February 15, 2015

Creamy Pasta for Your Valentine

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

I didn't celebrate it, just like the way I don't want to have hens night or baby shower. I don't think it's necessary. And hey, I celebrate love everyday. ^^ 

So how was your Valentine's day? I hope it's great. Finding the perfect Valentine's gift for your significant other shouldn't be a difficult task, but in reality it is, right? Friends have asked for my help on gift suggestions before and I always tell them to get an ornament that's more timeless, classy and can be used in many occasions. Some people prefer shoes, as the size will maintain regardless of your body changes, but there's apparently this superstitious belief that giving your partner shoes is like indicating them to "walk away" from the relationship so maybe, it's not the best thing to do. Lol. In the end, it's always scaled down to purses, bags or watches...or flowers! 

Okay this is not about Valentine actually. I'm gonna share a recipe. ^^
So as usual, I'm all about quick eats because I always have things to do in between so cooking for more than 1.5 hours (and it's usually for 2 or 3 dishes) is not really an option on a daily basis. If you want to have a nice pasta meal but don't want to spend too much time, or just want to impress your girlfriend (ahem, boys) on her birthday or your anniversary or Valentine's day, just use this simple recipe to whip up your own carbonara.

I've always thought making carbonara form scratch is a hassle, until a friend taught me the easier way (I still need to learn making it from scratch though). You will need these...


1. Pasta of choice (spaghetti or vermicelli are the common ones)
2. A nice cut of salmon from the supermarket (deboned)
3. A clove of garlic
4. Half of large onion (sliced)
5. Salt and pepper 
6. Parsley leaves
7. Olive oil
8. A pack of thickening cream/cooking cream

How to cook:

1. Boil the pasta in a separate pot until it's done, no need to strain water.
2. In a separate pan, saute the garlic and onion in two tablespoons of olive oil until golden (some prefer it slightly raw so it's up to your preference)
3. Add the salmon that has been cut into tiny chunks (without the bone). You can crush it with your ladle into smaller pieces until it turns pink.
4. Scoop the pasta from the pot, a little bit of pasta water is fine. Mix it together.
5. Add in the thickening cream or cooking cream and mix it together. The amount of cream depends on your preference too.
6. Turn the heat down. Add in salt and pepper to taste, and parsley, mix them well and serve hot.

You can try this creamy pasta with almost anything. Just substitute the salmon with other things like beef slices or seafood. Bon appetit


  1. AHHHH Aemy!

    This look nyummy! Gonna try this one for the upcoming CNY :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Okay, this make me want to cook tonight, if I'm not tired. Haha!


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