11 September, 2014

Barilla Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad

Spring has sprung ! A big yay to sunny days, fresh flowers, and summer salads ! And what better way to celebrate then with a fresh, colourful and vibrant salad. 

Rushed for time, yet still eager for a homemade meal, I managed to whip up the below in less than 15 minutes. Very impressive, if I say so myself.

  • Recipe: 

          ▢ 500g Barilla Casarecce Siciliane

          ▢ 1 jar Barilla Sundried Tomato (Pomodori Secchi) Pesto

          ▢ 1 punnet of ripe truss tomatoes, quartered

          ▢ 1 medium yellow capsicum, thinly sliced

          ▢ 300g mushroom cups, thinly sliced

          ▢ 150g green beans, chopped in thirds

          ▢ 1 red onion, thinly sliced

          ▢ 2 garlic cloves, crushed

          ▢ 1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive oil

          ▢ Salt, for pasta water

          ▢ Salt and pepper, to taste

Step 1:
In a large saucepan, bring plenty of water to boil. When the water is boiling, add the Barilla Casarecce Siciliane and cook according to the instructions on the pack.

Step 2:
Meanwhile, in a large stainless feel bowl, add the tomatoes, capsicum,  mushrooms,  green beans, red onion and garlic. Add olive oil and let it sit.

Step 3:
Drain the pasta.

Step 4:
Add the vegetables and stir through the Barilla Sundried Tomato (Pomodori Secchi) Pesto.

Step 5:
Serve with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive oil. Enjoy !

confessions of a little piggy received these products courtesy of Barilla Australia

06 September, 2014

Tyrrells English Crisps

A big welcome to one of England’s most-loved up-market chips - Tyrrells English Crisps ! And boy was this little piggy lucky to receive a few bags to munch and crunch on.

First thing first, I prepped these crisps up for a quick photoshoot. Now, I'm not going to lie, I had hoped to share these with the rest of my family. But before I knew it, I had somehow demolished three of the four bags. It's the thought that counts though... right ?

Flavours to tickle your fancy include Lightly Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Mature Cheddar & Chives, Sweet Chili & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper and Worcestershire Sauce & Sundried Tomato. 

But for me? My favourite goes to the Sunday Best Roast Chicken, flavours reminiscing a toasty Sunday lunch which had me begging for seconds. Combined with crunch levels out of this world, these chips are indeed, a winner winner, chicken (lunch) dinner.

confessions of a little piggy received these products courtesy of 360 Immerse Agency and Tyrrells English Crisps.

17 August, 2014


Baby of the family, K-Tarng is sibling to the more popular one in the family, Tarng on A'beckett Street. But let me just say, don't judge a book by its cover. 

The interior is nothing fancy, like not at all, but it's when I made my way to the back that I discovered a little spot of Korea hidden in good old Carnegie. Picture a little garden, tables and stools and fairy lights stretching to the sky. All I could think of was K-drama ! But onto the food.

Tarng's Spicy Fried Chicken

Of course we could not pass up ordering a serving of deep fried goodness in the form of Korean fried chicken. Smothered in a sticky sweet chilli sauce, the chicken was tender and juicy on the side yet super crunchy on the outside. Don’t bother with cutlery here, these babies are finger lickin’ good ! I could not get enough of this.

Pork BBQ

Next came out a sizzling hot plate BBQ Pork which I wasn’t overly fond of as the pork was rather dry and lacking in seasoning.

Kimchi Pancake

I’m mad about kimchi pancakes and these were definitely not an exception. What’s not to like about a fluffy pancake with crispy golden edges, with all its tangy and slightly spicy glory. Dipping these in a simple soy and vinegar sauce, we watched as they disappeared like magic.

Corn Cheese

We also spoilt our tastebuds (waitsline not so much) with a bubbling plate of Corn Cheese. Sweet corn kernels concealed in a creamy concoction of all things naughty - mayo, butter and sugar. And of course, roofed with extra melty mozzarella cheese.

I've been to K-Tarng multiple times now and have enjoyed each visit - it's just so easy. Come here on cold wintery nights for those extra calories to keep you warm and fuzzy.

45 Koornang Road  
Carnegie, VIC 3163

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