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Dinner: Grilled Salmon with Fettuccine in Agli Olio

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Last week, I finally bought my dream cooking tool—a grill pan! I’ve always wanted to buy one but kept on stopping myself because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to use it that often. But finally I gave in.  I my want food to have grill marks on em for a change. I know, silly hehehe.

Before going to the cashier and paying for it, I quickly googled ‘grill pan worth it?’ just to really really make sure that the thing is worth my money. This site came first in the search results. According to the users, although the pan doesn’t give that smoky flavor it still gives the food a grilled texture. So there, JUSTIFIED :)

Excited with my new toy, I made ‘grilled salmon topped with mango salsa and fettuccine with Agli Olio (garlic and oil)’ for dinner .


Here’s how I did it:

First make the Mango Salsa. In a bowl, mix diced mango, tomato and red onion. Add 1 tbsps. each of lemon juice and lime juice. Season it with  salt then refrigerate, covered for an hour.

To make Agli Olio, fry minced garlic and red pepper flakes in extra virgin olive oil  (don’t burn the garlic please).  When the garlic starts to turn brown, quickly remove the pan from heat. Set aside. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.

Rudel loves garlic so much and I love the heat, that’s why….

Meanwhile, brush the salmon with olive oil then season it with salt and pepper. Set the grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the salmon, skin-side up on the grill and cook for 5 to 7 minutes each side.

And finally, pour Agli Olio over pasta. Mix well until the pasta is well coated with the oil. Season with pepper and top it with lots of freshly (it must be fresh!) grated parmesan cheese. Serve it with the grilled salmon and mango salsa.

Trust me, these threesome go so well together.

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November 6th, 2011 at 10:33 am

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Last Night’s Dinner: Linguine with Alfredo Sauce

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My first experience of making a white sauce to go with my pasta didn’t quite turn out well ( a lot of bitterness in there hehehe). After that kitchen disaster, I somewhat vowed never to make a pasta dish with white sauce EVER AGAIN. But last night, I realized that I shouldn’t given up that easily. I should have tried and tried and tried again until I make it right—which I finally did last night!

I sautéed about 1 tbsps. of chopped garlic in butter until it starts to brown. Quickly turned off the heat to avoid burning the garlic. I then added a bottle of cream (better than canned cream I tell you), stirred it then turn the heat on again and set to low fire. I then added freshly grated (avoid ready-grated cheese at all costs!) parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.



it’s the garlic that brings that oomph! to the sauce

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October 22nd, 2011 at 5:35 pm

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Salmon with Spaghetti and Crushed Tomatoes

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I got bored with our normal rice and ulam dinner so I thought of  cooking pasta for a change.


Here goes the recipe!

2 cans of crushed tomatoes (i used hunts)
salmon fillets
bell pepper sliced thinly
olive oil
onions, chopped
salt and pepper
dash of garlic powder
1 tsp of sugar
Italian seasoning (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil)
Pepper flakes (optional)
Grated cheese ( i used cheddar)
Uncooked spaghetti

Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Heat the olive oil. Add onion and bell pepper strips. Cook until until slightly soft.. Add the salmon fillets. Cook about 5 minutes, turning pieces often. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, sugar and pepper flakes. Simmer for another 3 minutes.

Serve over pasta, grated cheese and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

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March 31st, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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