Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kitchen Talk : Cook it up with Solane!


As much as I enjoy eating out, there are just some days that I really appreciate a good home-cooked meal prepared by Mommy. I grew up having mostly Chinese food at home but my favorites include Mom’s Chicken and Pork Adobo, her signature Corned Beef Macaroni and of course, her delicious Curry Fried Rice. Not wanting to give out excuses but really, how can one stay slim with all these delicious food coming out from our kitchen?

How I wish I got Mom’s talent in cooking (and her slim frame too! Haha). I guess, for a while back she saw a glimmer of hope when I began taking cooking classes every summer and I would spend every weekend trying out various recipes from Yummy Magazine. Sure, I’d make a mess but I’m pretty proud of my edible creations to say the least. Weekends got pretty busy that I haven’t cooked anything in months!

My Pasta Specialties:
Italian Eggplant Lasagna
Three Cheese Penne
Fusilli alla Genovese ala Frannywanny

Oh how I miss cooking! The smell of stir-fried garlic, the sight of cookies and cakes rising and taking shape, and definitely, the sense of satisfaction as I watch Paul and my family enjoy my kitchen creations.

Cooking should always be taken seriously. Cook with your heart and with a big smile on your face. My Kongkong and Mommy would always say that one who cooks with a grumpy disposition will surely give the dish an awful taste. I really didn’t understand this at first but after watching Rataouille and Julie and Julia, I realized that cooking is a passion. There’s no right or wrong but instead you use all your senses to determine the right flavor for you.

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Safety is also another thing one should take note of when cooking. The last thing we want is to burn the house down due to negligence in keeping your kitchen safe. It all begins by choosing the right cooking gas for you. In our household, Mommy only trusts one brand and that’s Solane. It used to be called Shellane but it now sports a new name and a cute new logo too! Nonetheless, it continues to assure us with the same trusted quality and safety mechanisms and procedures. I guess that should be every home cook’s numero uno priority.

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Ordering is a breeze! As all of us are busy with our respective careers, we normally leave the ordering to our ever-reliable helper. All she needs to do is to call 8-8-7-5-5-5-5 or send an SMS through their text hotline +63918-8875555 and our new gas tank will immediately be delivered within the day. She also enjoys getting the perks such as the ongoing promo -- Solane Loyalty Plus Program.

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Where customer gets an instant prize for every purchase of a 11kg Solane tank. On our first purchase, we immediately got a Solane Collectible Mug. As we order our next tank, we will be given a Milo 20g sachet. What a great way for Solane to reward loyal customers! This card is valid until the end of December 2012.

We appreciate how organize the delivery system of our Solane Hatid Bahay service where the rider even weighed our gas tank to ensure that we’re getting the full weight of the tank that we ordered for. That’s proof that you’re getting exactly what you paid for!

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They also did the 7-Point Safety Check which is unique to Solane. We were given a list that shows how our gas tank is properly working and is free of leaks and damages.

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After all tests and checks were done, we were then handed this piece of paper to signify that our gas tank has passed the Solane safety standards and it is good to go! I’m really impressed.

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Let me share with you this step-by-step guide on how to prepare my favourite Aloha Baked Pasta (inspired by Del Monte's Hawaiian Shell Pasta) powered by Solane!

Yield: 8 pax

1/2 tbsp. butter
minced garlic and onion
minced red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet ham
1/2 kg. ground beef
200g Tomato Sauce
200g Del Monte Carbonara Sauce
1 can pineapple tidbits
250ml all-purpose cream
1 box quick-melt cheese
pepper to taste
200g shell pasta, cooked

- Saute the garlic, onions, red bell pepper and ham with butter
- Add ground beef, cover and simmer 30 minutes, stir occasionally. Add in both Tomato and Carbonara Sauce.
- Add 3/4 cup pineapple tidbits and pour in the syrup little by little. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add cream, half of the cheese and pepper to taste. Cook sauce for 20 more minutes. Remove from heat
- Pour in the cooked noodles and mix evenly.
- Arrange in a baking dish and top with remaining pineapple tidbits and cover with cheese
- Bake in 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese bubbles.

I’m excited to be back at the kitchen and I look forward to being able to share more kitchen creations with all of you soon!

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