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Slightly elaborate Instagram updates with a Tomato & Ham Pasta recipe.

Do you know what this is?

# – Take a guess.

It’s a pet overall that my mom has fashioned out of a pair of old granny pants. My mom even made a hole for the tail…it is freakin’ brilliant!

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This is Charlie looking absolutely miffed because I tied his patch of hair up.

# – Dude needs a groomin’.

FTS, while writing this post I forgot he had a grooming appointment at 3pm today. Completely forgot about it T_T.

Looks like a couple more weeks before we’ve got time to make you look more presentable, boy.

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This qipao is 31 years old. My mom wore this on her wedding day and soon, I will be wearing it on mine too :)

My mom was a really tiny girl and according to her, the dress was loose on her.

I’m just glad I could fit in it now because I remember trying it when I was 15 and it wouldn’t even zip up pass my hips!!!

My mom has a good strategy, that I wear this while saying goodbye to guests on my reception cause I won’t be sitting down. Cause if I sat down, my belly layers will jut out. Well, thanks for the advice Mom!

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This is Mom being a total fan girl posing with Sam Lee, a HK actor. We were at Unity Store KL launch.

She’s currently watching a TVB show with him in it called Ghetto Justice. I think he looks a lot cuter in real life!

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Today’s dinner was pumpkin gnocchi with spinach & tomatoes in Chinoz BSC. One of my favourite foods and about the only vegetarian that rocks my socks off.

# – Top is fish & chips (ordinary) but pumpkin gnocchi below is OMGZ!

Pillowy but light gnocchi with a mild pumpkin taste with blanched spinach and tomato sauce. So simple but soooooooooo gooood!

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And now….recipe for my simple tomato & ham pasta. This is a truly simple recipe and doesn’t require many ingredients. Very tasty and quite healthy too!

# – Simple tomato & ham pasta.

The ingredients:

  • 200grams of pasta (I used tagliatelle), cooked according to instructions on packet
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 slices of ham, julienned
  • 300ml of tomato juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • #1 – First saute the sliced onions until translucent.

    #2 – Then, throw in the ham and stir fry until slightly browned.

    #3 – Next, throw in the quartered tomatoes.

    #4 – With a potato masher, squash the tomatoes till they break down. Crying.

    #5 – Pour in the tomato juice, little by little and stir until you get the consistency of a slightly thickened sauce.

    #6 – Season with salt & pepper. Remember to taste as you go as tomato juice is quite salty on its own!

    #7 – Dump in the cooked pasta (which you of course, was already cooking while you were making the sauce) and mix to coat evenly.

    #8 – Tomato & ham pasta with a sprinkling of grated parmesan, DONE!

    Love this dish, I have made it several times actually. It’s quick & easy to make and really flavourful without having to use an entire can of plum tomatoes or herbs. You’d be surprised!

    Have a good week, peeps :)

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    Ham & gherkin puff with mustard and blue cheese recipe.

    I’ve been refraining from making anything that involves puff pastry because frozen puff pastry are quite expensive in Malaysia, mainly cause they’re imported. I know, I should attempt to make my own puff pastry but I’m really bad with pastry :P

    # – Ham & gherkin puff with mustard and blue cheese.

    Recently I discovered these locally made puff pasty for about 1/4 of the price of imported frozen puff pastry so of course, I got some to try out.

    # – RM5.50 for 10 pieces of puff pastry squares. CHEAP!

    I didn’t have very high expectations cause they’re so cheap, but hey….never try, never know. Anyway, I was going to make some sandwiches for lunch but realised I had run out of bread so I decided to make savoury puffs instead!

    The ingredients:

    • 6 slices of puff pasty squares
    • 3 slices of ham, cut in half
    • 3 medium size gherkins, sliced
    • A handful of peas, boiled and drained
    • 2 tablespoons of blue cheese (can substitute with cream cheese or other soft cheese)
    • 2 tablespoon of yellow mustard

    # – First, roll the pastry out gently to thin it out a bit as well as to get the right size.

    # – Lay a slice of ham and then some sliced gherkins over half of the pastry.

    # – Then some peas.

    # – And a dollop of blue cheese. Hrmmm…

    # – Finish off with a squeeze of mustard.

    # – Fold the pastry over to the other side and press down the edges with a fork to form a triangle. If the pastry got too soft to handle, just stick it in the fridge to firm up for a couple of minutes, it will make handling puff pastry so much easier.

    # – With a fork, poke all over the surface of the triangles.

    # – Chill in the fridge for about 5 minutes.

    # – Then, stick in the oven at 210 degrees celcius for 13 minutes.

    # – Ham & gherkin puff with mustard and blue cheese, DONE!

    # – Crispy, buttery with porky, mustardy and cheesy stinking goodness.

    This was surprisingly easy to make and fast. It’s a good change from the average ham and gherkin sandwiches as well. A bit naughty but of so delicious!

    These frozen puff pastry, they’re so useful as well! I can think of a dozen other things to do with them, both sweet and savoury.

    That said, I’m going to attempt to make puff pastries FROM SCRATCH, I promise.

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