Are you the kind who always orders the same food when you go out to eat? Or you like to try different stuff on the menu. I was thinking of this one friend I have who always ordered the same dish. And its been a long long time since I met my buddy. These days everyone is so tied up in their busy lives, they hardly get a chance to spend time with people they care about. Strangely enough we get the time to log on to various networks and add each other, but still not find the time to call or write to catch up. Instead waste more time by adding irrelevant people who you meet for two seconds, remember the name, get home n search that person up and add them. I mean is there some kinda race out there, who’s got more people on the contacts list ? Who’s the most networked or who’s more famous? Jeez ! Sometimes I really miss those good old days when we were not so advanced and overexposed to technology. When there was no twitter nor facebook, n we didn’t spend so much time online, but rather in the real world doing real things. When there were no mobile phones and we used those old fashioned rotary dial telephones where you stuck your finger in the dial and waited till eternity for it to rotate back to its position, and let the call get through .. lol. Can’t imagine doing that right now can you .. lol. Well you have to admit all those times were beautiful and did have that charm to it. Well now I’m far away from what I had begun with … always the same order 🙂 And at this particular time being far away from home, I miss my buddy, and wish we could hang out together, just like before n go out for lunch, and so this Penne Arrabiata and Blackcurrant Iced Tea, the regular order to reminiscence those good times.
- 1/2 white onion finely chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 large red chilli – de-seeded
- 1 can of tomatoes – (I prefer using tinned tomatoes )
- Two handfuls of penne, or as must as you need
- 1/2 cup white wine
- Parmigiano Reggiano – as much as you like
- 10 black olives, pitted and sliced
- Handful of parsley
In a pot, boil the water and start to boil the penne. In another heavy based pan, pour some olive oil and fry the onion for a minute. Add the garlic and chilli, and fry till just about fragrant. Splash in the wine and let it burn off, and add the entire tin of tomatoes (cut in a large dice). Toss around and let everything come together n cook for 4-5 mins. Strain the penne and add it to the tomatoes, add the olives and parsley and toss some more. Plate up and garnish with Parmesan.
Blackcurrant Iced Tea
I tried making this 1st with a cup of dried blackcurrants n sugar equally with 2 cups of water to extract a syrup, but the colour didn’t turn out so nice. The taste however was very strong and tasted like the real deal, but it didn’t look pretty n this is not what they serve at the restaurants. They use ready made syrup, which I find too sweet and no real goodness in it. So I made this with blackcurrant preserve instead. Colour + the real deal in it.
- 1/2 tin of blackcurrant preserve (with the blackcurrant bits in it)
- 2 teabags Assam tea -they are they are stronger than Yellow Label Lipton (basically use a strong tea)
- 1 large lemon
- Sugar – optional (if you like it sweeter – I think the preserve is sweet enough for me)
Take the blackcurrant preserve and a 250 ml of cold water. Blitz it in a blender and pass it through a sieve. In another cup place the two teabags and pour boiling water over it and let it sit for a few minutes. Let it cool or simply pour over ice. Mix this with the blackcurrant syrup and keep adding cold water till you think its right enough for you. Slice the lemon and squeeze the juice of half the lemon in and use the rest as a garnish.
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