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23 March 2007 @ 02:37 pm
the pasta chronicles  
i went nuts at the market and bought a heap of fresh pasta. :)

sorry, j - i hope this entry doesn't torment you too much... but i recently re-discovered pasta. i stopped eating pasta about 8 years ago. i used to love it so much that i could eat it twice a day for lunch and dinner. then, i got sick of it (naturally). :)

i've been having a coupla great pasta experiences recently since coming to melbourne this year, and i think i'm ready to accept pasta as part of my diet again after staying clear for 8 years. one big plus factor is also the availability of beautiful fresh pasta here!

i've decided to use my remaining weeks in melbourne to experiment with cooking pasta. :)

i've watched doc cook pasta many times and thus have stored basic steps mentally. pasta was boiled in as big a pot of water as possible, with salt. as soon as it was cooked, i dunked it in cold water to prevent sticking. butter and garlic were fried (this is one of my favourite smells in the world), then onion bits were added. after that, in went the minced beef, mushrooms and pasta. salt, sugar and rosemary were added to taste, and extra virgin olive oil added after the heat was turned off. spinach salad was tossed with extra virgin olive oil, ground black peppercorns, sea salt and a sweet, tangy chilli sauce.

feels weird reviewing my own food so i'm just gonna say i'm rather pleased with the end product. changes i might make to the next episode of the pasta chronicles are: boil pasta for a shorter time and cook it longer in the pan later so more flavours can be absorbed. will also buy some tommies from the market soon. abit of red in the dish would have looked perfect (darn publishing habits!).

in other news, i may be moving again very soon, due to unforeseen circumstances. seems that this holiday just has to be fraught with ups and downs, whether i like it or not. currently sorting out next accommodation arrangements... sigh. stay tuned!


feelin': pleasedpleased
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 23rd, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
owowwww! love the pastas!! :))

your dish looks good! ;) whats the green thing? spinach?
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
baby spinach salad! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 23rd, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
ooooh okok! healthy! :))
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
lol... am trying to eat healthier whenever possible. there's so much fabulous sinful food here! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 23rd, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
heehee its ok what! you are SO thin!!! and petite!
JV: japogothdrag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
i'm getting tubbier! :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 23rd, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
nairmindsss i still lurb youuu.
JV: leaf116drag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
hehehe... well, it's not just about being tubby from eating sinful things, they're also not good for health. cholesterol, clogging the arteries, intestines etc. that should be the bigger concern! :)

aww... i lurb you too sweetie! <3
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

.that girl.: cookinggirlwhowaits on March 23rd, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
Oooer the pumpkin one looks good!! I've got the knack of cooking pasta properly and now I have to relearn cooking the gluten-free ones ;)

the dinner looks yummy :D
JV: owldrag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
there are gluten-free ones? phew... there i thought i was torturing you because you can't have pasta no more... :)

thanks babe! the biggest credit goes to the pasta itself really. :)
.that girl.: self in the mirrorgirlwhowaits on March 24th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
Yeppers :D They're made from rice or corn, or even buckwheat so luckily at least I can have some variety and luckily there are GF alternatives to other stuff as well (otherwise sure die die one hehe).

I'm going to try to make some GF ones from scratch so wish me luck! :)

Pasta's only a contributor to the effort, a lot depends on the chef too ;)
JV: leaf116drag0nette on March 24th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
awesome. good luck! i'm sure they're turn out great... looking forward to your entries on GF pasta! :)

i cooked some of the pumpkin ones today! i think these turned out better... will post in abit. :D
The Citygentcitygent on March 23rd, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
that's great that you can buy pasta like that. I live in a cultural backwater one horse town

Moving again? Are you on the run from the law?
JV: downdrag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
naw... doc is going away, and also wants to up the rent for remaining days. :[ i guess he thinks our original agreement was way too cheap. :p
lilsnoozelilsnooze on March 23rd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
wow your pasta looks good!
JV: leaf116drag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
thanks babe! :D
astrorainfallastrorainfall on March 23rd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
woweeee, your recipe sounds delish. i might try that out. i'm such a pasta fan myself. so lucky to get your hands on fresh pasta.....mmmm.....i'm in a ravioli and macaroni phase.

sympathies on the moving house thing. must be a real chore. :-
JV: knottydrag0nette on March 23rd, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
it's a real chore and i'm a little torn now between just paying the higher rent and then shifting out for just one week (when doc goes away in the first week of april), or shifting now in a hurry and save some money...

just had a very kickass pasta dinner at a restaurant, will post soon! :D
(Anonymous) on March 24th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Glad to see you're chirpy again :)

JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
well, yes and no. :)
Debraolimomok on March 25th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
OH MAN... now you've got me hankering for pasta!!!!! *hungry*
(Anonymous) on March 25th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
Hey, D! Fancy seeing you here.. you know JV or just read her blog?

(Sorry to JV for hijacking the blog comments area!)
Debraolimomok on March 26th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Hi, is this comment for me? Who's this, pray tell?
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 25th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
go get you some! :D
Debraolimomok on March 26th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
I really did!! I had my aglio olio at Swensen's after reading this post! HAHA
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 26th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
does swensen do a good aglio olio?
Debraolimomok on March 26th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
It's not too bad. It was either Han's or Swensens (we were at Thomson Plaza) so I chose the latter. I like Cafe Cartel's pasta actually.... really really like it!
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 26th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
thomson plaza! i used to hangout there during secondary school days! :)

will come back and try cafe cartel's pasta! any particular branch? i know the chefs differ...
Debraolimomok on March 26th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Ahh it was Foops' childhood haunt too!

Try the Cafe Cartel at Siglap. They serve a mean prawn aglio olio! *drool*
JV: eatdrag0nette on March 26th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
oooh.... noted that in my head! thanks babe! :)