All posts tagged: pasta

Review – Quick and Cheap Eats: Shades Café and Eatery (Doha Tower, West Bay)

I had a scheduled brunch date with my friend, whom we shall call Miss Independent, and was racking my brain on which restaurant should I bring her to. My criteria were: Somewhere quiet Preferably with a view of nature Somewhere with shaded outdoor seats Reasonably priced It was no mean feat, with the multitudes of restaurants that meet most or all of the above. As I was thinking about it, I checked my schedule for the day and saw that I had to meet with Ms. Hala later in the afternoon. Then, I remembered one Zomato Meet-up (in Qatar, Ms. Hala is synonymous to Zomato and vice versa) invite a few months back (which I wasn’t able to attend) at this little place with a garden view called Shades Café and Eatery located at the Doha Tower (you know, that infamous bullet-shaped tower). So off we went. Parking was a bit of a problem, so we had to leave the car somewhere and walk our way to the café. We arrived and the place, oh the place.  The only thing missing were the sounds …

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 …