Month: August 2015

Lazy Eats: Pasta Almost-Bolognese 

Here we go again. It’s nearing the end of the month, which means salary is not up for another week and using up all the food in the fridge, freezer and pantry is a must. And right now, I only have the following that will sustain our hunger: minced meat, canned tomatoes, and pasta. The makings of a Bolognese sauce. Trouble was, these were the only ingredients we have available. Oh well, what the heck, I can still make a good pasta without the other trimmings. Off we go… Ingredients: 500g minced meat 4 250g canned tomatoes Chopped onions, as much as you want 500g pasta, cooked Dried herbs of your preference Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1) Heat a wok or pot with 3 tbs. oil. Once hot, cook the meat first until lightly brown.     2) Add the onions, cook until translucent. 3) Add a little bit of salt and pepper and the dried herbs of your choice. I find that when meats are seasoned separately from the sauce, it enriches the …

Lazy Eats: “Un-classic” Tiramisu

My husband and I were supposed to share a Victoria cake slice that I got from Megamart yesterday. Until my friend saw and devoured it before I could blink. So now, we had a dilemna: both of us are now hankering for something sweet. But since our oven is still not fixed, baking is not an option. Here comes tiramisu to the rescue. Easy enough but I, however, am not confident preparing raw eggs. So, instead I thought of using bananas. Hey, if you can make pancakes out of bananas then for sure you can use it for tiramisu, right? (I may or may not have had my fingers crossed while repeating this to myself prior to preparing it). Without further ado, here’s the recipe: Makes 2 layers of a 9″ square pan Prep time: 20 mins Chilling time: 6 hours Ingredients: 250 ml thick cream, chilled 100 grams granulated sugar 2 bananas, mashed 350 ml mascarpone, softened 350 ml espresso or very strong black coffee, cooled 35-40 Italian brand lady fingers  (Italian brand because …

Qatar Eats Cooks Ginataang Kalabasa (Pumpkin cooked in coconut milk)

Hey y’all, how ya doin’?! Here’s Filipino recipe that I really love for its simplicity  and deliciousness. Ginataang kalabasa means ginataan meaning “cooked in coconut milk” and kalabasa meaning “pumpkin”. You can use any type of protein to accompany the veggies, I used clams and shrimps for this one. Ingredients: 1 onion, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 medium sized pumpkin, skinned and cubed 1 medium sized eggplant, chopped 1 bitter gourd, sliced (optional) 250 grams, peeled shrimp 250 grams, clams 4 tbsp. fish sauce (or you can use salt) 1 200ml. can coconut milk Pepper Instructions: Heat oil in a cooking pot. Sauté half of the garlic and onion with the clams first. After 5 mins, put the shrimps until half-cooked. Transfer into a plate and set aside. 3. In the same pot, sauté the remaining onion and garlic until it loses its color. Add the all the pumpkin. Reduce the heat and cover the pot. 4. Once the pumpkin is soft yet firm, add the coconut milk, pepper, fish sauce and the remaining …

Shakespeare & Co. – Pier G, The Pearl Qatar

   Overall Review Stepping inside the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by the ornate decor, colorful, puffy seats and pillows, fringed lamp shades and table covers; it’s like being inside Marie Antoinette’s boudoir (not that I’ve been in there myself).  Right off the bat, we were met by the staff with genuine smiles and greetings. We asked to be seated in their private dining area which was empty that time (what a treat!).  Oredered Food: Crispy calamari – QR37   It’s okay, tastes like any fried calamari I’ve had from other restaurants. Spaghetti Frutti di Mare – QR49  This dish was very nice. The pesto tasted fresh and light. The sauce was very tasy and generously sprinkled with parmesan.    Pizza Margherita – QR41    Thin crust, fresh tomato sauce and full of cheese. What more can you ask for?  Customer Service Review The staff are very courteous and helpful, attending to your every needs and wants from the moment you step in to the moment you step out. Price  QR 70 per person (approx., exc. drinks) …

Qatar Eats Cooks Tom Yum Yum Yummy!

So, working hard takes its toll on my stomach.  I get so h(a)ngry by the end of the day that I start craving all sorts of food.  Tonight, I just wanted something to soothe my tired soul.  And what better way to do that than with a nice hot bowl of soup. But nothing too heavy in this! It has to be light and heavy at the same time (d’ya get what I mean?) Well, tom yum is the answer. I got the recipe from this website and boy, oh boy, it was as authentic as you can get. Authentic Tom Yum Recipe (ต้มยำกุ้ง) with Shrimp  Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins Author: Mark Wiens (EatingThaiFood.com) Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Thai Serves: 3 – 5 Ingredients 2 liters of water 4 stalks of lemongrass 1 inch chunk of galangal 10 kaffir lime leaves 10 Thai chilies 5 cloves of garlic ½ kilo shrimp 300 grams of oyster mushrooms 2 roma tomatoes 2 white onions (medium sized) 2 teaspoons of …

Sushi Rolls – Oishi Doha (Made to Order)

Another short review here. I happen to chance upon Oishi Doha’s FB page. They make made-to-order sushi rolls and they have five flavors available:  California Maki Kani- Avocado Maki Shrimp – Kani with Mango roll Shrimp Teriyaki Tempura  Spicy Shrimp Maki Krab Tempura Maki Prices:  20 pcs – 2 flavors – 60 Qr 30 pcs – 3 flavors -90 QR 40 pcs- 4 flavors -120 QR 50 pcs – 5 flavors 150 QR I ordered 3 flavors (Spicy Shrimp, California Maki, Shrimp Kani with Mango) and all of them were tasty.  Overall Review: The sushi rolls are quite good, like the ones that you can get from the ususal Japanese restaurants. For the price, I would say that it is worth it, 10 pieces for QR30.  Customer service: They don’t do deliveries however, as they located in Mansoura, it won’t be a hassle for most people to pick up their orders. Returning? Yes, I’ll definitely order again. Here’s their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oishi-Doha/628018547265306