Pasta / Noodles

Page 1 of 1

My father refuses to eat pasta, spaghetti or anything Italian for that matter (e.g. pizzas, lasagna). He says it's not food and says that Italian men have never had to work outside in the cold and he states that this is the reason they eat "normal" food. He is not the only one of his generation that has this opinion. My late father in law used to agree. My father is used to working outside in all weathers (blizzards, crazy snowstorms, rain, hail and what not). He is the guy you would spot from a million miles working on a rooftop because he is the only one not wearing a jacket in a blizzard. He says that pasta doesn't keep him warm (he insists that sheep intestines and singed sheep heads do however). I however work in front of a computer all day and I if I get cold I wrap up and drink a hot mug of tea or soup. If I ate the kind of food he does and still sat on my behind, I would look like a balloon. He must work off around 4000 calories each day during the winter time so it makes sense that he doesn't like something as light as pasta.


A colourful dish, full of flavours

Cashew Chicken with Vegetables and Noodles (and a Dressing)

Oh boy does my husband get happy when I serve this dish. He always asks me to make a monster sized dinner so that he will be able to take leftovers to work the next day.

A light and healthy dish

Chicken Chow Mein

The main ingredients of Chow Mein are meat, noodles, vegetables and onions but very varied between countries and continents.

Great noodles with a distinctive taste

Chinese Five Spice Vegetable Noodles

'Five Spice' is a seasoning regularly used in Chinese food. It should be available in most supermarkets (and some health food stores), just ensure it contains only spices, not additives.

The perfect balance between noodles and soup

Coconut and Salmon Noodle Soup

This soup is the perfect one to make if you have a bit of leftover salmon in the freezer or fridge.

A light and lovely soup, perfect when you need a dinner not too substantial

Hot and Sour Mushroom Broth

This recipe is an adaptation of a similar recipe I found in a book called Veggie Chic by the great author Rose Elliot.

Not the easiest soup to make but very much worth the effort

Mussels and Coconut Noodle Soup

This is one of those recipes which has an endless ingredients list.

Simple and healthy, always a good combination

Oven Baked Vegetables with Pasta

A very simple and cheap dish, perfect for the mid week headache of "what should I have for dinner?".

My husband's favourite noodles in the whole world

Pad Thai Noodles

This is a very healthy version of Pad Thai noodles and I often use both tofu and vegetables only in this recipe and it still tastes grate.

An unusual combination perhaps, yet delightful

Pasta with Smoked Salmon or Trout

My family has access to a lake in the Icelandic wilderness. It is only accessible by 4x4 and then by foot. This lake is surrounded by mountains.

A very filling and nutritious meal

Sesame Noodles

I really like this recipe. It has few and simple ingredients that work extremely well together. Just make sure you buy organic peanut butter without any additives or sugar.

When on a hike, preparing a simple, yet tasty meal is very rewarding

Simple Trail Noodle Soup

I know it is probably much quicker buying ready made trail food but let me tell you...most of what is sold out there is rubbish.

One of the reasons the Japanese live so long!

Soba Noodle Salad with Wakame, Ginger and Vegetables

I made this salad immediately after arrived home from a trip to Japan.

An easy and healthy twist on the classic Italian dish

Spaghetti Bolognese (with Minced Soy Meat)

Although I was not at all fond of meat in my early years (and I am of course a vegetarian today) I loved the tomato sauce which surrounded the meat balls my mother made in her "spaghetti and meat b

I love mushrooms indiscriminately in all shapes and sizes

Spaghetti with Mushrooms

I love all mushrooms indiscriminately. I could happily eat mushrooms for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A lovely Kenyan dish packed with vitamins and goodness

Spaghetti ya Mboga (Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables)

This recipe really surprised me I must say. I left the tomatoes simmering for a long time and that really made the flavours pop.

My husband's favourite Thai dish

Thai Chicken and Noodles in Satay Sauce

My husband loves, loves, loves this recipe. It is one of his favourite meals.

A lovely and fragrant soup with lots of flavours

Thai Laksa

I know that the recipe seems very, very complicated.

A delightful soup, perfect for mid week

Thai Noodle Soup with Shrimp

This soup is so good and it is fairly quick if you can get your hands on some decent Thai green curry paste. The ones that are sold in health food stores are usually quite nice.

A fairly substantial meal, perfect for a chilly evening after hiking

Trail Casserole with Couscous

The picture accompanying this recipe is taken in the Scottish Highlands were we once went on a hike. It was marvellous.

Lovely and simple pasta dish

Tuna and Pasta in Tomato Sauce

I have often ordered Tuna pasta at Italian restaurants but had never considered making it at home. I always thought it was so complicated.

A very healthy meal packed with protein and healthy fats

Tuna Steaks and Noodles with Ginger and Tamari Dressing

This is the perfect meal for those who are trying to eat healthy yet lightly.

Not exactly like the Italian do it but I still love this lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna with Minced Soy Meat

Please do not make this recipe if you have Italian in-laws...Although I absolutely love this lasagna and so does my husband, I am not sure it would be appreciated by those who are used to authentic

A filling yet light meal full of complex carbohydrates and energy.

Wild Mushrooms and Noodles Trail Soup

Me and my husband are keen hikers. We love nothing more than packing our bags on a Friday evening, heading into the Icelandic wilderness.