SPAGHETTI MARINARA

SERVES 4
Taken from “Meals in Minutes” by Cathay Books published in 1987


Kimba’s Review: This was one of the first few recipes I have ever tried in my history of cooking, lol. This photo was taken 2 years ago! I was a newlywed, in our rental property, and I knew I had to stop cooking “ready made” stuff from Coles (the ones you just pop into the oven). I knew I had to take it to the next level and cook something half impressive from scratch. So I went and searched for those cook books I bought from a church fete.. and found this old cook book which had this recipe in it? The result? ABSOLUTELY YUMMYLICIOUSLY DELICIOUS!! If you like seafood and love a creamy marinara.. this is the recipe for you!

1.5 litres water
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
300g spaghetti pasta
1 onion, chopped
300ml dry white wine
1 garlic clove, crushed
284ml carton double cream
2 tablespoons chopped chives
175g peeled prawns, thawed if frozen
175g canned mussels, drained
salt and pepper
grated Parmesan or any other hard cheese, to serve

Bring the water to the boil with 1 tablespoon on oil and the salt in a large saucepan. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the packet instructions, until just tender, then drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and fry gently for 5 minutes until softened. Add the wine and garlic and simmer until reduced by one-third.

Add the cream, chives, prawns and mussels to the pan. Heat through gently and season to taste.

Toss the spaghetti with the remaining oil. Divide between 4 heated individual plates and spoon over the seafood sauce. Serve immediately, with the Parmesan cheese handed separately in a bowl.

STEAMED WHOLE SNAPPER with Garlic, Butter, Chilli and Lemon

Kimba’s Original Recipe


This is one of my favorite original recipes. I kinda just mixed all the different flavors together and they worked! It’s also one of those dishes that always receive positive comments from people I serve it to.. and so simple to cook! So I thought I’d share this recipe so you can create something that “looks gourmet” but really easy peazy and requires almost NO effort!
Ingredients:
1 whole snapper
80g reduced salt butter, softened
4 tablespoons of Trident Sweet Chilli Sauce
6 tablespoons of Lemon Sauce
1-2 teaspoons of fresh garlic paste (depending on personal preference on how strong you want your garlic taste to be)
Chopped up spring onions to garnish
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees fan-forced.
Grease aluminium foil (at least twice the length of the snapper fish) with half of the butter.
Place the snapper fish on either the left side or right side of the greased aluminium foil.
Spread the garlic paste onto the fish evenly. Then spread the sweet chilli sauce onto the fish evenly on top of the garlic paste. Add the remaining butter on top of the fish as well. Then sprinkle the lemon sauce all over the fish and make sure all sauce stays within the foil.
Fold the other half of the foil over the top of the fish and seal the sides… making sure the snapper is fully covered in foil and sauce remains secure inside the foil.
Bake in oven at 180 degrees fan-forced for approx. 35 mins.
Serve hot. Garnish with chopped spring onions and fried onions.

KUAYTIAW PHAT THAI (Pad Thai) aka Thai Fried Noodles with Prawns

taken from WORLD KITCHEN THAILAND by Murdoch Books


This is one of the most famous dishes in Thailand. Everyone who visits should try it, otherwise they have not really been there at all. To make it, you need to use small white noodles of the dried sen lek variety (Kimba’s Tip: Or you can just use Pad Thai Rice Noodles from Coles). You can substitute meat for prawns.

150g dried noodles (sen lek) or Pad Thai Rice Noodles from Coles
300g raw large prawns
3 tablespoons tamarind puree
2 tablespoons palm sugar (Kimba’s Tip: If you cannot find palm sugar, brown sugar works fine!)
2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 eggs
85g Chinese chives (1 bunch)
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder, depending on taste
2 tablespoons dried shrimp, ground or pounded
2 tablespoons preserved turnip, finely chopped
2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts
180g bean sprouts
3 spring onions, chopped
1 long red chilli, seeded and shredded, for garnish
a few coriander leaves, for garnish
lime wedges, to serve

Soak the noodles in hot water for 1-2 minutes, or until soft, then drain.

Peel and devein the prawns and cut each prawn along the back so it opens like a butterfly (leave each prawn joined along the base and at the tail, leaving the tail attached).

Combine the tamarind puree with the fish sauce and palm sugar in a bowl.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a wok or frying pan and stirfry the garlic over medium heat until it is light brown. Add the peeled prawns and cook for 2 minutes.

Using a spatula, move the prawns out from the middle of the work. Add another 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to the wok. Add the eggs and stir to scramble for 1 minute. Add the noodles and chives and stirfry for a few seconds. Add the fish sauce mixture, chilli powder, dried shrimp, preserved turnip and half of the peanuts. Add half of the bean sprouts and spring onions. Test the noodles for tenderness and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Spoon onto the serving plate and sprinkle with the remaining peanuts. Garnish with shredded chillies and coriander leaves. Place the lime wedges and remaining bean sprouts and spring onions at the side of the dish.

Kimba’s Review:
This dish was absolutely AMAZING. The only thing I didn’t have were the preserved turnips but I thought it was fine to do without. Be careful not to oversoak the rice noodles in the beginning, cos it does end up all crumbly and less firm when you stirfry it later on… that’s MY lesson to learn.. I would’ve loved my rice noodles to remain as longer “strings” and not all crumbly! Overall, I would rate this dish 9 out of 10. I’m bias, cause I love Thai food and especially Pad Thai 🙂

Welcome to Kimba’s World Kitchen

Hello and welcome to Kimba’s World Kitchen. I will be taking you on my journey of cooking… of experimenting with flavors and creating food that is worth sharing with others. There will be some failures and some successes in my journey, but I hope to be able to share it all with you.

There will be tips on how to cook the perfect dish depending on your number of guests, the occasion, what you feel like eating today, the amount of time you have to prepare your meal, and a lot of other external factors which may affect your choice of dish.

I would also welcome you to feel free and contribute your own recipes, or recipes you have tried that is worth sharing. Please remember to give credits to the chef in charge of your contribution, whether it’s YOU or the author of a cookbook you own, or just something fabulous you found on the internet! 🙂

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