The Ultimate Spaghetti… A Holiday Season Must Try!

It’s not one of the first dishes I have learnt to make yet it’s the dish I make best (in my opinion). It took me while to understand it’s just the magic of mixing in the right kinds of sauces in their right amounts.

I was in my 2nd year of University and had friends coming home to complete last-minute assignments. Take outs wasn’t an option we wanted something healthy and filling enough to finish those never-ending assignments. Aannd *drum rolls* ‘The Ultimate Spaghetti’ was created.

Since then it’s been my favorite as it’s easy to make and tastes yumm..

INGREDIENTS:

1 packet whole-wheat spaghetti

1 Green Capsicum Sliced

1 Carrot Sliced

2 Celery Sticks

4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped

2 tsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp Ketchup

2 tsp Thai Sauce

1 tsp Hot Sauce

½ cup Cooking Cream

Salt as required

1 tbsp Cooking Oil

2-3 Chicken Burgers (fried or grilled)

METHOD:

Method

  1. Heat a deep bottomed sauce pan. Add oil and saute the chopped garlic in.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables into the garlic and oil. (Can add more kinds of vegetables if you wish. The vegetables can be chopped anyway you like, I prefer them being chopped in Julienne)
  3. Once the vegetables soften, add in the sauces and cooking cream.
  4. Cut the chicken burgers into cubes and add them into the spaghetti sauce
  5. Finally drop the boiled *spaghetti into the sauce and mix on warm heat

NOTE: The sauces already have amounts of salt in them plus I usually add salt while boiling the spaghetti so please be mindful on adding salt.

*COOKING THE SPAGHETTI:

Cooking the Spaghetti

  1. Take 1 packet of wholewheat spaghetti and break into half.
  2. Put it in a saucepan with boiling water (the spaghetti must be completely dipped in water) and add 1-2 teaspoons of salt.
  3. Let it boil on high flame for about 20-25 minutes until the spaghetti is cooked
    (I check by chewing a small piece, if it sticks to your teeth then it’s not cooked yet. Be careful not to over boil it).
  4. Once done drain the water and bathe the spaghetti under cold water. Then add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to it so that they don’t stick to each other.

Tadaa… the Ultimate Spaghetti is ready. I love this dish it’s so easy to make and tastes so good plus it stays for the next 2-3 days if kept in the fridge. Hence, it’s a holiday season – must try! 🙂

~Shahana

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Habby Birthday to the Bestie! / Co-blogger !

Yuhoooo! Its the co-awesome-blogger’s birthday todaaayyy!! From how we started as timid strangers to actually starting a blog together ( lets ignore how active we are in it) but still.. to many more ‘think alike’ ideas and achievements!! Cheers shah! Wish you all the best to what you aim for! :))

I am good at it, but that’s not what I love..

It took me a while to understand or to believe that this can exist. What I am talking about here is the feeling of being so good at doing something that you feel ‘this is what I was meant for’. But in no time you tend to get tired of the routine and look over the fence to explore further, that’s when the hating process starts. Everything seems to add to your sorrow and in the end you just want to go float in the pool face down!

For me it’s my messed up career. I want to try this, do that, work here, become that and so on. Why do I get that thinking?! God, why can’t I just have one focused route that would make my life so much easier. I need a guardian angel who would clear out all the chaos and make my journey so smooth and successful….But wait! That’s not even close to reality. If I want to make things work in my favor I need to fix it myself. In other words, be my own ‘guardian angel’. I don’t want to sound like a motivational speaker or a mentor, but in short what I mean is ‘It’s your life, you created the mess and you need to sort it out’…

That’s when I realized if I am good at something that doesn’t mean I love doing it, I maybe just diversely smart (if that makes sense). Some people are really lucky to have career that is their passion basically getting paid for what they love doing. And here I am figuring out what I really love and want to get paid for out of all the 1000 things I wish to do. I am pretty sure there are many out there who are confused, lost, insecure and afraid about their future. And we just keep thinking and worrying about it so much that we don’t go out and try the things on our list, just afraid of failing or getting embarrassed.

But now, I don’t want to feel that anymore. I soo need to just get out of that barrier and try the things I wish to have a career in… Starting Today I will work on my priorities and have a career in what I feel I am so good at, even without having a degree in. Well, for me it’s having my own bakery. I love baking and trying out combinations of foods. It’s been with me since my school days and now I have finally realized and joined the dots to recognizing my ‘forte’..

Let’s just get out there and try everything we wish to do without thinking about the result. And just go on striking off the items on the list until you’re left out with what you love to do for the rest of your life. #daretoliveyourdream

~Shahana