As a hands-on mom with a full-time job, one of the best lessons I have learned is to always expect the unexpected. Another important lesson is to always, always have a plan B.
Sometimes, you leave the house in haste, completely forgetting to defrost tonight’s meal. Sometimes, you come home from work to discover the help has burned another pot of rice. Sometimes, you leave the office way too late that all the decent restaurants are closed. Sometimes, you bring home so much work that you’re too tired to cook. Sometimes you want a quick and easy meal, but it’s the 5th time this month (yipes!) you had instant Korean ramyun with ajitsuke tamago.
And sometimes, on especially crazy days the universe decides to test your wits and your might, your spouse texts you: “Hey, sweetie. Are you at home? Look, don’t get mad, but the boss spontaneously decided he wants to swing by for dinner. I take full responsibility. I may have accidentally told him what a fantastic cook you are. I love you!”
It was Chinese night in our house. The kids and I were in our in pajamas, happily eating take-out fried rice with orange chicken. Mr. Flintstone, who avoids rice, goes out for steak and wine with friends and colleagues during Chinese night.
Since Mr. Flintstone created a spectacle out of my humble home cooked fares, I certainly did not want to disappoint the big boss (whom I fondly call Mr. Slate).
I laughed inwardly as I recalled an episode from the TV show, Mad Men (Red in the Face), wherein the agency boss, Roger Sterling, invited himself to Don and Betty Draper’s house for dinner. Betty Draper, caught off-guard, awkwardly eats a plate of salad for dinner because she had to give up her steak for her husband’s boss.
Well, no man, woman, or child can come between me and a nice hunk of beef. That’s why I stash tons of emergency meals at home.
A few weeks ago, as I was wandering around Marketplace, I spotted a few items that took my truffle obsession to greater heights. Some of my favourites include Casale Paradiso’s Sale Marino al Tartufo (sea salt with truffle shavings), Filotei’s Truffle Oil, and Filotei’s Salsa al Tartufo (truffle and mixed mushroom sauce).
However, the undisputed star of my shopping cart was Casale Paradiso’s Pasta al Tartufo (truffle pasta)—which takes 5 minutes to cook. You read it right. 5 minutes.
It’s basically chi-chi instant noodles with truffle and porcini shavings. All you have to do is dress it up with a bit of butter, heavy cream, good cheese, and more truffle sauce.
The plated dish was intoxicatingly fragrant, dangerously easy to make, and seriously addictive. Although it wasn’t what Mr. Slate was looking for (i.e., a genuine home-cooked meal), he easily devoured 2 heaping plates!
I guess Mr. Slate just might invite himself to dinner more often.
1 pack Casale Paradiso Truffle Pasta
1 liter water
½ stick butter
½ cup heavy cream
½ tsp of Filotei’s Salsa al Tartufo (you can also use 2 tbsp Campbell’s Wild Mushroom)
Parmigiano-Reggiano (you can also use Gruyere)
1. Boil 1 liter of water, olive oil, and add a teeny bit of salt (don’t add too much because you’ll be adding cheese later on).
2. Once the water boils, add the pasta. Stir every minute. If the pasta absorbs too much water after the 3-minute mark, splash a bit more water.
3. After the 4-minute mark, add butter and heavy cream. Mix ever so gently as the pasta has tendency to break.
4. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes. Toss with Filotei’s Salsa al Tartufo. Grate a generous amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano and sprinkle a little bit of of freshly cracked black pepper.
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