A fiery lil' devil...

Oct 9, 2008

Wave your hands in the air if you LOVE your grub Spicy!!! *Waves hands*

First saw the recipe in the News Straits Times, but lost it and had to improvise. This dish hit the hot spot, and was deliciously easy to make. In fact, all you have to know is how to chop, boil pasta, and stir-fry. Got those skills, and you're good to go!

Pasta el Diablo, serves one.
~A handful of pasta ( I used angel hair, simply cause I had it )
~ 1/4 of a red onion
~ 2 cloves garlic
~ 3 big prawns, cleaned, shelled and rinsed with a small bit of turmeric powder to remove the
fishy smell.
~ Olive oil
~ Chili flakes (BE GENEROUS)
~ salt and pepper to taste
~ a handful of chopped coriander ( Looking back, I should have just torn up the leaves and used
them alone )

1. Chop up your onion and finely dice the garlic. De-vein your prawns by running a knife along the back of the prawn and discarding the black vein you see inside. Set side.

2. Boil your pasta according to the back of the packet. A couple of tips to have:
a)The pasta water should taste like the SEA. Really salt it up.
b)Crush a clove of garlic and boil it with the pasta for additional flavour.

3. Meanwhile, heat up your pan. When it starts smoking, drizzle in the olive oil, about a tbsp full, and throw in the onions and garlic. Stir fry till fragrant. Gently lower in the prawns into the pan and and stir those up too. Put in 2 tbsp of water in some water, cover the pan and count till 40.

4. Don't forget your pasta, make sure you check at intervals to see if it's al-dente. When done, drain and set aside. Go back to your prawns. Shake in the chili flakes and make sure the prawns are well coated with all that spicy, garlic-ky, onion-ny stuff. Season with your salt and pepper, (If your slightly off your rocker like me, go generous on the pepper too.) When you're good to go, throw in the pasta and coat. Add in your chopped coriander, and dish up.


I've been tagged again.

Oct 5, 2008

Damn it. And I was hoping the next post would be food related too. ;-D Ah well, no matter. Anyways, I'm guessing this is gonna start a tag war, so I'm only gonna answer the questions where my answers MUST change. Anymore tags, will just be updated here.

The last person to tag you is?
1. Kiran
2. Mayuri

What relationship do you have with him/her?

1. We go WAAAAY back, or at least, it feels that way.
2. Someone I have feared from a distance, that is, until MAAN. :-D

Your 5 impressions towards him/her.
a)Draws very well.
b)She's feisty, like a crab. :-D
c)Gets very frustrated when she can't solve a friend's problem.

d)Is sentimental.
e)Needs to eat more (I swear, the wind will blow you away one day...)

a)Though she doesn't see it as a compliment, it has to be said. She TOWERS over you. :)
b) Her smile could (and most probably does) light up the sun.
c) Seems moody, but is actually a very happy person.
d)Very mischievous, almost impish.
e)Absolutely ADORES Christmas.

The most memorable thing that he/she had done for you.
1. Back in form 1, I went crying to Kiran while she was in the middle of a KH lesson. I had just lost a very valuable white gold necklace and was sobbing buckets. She made up some tale, came out of class, and after a proper comforting session, helped me hunt it down. And luckily enough, we found it. :) I am forever grateful. Thank you.

2. This year, I found out I had to complete 3 chapters of history notes, and 2 chapters worth of written work within a day. My teacher wanted it the next day so he could mark it and show it to my parents during report card day the day after. This was in the middle of jubilee practice, and I usually got home very late. On the verge of tears, I tell Mayu. She offered to write out notes for a couple of the chapters and e-mail them over that night. :-) I may not have taken up the offer, but it was the thought that counted. Thanks honey!

The most memorable thing that he/she has said to you.
1. Hmmm... that's a hard one. There's "Picasco" and "Mitotis"..... i really can't decide.

2." I could type out a few chapters and e-mail them over. Would that help?" (Or, something to that effect)

If he/she becomes your lover, you will…
Couldn't happen. I'm married to Josh Groban, remember?

If he/she becomes your enemy, you will
1. Have to find someone else to paint that mural on my wall. (Yes, need to talk to you bout that.)
2.Have to figure out how to make a proper pie on my own. >.<;

If he/she becomes your
lover , he/she has to improve on..
It won't happen. I'm MARRIED.

If he/she becomes your enemy , the reason is...
1. I really wouldn't know.
2. That's easy, our choice in music. I'm ok with hers, she can't stand mine.

The most desirable thing you want to do to him/her
1.Put her on the podium at Parliament,with live, international media coverage, then settle into a cosy little corner and watch the show.

2.Get her to New York so she can watch the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

The overall impression of he/her is
1.Has a sharp wit, that will carry her a long way.
2.Is a very street smart character. Not someone you'd want to rob in a dark alley.

There we go! And here's a sneak peak of my next post:

Till then!

You know I can't turn down a tag...

Oct 4, 2008

especially not from my niece.

The last person to tag you is?
My Darling Niece, Tg

What relationship do you have with him/her?
Refer above.

Your 5 impressions towards him/her.
a)she sings
b)looks like an elf
c)has a funny way of blowing her nose
d)has a natural flair for sarcasm
e)very easily bribed by food

The most memorable thing that he/she had done for you.
Be my niece in MAAN. Trust me, THAT always will be memorable

The most memorable thing that he/she has said to you.
No uncle, i'll have none. Adams sons are my brothers , and I have heard it's a SIN to be matched to one's kindred. (hank God she FINALLY married)

If he/she becomes your lover, you will…
End it, because it simply isn't proper for a niece to be her uncles lover.

If he/she becomes your enemy, you will
Receive the cold shoulder, seeing as she and her husband still live with me.

If he/she becomes your lover , he/she has to improve on..
she WON'T BE my lover. End of story.

If he/she becomes your enemy , the reason is...
No idea. But it was most likely My *coughhercough* fault. :-) (no, i don't mean that)

The most desirable thing you want to do to him/her
GET HER PROPERLY MARRIED. Preferably to someone of noble birth, any takers? Please?

The overall impression of he/her is
Her tongue moves with the speed and grace of a runaway horse. Fortunately, her mind works faster.

How do you think the people around you feel about you?
"hmmm, that's some good cake, but my god, WHEN does it STOP TALKING?"

The character for yourself is?
Why don't you tell me?

On the contrary , the thing you hate about yourself is?
The fact that my tongue runs almost as fast as my niece's.

The most ideal person you want to be is?
Ron Ben Israel. Gum Paste flower wonder.

Pick a loved one and say something about them.
Loved ones.
I choose C.B.G.S.
Thank you for always keeping me in line, and ensuring that I focus on my studies rather than runaway with my heart like I usually do. You are my rocks, and I love you all.

Ten people to tag
1 Kiran Pillay
2Mayuri (this time hon, tag people you actually do know :-D)
3 My daughter, Christina
4 Jia Xin
5 Meenakshi (I TAG you!!!!)
6 Debbie. (Come on Friar, for me?)
7 Kate.
8 Don Pedro (for old time's sake?
9 Joanna (he ain't heavy, He's my BROTHER!!)
10 someone new.

Who is no.2 having relationship with?
Last time I checked, she was married to a certain Gregory...

Is no.3 a female or a male?
What part of daughter don't you understand?

If no.7 and no.10 were to get together would it be a good thing?
I don't know, let's see.

How about no.5 and 8?
DEFINITELY wouldn't happen.

What is number 1 studying for?
her SPM.

When was the last time you chatted with them?
Not that long ago.

Is number 4 single?
Why don't you ask her?

Talk about no.2.
She's like a yellow cupcake covered in Ganache. While it's all scary and intimidating on the outside, dissect her and you'll find she's a bright bundle of fun!

Raya Apple Muffins.

Oct 3, 2008

Let us forgive, forget and feast together.

Ok, ok..... slightly overdue, but better late than never, right? Well, I'm gonna make this a quick one, finals are one week away *shudder*. Just wanted to share this recipe. Made a batch to take over to Arisha's house (open houses, the perks of being Malaysian) as 'buah tangan'. Adapted from '500 cupcakes and muffins' by Fergal Connolly. Original was called 'apple and cinnamon muffins'

Apple crumble muffins. Makes 6 jumbo sized muffins.

=For Muffins=
~320g plain flour
~125g brown sugar
~4tsp baking powder
~1+1/2tsp cinnamon+1/2tsp allspice
~4tbsp veg oil
~50g butter, melted
~2 eggs
~100ml milk + 75ml sour cream/yogurt

~1 red apple, skinned and grated.

=For Topping=
~2 tbsp flour
~1/4 cup brown sugar
~1 tbsp butter.

Preheat oven to 175'C. Line a six-cup Texas muffin tin.

Combine flour,sugar,baking powder and spices in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat remainder muffin ingredients till combined. Fold dry ingredients into wet, DON'T OVERMIX. It's NECESSARY to have a lumpy batter. Just stir till everything's moist. Divide batter into muffin tins, then set aside.

Rub butter into flour and sugar to make the topping. Distribute evenly over uncooked batter. Throw the lot into the oven for 20-25 mins. Take out, test, Enjoy. :)