4 Herb Tuna Pasta

My friend, Tanya, would always cook “Spicy Tuna Pasta” after every night out. That recipe has cream and uses spicy tuna which I am not a huge fan of so here’s my take on her recipe. Once again, this dish is pretty easy to cook and would not take more than half an hour.

4 Herb Tuna Pasta

You will need the following ingredients:
1/2 pack (box) whole wheat pasta
2 cans of tuna chunks in water
1/2 chopped onion
3 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup herb mixture (Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme)
1 bouillon cube
About 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Cook the pasta according to the instructions. Do not forget to add salt to the water. You can also add olive oil so the pasta does not stick together when cooking. While your pasta is cooking, start sauteing your garlic and onions in a saucepan with the olive oil about 2 minutes. Then add the tuna and the bouillon cube. Saute for a few more minutes. Add the herbs last. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then set aside. Meanwhile, your pasta is probably already done. Strain it and mix it with the tuna sauce. Add some Parmesan cheese and you’re done!

Because we did not use cream and used olive oil, we have reduced calories from the old recipe. Also, do not be afraid to use whole wheat pasta! It is definitely healthier and it tastes good too! This dish is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. You can pair it with a good glass of white wine and you’re all set!

Disclaimer: All measurements for ingredients are just estimated. Always taste your food while cooking and add more of something if it lacks a certain flavor. Every palette is different.


Photo of the Week

This week’s photo challenge theme is silhouettes. I took this photo of a man during my vacation in Tokyo. He’s the epitome of a working Japanese man.

Easy 15 Minute Fried Rice

As a student living alone in the city, I always try to cook my meals because I don’t like eating take out especially in America where most of their foods are processed. However, cooking is a time consuming task that easily takes up three hours in a day. Time better spent studying or doing other chores. So I took it upon myself to discover dishes that are cheap, healthy and easy to do. Here’s one that I think is perfect for breakfast and it only took me 15 minutes to prep and cook it.

Fried Rice “Kaan Style”
(And for those of you who don’t know, my name is actually Kaan, not Robin.)

You will need the following ingredients:
1 cup of cooked rice (I used chicken stock instead of water)
1 fish fillet (Chopped into small equal pieces. I used Tilapia because it’s cheap.)
1 crab stick (Sliced lengthwise. Most crab sticks are actually just fish that’s flavored.)
1 egg (Beaten)
Salt and Pepper
Kikoman or oyster sauce
Sesame oil
Vegetable oil

So what you have to do first is to heat the vegetable oil and then saute the fish. Add the crabstick and scallions. When they’re fairly cooked, add the egg and then the rice. Make sure the rice grains are separated before you add them. I usually use Kikoman but if you don’t have it, use oyster sauce. I don’t measure how much I add. Add a little batch at a time, stir and taste until you like how it is. Add a little bit of sesame oil, salt and pepper and voila! You are done!

Add five to eight minutes of eating time and five minutes for washing the dishes. You’ve minimized a task that usually takes an hour and a half to only thirty minutes!

Streets of Hong Kong

With every new place I visit, I always try and take photos of certain things I find interesting during my city walk. Here are a couple from Hong Kong.

Around Hong Kong, I discovered these graffiti walls which I think adds character to the city.

These stairs are such a bitch to climb (and yes, I swear like a sailor, no hate.)

I just adore the buildings in Hong Kong! They’re old, dirty, compact and weirdly colorful. I felt like I was in an Asian Kung Fu movie and Jackie Chan was just going to jump out of a building and do some crazy stunts.

Asian souvenirs are the best and this stall near one of the temples (I forgot which one) is a good place to buy from. You’ll find really nice postcards, posters, Buddha beads and other things you might want to give out to your friends.