Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Attempting Gnocchi

Gnocchi is essentially a dough dumpling and a staple in Italian cuisine. Gnocchi is made with a variety of base ingredients; for example semolina, flour, cornmeal, different vegetables and the classic potato.

As with many dishes, many regions lay claim to where gnocchi originated from. However, it is often associated with the northern region of Italy where the classic potato gnocchi is from. This was because potatoes were easier to grow than grain because of the colder climate of that region. The word "Gnocchi" is thought to originated from the word nocca which literally means knuckle or the Lompard/German word knohha which means a knot in wood. All which portraits something tight and small like the gnocchi we all know and love today.

Surprisingly, the potato gnocchi is a relative new innovation dating only back to the 16th Century as opposed to the other form of gnocchi, recorded served at banquets and important functions around the Renaissance period (or probably earlier).

Today, I will share my attempt on the potato gnocchi. Here we go:

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Pharma's Kitchen Turns 1

Calligraphy by Joanna aka Quirky By Design

I was looking back at Pharma's Kitchen and realized it turned 1 today. My deepest apologies for not posting as often. 

This year, I promise to try to post more recipes here and revive Pharma's Kitchen. Haha. Can't wait to get back into the kitchen and get cooking. I have a few recipes lined up in the coming months, so please bear with me. I hope it will be worth the wait. Joanna will also be working with me to create more interesting posts here.

For more updates and latest happenings, please follow us on Instagram @pharmaskitchen. We are currently more active there.

Thanks so much for dropping by and see you all soon.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Salmon and Prawn Pie (adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Super Easy Fish Pie on Youtube)

Many apologies for being absent for so long. November have been a crazy busy month for the wife and myself.

The wife is a huge fan of oven baked pies. One day, while I was on my computer doing my own work, she showed me a video. It was Jamie Oliver’s Super Easy Fish Pie. As it’s name imply, its an relatively easy pie to make.

We got some fresh salmon and prawn thus we used them to substitute the fishes used in the original recipe. We also used a little more prawns because we like the texture of the prawns in the pie.

So here’s the breakdown of the recipe (pie for 2-3 person):

The Creamy Mash:
4 Large U.S. Potatoes
Salt and pepper to season
Smoked Paprika
4 tablespoons of salted butter

Tomato, Basil and Parsley Salad Filling:
200 g Cherry tomatoes
1 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
2 stalk of spring onions
2 paddy chilies (Seeds removed)
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
A handful of Basil leaves
A small handful of English Parleys
Salt and Pepper to season
5 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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