chapter V

when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs

made in MyKitchen | prawn and mushroom pasta

GE13 is just around the corner and the flaming heat of intense competition coming from both ruling and opposing parties can be felt everywhere.. everyone feels the mounting pressure as D-day draws nearer by the minute..

in the news today, our nation’s pride and international actress Datuk Michelle Yeoh is being attacked by cyber bullies when she accepted an invitation for a dinner event organized by a group of businessmen, which also lists the current Prime Minister and a leader of the same ruling party’s attendance..

to say “You were once Malaysian people’s pride but now no longer” is really taking it too far.. did she murder someone? did she commit a crime so heinous that her name needs to be scorned at at every mention??

le sigh..

whose business is it whichever dinner organized by whoever that she chooses to grace her presence with?

whose business is it whichever politician of whichever political side that she chooses to vote for?

WHOSE business is it whichever choice she makes??

seriously, how much lower can anybody get, condemning someone for practicing her freedom of choice, be it politically related or not? but then again, politics in general brings out the worst in any individual, be it politician or the common individual,  when it comes to bashing and condemning others.. hmm.. i left out framing people and playing dirty.. every single move that’s politically related is harshly criticized, either good or bad, regardless of whichever side it stems from..

:mad:

i can’t help feeling amused and stirred at the same time when i read about it in the news.. normally, i’d just skip and not read anything that reeks of the upcoming elections, but this one made me click on it with disgust.. honestly, people should be less judgmental and more level headed when it comes to this kind of petty matter.. it’s seriously childish and immature, and blaming it on elections fever is just a lame excuse.. just because you cyber bullies and everybody else have the right for freedom of speech doesn’t mean you should use it as you wish to spew out negative remarks against anyone.. but then again, of course you’ll lash back at that, saying it’s your right to choose to do so..

le sigh..

rather than bickering and all, isn’t it more important to focus on the polling day itself, the person/party that you choose to vote for, instead of bashing others for each and every single tiny matter that honestly, if you think long and hard about it, hardly matters at all? voting is a very personal thing, and i believe it’s every individual’s right to practice freedom of choice when it comes to that in the end.. do whatever you think is best for your country, fellow countrymen, your family AND yourself.. no matter which politician or party you vote for, IT”S YOUR CHOICE..

anyhoo~

today’s recipe is one of our favorites for pasta, and my absolute go-to for those lazy-but-still-wanna-have-pasta-for-dinner times.. if you’re somehow allergic to prawns, you can substitute it with any white fish like seabass or cod, or even clams.. just skip the pre-boiling step and add the fish pieces or clams in right after the tomatoes.. it’ll taste great with either seafood ingredient..

you can leave the shells on the prawns if you like.. leaving them on gives more flavor to the sauce, but it can be quite messy to eat.. i prefer the prawn shells removed, heads and all, in this case.. as for the wine part, i always use mirin (Japanese cooking rice wine)for this recipe, as it’s much sweeter than white wine and gives a good balance to the overall taste..

PRAWN AND MUSHROOM PASTA

Ingredients :

  • medium – large whole prawns, cleaned

  • mushrooms of choice (i used white shimeji)

  • garlic, minced
  • tomatoes, diced
  • parsley, minced

  • pasta of choice (i used capellini/angel hair)
  • mirin/Japanese cooking rice wine
  • ground black pepper
  • fine sea salt

Method :

  • place whole prawns in a pot with enough water to cover them. boil the prawns until cooked through
  • drain the cooked prawns of excess water. when they’re cooled down, peel off the heads and shells

  • slice the peeled prawns into halves. set aside
  • prepare pasta as per package instructions
  • in a wok/pan, heat up a bit of extra virgin olive oil and saute garlic until fragrant
  • add in mushrooms and saute for a few minutes before adding in diced tomatoes

  • pour in some mirin and mix well
  • season with fine sea salt and ground black pepper
  • add in prawns and stir to mix well
  • right before turning the heat off, mix in minced parsley

  • add in cooked pasta and mix well

  • serve, and enjoy

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