Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mushroom Bolognese Penne Pasta

Life has been terribly busy this year. So busy it is, that I can no longer recall the exact time I last cooked at home. Saying that I really missed this usual hobby is beyond a restrained statement. Luckily, the husband celebrated his birthday recently and that gave me enough reason to reunite with my pots and pans. Without actual plannning, I prepared this pasta dish to add into our dinner repertoire last weekend. 
Mushroom Bolognese Penne Pasta

What you need : 250 g penne pasta cooked according to package directions, 1 med sized onion (finely chopped), 1 250 ml jar of bolognese sauce, 1 small can of condensed cream of garlic mushroom, 1/2 tsp ground-dry basil leaves, 2 tbsps olive oil, 250g ground beef, salt & pepper to taste, 1 cup of pasta water reserve, grated parmesan cheese for topping

How to make : Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside. Take out 1 cup of pasta water reserve, set aside. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Saute onions and beef until tender. Add the cream of mushroom and bolognese sauce. Stir well. Allow to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and ground basil leaves. Stir in cooked pasta and transfer to a serving dish. Add grated parmesan cheese on top.

Garret Popcorn

If the Philippines has Chef Tony's, Singapore has Garret. That's for a popular Popcorn I mean. Being enticed by its sweet, buttery pleasant aroma, I was tempted to try and discover this increasingly becoming Singapore's favorite popcorn. Since my palate is more geared towards savoury, I usually prefers the salty type of popcorn. Hence, induging into a sweet version is something new to me.

I noticed from the selection that most of the flavors Garret offers are nut based. Cashew, Almond, Pecan and Macadamia. I'm beginning to be partial on the later flavor. The crunchy - creamy taste of macadamia blends well with the caramelized popped corn kernels. Likewise, there are the usual classics such as Plain Caramel and Cheese. Overall, I find it too sweet. At times, the caramel note goes beyond satiating. I can only consume a handful. Nevertheless, it's an interesting snacking option.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goodbye Steve Jobs, i-Mourn.

The world is abuzz with the death of the most brilliant wizard of our modern time, Steve Jobs. The online community is flocked with heart-warming stories and tributes to the great man, now, this blog included. Honestly, it took me quite awhile to appreciate and embrace Apple goods. I remember back then, I was just limiting myself to an iPod. I hardly believe that I would be tempted to buy any of its kin of products. But it was not too long when iPhone unleashed me from holding back. I knew just then that I will be converted. When my hands managed to find its way to the uber user-friendly iPad2, my life was changed. Like many others, my life was transformed by Steve Job's creations.

Steve Jobs' vision for a powerful digital life transfigured in all of Apple's gadgets. For all Apple users, truly, it's beyond just owning them. Today, I feel sad, we all are.The world definitely mourns his loss. But we should be more than thankful for what he had left of us. His well lived life alone is already a legendary source of inspirations.

Thank you Steve Jobs for sharing with us the beauty of your mind. Thank you for thinking about our future even at the expense of your own. Thank you for letting us have a bite of your Taste of Life!