Friday, November 30, 2007

Mussels With Pasta

Unlike Malaysia, UK is not blessed with abundance king prawns or meaty crabs. Luckily, mussels thrive in the UK water and they are affordable for me to do some food experiments.

Here they are, fresh Scottish mussels with shells all scrubbed clean for cooking:

Ready a big pot, dizzles a bit of olive oil (butter will be better) and saute some chopped garlics (5 cloves) , diced onion ( one small one) and few sticks of celery:

Once they are a little bit brown, add some water into it. Add a pinch of salt, and let it boils for 20 mins. After that, you should a good vegetable stock to cook the mussels with.

Add the mussels, chopped parsley, and fresh grounded pepper:

Mix it with pasta:

Garnish with more parsley and it is ready to serve:


Saturday, November 17, 2007

New Found Hobby II

It has been nearly 4 months since my first post of my herb planting. I am pleased to announce that the basil plant is still very healthy and strong. In fact, I have included a few more plants since then. Here is the whole crew:

From left to right: mint, another basil, another type of basil, coriander, and the first basil. Well, basil is just so easy to grow and maintain - all it needs is sunshine and daily watering. If you can handle cactus, basil will not be that hard.