Monday, April 30, 2012

Porcini Mushroom Linguine

Cooking has sometimes been my secret "getaway" from my daily baking routine. It's rare that I have more savory than sweet cravings but the thing is I really do enjoy them both alot. 

Anyone who understands me well knows that I can't do without my carbs. Bread, Cereal, Pasta, beans, potatoes etc you name it all. They can really be unhealthy if taken in excess but c'mon we got to eat what we love sometimes don't we :) Anyway the rule of thumb is always to eat in moderation. That way you'll feel less guilty and happier ;) 

Looking at my extreme likes, I realize that most food I opt for all fall under the "brown category". I adore whole grain breads, nuts, oats, chocolates, mushrooms. Mushrooms are one of the staples of every meal and it goes superbly well with one of the easiest dish to whip up when you're in a hurry. 

Got my hands on the porcini mushroom Linguine (dried pasta) at the fair and instantly a caramelized onion and mushroom pasta came to mind ;)

Mushroom Linguine with Caramelized onions and brown/white Button Mushrooms  (For 4)


Pasta ( Amount depends on how many pax you are cooking for) 
5 Brown Button Mushrooms
5 White Button Mushrooms
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup fresh cream/ milk ( I opted for milk for a less fatty alternative to cream)
2 tbsp butter
pepper and salt (to taste)
Oregano/mixed herbs
2 onions
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup cheese

In a large saucepan, boil enough water to cook the pasta in. Add a little salt. When water is boiling, put pasta in. 

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce:

Place 2 tbsp of olive oil in the pan and saute the onions until soft, transparent and caramelized. Add the mushrooms and saute for another 5 min. Swirl in the butter. 

Add the chicken stock, fresh cream/milk and cheese and cook until slightly thicken (gravy like). Add in the herbs and toss in cooked pasta. 

Top pasta with more cheese and pepper and serve hot ;) 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A New Beginning

My original plan was to restart a new blog and revive that blogging passion. That was initially the most viable plan, considering the fact that I had been blogging since 2008. Do the math and boy has it been a long 5 years! With over 300 posts, this has got to be my mid year resolution- the Massive Blog Cleaning Exercise.

Walking down memory lane, I realize that there's no easy way out. This blog has way too many sweet memories.  It first started out as a virtual journal to pen down my thoughts- You know those sweet sixteen days where you blog about school life, shopping, best friends and haha boys. And then as I grew older, food, photography and travel seem to have caught a hold of me. I wanted to be like those food bloggers who through their creativity and love for writing, are willing to share their passion for food to like minded people.

It has been a long journey in finding the time and patience to write an entry, design the webpage ( For a person like me who has utterly no clue about websites,html, CSS Codes and all that stuff that goes along with it, it took me many days trying to figure them out). Ultimately, the efforts paid off and I hope you find this a decent blog ;)

There's definitely alot of transformation to this blog:

Firstly, for those who were here with me before, you'll notice that the template is not quite the same. I have decided to opt for a cleaner, less cluttered and less is more kind of feel.

It will be the "Savory Side Of Life Food Blog" which means to say it runs separately from my other blog that is solely meant for desserts.

I have painstakingly removed those personal posts and pictures that were made public before( Those entries still remain but are kept privately)

Lastly, I hope to post more quality pictures like the experts all do. Bear with me! I am still learning how to exploit the full functions of my camera as well as the advantages of Lightroom.

//Food is our common ground, a universal experience// James Beard

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dessert Blog!

Hi Friends,

I've Started a Solely dessert blog catered to all my Baked Goods"