Multi-tasking is not my forte. Multi-thinking is not either. I cannot obsess over more than one person in my life. I cannot fathom the need of more than one goal either. I have not been injected with such a perception of life, but maybe from an early age I had been drilled into my brains to ‘take one thing at a time and finish the work in hand first’. Somehow such a stance got evolved into something quite self-destructive. I can not move on unless I have solved a particular crisis I am stuck in. For the outside world this can be a neurotic ailment, for me its an extreme loyalty to one’s cause. I guess it is a psychological problem whichever way one looks. I knew extreme obsession of loyalty will be the end of me someday. This could just be the beginning.
This is by far the best pasta I have ever tried. And the weird part is, I had done it from whatever was available in my refrigerator. I even used up the macaroni-pasta I had instead of the usual spaghetti or bow-tie pasta one should normally use. It is wholesome, healthy and the tastes quite like the one served at your favorite Italian diner.
- 2 spoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 2 bell peppers sliced up
- Spicy pork sausage slices
- Few broccoli florets
- 4-5 Tomatoes + Tomato ketchup
- 1 packet pasta [boiled and drained]
- 6 cubes of cheese
- sugar, salt & pepper according to taste
- Oregano powder
Start by frying the onion in olive oil till transparent and add the garlic. Next add the sliced sausages, bell peppers and broccoli and fry well. You can add a little butter for taste. The tomatoes go in as soon as the meat and veges are done. Its good to add a packet of puree or ketchup and add a little water for the sauce else it goes dry. Salt and pepper and cheese to thicken and season the sauce. Near the end add the boiled pasta and lightly turn it in with the sauce while sprinkling a generous amount of oregano for the perfect taste.
P.S. Next time I will add some mushroom to this.
My comfort cushion. Period. It may or may not look like food-art but definitely tastes like one. Thing is when you are sleepy you just need a nice comfy bed. It doesn’t matter how beautifully decorated it is. But the best part is you can decorate this pudding to your liking when you serve to guests. My version can be made both in a microwave [3-4 mins] or on gas stoves. If you have guests coming over I advise you to add a lot of chopped strawberries, stacked on top of it and then a dollop of cream to do the trick. I however took this photo on a bored afternoon, during an intense craving for chocolatey delight.
- 1/2 litre milk
- 4 slices bread
- Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 tea spoon Cornflour diluted in warm milk
- Vanilla Essence
Warm milk in the microwave/gas. I prefer the former these days as it is hassle-free. Next in a tall jar for your mixer-grinder, pour this warm milk, bread, sugar,cocoa powder and cornflour and simply give it a good mixing. The paste formed will be slightly thick in consistency. Now you can put this back in a pan on the gas and try to thicken it. What I do is simply put it in microwave for 4 mins and let it lose the extra liquid. Take it out add the vanilla essence and slightly mix with a spoon. Next let it cool down and then straight into the fridge where it needs to chill overnight for the best taste and texture.
Add on: If you want a mud pudding, do add some butter and extra chocolate sauce into this mixture.
You can lightly add some chocolate chips after 3 mins in the microwave and then put it back in for 1 more minute.
For the best Christmas-y feel I add a good splash of rum into this pudding before chilling.
Never fails to satisfy me 🙂