Thursday, October 9, 2008

Your Spaghetti Doesn't Always Have to Be Red


If you have been following my blog this past week, you definitely noticed the physical change—I changed the template. Let’s say I got bored with the color and font. I also thought it’s a fresh way to mark my second week of blogging. But more than that, I thought it’s a good object lesson in changing perspective.

For some of us, when we keep seeing the same things, we lose our excitement. Or when we refuse to listen to someone who has a different insight, we get into trouble. When we snub the veggies, we miss out on the nutrients that our body needs. Trying something new—rearranging the furniture, cooking a new dish, doing things spontaneously, doing someone a favor instead of always asking a favor, giving instead of receiving—these could give you a boost of energy, a sense of adventure, an important benefit, and even teachable moments.

My “change” this day is not only the template of my blog, but also the food that I served in my family’s plate. We often have spaghetti with tomato sauce and cheese. Sometimes we garnish it with tuna flakes, sardines, sausage, or ground meat. But for the first time today, I cooked spaghetti with olive oil, basil, garlic, and bits of German franks. (While doing so, I imagined I’m one of the cooking hosts of Lifestyle Channel or Travel and Living preparing culinary dishes.) I got the recipe from my youngest brother who served it on his birthday. I liked his olive oil and basil spaghetti, which he also garnished with raw slices of tomato and mussels then topped it with toasted peanuts and garlic. Delizioso!

Today, I’ve proven that in our family, our spaghetti doesn’t always have to be red. We all liked the spaghetti in olive oil! Our heart will also benefit from the antioxidative substances and good cholesterol found in olive oil. For more information on the health benefits of olive oil, check out

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard

A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. ~Old New York Proverb

No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. ~Christopher Morley

A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment? ~The Bible, from the Book of Ecclesiastes 2:24-25


marj said...

Hi Ate Yah! I was surprised when I checked your site tonight. I thought I accessed a different one (really). Wow! A change for the better. Natuwa naman ako talaga. Well, like you I also love to cook and I make sure that it's nutritious & healthy just like your menu tonight.

janelle said...

wow! nice template! keep on blogging ate yah!

Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

I like the change of color too! My brother told me I should have said that the one he cooked was called pesto. Have you tried pesto? Ang sarap. =)

Faye said...

I never did red spaghetti. I always cook tuna pesto. Maybe I should try the red :) hehe...luv pasta!

change is goood!!!

marj said...

Yes, Ate Yah. I've already tried pesto at Chef d'Angelo & World Chicken. Naku! One of my favorites. Yung sa Brothers Burger na version ng pesto???... Hmmm, masarap talaga yung sa Chef at World.. Ahihi.

mei said...

nice new template ate. cool to the eyes.

i love pasta, in any color! hihi. last, last week ata gumawa si loren ng tuna spaghetti. i liked it too. it tastes good din pag medyo spicy :)

080688 said...

hi te yah....i am amazed when i saw your profile because of our favorite's true that pesto is very delicious but i suggest
that you should also taste the fettuccine with will like it very much because it is not too oily and it is good to your health.GOD BLESS po!

Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

Seems like we're all pasta lovers here. =) Pass the parmesan, please!

~ Mhay ~ said...

Hi Ms. Marlene! I'm honored to have you as my visitor on my blog. Thanks for dropping by. I'll link to my site as I love what you write. Carry on! :)

Marlene Legaspi-Munar said...

Hi Mhay! Thanks for visiting and for letting your blog friends know about Perspective. God bless you =)

Anonymous said...

i do like pesto too.its like instant pasta, just whip up a few herbs & spices, put it in a processor & viola!
a very healthy pasta dish...

wala po akong blogger account e.nkawordpress po ako..hehe