar and 1/2 cup of cheese(reserve half for toppings) & tomato paste. cook for another 5 minutes. add cornstarch mix and remove from heat.
  • In a pyrex or lasagna tray, place a spaghetti noodles and topped with spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese. place in oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes allowing the cheese to melt and sauce and spaghetti are thickened
  • serve hot!!

Soy-seared Fish with Spicy Vermicelli Noodles


Fish……….I love fish, any kind will do. I love noodles as well. So I made them together. It’s a spicy vermicelli rice noodles cooked Asian style. I love spicy, as I mentioned before on my previous post. The more spicy, the more healthy. . . . . . . Did you know that fish is a highly nutritious food commodity. Being an excellent protein food with fewer calories, it is better than other meat sources. It is rich in omega 3 fatty acids proven to be good for the heart….

Ingredients: good for 3-4 persons

FISH:

  • 1 whole fish (tuna, trevally or any fish) cut on serving portion
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
* in a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and rub fish evenly. marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes
VERMICELLI:
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 100 gms freshly cooked vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 bunch bok choy chopped
  • 1 medium red onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water or pork broth
  • 3 pcs dried chillies
  • salt & pepper
Procedures;
  • In a nonstick metal pan, place 2 tbsp oil and seared fish on both side. then on the same pan place on oven at 180 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • In a wok, heat oil and saute onions for 2 minutes or until golden brown, add in vermicelli and seasoned with hoisin ans soy sauce. then add in bok choy and water, adjust your taste by adding salt & pepper then sesame oil.
  • dried chillies are optional.
  • In a serving plate. pour in vermicelli noodles then topped with seared fish. Enjoy!

Lasagna


Lasagna…….A mix of tomato and bechamel sauce perfectly melt with cheese. A truly classic dish that everyone can make. I made my one more creamy and cheesy. because I love cheese and white sauce on my pasta. It blends well with the tomato sauce matching with my spicy tabasco or chilli jalapeno pepper sauce..Wow, Are you hungry? coz’ I am……………..Did you know that bechamel sauce is made with fresh milk. This fresh milk is the best source of calcium supply to our body. Calcium protects the body from major chronic ailments such as cancerous chemicals, bone loss, arthritic condition, migraine headaches, pre-menstrual syndrome, and obesity in children and aids in losing unwanted fats.

Ingredients: good for 6-8 persons

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic (crushed)
  • 1 medium onions (diced)
  • 1 small carrots (small diced)
  • 1 stalk chopped celery
  • 500 gms beef mince
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheese for toppings
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp corn flour dissolve in 1/2 cup water
  • 8 sheets of lasagna or 250 gms pack
Bechamel Sauce
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
* in a sauce pan, place flour and stir in low heat settings until lightly brown, add in butter(this will serves as your rue) then add hot milk and cheese. continue stirring until fluffy and thick.
Tabasco sauce or chilli jalapeno sauce

Procedures:

  • In a large sauce pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onions, add in beef mince and cooked for about 10 minutes and stirring every 5 minutes. add in veggies – tomato, carrots, celery and seasoned with herbs, salt & pepper
  • Then add tomato sauce and tomato paste. cook for another 5 minutes. add cornstarch mix and remove from heat.
  • Finish and adjust the taste by adding parmesan cheese.
  • In a pyrex or lasagna tray, place a lasagna pasta probably 4 sheets and topped with half of the spaghetti sauce and half of the bechamel sauce. Do this twice or two layer and sprinkle with grated cheese. place in oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes allowing the cheese to melt
  • serve hot!!
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