Date: 6 April 2014
Damage done: $12.90/person for 5 person with leftovers+ Oven mittens was set on fire
Decided to have a housewarming party since friends have been asking for it, after I moved in to my new place in Mascot.
The menu for the night was
Asparagus with mushrooms
Double choc fudge brownies
We bought marinated buffalo chicken wings from Woolworths
- Place marinated chicken wings into an aluminium tray
- Bake/Roast in oven at about 150C
(a) Cooking pasta
- A packet of pasta was boiled. Note to add salt to pasta as salt will increase the boiling point and add flavour to the pasta.
- In this case, oil was added to the boiling water as Kevin mentioned that oil will prevent the pasta from sticking to each other as well as to the pot. However I checked online while writing this, there are some resources that recommends not to add oil as this will prevent the sauce from clinging to the cooked pasta (ref: http://www.taste.com.au), therefore I am not too sure which is the right way.
- Some people may think I am silly when I ask ‘how can I tell if the pasta is cooked?’ My friend’s advised was to just try a piece. But my question is really, ‘if I try, how do I know if it is cooked?’
- After some research online, the pasta should be al dente when cooked- cooked but slightly firm in the centre and to drain, but don’t rinse the pasta as this will wash away the starch that is needed to absorb the flavours of the sauce.
- Mix with some butter so as to keep it moist and to add flavour.
(b) Making the sauce
(using MasterFoods’ creamy chicken and mushroom sauce)
- Mushrooms, onions, chicken fillets and bacon were cut.
- Onions were sauteed until soft and light brown.
- Chicken pieces and mushroom were then added to the onions and cooked.
- Add creamy chicken and mushroom sauce to the pan and simmer.
- Pan was full, so bacon was fried separately which adds a bit of crispiness to the bacon and then added to the sauce.
- Serve with pasta.
- Peel potatoes.
- Potatoes were cut into small cubes and then boiled.
- Drain the potatoes.
- Mix butter to the potatoes and mash them up. The butter is to keep the mashed potatoes moist and to add flavour.
- Bacon was also added since there were excess bacon from making pasta sauce. This enhanced taste and texture of the mashed potatoes.
(using pre-made garlic bread bought from Woolworths)
- Slice the garlic bread into pieces.
- Baked in oven for about 10 minutes.
- Kevin suggested we sprinkle water on the garlic bread so that it will be moist but I think it was put in the oven without sprinkling though and it turned out alright.
Asparagus and mushroom
- Cut the asparagus and mushrooms.
- Boil the asparagus.
- Pan fry mushroom with butter and add salt and pepper.
Looks yummy? All the recipes above are quite simple, so give it a try if you feel like it! Please feel free to leave any comments below if you have a better way of cooking these dishes, I would love to learn!
What would you dish up for a housewarming?