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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pasta Farfelle with Pork

7:54:00 AM 5 Comments

It took me 1 hour to prepare and cook this pasta dish. I choose farfelle made from organic wheat for the pasta and a selection of my husband favourite  Italian red wine called Ogio Primitivo. 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3

  • 250 grams of pasta farfelle
  • 350 grams lean pork fillet (thinly sliced and pounded)
  • 200 grams of mushrooms (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 6 tablespoons double cream
  • 10 quail eggs (hard-boiled)
For the sauce, have the following ingredients ready:
  • 200ml red wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato purée or tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (finely chopped)

Procedure of cooking the sauce:
  1. Using a heavy -based saucepan, heat the oil and sauté  the onion until transparent.
  2. Add your choice of red wine, tomato sauce and oregano.
  3. Cook in low heat to reduce and set aside while you cook the pork.
Procedure in cooking the pork:
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the pork for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the red wine sauce that you set aside.
  4. Cook in low heat for 20 minutes and stir occasionally.
  5. Add the double cream and cook for few minutes.
Procedure in cooking the pasta:
  1. While cooking the pork, boil water with salt in a large heavy-based saucepan.
  2. Put the lemon juice, saffron thread and farfelle pasta. Cook for 11-15 minutes or until tender (do not overcook the pasta so it won't be difficult to digest).
Serve in a warmed plate, top with the pork and sauce and garnish with the boiled quail eggs.

Bon Appetit!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Creamed Mushrooms

8:26:00 AM 10 Comments
July 10, 2012

This is a simple recipe and can be made in 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the mushrooms. The following ingredients are good for 2 servings. 

250 grams button mushrooms (small or medium which ever you prefer)
75 ml double cream
1 small onion (finely chopped)
15 grams of butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small lemon (squeeze the juice)
2 teaspoons fresh parsley (chopped)
salt and pepper ( depends on your taste)
few sprigs of parsley to garnish

Here's how to cook.
  1. Before anything else make sure to sprinkle some lemon juice over the mushrooms and set aside. 
  2. In a frying pan, heat the butter and olive oil. Sauté the onion for 1 minute and add the mushrooms. Stir occasionally so they won't stick on the pan.
  3. Season with salt and pepper depending on your taste. Pour in  the double cream and the rest of the lemon juice. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  4. Cook until hot but do not let it boil. 
  5. Transfer into a bowl and garnish with parsley sprigs
Bon Appetit!

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Handy Vinegar

4:12:00 AM 17 Comments
Do you know that vinegar is a popular and handy household cleanser? White distilled vinegar is available in the market in a very affordable price and yet effective in killing bacteria, molds and germs. There are also other types of vinegar like, rice, malt, cider, wine, balsamic vinegar and a lot more. Vinegar can be made from any material having sugar in it including fruits. From this point, we are certain that vinegar is indeed a natural product. This is truly a smart way in cleaning anything. Yes, vinegar is not only for food preparation. Allow me to share with you some of its’ uses and tips. These were drawn from a variety of sources, including my personal suggestions. Take note the vinegar I am refering here is white distilled vinegar.

1. In cleaning counter tops, spray a solution of water and vinegar. Dry the counter tops with towel.

2. In loosening splattered food inside the microwave, mix equal amount of vinegar and water in microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to boil inside the microwave and wipe-clean. Unwanted odors will also disappear.

3. In getting rid of lime deposits in kettle, use ½ cup of white vinegar in water and allow it to stand overnight. Boiling it will me necessary if limes are really stubborn. Let cool and rinse well with tap water.

4. Dirty can opener is not a problem with undiluted vinegar and an old toothbrush. Don’t forget to rinse it.

5. Baked-on food and grease that seems to saturate your stove can be remove by applying a thick paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Wipe it out with sponge dampened with water. Rinse it with vinegar-water solution and buff it with dry paper towel for shiny finish.

6. To clean the grill, spray a solution of equal parts water and vinegar on the cooking surface.

7. We can even deodorize the kitchen drain by pouring white distilled vinegar. Let it sit there for 30 minutes and flush with cold water.

8. Wood cutting boards mostly transmit germs if not clean properly. Use a concentrated white distilled vinegar to disinfect them.

9. A mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and flour (just enough to make the mixture a paste), will polish tarnished brass, copper and pewter. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse it with clean warm water.

10. Use a sponge soaked in vinegar in wiping off greases on your exhaust fan grids.

11. A solution of equal amount of olive oil and vinegar is handy in removing marks left on wood furniture.

12. Spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar in toilet bowl can remove stubborn stains and deodorizing it as well.

13. The clogs from the showerhead can be removed by soaking it in pure white distilled vinegar overnight.

14. Soap residue visible on your shower doors can be rubbed down with a sponge soaked in vinegar.

Vinegar sure has many uses. Please feel free your tips in the comments below.