Monday, July 25, 2011

From The Kitchen: Pasta with Cream Sauce

I've been a bolognese girl through and through, but pasta with cream sauce is surprisingly much easier and less hassle to make (and certainly will be harder to shave off the fat later!)

Garlic - finely chopped. I used three cloves to cook a portion for one.
Butter - enough to saute the garlic
Cream - the sauce is going to be very creamy, so I usually use just enough cream to coated the pasta, depending on the portion.
Fresh mushroom - sliced
White ground pepper
Grated cheese - I use parmesan. The amount? Up to your level of cheesiness :)
Parsley - chopped
Spring onion - chopped
Chopped chicken/shrimp - cook it separately, simply saute with olive oil.
Spiral pasta

Cooking instruction:
1. Cook the pasta as per the packet's instruction. Drain and set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a pan, then saute the garlic till browned.
3. Add in the cream. You can thin it with a bit of water or milk, and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add in the mushroom and chopped parsley. Mix well for one minute, then toss in the chicken or shrimp.
5. Add the cheese. Stir until it melt. Season with pepper and salt if needed. Done!
6. Toss in the pasta and serve with sprinkled chopped onion on top.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Uzbek Troopers

Interestingly, when three photographers travelled, even when we had five camera bodies and seven lenses between us three, we only had one photo of the three of us together.

Only one group photo... for the whole two weeks of travel.

And the rest of the time, we took pictures of each other taking pictures of other people.

Of the three of us, I was the most amature and less-equipped (one body - D40 je lak tu - and one lense), and I learn so much from these guys, like: waking up super early to catch the perfect sunrise shot (though I am the laziest when it came to this. I ended up asking them to just go, and met me for breakfast later), hunting for the perfect spot for sunset shot and waiting patiently in the chill of the dusk, chasing after a perfect subject, or just sitting idly at one spot to wait for the perfect subject to wander into our frame. It helps also that the Uzbek people that we encounter were rather sporting. They posed for us, or if they don't want to be photographed candidly, they simple turned their head or covered it with their hands, which will be our cue to lower down our lenses off their face. At least tak de aaa kena kejar or marah, heheh.