Priya’s Cookin’: Pasta (The Backpacker Specialty)


2014-06-14 19.54.28It’s easy.

It’s quick.

It’s cheap.

It’s the number one source of food that backpackers will go to because of those three reasons I just mentioned above—including me, mostly because I don’t really know how to make anything else.

I’m guilty of making pasta while in in Australia one too many times.

Sometimes it was OK. (Or not OK?)

photo(8)Sometimes I made other people make it for me.

2014-04-10 16.08.20However, since arriving in Brisbane, I stopped eating pasta because I discovered…

Wait for it…

Instant Noodles.

OK, I’ll confess that I never made instant noodles before until I met a Scottish girl my first week in Brisbane and saw that she was eating it everyday. She offered me a packet, and as I was carefully reading the instructions on the back, she said “Priya! You just add water and put it in the microwave!” And so from then on, I started eating instant noodles.


2014-06-07 20.15.24Because it was easy.

It was even easier then making pasta.

But just like everything I eat day after day, I start to get sick of it. Just like the PBJ sandwiches I was constantly eating. I can’t eat it anymore. After a few weeks of taking a break from eating pasta, last week I went back to it.

This time with the help of a girl I met who didn’t understand how I was still alive after eating all the crap I’ve been eating. So we went to the supermarket together and bought pasta along with veggies, olive oil and other things. She watched me as I attempted to chop, fry and boil.

With her help, I made this:

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Then I tried to make something similar a few days later and it didn’t quite turn out the way it did the first time.

For example, I’m pretty sure I burned the onions.

And I’m pretty sure I didn’t add the garlic correctly.

And I’m also pretty sure I was supposed to boil the broccoli first before frying it.

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However, I must say that the overall result was half decent. All I needed was some pesto and Bon appétit!

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Have any vegetarian recipes for me? Know anything else I can do with a pasta?

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