Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Eggplant & Shitake Mushroom Pasta




My husband and I often have some friends over for dinner once in a while and I never had any problem when it comes to what food or dish to serve them until a Vegan friend came over.  I was totally stumped.  What's perplexed me the most is that he's not Pinoy (other Asian).  It wouldn't be that difficult if we shared the same nationality and cultural background.  There would be less constraints.

A Vegan came so I cooked eggplant & shitake mushroom pasta.  That's the best dish I was able to come up with no thanks to my husband who also had no clue.   Good thing that I have been planning to make eggplant spaghetti aglio olio for that week so I had a stock of eggplants in the fridge otherwise I'd end-up cooking who knows what (hehehe)

Anyway, this pasta dish is great not only for vegans.  For non-vegans, you can drizzle your pasta with lots of parmesan cheese for added enjoyment ;-)

If you were I, what dish would you feed your Vegan-non-Pinoy-Asian guest?

EGGPLANT & SHITAKE MUSHROOM PASTA
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Ingredients:
Spaghetti - 150 g
Shitake Mushroom, thinly sliced - 100 g.

Eggplant, thinly sliced - 3 medium size
 
Sauce
Ripe Tomatoes, diced - 6 large
Tomato paste - 200 g  
Onions, chopped - 2 medium  
Garlic, chopped - 5 cloves  
Basil, dried and ground Thyme, dried and ground  
Marjoram, dried and ground  
Rosemary, dried and ground  
Ground black pepper
Ground red pepper
Sweet Paprika - 1/2 tsp 
Sugar -  2 tsp
Salt to taste
Olive Oil



Cooking Procedure:

1.  Cook the spaghetti noodles until aldente as directed in its package.  Drain and set aside
2.  Pan grill or shallow fry the eggplants, remove excess oil by draining them on paper towels.

3.  Heat oil in a pan and pan fry the shitake mushroom.  Scoop them out and set aside.
4.  In the same pan, pour and heat oil.  Sauté the garlic then the onions. Stir until the onions become translucent.
5.  Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for a minute until a bit softened.  
6. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until the tomatoes are fully mashed and the sauce thickened.
6. Toss in the spaghetti noodles, eggplants, and mushroom.  Simmer for at least 2 minutes then remove from fire.

Well, this past Transfer the spaghetti mixture into a serving plate and top it with grated parmesan cheese before serving


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Monday, 28 October 2013

Baked Macaroni



As I am drafting this post, I am thinking of the pad thai noodle and the braised duck I'm heating in the microwave oven.  Those are what we're having for lunch today (big smile)  Well, we dined at a Thai restaurant yesterday and we had those as left-over food hehehe.  Oh well, I should have ordered extra calamari and some dimsum (we had them too) for take out. I've been craving thai food for days now so my husband decided to treat me to one :-)  Mind you, the pad thai isn't hot and spicy as was expected it to be not even their tom yum. 

Anyway, I am not posting about pad thai noodles nor braised duck.  That's obvious from the picture and title of this post, isn't it :-) This is about my baked macaroni. 


The party season is almost here so I am sharing with you this pasta dish perfect for parties and special dinners.   I often whip this up whenever I need to bring food to someone's party or for potlucks / picnic outdoors.   It's somewhat such a crowd-pleaser.

My baked macaroni is a variation of the Pinoy sweet  spaghettie.  Like its cousin, the meat sauce I used for this baked macaroni is somewhat sweet.  One ingredient of the sauce that you should be most particular of is the meat.  I prefer beef over pork or chicken  as it is tastier.  But if you are like me who is avoiding red meat you can use chicken or any other poultry as you desire.  The addition of hotdog makes this baked macaroni appealing not only to adults but children as well.  

What makes this dish more special and more yummy (is there a word as yummier?) Its  the cheese toppings.   My baked mac usually consist of two layers of cheese toppings, the first would be the cheesy bechamel sauce which I make by combining different cheeses available and bechamel sauce.  Bechamel sauce is made from a mixture of roux and milk.  Then I finish topping it off with cheese slices or grated cheese if you have.  I prefer mozzarella  because of the stretching texture it adds to the baked mac.  

Here's my baked macaroni recipe.  This is actually an update of the same dish I posted 4 years ago (see Baked Macaroni )



     BAKED MACARONI

Ingredients :

Macaroni or elbow macaroni of your choice – 400 g
Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese slices or grated - enough to cover the top of the baked mac

Baked Mac meat Sauce:

Ground beef  – 250 g
hotdog, diced  - 5 medium pcs or as desired
Mushroom (diced) – 1 tall can
Bell pepper, diced – 1 medium
Garlic, chopped – 5 cloves
Onion, diced – 1 medium
Tomato Paste – 100 ml
Banana Catsup (UFC brand) - 1/2 of a small bottle
Water – 2 c or more
Sugar - 2 tbsp or to taste
Salt to taste
Basil, dried and ground
Rosemary, dried and ground
Thyme , dried and ground
Oregano, dried and ground
Parsley, dried and ground
Beef cubes - 2pcs or 2tbsp beef powder
Cornstarch - 5 tbsp dissolved in water


Baked Mac Cheesy Bechamel Sauce :

Unsalted butter -   100 g.
All purpose flour – 5 tbsp / 100 g
Evaporated milk – 330 ml
Heavy cream – 100 ml
Cheddar cheese, grated – 200 g.
Parmessan cheese, grated - 100 g.
Knor chicken cube – 1 cube
Nutmeg


Cooking Procedure:
 


1.  Cook the macaroni noodles until aldente as directed in its package.  Drain and set aside



Baked Mac meat Sauce:


1.  Heat oil in a wok then sauté the garlic and onions until they are aromatic. 

2.  Stir in the ground beef and pan fry it until it almost turned brown.  

3.  Add in the hotdogs and continue stir-frying for  a minute or two.  Sprinkle the herbs on the meat and give a quick stir

4.  Pour in the water, tomato paste, catsup, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper.  Bring to a simmer.

5.  Pour the cornstarch dissolved in a small amount of water.  Stir.  Bring to a simmer under medium fire until the sauce is thick. Adjust taste to your liking.

6.  Remove from fire and let the sauce cool down.   


Baked Mac Cheesy Bechamel Sauce :

1.  Make a roux: On a separate saucepan on a very low heat, melt butter then add the flour and mix well. Continue mixing for about 2-3 minutes to take out the taste of the flour. For white or light colored cheese sauce, cook the roux on very low fire so that it will turn brown.  For a yellower color, cook it on very low then slowly turn to low fire until roux is slightly brown.

2. After making the roux, add the evaporated milk and heavy cream, knor seasoning, and nutmeg while whisking/stirring.  Cook under low fire.


3.  Add cheese and stir continuously until you reach the right consistency of the cheese (it should be thick but flowy)


Assembling and Cooking the Baked Mac :

1.  Mix the pasta sauce and the macaroni and pour it on a baking pan.  Flatten the surface.
2.  Spread the cheese sauce on top of the macaroni.  
3.  Arrange the sliced cheeses on top of the cheese sauce
4.   Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until the cheese sauce turns brown


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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Turkey Bacon & Squid Pasta





It's been 4 months since my last post.  That's a long time to hibernate. Oh well, that's life.  So after an operation, several hospitalizations, and numerous doctor visitations, I'm back, alive, kicking, and blogging again.

Despite the fact that I lost the credibility of my palate for sometime may be because of the medicines I took and the fact that I had to reduce the use of oil and salt in our food, not to mention that I  also lost my appetite, I haven't stopped cooking.  My husband and I need to eat you know :-) Oh, my husband did most of the cooking during my recovery periods and I thank him for that and for taking good care of me of course :-)

Once in a while we host a small dinner with friends.  I'm grateful that they eat the dishes I serve them without any complaints :-).  Here is one of those dishes I have cooked and served for them.  Pasta, you may know is one of the dishes I love to cook because it is easy to prepare and you cannot go wrong with it.  Try this at home :-)

Red Wine goes well with Pasta dishes


     TURKEY BACON & SQUID PASTA

Ingredients:
Spaghetti - 200 g Parmesan cheese, grated Turkey bacon - 6 slices or as desired
Squid rings - 100 g.


Sauce:
  Ripe Tomatoes, diced - 4 large Tomato paste - 50 g Bell pepper, chopped - 1 small
Olives, sliced - 2 tbsp Onions, chopped - 2 medium Garlic, chopped - 5 cloves Basil, dried and ground Thyme, dried and ground Marjoram, dried and ground Rosemary, dried and ground Sweet Chili Sauce - 2 tbsp Ground black pepper Sugar - less than 1 tbsp Salt to taste Sunflower oil (or any vegetable oil available) Water - 1 c

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Cook the spaghetti until aldente as directed in its package.  Drain and set aside 2.  Pan-grill the turkey bacon until it turned brown then cut into strips.  Set Aside
3.  Heat oil in a pan. Fry the squid until it changes in color.  Remove squid from pan and set aside.
4.  Stir in the garlic and cook until it turned almost brown.
5.  Stir in the tomatoes and onions and simmer for a minute.  
6. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until the tomatoes are fully mashed and the sauce thickened.
7. Add in the squids, olives and bell-pepper.  Adjust taste as needed. Simmer for another 5 minutes
7.  Toss in the spaghetti noodles and the turkey bacon.  Mix well.
Transfer the spaghetti mixture into a serving plate and top it with grated parmesan cheese before serving
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