Friday, November 5, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 14: A simple pasta dish

Lots of Cravings here wishing everyone  a Happy Deepavali to all those celebrating it one way or another. Either enjoy it as a public holiday and chill (unlike me who is at work) or have fun being part of the festival. All this thinking of the festivals that we celebrate in Malaysia is making me miss home, dreading the traffic at Brickfields and Sentral after work and gosh talking about indian food; i am missing the sweets and the banana leaf rice the most. 


If you were thinking of me replicating a banana leaf meal though, you must be looking somewhere else. Rather today i replicated a meal we had that we enjoyed but was so much easier to piece together into a dish.

After having this mesmerising simple pasta dish at Tiamo 2, we wanted to make it again, after all it was tomato paste, eggplant and meatballs, can't be that bad right?

To be honest with you, it wasn't that bad but it was definitely time consuming.

This satisfying dish took me plus minus a good hour and abit to prepare and cook. Why so long you ask?

1. Firstly heat up the oven at 180 degrees. Slice your eggplant and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and put it in the oven for 30 minutes. If you like it pungent with garlic, put a garlic bulb drizzled with alot more oil, to prevent it from drying out.
2. Meanwhile, time to make some meatballs. Mix some minced meat (300-400 grams), salt and pepper, worchestire sauce, dried italian herbs (the one out from the bottle), an egg and some bread crumbs (for it form) into a bowl. Go ahead and use your hands, so its all evenly distributed. Prepare to roll the balls out into ping pong ball size.
3. Time to cook your tomato sauce. You could either pick a bottled tomato sauce from the supermarket, we bought one that was on offer for AUD 1. Otherwise, tomato puree would do fine as well. Sweat some onions and garlic then brown your meatballs. Put the tomato sauce in and let it cook. At this time if your vegetables are done, take it out and put it into the sauce. Cook it for a good 15-20 minutes and let it reduce to a thicker texture.
4. Cook your pasta of your choice according to instructions, although i feel if you want al-dente, always take it out a minute or two earlier. Toss it into the sauce and serve.
5. Serve with some grated parmesan or mozarella, depending on preference.

You will realise prep time would take you a good 10-15 minutes, 30 minutes of the oven time to make meat balls and another 20 minutes of cooking the sauce, that is a good hour! 

The things i do for cooking a meal. The Wife would have just used the micro oven.  


Although surely, it wouldn't have looked so good right?


Sean said...

No banana leaf rice in Brisbane? :D
Yep, pasta looks good. I like how thick and rich with ingredients and generously portioned the sauce is! I'd pay rm40 for it (can still make a profit if u sell, rite?) :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: i b happy to sell it to u for rm40! haha..

Michelle Chin said...

If you want I can give you tips on how to make the tomato pasta sauce from scratch. Then it'll worth even more!

J said...

Wow looks good! You really are growing to be quite the chef! Bravo... :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

you can give cooking classes di, when u get back.. like ahpa! LOL ;) gr8 job!

Life for Beginners said...

Deepavali pasta? Nice one, bro! ;)

Tummy Rumble said...

i love eggplants man.. only trouble is sometimes u get some that are very old and they get extremely tough after cooking..

babe_kl said...

I won't slave so long for a pasta dish, bravo Joe!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: haha well theres nothing to do here in australia, might as well spend time in the kitchen!

tummyrumble: i think if its chewy it also means its not cooked takes an awfully long time.

lob: the tomato paste does look like a wet varuval? no?

j: well i cant afford to eat out everyday! haha

mchin: well if i ever open my kitchen for to earn some moolah, i will grab that recipe off you!

Cynthia said...

Hey Joe! Long time since I've been around. I see you have been continuing to eat very well :)

eiling lim said...

i don't think this should be labeled as simple. It's not simple k? Aglio olio is simple! haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: well serve it someone who doesnt know anything, it does look simple mah =)

cynthia: hi there, yes i have been eating very well, hope you have been too!