Sunday, June 17, 2007

Baked Penne

Pasta. My children just enjoy it very much. Any kind of pasta...whether is macaroni..shells, penne or spaghetti.....even lasagna ! Lately I have been watching this program "Fixing Dinner" and I find it very interesting . It teaches us on how to plan our meal and also features delicious and easy recipe. I got an idea of trying my own Baked Penne after watching one of it episodes. It's just like making a lasagna but instead of using lasagna sheets I use penne (or you can use other kinds of pasta like shells or even spaghetti !) . So here is a recipe that I'd like to share with you.


Ingredients :

A jar of Prego Spaghetti Sauce (any flavour but I prefer Mushroom )
A can of Campbell's Mushroom Soup
a cup of parmesan cheese
a cup of mozarella cheese
350g of Penne

Method :
- preheat the oven at 180'c for 5 minutes

- boil enough water in a pot and put in the pasta. The pasta usually takes only a few minutes to cook. Once it is cooked, drain and set aside.

- in the same pot that you boil the pasta , cook the spaghetti sauce by following all the directions from the jar. You may add some minced meat or sausages into the sauce for richer flavour.

- repeat the same method for mushroom soup (Follow all the directions written on the can) .

- grease a casserole with some butter.

- cover the bottom of the casserole with the spaghetti sauce followed by a layer of the pasta covering the sauce.

- spread a layer of mushroom soup over the pasta, followed by the mozarella and the parmesan cheese.

- repeat the same method (starting with the spaghetti sauce ) again until all the pasta and the sauces are finished.

- Finished the top with mozarella and parmesan cheese...lots of it!

- bake the pasta in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the cheese turns golden.

- When the pasta is cooked ,take it out from the oven and leave it for about 5 minutes before you can serve it. YummmY!

Dig in.....!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Asam Pedas Pari (Hot n Sour StingRay )

This dish is one of my family's favourite even to my kids ! They just love hot and spicy food.....well,we are typical Malay.....hehehe. Anyway, there are a few versions of Asam Pedas in Malaysia varies from one state to another but the main ingredients has to be the ground dried chilly. Without this there will be no Asam Pedas. Besides using stingray we also can use other kinds of fish like red snapper and ikan siakap (I'm not sure what do we call this fish in English). I learn this recipe from my mother in-law and when I compare to other asam pedas recipe I think this is one of the easiest yet delicious recipe of asam pedas. For the first timer in the kitchen this is the kind of recipe that u can try....

Ingredients :

5 shallots
2 cloves garlic
half teaspoon of powdered turmeric

(blend everything in a blender)

1/kg of sting ray cut into slices
a cup of ground dried chilli paste ( you can make it yourself or you can buy a ready made in a jarr or a packet)
2 cups of water
a stick of lemon grass (bruised)
3 pieces of dried tamarind skin (asam keping)
a cup of vegetable oil
salt an sugar to taste

Method :

- pour in the oil in a hot pot, generous.
- saute the shallots, garlic, turmeric and stick of lemon grass until transparents.
- add in the chilli paste and keep stirring on a medium heat .....for about 10 minutes or until the chilli turns into darker colour.

- add in the stingray, dried tamarind skin, water, salt and sugar to taste. Put on the lid and lower to heat and let it simmer until the fish is thoroughly cooked which takes about 15 minutes.

- You may put some okra in the Asam Pedas but make sure you put it after the fish is cooked. AS the okra goes into the pot, cover it and leave it for about 5 minutes until the okra is cooked, turn off the stove and the Asam pedas is ready to be served.

Asam Pedas is best served with steamed rice.