Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quick Bite: Zucchini & Aubergine Spaghetti with Sausage

I usually have beef Spaghetti Bolognaise from the basic ingredients - beef, tomatoes, onions, tomato puree and spaghetti. But, it takes time to cook. So what could be better when a faster option is presented to a hungry after-school student?

Mom and I chanced upon instant pasta sauce by Barilla that comes with zucchini and aubergines. Most pasta sauces are usually pure mush but this one comes with small chunks of veggies, so, it is a healthier option although a little pricey at RM 11.90. Well, it's cheating but, it's fast and tastes good, so I'm fine. :)

Here's a simple recipe that any non-cooking fan would be able to follow:

Firstly, break spaghetti strands and boil them in water till soft. Add some salt and oil to the water. It takes a while for it to soften so start with it first.

Chop some onions and tomatoes (optional). Cube the sausages. You could use minced chicken, beef or whatever that suits your palate.

Saute the onions and when it smells fragrant, throw in the rest and add several tablespoons of Barilla Zucchini & Aubergine according to need. Mix well.

By this time, your pasta should be cooked. But that depends on your rate of work. So, test it first. If it's soft, drain the water out. Then, throw the pasta into the sauce and mix well.

Optional: You could add some mixed herbs or oregano for extra taste. (You can get them easily from supermarkets.) Use sparingly. Top off with cheese.

And there you have it...

Zucchini & Aubergine Spaghetti with Sausage!

You could also have the sauce with toasted bread or anything else suitable you can think of. :)

The Lazy Chef

Up next: Baechu Kimchi and Kimchi Jiggae!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Forget & Not Slow Down

"...Cause I could spend my life just trying to sift through
What I could've done better but what good do what ifs do
Oh oh
Oh oh
There's something I should tell you now

I'd rather forget and not slow down
Than gather regret for the things I can't change now
If I become what I can't accept
Resurrect the saint from within the wretch
Pour over me and wash my hands of it..."

Forget and Not Slow Down (2009)
Relient K

It’s hard to forget and move on emotionally, but sometimes it’s better for you. You have to keep the bigger picture in mind. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself or reflecting on things that aren’t good, you’re not being productive. So to move forward is to concentrate on ‘What can I do better?’
-Matt Thiessen, Relient K vocalist

It’s about learning from mistakes and not just focusing on all the things you wished you would’ve done differently. Everyone has those things. What’s important is the knowledge that when you make a mistake, your life is not over.
-Matt Hoopes, Relient K guitarist

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