Gee, it’s been so long, so many breads ago..

Yeah, it’s been a while, not that there’s nothing going on in my world. My latest foray in baking was an herb loaf using a bread machine. Paired with pasta, it was wonderful.

So, I still have smoked salmon in oil from Costco, it was the first time I had it, I always use the smoked a little too hard smoked blob of salmon. Unused portion can be used for omelet, spread, or added to salad

For the pasta, I used Barilla spaghetti, love the al dente-ness without it being too  hard. Follow instructions on the box, make sure you save pasta water for cooking.


Check your fridge, practically you can throw in anything, after all pasta is just a medium for the flavors that you want.

sun dried tomato (just because we have it)
fresh or dried basil
olives (black or kalamata)
olive oil
smoked salmon or tuna (flaked)


Prepared the ingredients, slicing/cutting according to your desired method. I like to have mine in almost mince state so that it becomes really part of the sauce and easier to navigate.

Saute garlic and onions until caramelized, add the rest of the ingredients. Add a little pasta water, then the cream and the milk. I like to add grated cheese to the mix so that the flavors will all be mixed in. When it has reached the desired consistency, season to taste with salt and pepper, chili flakes if desired, then add the pasta mix well. Serve immediately.

Here’s the bread recipe from the oster bread machine manual.

garlic herb recipe

Best paired with a smooth red. I know, those in the know will probably say it is best with white, but I never enjoyed white wine, so there.


>Good Will Hunting – the search for the best udon in town


It is Friday night and I have just completed setting up this blogsite with adsense (i need a little moola to supplement my shortened hours), which adsense cancelled my account for an alleged irregular clicks.

Anyway, I love the movie, “Good Will Hunting“, have you seen it? It has levels in its plot, that of a a very smart, almost genius young man, continue to work in construction because that is what he knows, his firiends who love him not because of his intellect but because of him.

Then there were those supporters who wanted him live the life that they were unable to or those who just want to exploit his intelligence and those who really cared.

There are always two sides to a coin, huh! One can’t say, it is wrong without looking at the reasons why  as things are viewed from different lenses.  It’s like what Pope B is saying, if there are a million people  in this world, there are a million ways of exercising one’s faith.

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It’s also like choosing a restaurant, do we base it on the decor, the write up about the chef, or the experience of early diners? Some would even choose a restaurant because it is the latest buzz, or some wouldn’t want to voice their opinions against that latest buzz.  Wait, does this sound like constructive thinking?

Speaking of opinions, I have been to the Coach Sushi several times and have enjoyed morsels of sushi and bowls of udon. Udon is a favorite, I make it at home and still have it outside, and I must say that I was disappointed with the Coach Sushi’s Udon.

Udon that I made

The udon that I make has dark broth, has bonito sauce and a little mirin cooking wine.  I know, I know, this is a mainstay in my kitchen, just like fish sauce, and soy sauce.  I noticed in the picture menu that the soup was a little light, I asked if I can taste the broth, and was told that they prepare the broth only when there is a order for it.

It is rather disappointing, if it is prepared ás it is ordered, how can the soup be flavorful, does that mean that they are using the udon packets, that is available in the supermarkets.  I hope not, that is cheating.  The tempura taste of rancid oil, it just must not be a good day for the restaurant. I hope it is just one of those days and not a norm.
On another note the udon at the Ichiban has the same blandness, hence the severed relations with them. I only cave in when I don’t have diet coke at home, then I would resort to food delivery for that coveted commodity..

Anyway, my quest for good udon is on. Suggestions, anyone? More on noodles in the next posts.