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Friday, August 2, 2013

Pinoy Spaghetti


So much has happened this week regarding Dad. The last I talked of him was when he was transferred back to the first hospital. Well, his cardiologist asked to talk to me and he said truthfully that we had just passed so close to what could have been a catastrophe. If we hadn't hospitalized Dad as quickly as we did, then there would have been a great chance that Dad wouldn't be here right now. He then told me that the heart shock intervention was to be done as soon as possible. On Monday, Dad had the intervention done. It was quick and painless. On Wednesday, the cardiologist asked to talk to me again. Apparently, the shock didn't work on Dad right away, which it was supposed to do. But we were very lucky because the next day, the heart regularized itself and it looks to be really good. It's truly a miracle! Then the doctor told me that he was going to check out Dad from the hospital, but suggested that Dad stayed in an after-care facility just to monitor him a bit and get him back to his feet properly. I thought it was a great idea, but ultimately let Dad take the final decision. He felt the same way, so yesterday he was transferred to an after-care hospital facility. In a span of a month, he has been to 4 hospitals. I'm hoping this ends here.


This afternoon we planned to go see Dad. The hospital facility he is at this time is about 20 kilometers farther away - at the opposite end of where we are living. We decided to go right after lunch so we could spend the whole afternoon with him. Lunch today was Pinoy Spaghetti - the way my Mother-in-Law taught me to prepare it. I had to change some of the ingredients - blame it on the ingredient's unavailability - but it was just as good as I remembered it to be. One thing I didn't change was the main ingredient. When I found out that my Mother-in-Law used red bell pepper in her Pinoy Spaghetti, I had a aha moment! No wonder I've always been a sucker for Mama's spaghetti!!! :D



In a wok, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.



Add 6 diced cloves of garlic, 1 finely chopped white onion, and 1 diced red bell pepper. Saute until it becomes fragrant.



I then added 500 grams of ground beef and let it brown.



In lieu of the hotdogs, I added 5 knacks that I sliced. Stir.



I added a 500 ml pack of tomato puree. To sweeten it, I added a pinch of brown sugar. Stir. I also added 1 small can of tomato paste (about 3 tablespoons). Let it simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens.



Add a handful of grated cheese. Let it melt in the sauce.



Season with salt and black pepper. Stir together.



In the meantime, don't forget to cook the pasta al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving plate. I, then, topped the pasta with the sauce. Serve hot and enjoy!



Lunch is served: Pinoy Spaghetti

For the original recipe, click here.

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