Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Love Close-Ups

I had to stop myself from terkam-ing and kissing his little nose...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This Year, I Did Not Forget

Nine wonderful years today, Love...

Semoga Allah SWT terus memberkati dan mencucuri rahmatNya ke atas cinta ini, dan semoga kebahagiaan terus menjadi milik kita buat selama-lama. Happy Anniversary Sayang.

Here's a mixed tape (Yes, a mixed tape!!) of 12 new/not-so-new/old/very-old (hahaha) songs that made me think of you. There are many more, obviously, but I got lazy and super-irritated tired of waiting for them to load, one by one by one sebab the internet connection was damn slow and asyik ada pop-up errors. Too bad diorang takde seleksi lagu-lagu Melayu tangkap leleh.

So, urm... Darling, you like?? ;)

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Sheeesh... jiwang pulak makcik hari ni. Tak larat!!! *giggles*

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Creamy Cheesy Seafood Spaghettini

It is sooooo very unlike me to post a masak-masak entry, what more a recipe... Nampak sangat tak pandai masak, kan? *blush*

Anyways... my mom, aunt and cousin have been bugging me for this recipe since their last visit to the famyHome, which was err... many many weeks ago. They'd even insisted that I "type [it] out elok-elok [and] print untuk kami sorang satu, tau!" :P

Since I had (finally) typed out the recipe, I've decided to tepek kat blog and share it with you lovely people.

Creamy Cheesy Seafood Spaghettini

Kids and husband tested, mom and mom-in-law approved :)

1 packet spaghetti (or another type of ‘stringy’ pasta)
8-10 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 (small) box cooking/whipping cream
2-3 cubes ikan bilis stock
1 can sliced mushrooms – fresh mushrooms would taste better, but I didn't have any at the time
1 tomato – sliced and diced
seafood of choice – I chose squid (cleaned and cut into small pieces), shrimp (peeled and deveined)
broccoli – cut into chunks
3 or 4 sticks of carrots – sliced
dried herbs – I normally use McCormick's Italian Herbs 
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) – I used about 5 tablespoons
fresh english parsley – I chopped a whole bunch
grated cheese (either parmesan/cheddar) – I used about 3/4 packet 
salt and ground pepper
(optional) chicken balls – cooked according to package instructions and quartered

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt; return to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions.
2. Heat EVOO in a large saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic. Do not let garlic burn.
3. Add squid and shrimp, tossing until squid is cooked and shrimp is opaque throughout. Add mushrooms, carrots, ikan bilis cubes (also add chicken balls, if using). Toss and cook for about 5 minutes until veges become tender. Sprinkle in about 4-5 dashes of McCormick’s Italian Herbs.
4. Pour in whipping cream. Stir well, let simmer till gravy mixture starts to go blup blup blup.
5. Stir in broccoli (or bell peppers, if using) and tomato. Continue stirring for about 3-5 minutes.
6. Add grated cheese, continue stirring till cheese has melted. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Add pasta, and chopped parsley. Toss well in gravy mixture to combine. Best if served hot.

Additional Notes:
- I have tried making this using only 'stringy' pasta(s) like vermicelli, linguine, spaghetti, fettuccine. Have not tried using other types of pasta (like farfalle or them springy-curly ones) so I don't know if the outcome will taste the same.
- I used broccoli as the 'green' vege, but you can also use bell peppers -- green, red or yellow, sliced and quartered.
- I sometimes add chicken meat (sliced into stir-fry strips) but I didn't have any chicken breasts in the freezer when my mom and cousin came over last time so I used chicken balls instead.
- I was asked before if it's okay to substitute the '1 box cooking/whipping cream' with the ready-made-off-the-shelf carbonara sauce keluaran Prego. Rasanya boleh kot, but I think the dish will not be as creamy. Anybody nak try guna and confirm this? Then can share the result with us.

Happy Trying!! :D

Come to think of it, perhaps this dish can be a 'pandai' (clever) version of Elisa's spaghetti bodoh?? ;)


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