Archive for March, 2021

One Pot Pasta: The Best Comfort Food Ever

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

You can buy good pasta but when you cook it yourself it has another feeling.” 

Life is a combination of magic and pasta! To all the pasta lovers out there, we know your life  revolves around a warm and hearty bowl of delicious goodness. If we’re being honest, so does ours.

No matter how you enjoy your pasta, one thing this spectacular dish never fails to do is provide comfort. So, here are some delicious recipes you won’t want to miss.

What are they? These are super-quick pasta dishes that will be ready to eat within 20 to 30 minutes to fulfill your sudden pasta cravings. Imagine a no clean up dinner (or afternoon snack, we don’t judge) – all cooked in one pot.

3 One-Pot Pasta Recipes to Save Your Day 

These recipes will save you from all the trouble of cleaning several dishes, cooking ingredients separately, and all the hassle that comes with it. 

1. One-pot Lemon Shrimp Pasta

Take 12ounces of Linguine, 1 bunch of kale leaves (remember to tear them apart), 1 can of  cannellini beans (rinse and drain them), a quarter teaspoon of lemon zest, 2tablespoons olive  oil, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, and 4 ½ cups of water. Add all  these ingredients to a straight-sided skillet and let it boil over high heat. Use tongs to turn the  pasta every now and then for the first 5 minutes, so they do not become sticky. Next, add 1  pound raw and peeled shrimp and cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated off, and the  shrimp turn opaque. Now, pour the pasta into a serving bowl and add lemon juice or spices as  you like. 

2. One-pot Spicy Sausage and Tomato Pasta 

Another finger-licking pasta recipe for you guys. Take 12 ounces linguine, 1 can of diced  tomatoes (must be fire-roasted), a cup of basil leaves, 12 ounces smoked Andouille sausage  (preferably cut into 1/2 inch pieces, 2teaspoon kosher salt, 2tablespoons olive oil, and  1/2teaspoon ground black pepper. Combine the ingredients in a straight-sided skillet and boil  the mixture until the pasta is well-cooked. Remember to turn the pasta every other minute with a  pasta tong for the initial 5 minutes. It will prevent sticking. In 8 to 10 minutes, when the water  has almost evaporated, pour it in your pasta bowl and enjoy with your favorite seasonings. 

3. The Original One-pot Pasta
This is where it all started. To make this game-changer pasta recipe, you would have to unite 12  ounces linguine pasta, 12 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes (halved), 1 onion cut into thin slices,  4 thinly sliced cloves of garlic, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 sprigs of basil, 2 teaspoons of  salt, and 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, along with 4 ½ cups of water. Take all of this in a  straight-sided skillet and boil the ingredients until the pasta is cooked and all the water has  almost evaporated from the pot, around 9 minutes. Note to use pasta tongs frequently for 5  minutes to prevent your pasta from sticking on each other. Serve it in a pasta bowl, hot and  smoky. Grate some Parmesan cheese on the cheeseboard and top your delicious pasta with  some cheese and basil, and a dash of olive oil.

Which one will you choose first? No matter the day or type of pasta, we have the perfect bowls for you! Check out our Acaciawood Bowls and French Wood Serveware for your next pasta-filled evening. Yum!

Sushi: More Than Raw Fish

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Sushi came into existence around the second century A.D. when there was a need to keep meat preserved and fresh without the availability of advanced machines, like refrigerators. Thus, the inventors came up with an idea to wrap the fish in rice. Several myths regard sushi as just simple raw fish. When in reality sushi is much more than rice and fish!

To many, sushi is a form of art. Here are some facts about sushi that we bet you’ve never heard…

Fun Facts About Sushi

Sushi was not invented in Japan.  Yes, you read that correctly! Sushi was originally invented by the Southeast Asian people. The fish wrap came from the areas surrounding the Mekong River. From there, it reached China and later, Japan. People around these countries became aware of Sushi somewhere in the mid 1800s. 

It has various health benefits.  Sushi is full of ingredients that benefit our physical health and body. It contains Omega-3  fats (healthy fats) and does not have any adverse impacts on our health. Nori (seaweed) is a rich source of iodine that improves the thyroid and gives Vitamin A  to the body. What more could you ask for?

The sushi rice was discarded in the early days  When sushi was first introduced to mankind, people used to throw away the rice that was wrapped around the fish, and would only consume the fish. Who knew?

Sushi was used as currency. When it first emerged, sushi was considered a highly prized possession. In AD 8th Century in  Japan, people used sushi to pay their taxes. Imagine how cool would that be! 

Different Types of Sushi.

Here are the most common:

Nigirizushi is a thin slice of fish is hand-pressed on top of the sushi rice, along with different vegetables or omelets. 

Inarizushi is a pouch of fried tofu which is filled with sushi rice. The overall flavor is on the sweet side.

Makizushi is one of the most common types of sushi and you have probably seen it, or even eaten it on many occasions. The rice and filling are rolled within seaweed. Let the good times roll! 

Narezushi is the earliest form of sushi. The fish is fermented with rice, and the rice is thrown away before  consumption. 

Oshizushi describes the toppings that are layered onto each other one by one. The sushi is then cut into different  shapes, such as rectangles, triangles, etc. 

Chirashizushi where th rice is served in a bowl, covered with different vegetables. 

Is Sashimi a type of sushi? 

No, Sashimi is quite different from Sushi. It has raw, thin slices of fish, typically salmon or tuna.  Sashimi is not served with rice, but with daikon radish.

No matter which way you slice it, sushi is a winner in our books. Be sure to serve up your sushi on your favorite Acaciaware plate from Pacific Merchants. Yum!

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