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Pine Seeds & Basil Lemon Spaghetti

I cooked this dish just because I have a small pack of pine seeds, lemon and also a small box  basil. 🙂

Toast pine seeds in a pan. Keep low heat. Oil will come out from pine seeds. Toast till they become brownish and the flavor comes out.

  1. Cook spaghetti and drain them.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in all the cooked spaghetti and also add in 1 tablespoon stock.
  3. Squeeze in a little lemon juice. Add in chopped basil, lemon zest and toasted pine seeds. Stir evenly.
  4. Sprinkle in cheese. Blend well.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper.

https://flic.kr/p/2dYyBpb

Very fresh due to lemon zest.

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Stuffed Mushroom

My husband has a new hobby – gardening. He agreed to plant basil as I always use basil for cooking.

Today I asked him to cut off a little basil for me to cook pizza. He gave me a Bunch! So I used some of them to cook this stuffed mushroom.

Preheat oven to 170 degree C.

1. Prepare 200 g mushroom. Wash clean. Remove the stem. Don’t throw away stem. They can be used to make filling.

2. Chop stem into very tiny bites. Also chop 2 cloves of garlic.

3. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in the pan. Sauté garlic a bit. Add in stems. Sauté till aromatic.

4. Season with salt, black pepper and a little mixed herbs. Juice will come out from stem. Turn to low heat. Simmer a bit till it dries up.

5. Turn off the heat. Add in chopped fresh basil. Stir well. And the filling is done.

6. Put filling into mushroom with help of spoon. Press by finger.

7. Top with cheese.

8. Into the oven for 20 mins.

Double Cheese Pizza With Homemade Pizza Sauce

For pizza sauce:

1. Wash 1 cup cherry tomatoes in water. Cut a cross at the bottom of each tomato.

2. Soak tomatoes in boiling water for a little while to make it easy to peel them.

3. Heat a sauce pan. Add in 2 tsp olive oil. When the oil heated, add in 2 cloves chopped garlic. Sauté till aromatic.

4. Add in all the peeled cherry tomatoes. Stir fry and press with spatula or a spoon. It’s fine to have some tomato lumps. That actually makes pizza taste better.

5. Add in 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp dried herbs, 1 tsp sugar and 1 tablespoon tomato sauce. Mix all the ingredients well and set aside to cool down.

I found a very inspiring video on YouTube. And this enthusiastic Italian cook showed everybody how he made a perfect pizza. I just followed his guide.

For the pizza dough:

1 1/2 cup bread flour

1/2 cup warm water (more or less due to different flour)

3 g instant yeast

1 tsp salt.

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Pour yeast water into flour. Knead into a dough. If the flour is too sticky, then add more flour. Fold the dough several times. Then place it in a bowl, cover with plastic and let it rise till 2 times big.

Preheat oven to 220 degree C.

Press the dough into a big thin pizza dough. Brush pizza sauce. Sprinkle a little salt. Drizzle olive oil. Grate Parmesan cheese. Then sprinkle mozzarella cheese (I’m always very generous with mozzarella cheese, that’s why my pizza always looks white on the surface. 🙂 ), and basil leaves. Drizzle a little olive oil again.

Into the oven and bake for 7 mins.

The whole kitchen is full of sweet fragrance . It smells so so good.

So far, this is the best pizza I’ve ever cooked. It tastes so so good.

Very soft, and cheesy. Tomato sauce I made has a special texture and adds more flavor to the pizza. Every ingredient works so well.

Simple Pizza

I couldn’t remember how many times I have made pizza. Because it’s really simple and convenient. All I just need to do is prepare dough in the morning or before I go out. In the afternoon when I get home, I can easily make pizza with prepared dough. And it only takes around 20 mins. Super quick and delicious as well. My husband is also a pizza fan. So every time I make pizza for dinner, he’s as happy as a child.

You can refer to:

https://chewbaccascook.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/easy-thin-pizza/

For the pizza dough.

Since my “rich experience” in pizza, I can make dough without and measurement. I just mix some flour, a little olive oil, salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl. Then stir flour mixture with chopsticks and add into water at the same time. Stop pouring water when big flour lumps appear. Then use hand to make all ingredients into a big dough. Drizzle a little extra olive oil on the dough. Spread evenly on dough’s surface with hand. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let it rise till 2 times big.

Preheat oven to 200 degree C.

Press dough into a pizza pan. I always use my skillet. Then poke with fork. Brush tomato sauce. Sprinkle a little cheese. Then cherry tomatoes ( chopped into halves) and black olive slices. Then spread extra cheese.

Into the oven and bake for 15-20 mins.


Serve with some basil leaves on it.


I have made this simple pizza for many times.

Roasted Chicken Leg With Basil, Tomato & Garlic


1. Put chicken legs in the baking bowl. 

2. Spread several basil leaves.

3. Cut small tomatoes into half pieces. And sprinkle in the space of baking bowl with some garlic cloves.

4. Sprinkle salt and black pepper.

5. Spread some olive oil onto all ingredients. Use finger to brush chicken leg with olive oil.

6. 175 degree, 90 mins.



It can be served with pasta. Baked tomato is perfect for pasta.