For people who do not have a paypal account, I would recommend that they get one for making online purchases, etc. Especially good for merchants. So, if you are interested please join with through the banner below. Many thanks.
Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.
For all my myLot friends - I would like to share some advice that some of my friends on myLot told me about. I thought I'd share it with you, since it can really multiply your earnings on myLot. I have been informed that, when you post/reply to discussions, if you write at least six lines, you will be paid a higher amount for that, than if you were to just write one or two lines. If you can keep your sentences short, then six lines is not a lot ! So friends, try to keep this advice in mind for your future discussions and the money start to add up quicker than it was before.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Gone pasta crazy tonight

    Have you ever had one of those days when you really could not think of what to eat for dinner when you reach home after a long hard day at work? Well, it happened to me tonight when I reached home quiet late and there was nothing cooked in the fridge. I looked here and there but nothing seemed to grab my attention.

    The idea of having some pasta dish had been floating around in my head ever since morning time, so tonight I decided to give it a try. Luckily I had stopped by Spencer’s Store at Fun Republic Mall on the way home and had picked up a packed of plain spaghetti and a jar of Ragu sauce.

    Spaghetti by it self is never complete unless you have it with spaghetti sauce. There probably are a million different pasta sauces out there in the market that you really won't ever get bored with spaghetti. My personal favorite is Ragu sauce. Ragu makes the best spaghetti sauce in the market and makes the food come alive.

    Today I decided to get a bit creative with the pasta since I didn’t want to eat just plain noodles and sauce. So, as soon as it was boiled and rinsed with cold tap water, I set it aside for later. Put the frying pan on the stove and add a bit of oil. Adjust the flame to medium. Then I add Onions, Shimla Mirch (Green Peppers), Mushroom pieces, carrots to it and let it sauté a little, then I finally add diced tomatoes. The longer it cooks the better it gets and more delicious it gets. Finally when this mixture was ready I tossed the pasta in it and it was simply delicious.

    Sometimes when I am in the experimentation mode with pasta, I try a little variation of everything to get that little different taste. Sometimes I experiment with the sauce itself and it gives totally different taste also.

    I noticed that simply changing the noodle to a different size one gives a completely different taste. Even with the exact same sauce, a new noodle size makes it a whole new dish altogether.

    Try adding or taking away: Green Peppers, Onion, grated carrots, Thyme, Oregano, Chilli Flakes, Plain Garlic or roasted garlic, Olive oil and even the cheese you use on top (if any).

    In the past I had noticed that the best sauces are the really simple plain sauces at times. If you want to make it at home without any hassles try the following recipe. Take about 50 grams of butter and melt it in the frying pan, add 1/2 cup of olive oil (if it is available in your area), throw in some garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and black pepper and finally toss the spaghetti in it. Sprinkle it with some fresh grated cheese and it's simply fantastic. But these days, I simply don’t have the time so I just go for the ready made sauces.

    Pasta in various forms has always been one of my favourite dishes and more so in the last couple of years. Whenever possible, I prefer make spaghetti in different ways since it can be modified to suit the mood and the taste you want at any particular time. It helps to break the monotony that sets in from eating the same types of dishes over and over again. I haven’t got the hang of making the garlic bread with cheese topping yet. I always tend to screw it up somewhere along the way even though it seems to be one of the easier dishes. Next time I go shopping, I’ll try some different type of pasta and ready made sauce combination to try as many different types as possible. So, how creative are you all with the pasta dishes and the sauces that you use?