Thursday, October 13, 2011


I love Aglio Olio...

I love colours and...

I love Pinterest. Why didn't anyone tell me that Pinterest could be so addictive? To the point of ridiculousness. Yours truly now needs a neck brace. And a good spanking.

Oh and I love presents.

J had given me these from her travels to Italy and Spain recently. How sweet ~ as sweet as the presents.....rainbow coloured pasta and a delicious looking red pesto sauce in a cute little jar. The pasta colours were all natural :)

I'll use the pesto sauce tomorrow but for today I was craving some Aglio favourite way to cook pasta...forever.

A, my sis, had also given me an enchanting kitty dish cloth  she had bought in Perth ...and which I'll never use as a dish cloth of course. I never use presents in a way that will make them wear out. I like keeping them like little treasures for important 'little moments'...... unless they are to be eaten of course.

N the girl had also given me a stack of beautiful Japanese plates and bowl "for your food photography" I had used them for some food photography as suggested. 

Aren't people nice? :)

Rachel Ray's Aglio Olio scored five stars. I just had to try it.

I quartered the recipe and used coriander leaves instead but this is the original ~

The recipe ~

Aglio Olio and Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp :

1/2 kg jumbo shrimps
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 chopped flat leaved parsely
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
coarse salt, about 1 tsp
2 T extra virgin Olive oil (evoo)

Aglio Olio :

1/4 cup evoo
1 tin anchovy fillets ( I did not use this..I'm sure it made a difference)
6-8 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1/4 chopped flat leaf parsely
coarse salt
500 gm spaghetti, boiled until al dente

tomato and onion salad on the side
crusty bread as accompaniment

Combine shrimp with next 5 ingredients and toss to coat evenly.

Heat a large frying pan add the oil and fry shrimp in 3 seperate batches. Fry until the shrimps just turn opaque, lift it out and keep aside.

Return pan to heat, add 1/4 cup olive oil, add anchovies, garlic and pepper flakes. Break up anchovies until they break up and dissolve into  the oil and garlic mixture.

Toss spaghetti in the pan with parsely and garlic oil, then season with salt to taste. 

Serve spaghetti and onion and tomato salad and crusty bread if you wish.


Hezreen Abdul Rashid said...

yummy...Any chance of putting this up on pinterest?
I'm gonna try your recipe. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing...:)

pam said...

What lovely gifts and incredible photos! I know...I spend way too much time pinning!

La Table De Nana said...

I love all your new props:) The delicate tri colred pasta is ..perfect..the dishes too..

I have been to pinterest but don't know how to pin etc..:( I need to sit and GET it:)

Love this kind of dish~

Through My Kitchen Window said...

I haven't pinned before and I need a neck brace. I can only imagine how bad it would be if I was addicted too. Lovely gifts there for you dear lady. The coloured pasta caught my eye. I saw so many packets of pasta; coming in all sorts of shapes,sizes and colours during my time in Venice. Your dish looks really professional and yummy; even tho I'm not a huge fan of seafood. Mariana xxxxx

Linda said...

Just gorgeous! I want a bite right now! That pasta looks amazing!

pigpigscorner said...

I'm with you! pinterest is pretty addictive!

Unknown said...

That looks so so good.

Sarah-Jane - said...

that looks scrummy Zurin. I'm jealous of those huge shrimps you get in Asia - they're gorgeous.

:I'mwithstupid: had to google what evoo was ! Duh !

Looks like you got some lovely gifts there. That pasta is so pretty.

Unknown said...

Oh wow, what a great looking recipe. I'm going to give this a go next week.

And I completley agree with you about Pinterest. I'd love to follow your boards.

I did tell you

Miss Kimbers said...

I don't eat pasta, but I must say that this looks really good!

terri@adailyobsession said...

wow never seen pasta like these b4! i must find some. ur photos are breath taking zu!

Swee San said...

oh yes.. anchovies in aglio olio is really yum.. and some chili flakes too..

the pasta looks so colourful..


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