Monday, December 26, 2011

Home Cooked Mushroom Bolognese


I always admired people that can cut vegetables in tiny cubes. For example, The Italian Dish … look at the size of those carrots and celeries. Because of her favourite, I did try to make this on one of the evening. And that’s when I was home late and I really need to eat something to fill up the hunger, pasta is always the simplest and the easiest food to prepare.

After all, what we basically need is mushroom, carrots, celeries, onions and garlics…. And I find it absolutely healthy. Oh yes, having a bottle of Prego at home is also necessary as well, at least for me.

I remembered I cooked this once for my family, and they loved it very much. And with their compliments it boosts up my confident in cooking pasta dishes. Don’t you agree? Well, every cook is happy to see their dish is happily eaten, and happily commented. I always love to see hubby tells me, ‘Dear, this is nice!’ or ‘Dear, next time cook more of this.’ Or… comments from my family like…

‘Hey sis, think you should make this more… it’s nice.’
‘Aunt, can I have some more…??’
‘How do you do it? Is it easy to make?’

Though those are simple comments and questions, but it really makes your day.  I have never have the confident in cooking during my single days, but the encouragements that I’ve got from hubby was honestly a good push. Of course, for a start, I kept calling my mom for help, for advice, and even bought a lot recipes books for reference. But hey, no one is a perfect cook since day 1, it’s all try and error many times to get something good.

So whoever out there whom has no confident in cooking anything, just try something simple. Give yourself some confident, am sure, you will proud of yourself one day!!

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Mushroom Bolognese

Ingredients
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
2 medium sized celery ribs, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
¾ cup red wine (optional)
About 1 pound of mushrooms (I used button mushrooms), chopped
1 bottle of Prego Mushroom Sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons sugar


Instructions

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  1. Heat the pot with olive oil
  2. Fry the onions till translucent
  3. Add in garlic, fry till fragrant
  4. Add in carrots and celeries, fry till its soft
  5. Add in the chopped mushrooms
  6. While cooking, boil the spaghetti per the instructions
  7. Cook thru the mushrooms and add in the Prego sauce
  8. Stir it and add in dried thyme, oregano and the sugar to taste
  9. Once done, dish out and serve with your spaghetti

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Home Cooked Cheesy Potato Chicken


2011 wasn’t really a productive year for me… in fact it was a mixture of loss, gain and surprises. Beginning of the year was full of enthusiastic to decorate the house for Chinese New Year, cuz, that’s the new house decoration. Followed by a family gathering during Chinese New Year on the day 10th, after that, things changed.  From a happy mode to a sorrow mode… my Mother-in-law was leaving us in early April, she was died of lung cancer. Each of everyone was in moaning mode… and some of us are on vegetarian for 49 days. Then we have little one came to our family, my sister’s son is born. Each of everyone was happy to see him, cuddle him, hug him. To our surprises, he’s really good in laughing though he’s only a small little infant, which is barely a month old that time. I remembered I took a day off to baby sit him while my sister could dial in for a teleconference meeting, and even clean him after his poo-poo. I also spending quality time with my brother’s son for couple of days, playing with him, feed him, read with him, etc. With all these activities, time flies… and now it’s the month of December.

On the work side… things changed greatly. Our superior decided to pursue his interests, thus he left us few months ago. And we have new superior to lead us in the department. Working style is so much different, some says better, some says no different. But to me personally, I could see some people are more happy, and so do I. At least it makes you more involve in certain manner and makes you grow in certain ways.

Well, it’s December month now, and this month reminds me of my best buddy whom always enjoying the Christmas atmosphere with me while she was in the office. Honestly, I miss her dearly.

Another deary friend whom is living far apart from Penang has always has a sweet thought on me. She gave me a surprise which can make hubby hands down. When I posted a message that I have a nose block, not sure was it sick or what… I got a small little thing from her, and it’s all the way from Singapore. With that little surprise, honestly it made up my day!

Year 2011 not only I lost my Mother-in-Law, hubby and I also have lost someone deary.

Few days more to Christmas… and am sure everyone is busy buying Christmas presents for their loved ones, not only that, some are even busy in baking cookies, decorating their Christmas tree and so on. Since this year am not going anywhere, a simple and quiet Christmas at home isn’t any bad idea… some time for me to rest, to distress, to think thru what should I do for 2012. Have you gotten any resolution list?

Well… doesn’t matter, take your time, sit down and write it down. Perhaps it gives you a better idea what to do for the next whole year.

Would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


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Cheesy Potato Chicken, not so cheesy

Ingredients:
2 chicken thighs
3 medium potatoes
1 small red onion
1 egg


  1. Using meat mallet, gently pound fillets between sheets of plastic wrap until about 1cm thick. 
  2. Boil whole potatoes until almost tender, cool 20 minutes; grate coarsely. In large bowl combine potato, onion, and egg.  
  3. Coat large frying pan with cooking oil, cook chicken until browned and tender. Top with potato mixture; cook under hot grill until potato is browned.

Serving suggestions:
Serve with steamed green vegetables or a salad.

Tip:
Instead of grating potato, try slicing partially cooked potato into thin rounds; place on top of cooked chicken, sprinkle with cheese and chives, and grill until browned and cheese has melted.

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Source: The great chicken cookbook (Australia’s Women’s Weekly Cookbooks)