Good Read Article #5 – Pasta Demystified with Asus Zenfone 5

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Pasta is one of the staple dishes from Italy that slowly made it’s way in all across the world because of it’s simple and versatile nature. Today this unusually shaped ingredient could be found in all the supermarkets and the pasta manufacturing giants left no stone un-turned in the last few decades to popularize Pasta as an essential grocery item for every household. Almost all the regions of Italy have their own theory about the origin of pasta. The Ligurians assume that Genoese merchants adapted it from nomadic people of Mongolia and brought it back home while Venetians believe Marco Polo imported noodles from China. In Rome they have altogether different theory of inheriting pasta from the royal kitchens despite of controversial originating history pasta is passion all over Italy today.
 

 


Pasta is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with and a deliciously cooked pasta sautéed in flavorful sauce paired with right wine is my idea of comfort food. Over the years there is more and more intrusion of pasta in our Indian kitchens and very comfortably it made place for itself in the kitchen shelf beside lentils and masalas. When Asus team came up with the idea of sharing my thoughts about newly launched Zenfone 5 I thought of combining two most dynamic crafts food and technology to make this post more interesting for the readers.

 


The variety of pasta……

It is a fact that today pasta comes in more than 300 varieties of different shapes and sizes – penne, fusilli, spaghetti, farfalle, rigatoni, ravioli, tagliatelle are few popular ones. But technically pasta is only of two type – laminated pasta and extruded pasta, pasta fresca or laminated pasta means the fresh, homemade pasta with a dough of three basic ingredients – water, flour and eggs. While pasta secca or extruded pasta is a manufactured commercialized product, which, because of its impeccable tradition, elegantly overcomes the arguments for and against “ready-made” foodstuffs. In extruded pasta also there are two varieties – teflon dice pasta and bronze dice pasta, pasta extruded from machines using bronze dice has rustic finish and rough surface which is more sought after by the Chefs as the sauce clings better to the rough surface of the pasta. But bronze dice pasta could not be produced in large quantities due to slow extrusion process hence the pasta we usually buy from supermarket is reasonably priced teflon dice extruded pasta.
The proper way to cook pasta…..
Pasta is quick to cook and is always successful if certain basic rules are always followed. The pan it is cooked in should be as big and deep as possible to have enough room for pasta while boiling. There is never too much of water while boiling pasta but there should not be less water ideally the thumb rule to follow is 4 Cups of water to 100 grams of pasta, to prevent pasta from sticking together. The water should always be seasoned with salt to flavor the pasta. Once water comes to a roaring boil then only pasta should be added and the water must be rapidly boiling throughout the whole cooking time. But hand rolled stuffed pastas like ravioli should not be cooked in violently boiling water it may damage the pasta. 
 
Cooking time for pasta depends on size, quality, variety so the best way to test pasta for doneness is to taste. Once pasta is cooked as per as per your preference transfer the contents of the pan through a metal strainer reserving some of the boiling water to flavor the sauce. If sauce is already prepared then strained pasta can be immediately added to the sauce else rinse boiled pasta under running water to prevent starch from sticking it together. Coating boiled pasta with a layer of oil is not too helpful and it prevents sauce from clinging to the pasta. 
 
 

 

Sauce and pasta combination…..
The combination of pasta and delicious sauce is almost a science in itself. There are certain simple rules which to be followed to get the right combination, freshly made filled pastas need to be served with light sauce while other hand rolled pasta like tagliatelle can be served with robust sauces along with meats and seafood. While ready made dried pasta does not have much taste of it’s own it is more dependent on the accompanying sauce so the choice of possible combinations is wider. 

 
 
 

Review of Zenfone 5 #MyAsusZenfone….

Taiwan-based Asus has expanded its India footprint with the launch of the new ZenFone smartphone series which is comprised of three models, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6. Recently the company approached me for experiencing  ZenFone 5 to share my reviews about it as a food blogger, and I must accept it definitely got my attention with its good looks, user friendly interface and fast intel processor.
The ZenFone 5 comes with 2GB of RAM and will be sold with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage plus support for up to 64GB microSD cards, that much of space is sufficient for me to store as many food photographs I want in my smartphone. And the best feature is fast intel processor which never creates problem even if the phone and external storage memory are overloaded with the data.
Look and feel…
The ZenFone 5 is a basic candybar phone with a simple yet appealing style, smooth finishing and lightweight body give it quiet a fascinating appearance. The ZenFone 5 is available in five colours in India: Charcoal Black, Pearl White, Cherry Red, Sky Blue, and Solar Yellow. I got my hands on the Charcoal Black one and it looks stylish and elegant.
For a person like me who like to use smartphone more than laptop, display section plays an important role, the ZenFone 5’s front is dominated by its 5-inch display which makes browsing, editing photos, video conferencing much more convenient. ZenFone 5 is equipped with a high resolution 1280 x 800 HD IPS+ display,  sporting a pixel density of 294ppi for an impressive visual appearance. The color contrast of the display screen is well balanced with improved clarity, lighter and beautiful vivid colors. The Gorilla scratch proof screen is quite functional for a food blogger like me who’s smartphone accompanies her in the kitchen as well.
Applications…
The phone comes with a number of inbuilt apps such as What’s Next, which can track and manage apps; Do It Later, a to-do list; Super Note, for taking notes; Zen Link (Share Link, Party Link, PC Link, and Remote Link apps); Asus WebStorage, the company’s cloud storage app (all users get 5GB free for life), and Omlet Chat, a free instant messaging app. For my this post I have used Super Notes to make the post much more interesting for the readers. Like other Zenfone Apps Super Notes is easily adaptable and leisure to work on.

 

Product Review | Jan 18, 2015 By Hina Gujral

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    Shreya at Jumbodium
    January 19, 2015

    Wow so many types of pasta are there. Have never seen before. Love the shapes and colors. Too different. Thank u for the review.

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    Priti Raj
    January 30, 2015

    Loved the way you presented this post! I so love pasta… I was looking to buy Asus phone and it looks quite stylish!

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