September 18, 2015

Double-B Mac and Cheese

f you are a pasta and cheese lover, then today’s Double-B Mac and Cheese recipe is made for you! Any guesses what “Double-B” am I referring to? Netspeak for baby? Blackberry? Okay, I admit I’m kinda lame (sometimes). As testified by my family. “Double-B here means Bacon and Broccolini. Bacon just makes everything taste better and recently, I’ve been going town at broccolini. You would think they are baby broccoli but in fact, broccolini is hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan.
August 19, 2015

Pan Seared Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

What is Gnocchi (pronounced nyo-kee)? For those who are unfamiliar with it, gnocchi is an Italian soft doughy dumpling made mainly from potato, flour and egg. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of gnocchi. The ones I had before were dense, floury and chewy. I genuinely thought they were supposed to taste that way and had written it off as another food on my do-not-eat list...
April 24, 2015

Simple No-Cook Penne Arrabbiata

What is Arrabbiata? For those who are not familiar with this word, “Arrabbiata” means “angry” in Italian. When translated into Italian cooking, it means a spicy tomato sauce made with garlic, tomatoes and red chili. Think pomodoro (tomato) sauce with a spicy kick...
April 8, 2015

Tasty Pasta for Kids

Getting kids to eat their vegetables has always been an ongoing battle. I was a living example. I used to detest eating fibrous part of those pesky greens or really any other parts that didn’t resemble the leaves. Those were donkey years ago and now, I can’t live without my greens at every meal. Okay, enough about me...
February 27, 2015

Crabmeat Chilli Pasta

Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese. It is the most important festival for us and during this period, indulging in festival food is a MUST for many of us. But as Shakespeare’s wrote: “Too much of a good thing...”.
December 12, 2014

Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

This is yet another of my “lazy one-person meal” to make when I’m home alone. Now, even though the term “lazy one-person meal” sounds boring, the taste is far from it. Three words – tasty, umami, addictive. In fact, it is one pasta dish I could eat everyday! (Ok, maybe a bit exaggerating but you get the drift.)...
October 24, 2014

Spaghetti with Acciughe (Salted Anchovies)

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September 24, 2014

Mushroom Risotto

This is one of the very first risotto dish I've learned 13 years ago. Risotto is a north Italian rice dish cooked in broth to a creamy consistency. Properly cooked risotto is rich and creamy but still with some resistance or bite: al dente, and with separate grains. There are many variations of risotto - chicken, seafood, asparagus, etc. But mushroom is my top favorite.
September 4, 2014

Cold Truffle Angel Hair Pasta with Caviar (Gunther’s)

I shall declare today to be Throwdown Thursday! Some might ask - what the heck is a throwdown? Well, I'm happy to explain. Inspired by the popular Food network television program - Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, his mission was to challenge cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their signature dish. Both chefs will prepare their own version of the dish and the judges will have blind taste tests to decide the winner. Here at BNF, I plan to recreate some of the restaurants' signature dishes I've tasted and love. Since this is my first throwdown challenge, what better way to start it off with a much sought after dish - Gunther's Cold Truffle Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar? Ok, but I have to be honest here. Since oscietra caviar is like one the most prized and expensive caviar, I'm replacing it with normal caviar...:-P