Monday, October 24, 2016

12 Easy Pasta Recipes You'll Love

October is World Pasta Month! Pasta is a staple in our home, as both our kids love eating it. Here are 12 of our favorite pasta recipes (click on names for the recipe).

1. Spaghetti with Zucchini and King Prawns

The first time I ate this pasta dish was in Venice, Italy. I loved it so much that I tried recreating it at home, and now it's a family-favourite. :)

2. Spaghetti with Zucchini, Bacon and Parmesan

A variation of the first pasta dish, with crispy bacon and generous shavings of Parmesan.

3. Fusilleti with Pesto, Parma Ham and Cherry Tomatoes

We love making our own pesto - you make it with pine nuts or cashewnuts.

4. Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Prawns, Crispy Bacon and Chilli Flakes

A combination of the Asian-style "garlic butter prawns" as well as Italian aglio olio pasta. Add in some dried chilli flakes for the spicy kick.

Ebikko gives the dish a lovely texture and saltiness. Rocket leaves is a surprisingly great addition to pasta dishes. 

To make your meal more substantial, top your pesto pasta with oven-roasted chicken.

Eryngii mushrooms has a lovely, meaty texture which works well with pasta.

Pasta with a touch of truffle butter. Oh yums!

Made this as an experiment, and it turned out really well. Love the flavours. 

Classic pasta dish - Lovely, creamy pasta with lots of cheese! :)

Spicy, tangy and appetizing.

A creation I'm particularly proud of - a fusion between Japanese and Italian flavours. The soft boiled egg gives the pasta a lovely, creamy finish.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Launch of Jacob's Creek Double Barrel in Malaysia @ EGG - 8 Gourmets Gala, Sunway

Driven by a culture of innovation, the iconic Australian brand Jacob’s Creek launched its latest blend of unique reds – the Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel.

What does Double Barrel mean? Like whisky, wine is aged in barrels. Jacob's Creek came up with the idea of the unique double barrelling process, whereby their premium red wine range, the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon reds are first aged for 12-18 months in wine barrels, and then subsequently aged in used Scotch or Irish Whisky oak barrels for about 3-months. Whisky barrels have narrower staves, which allows for greater oxygen exchange, hence softening the tannins in the wine and adding another layer of complexity and texture to traditionally barreled beverages.

So, when an exclusive invite came to be some of the first in Malaysia to sample this innovation in winemaking, we knew we couldn't miss it. The Jacob's Creek Wine Dinner took place at EGG - 8 Gourmets Gala in Bandar Sunway, and present at the launch was Brand Ambassador, Jenny Rothenberg who guided guests through an experiential food pairing session of the cuisine and Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel.

Menu for the evening :)

Ms Jenny Rothenberg explaining what Jacob's Creek Double Barrel is all about

The Wine Dinner started off on a high note, with a delicious Pan Seared Foie Gras, paired with the Jacob's Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. The rich, luscious foie gras, along with its sweet sauce went well with the wine.

This was followed swiftly with the White Truffle Pumpkin Potage. Rich, thick and creamy, the pumpkin soup was elevated with the addition of the white truffle paste. Thanks to the heady truffle aroma and taste, I loved this a lot.

Wood from the two types of barrels used in producing Jacob's Creek Double Barrel range

For entree, we were served smoked turkey drumstick with a spicy sauce, paired with both the Jacobs Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz. When we first tasted the sauce, we thought it was too spicy, but the spiciness grows on you. And I felt that it worked quite nicely with the Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz.

The Double Barrel Shiraz from the Barossa region has a full body with dark fruit flavours, enhanced by careful use of aged Scotch whisky barrels for finishing. While tasting the two wines, I concluded that the Double Barrel range has a much smoother finish.

For mains, guests could choose between the Poached Lobster with Truffle Garlic Oil or Pan Seared Wagyu Marbling Grade 9, served with the Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.

The steak was perfectly cooked, and melt-in-the-mouth tender. The sauce was a little on the sweet side though. The Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon is finished in aged Irish whiskey barrels, to give it a rich and dense palate, yet smooth and beautifully integrated. Extremely palatable and smooth on the palate, this was definitely favorite drink of the evening. Great wines paired with great food and service definitely made this a night to remember.

For more information on Jacob's Creek, please visit:

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Location: EGG - Eight Gourmets Gala, Suite G-01, Ground Floor, Pinnacle Annexe, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. (Parking available at The Pinnacle or park at hotel next door)

Tel: 017-948 8684

GPS Coordinates: 3.070381, 101.609527


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