but I never get down to tying the loose ends and actually posting it! Anyways, hopefully your New Year celebrations were fun and memorable.
When I say fun, I'm referring to quality time spend with your loved ones and not getting drunk at
some foam party and then end up doing god knows what. :D But hei, if that is your idea of party...please go on. Maybe I'm just jealous that mine was a far cry? Hee...
I spent new year in front of my PC and listening to songs. My brother came in the room and saw me
with my super large headphones and went "wow...listening to music huh?" And I'm like "hello its
new year eve...Im not out at Orchard RD, I'm not out there partying...can't I at least have my own party???" I exaggerated the reply and that sent him away :p
Anyways, although this is a food blog, readers can look forward to being "entertained" with my ramblings. Nowadays, you don't just cook in the kitchen. There are a lot of things that you can literally do in the kitchen. Just be creative! :D
So 2012 was a very mixed kinda year. Well what is life without some bittersweet moments right? 2012 is over and I am determined that 2013 gonna be rocking. I am gonna place my family interest above all, followed by mine and then everything else.Not that everything else isn't important but
at times you just need to firmly prioritize things.
Resolutions vs Goals.Every other person makes some New Year resolution and somehow you end up thinking what should yours be. Cliche i know. I am not gonna make any resolutions this year. I am gonna set some goals for myself. Well, some of you might be saying "Oh wells, its the same thing." Well it's not. At least not for me. :p I think for most of us, the habit of planning, organizing, changing and molding our lives, is something that occurs pretty much often. Every other day, you decide that you wanna lose 5 kg, and then you decide to eat healthy or try to spend less on shoes...etc2. It's too much of a daily event.
So I am gonna set some goals for myself.
Firstly, I wanna be a better Muslim. And being a better Muslim doesn't mean I am gonna start bombing around. Being a better Muslim does not mean that I believe only Islam is good and other religion are bad.
I strongly believe that ALL religions are good and ALL religion teaches you to be good and to do good. It is we the so called followers that are misinterpreting the teachings. For example, if some Muslims are going around and doing certain things, it isn't Islam fault. Islam has never promote terrorism. The holy book has always emphasize that it is a requirement that we do not cause anyone any hurt through our words or actions. Just as I said, It is due to these so called followers that are misinterpreting the teachings of Islam and giving it a bad name to the world.
Secondly, To be a better daughter, a better sister.
Thirdly, to try my best to look forward. If the past was painful, it should not be brought in the future.
Fourthly, Eat more salad and fruits and to drink more water. Walking more would do me good too.
Fifth on the list, I wanna be an excellent trader. Excellent might be too big a word for now, but I still remember what my teacher aka Mr Rasdeen wrote on my composition book.
He said, Aim for the moon, even if you miss, you will still land among the stars. I am pretty sure Mr Rasdeen wrote this but Tm said it should be "aim for the stars, even if you miss...you would land on the moon." Reason is, stars are way up there. Higher than the moon! He made sense too. So I realllly dunno *Shrugs* Back to what I was saying, so yes, I want to be an excellent trader. I am giving myself a year and I should see better results.
Lastly, but definitely not the least, the company that me and TM should prosper to greater heights. It has all the potential to go far. Tm has all the talent and I have all the desire to see this work. His talent need to reach a whole lot of people, so I have to work harder for our baby, named CT.
6 goals for 2013, all imprinted on this blog of mine. Will be blogging about this again, 1 year from now...and we shall see how it went ;)
It would not be right not to share a recipe on a food blog, wouldn't it? So yes, lets have an deliiiiiicious recipe to kick start the 2013 blog post. So spaghetti carbonara is currently my niece favourite food. Every time she sees me preparing dinner, she would ask "are you cooking pasta?"
So here is a very easy carbonara recipe to share. Usually i would serve carbonara with a side salad but this time, I served it with a simple ratatouille and it was so so good.
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 clove garlic, chopped
Prawns (feel free to use as little or as much as you prefer)
1/4 cup water (the water that you used to boil the pasta)
1/2 cup cream
2 yolks, beaten
250 g spaghetti
a handful of Parmesan
Heat oil in a large frying pan, saute garlic until tender.
Add prawns. Once it turns pink, toss in pasta. Season with salt and black pepper.
Add pasta water. In a bowl, whisk eggs and cream. Add a dash of salt and black pepper.
Pour over pasta. Mix well and immediately turn off the fire.
Top with Parmesan and some chili flakes if you prefer..
3tbsp olive oil, plus more as needed
2 yellow onion - diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 eggplant - diced
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 green green bell pepper - diced
1 red bell pepper - diced
1 zucchini squash - diced
3 tomatoes - seeded and diced
1/2 tsp Italian herbs or any of your favourite herbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Set a large pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add onion and garlic to the pan.
Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are wilted..
Add the eggplant and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is partially cooked.
Add the green and red peppers, zucchini, and squash and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Lastly, mix in tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for a final 5 minutes.
Stir well to blend and top a scoop of this on the pasta.
Till the next post. Toooodles! :)