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 πŸ™‚ 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.

Penne Arrabiata

Serves 2

  • 1/2 white onion finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 large red chilli – de-seeded
  • 1Β  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

Serves 2

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
  • ICE
  • 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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Comment :

Well said! I too miss some of those times…this arrabiata and iced tea look divine!

I have had a very nice Penne Arrabiata in La Taverna in Kowloon, been looking for a recipe of it, thanks Kajal!!


Peter , glad someone agrees πŸ™‚

Kenny , hope the recipe lives up to what you had.

A scrumptious pasta dish and a delightful ice tea!



YAY! I love it! πŸ™‚ I’ll send you my updated address πŸ™‚ Thanks!


Rosa, I’ll gladly trade it for a slice of you apple tart !

Sara … yay !! Congrats !

The Black currant tea really looks refreshing!

I lost . I would have never guessed anyway.
I try to order dishes which i cannot make of i go to a western restraunt , but if i go to a Indian ( not that much chopice here) i tend to order the same things always.
I am sure going to try this pasta. Love the olives in them.

Oh! This pasta dish sure looks so yummie…and what a nice combination with the black currant ice tea πŸ™‚ The pictures are great as well!
By the way, thank you for stopping by my site πŸ˜‰


Peachkins … it is ..thanks πŸ™‚

Happy Cook …why dont you try answering thi time’ question, you might get lucky !!

I don’t have a clue to the answers to those questions but that blackcurrant iced tea looks very refreshing. Gorgeous photos.

yum! the blackcurrant iced tea looks fantastic! I need a glass right now!

I will have to try that tea! I love iced tea!

Interesting post, don’t think we can go really ‘back to those times’, we just have to learn to handle better these times of over-information and quick virtual glances…and find a balance with more ‘human’ and convivial relationships. πŸ™‚

I’m in the grey area regarding your question. Sometimes I will order the same old dish and sometimes I’m challenged to try something new. Is there due to female hormones affecting my mood or what? ;p

Love that sliced red chili in your pasta…..YEsss!

lovely dish!!

Love the blackcurrant iced tea, sounds refreshing! Arrabiata looks stunning!

Your pasta dish looks soo appetizing πŸ™‚ Love it!!!

I can’t wait to see that movie!
OK, great recipe! I remembered I have some olives in the fridge I need to consume asap! Perfect

Looks delish. Love the cleaness and brightness of the colours!

I almost always switch it up in restaurants, unless I’m crazy for a craving. But if they offered such a delightful pasta on the menu, I may never change!

Oh My Blog! That is gorgeous! I love the colours. Great styling and photos.

In answer to your questions: I always try and order something different when I go out. It has to be something new and exciting and something I wouldn’t normally have at home.

Also, I always make it a point to fill up my weekends meeting up with friends and going out – mobiles are a big no-no. I used to do what I called technology-free Sundays, and they were pure bliss, as you can imagine. Need to start that again!

I so love easy pasta dishes as this one & yourr tea sings to me!!


wow, this is just gorgeous. everything. the food, the pictures. everything.


Kajal —

When I saw your comment on my site my eyes widened and I was in disbelief (I even ran to tell collin) and here’s why,

I have kept up with your blog I think since you first started it and has always been completely blown me away by your talent and the beautiful food that you make. I would look at it every single day several times a day (constantly annoying my fiance to look as well) trying to wrack my brain around how someone can make food look so damn appealing. Since then, your blog and a couple others, have just really inspired me to start a blog of my own, so I just wanted to thank you for that.

This dish looks wonderful, I really like it because its vegetarian as well and I am trying to eat less meat this year πŸ™‚ and the blackcurrant tea looks oh so yum. Beautiful pictures as always!

Everything changes once you have a child, doesn’t it? I’m really trying to make time for my friends these days.
I can’t wait to see that movie. I’ve also been looking everywhere for Jodha Akhbar. Have you seen it? It was all over the news when I was in India, but could not find it here. Weird, since we have a huge Indian community, even the Bollywood equivalent of the Oscars will be held here in Toronto this year.

I always try to order something new when returning to a restaurant – there’s often too many good things on the menu to pass up the opportunity. Your penne arrabiata is just gorgeous (and delicious, too, I’m sure)! I will have to pass this along to my sister and her husband, for whom this dish is an absolute favorite.

As for making those connections in this age, I do miss having face-to-face conversations. However, I am grateful that I can easily keep in touch with distant family and friends, as well as make new ones.

The pasta looks great Kajal! I hate ordering the same things everytime, but I also limit my adventures in ordering, and tend to shy away from things that are too offbeat! For the question – is it in A trio? I’ve recently started playing Teen Patti, so I hope I’m right πŸ˜›

I might be guilty of ordering the same thing when I go out. Perhaps that’s because we love to cook at home, so I can do my experimenting here. But when I go out and want to have a meal that is reliable and delicious, and then…I suppose I lose my adventurous spirit. Oh, and by the way, I am with you on the technology front. Yes, in some ways it makes life easier, but unless I’m diligent, I find that it actually can take me away from that which is most important. Thanks for sharing your insight and recipes!

Anyway, I found you through TasteSpotting and am writing to say that if you have any photos that aren’t accepted there, I’d love to publish them. Visit my site (below), it’s a lot of fun! I hope you will consider it.


Hey, amazing, this is good stuff, hope to see more.Bye Bye

To quote, \\"Are you the kind who always orders the same food when you go out to eat?\\" oh yeah. I love black currant tea.

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