Bunsoy’s Birthday

Nope…am not talking about our own dear little “princess” here but yet another “bunso” (youngest in the family) who is just as loved (and sorely missed too!) – my only sister, Rina, who celebrated her “quarter-of-a-century (and then some! 😆 )” birthday two days ago.

Of course, birthdays are always causes for celebration and thanksgiving, right? And being true-blooded Pinoys, what indeed is any celebration without food?

So, even though we are miles apart, I made it a point to prepare something “birthday-ish” on dear sister’s special day.  Here’s what I came up with…

Spaghetti with Fried Eggplant and Tomato – In our family, there always just has to be long noodles on birthdays to wish the celebrant long life! 😉

This recipe is again courtesy of the Treats Spaghetti Book I mentioned in my earlier blog.  I liked this pasta dish as it was so easy to make and yet still racked up points in the taste department.  What’s more, although its sauce is practically vegetable-based and so unlike the “sweet-ish” spaghetti sauce most of us are accustomed to, even the kids loved it – yipee! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to post the recipe at the end of this entry. 🙂

Baked Chinese Chicken Wings

Again, I ask: what is spaghetti without chicken? 😉 I googled the recipe for this from a great find of a food blog – Blog Chef!  Since I only had 900 grams of wings, I just halved the recipe ingredients.  I also substituted the garlic powder with fresh crushed garlic (about 4 cloves) and the sugar with honey.  I must say, these wings turned out very tasty and delicious! 😀 It does pay to marinate 24 hours (or more!). 😎

All in all, even without dear birthday girl being physically present to celebrate with us, it was a fun party nonetheless!

Here, have a (virtual) bite! 😀

Happy, happy birthday, Rina! Hope you enjoyed your “handa”… see you very, very soon!

PS As promised, here’s the pasta recipe. :mrgreen:

YOU NEED: 1 large eggplant (aubergine), thinly sliced; 2 tbsp coarse sea salt; 1 cup olive oil, for frying; 500 grams spaghetti, cooked per package instructions and set aside; 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

For the Tomato Sauce: 1 kg firm-ripe tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped (I substituted this with 1 large can peeled, whole tomatoes plus two large, boiled and peeled, fresh tomatoes); 1 red onion, thinly sliced (I used the yellow variety); 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped; leaves from 1 small bunch basil, torn (I used dry basil), 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil; 1/4 tsp sugar; salt to taste

HOW TO: Place the eggplant slices in a colander and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt.  Let drain for 1 hour.  Shake off as much salt as possible.  Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan until very hot. Fry the eggplant in small batches until golden-brown, 5-7 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.

For the sauce, stir together the tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, oil, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.  Cover and simmer over medium heat until the tomatoes have broken down, about 15 minutes.  Uncover and simmer over low heat until reduced, about 40 minutes.  Transfer to a food processor and chop until smooth (I skipped this step though! 🙂 ).

Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss well. Top with the fried eggplant and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Serve hot.  Yields 4-6 servings.


3 responses to this post.

  1. ‘te, thanks for the long-life noodles!!! and the baked chicken looks equally yummy…

    btw, i have twisted P’s arm for the shrimp scampi pasta already. should be coming your way soon. 😉

    You’re very welcome! Anything for my fave sestah – oh yeah! 😎

    Looking forward to the scampi recipe soon (prey-shur!). 😉


  2. Pwede na rin maki-birthday? Hihi!

    Sarap niyan for sure!

    Twinkie’s favorite food: Spaghetti

    Twinkie’s favorite veggie: Eggplant

    At korek, what is “birthday spaghetti” without “birthday chicken”? Hehehe!

    Bakit ganun? Parang alam mo na magbibirthday na rin ako? 😀

    Siyempre, puwedeng-puwede! 😆 Oo naman, alam ko… “lurker” din ata ako sa blog mo! 🙂 Ingat!


  3. hindi kumpleto ang birthday pag walang noodles at manok. hahaha! kaya na-shock ako sa first birthday party na pinuntahan namin dito! 😀

    I remember that post! At least may birthday parties pa rin kahit paano… dito kasi, majority of the locals do not celebrate their birthdays at all! Thank God for our Pinoy buddies kaya tuloy pa rin ang “bday party experience” kahit paano. 😉


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