Monday 29 July 2013

Do Not Be Anxious About Anything

Jamie's Italian has opened in Singapore. There are long queues everyday and online reservation is fully booked till October. However, it is easier for you to get a table if you walk in during off peak hours
I was there alone on a late weekday afternoon and ordered one of the famous pasta, Jools' favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli and Polenta Chips as side. Jools is Jamie's wife and this is her favourite Saturday afternoon pasta.  This dish is also one of the reasons why I was there. This pasta is healthy and light and I want to recreate it at home. There's another Jools' favourite in Jamie's 30 minute meals called Pregnant Jool Pasta which is penne cooked with sausages.

I ordered the single portion which is 75g and came with a herb breadcrumbs on a spoon. It was very fresh, light and delicious. True to Jamie's food philosophy, this pasta which is cooked with fresh and simple ingredients can be enjoyed eating in a balanced healthy way.

The polenta chips were so superbly fried too, remain crisp and warm right to the last piece. I have to save the tempting desserts for another trip with family and to try the other dishes as well..

The tuna used in the restaurant is albacore. There are many types of canned tuna and the regular ones are the yellowfin.  Albacore tuna is white meat tuna, has a non fishy taste compared to regular tuna. It also has the lightest flesh, and is priced higher than regular tuna. Unlike ordinary tunas, albacore also contains more omega 3 fatty acids and naturally the fats content and calories are higher than regular tuna.

My version of Jools'Favourite Sicilian Tuna is adapted from here.

Jools' Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli
serves 4


1 pound, (400g)good-quality fusilli or penne(fusilli)
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cans(400g x 2) good quality whole peeled tomatoes,  chopped
2 cans (10oz) good-quality tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked(142gms x 2)
1 to 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped (2 deseeded chillies)
1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked, stalks chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-2 lemon, zest and juice(1 lemon)
Small handful freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (Herb breadcrumbs)

Herb Breadcrumb
recipe source: own
1/2 cups of panko
1 tablespoon of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of parmesan

Mix the above ingredients and baked in the oven at 180C for 10-15 mins or until breadcrumbs is brown and toasted.


  • Heat a splash of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and cook the onion, chilli, cinnamon and basil stalks on a medium to low heat for 5 minutes until onion has softened and is slightly sweet.

  • Turn up the heat and add your tomatoes, tuna and a good pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pan of salted boiling water according to the pack instructions. When al dente, drain the pasta in a colander, reserving some of the cooking water.

  • Toss the pasta into the tuna and tomato sauce with the roughly torn basil leaves, a glug of olive oil, the lemon zest and juice, and mix together well.

  • Loosen the pasta with a little of the reserved cooking water if needed. Check the seasoning and serve immediately with Parmesan.( crunchy herb breadcrumbs at the side)

Ta-Da,..My homemade version. I would say this is very close in taste.

Note: Pasta sauce is cooked for 4 servings. Cooked pasta is for single serving of 100g.
Those who tried this pasta and other food in the restaurant here and abroad, felt that there are some degrees of  inconsistency in presentation and taste.

A church friend had a cancer scare recently. Her doctor has found abnormalities in her mammogram and she had a biopsy done. As she waited for her biopsy result, we all prayed for her and gave her encouragement and support. She had recently lost her mother to breast cancer and  might have inherited the cancerous genes.
Thank God  the biopsy report was non-cancerous but abnormal. She is due to do a open biopsy to remove the lumps from both breasts using an ultrasound hookwire to do further test.
When one is struck with an uncertainty medical report, one is naturally frightened. My friend is thankful she has a God who cares, and has given her comforting Word. She has faith in God's will for her, whatever outcome of the open biopsy.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7


  1. Hi Lian,

    I like your suggestion of having a nice Jamie's (or Jool's) meal at home. Being a mum with no help, I am grounded to home and can't enjoy any fine dining these days... but this doesn't mean that I can't taste Jamie Oliver's food :p


    1. Hi Zoe, not too long ago, I was grounded like you too. You'll soon have the freedom to do and go whatever and whenever you want.

  2. Hi Lian,
    How cool to eat in a Jamie restaurant! I don't think we have one here. Simple and delicious, my kind meal!

    1. Jamie's Italian is not too far away from you. Come for a visit when you have a long weekend holiday:D

  3. Hi Lian, I love this restaurant! The place look warm and homely, the pasta looks simple yet delicious!

  4. Hi Tze, this place is indeed very warm and casual with friendly and attentive staff. I was very impressed by the service. My food came fast and hot.


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