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Jamie’s Macaroni Cheese

I love Jamie Oliver recipes and always find them very easy to make.  He also offers a different twist on basic foods which I enjoy very much.  His Mac Cheese is one of these.  I made it exactly as he instructs except I used Panko crumbs instead of fresh breadcrumbs and longer pasta shapes.

Don’t be afraid of the 10 garlic cloves – they become lovely and nutty and not in the least bit strong.  The addition of tomatoes was also interesting and surprisingly tangy – will definitely make this one again…  Vegetarians can omit the Worcestershire Sauce as this contains anchovies…

Jamie's Mac Cheese

Ingredients:

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

45g butter

3 heaped tablespoons plain flour

10 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced

6 bay leaves

1 litre semi-skimmed milk

600g dried macaroni

8 tomatoes

150g Cheddar cheese, freshly grated

100g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

a few sprigs fresh thyme,  leaves picked

2 splashes Worcestershire sauce, optional

1 grating nutmeg, optional

3 big handfuls fresh breadcrumbs

olive oil

Method:

Preheat your oven to 220ºC fan-forced

Get a large pan of salted water on the boil.

Melt the butter in a large ovenproof saucepan over a low heat, then add the flour and turn the heat up to medium, stirring all the time, until you get a paste – this is your roux.

Add all the sliced garlic – don’t worry about the amount because each slice will caramelise like toffee in the roux.

Keep cooking and stirring until golden and the garlic is nice and sticky.

Add the bay leaves and slowly whisk in the milk a little at a time to ensure you get a nice smooth sauce.

Bring the mixture to the boil, then leave it on a low heat to simmer and tick away, stirring occasionally.

Add the pasta to the pan of boiling salted water and cook according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes on a board and season them well with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and add it immediately to the sauce.

Give it a good stir and take the pan off the heat. Stir in your grated cheeses, chopped tomatoes and thyme leaves.

A little Worcestershire sauce added now is nice, and so is a little grating or two of nutmeg.

Now work on the flavour – taste it and season it until it’s hitting the right spot. You want it to be slightly too wet because it will thicken up again in the oven, so add a splash of water if needed.

 

If you’ve made your sauce in an ovenproof casserole-type pan, leave everything in there; if not, transfer it to a deep earthenware dish. Bake it for 30 minutes in the oven, until golden, bubbling, crispy and delicious.

 

While it’s cooking, put your breadcrumbs and thyme into a pan with a few drizzles of olive oil over a medium heat.

Stir and toss the crumbs around until crunchy and golden all over. Remove from the heat and tip into a nice bowl.

Serve your macaroni cheese in the centre of the table, with your bowl of crispy breadcrumbs for sprinkling over, and a lovely green salad.

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Golden Cheesy Baked Vegetables

I recently saw a photo of a vegetable bake on a website and thought it looked so pretty I just had to make something similar.  The contrast in colours is lovely and the combination of vegetables is very tasty.

I found I had to stack the vegetables in halves as my tray was quite shallow but if you have a deeper tray stack them in rounds – it’s fiddly but worth the end result.

This is terrific as a side dish or just pile it onto toasted sourdough bread with a green salad for lunch…

Prior to going into the oven

Prior to going into the oven

Golden and bubbly read to eat...

Golden and bubbly read to eat…

Ingredients:

2 large onions, sliced

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 zucchini, sliced

1 small long eggplant, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons olive oil

Pizza cheese or grated cheese, grated

100 grams fetta cheese crumbled

2 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180oC.

Arrange onions, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant alternately in a baking dish.

Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle olive oil over the vegetables.

Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil and bake for 35 -40 minutes

Take out the baking dish from oven, remove aluminium foil and sprinkle the top with grated and crumbled cheeses.

Place under the griller for about 5 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

We have a Hobbit like passion for mushrooms and eat loads of them.  One of my favourite ways is to stuff them full of lovely things and bake them in the oven.

Served with a salad and some garlic bread, this makes a lovely lunch or light dinner.  The flavours can be tweaked but this sort of Greek style combination works very well.

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Ingredients:

4 large field mushrooms

8 baby roma tomatoes finely sliced

1/2 cup black olives sliced

1/2 cup feat cheese crumbled

One garlic clove grated

3 spring onions finely chopped

Olive oil

Salt & pepper to season

Method:

Remove the stalk and cut down a little way to make the mushrooms a bit deeper.

Place the mushrooms flat side down in a large casserole dish

In a bowl, mix together the tomatoes, olives, feta, garlic and spring onions.

Season to taste

With a spoon carefully fill each mushroom and pack down firmly.

Drizzle each mushroom with a little olive oil

Cover with foil and bake at 200c (fan-forced) for about 20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and hot.

Serve with a green salad and a slice of garlic bread

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Easy Vindaloo Prawn Curry

I stumbled across an old recipe hand written on a piece of A4 paper for Indian Curry Fish which I suspect comes from a dear friend at work.  I have adapted it and used prawns instead.

The result was fantastic.  It is so quick and easy to make – if you prefer less spicy sauce you can use a Korma or Madras paste as Vindaloo is the hottest…   The flavour is sharp and vinegary and is delicious.  The amounts below serve 4 people…

 

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion chopped

4 large vine tomatoes hopped

3 tablespoons Vindaloo paste

300 ml water

1 kg raw prawn cutlets (tail on)

2 long green chillies chopped and seeded

 

Method:

Fry onion in oil until transparent

Add tomatoes and fry for until they breakdown and go creamy – about 5 minutes

Stir in curry paste and fry a further 5-10 minutes until fragrant

Add water and simmer for 10 minutes or until onions are soft

Toss in the prawns and chopped green chillies and simmer until prawns are cooked

Serve with steamed jasmine rice and paratha or roti bread

 

Bon Appétit!   🙂

Spicy Chilli Lamb Shanks

This is a slight variation on a Jamie Oliver recipe that Simon made last week.  The sauce was unbelievably tasty and the meat could be eaten with a spoon – so very tender.  The combination of sweet raisins and apple juice, the smokiness of the paprika and the heat of the chilli resulted in the most amazing sauce.  We cooked it down at the end as it was still quite thin and it worked a treat and became beautifully thick and rich.

Served with potato and pea mash and some garlic bread – this was a real treat and we will be eating this dish a lot throughout the winter…

The left over sauce was popped in the freezer for later.   Last night Simon defrosted it and added some plump poached, sliced and pan fried good quality sausages to the mixture and served it over penne noodles – awesome!

Spicey Lamb Shanks

 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of chilli powder

Large handful of raisins

285ml apple juice

4 lamb shanks

Olive oil

3 medium red onions finely chopped

8 garlic cloves, finely sliced

2–3 fresh red chillies of your choice, halved and deseeded

1 heaped tsp smoked paprika

A few fresh bay leaves

3–4 rosemary sprigs

1 x 400g tin tomatoes

750ml chicken stock or water

A dash of red wine vinegar

 

Method: 

Preheat your oven to 250c

Put the raisins and apple juice in a bowl then set aside.

Put the lamb shanks in a roasting tray then rub all over with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

Bang them in the oven for 20 minutes and, as they’re browning, get a casserole pan that will fit the shanks quite snugly – about 24cm in diameter and 10cm deep.

Put it on a medium heat and add a lug of olive oil. Devote about 10 minutes to sweating off the onions, garlic, chilli powder, fresh chilli, smoked paprika, bay leaves and rosemary.

Once the onions have softened, put the rehydrated raisins into a food processor or Ninja, along with any leftover apple juice, then blitz until you’ve got a thicker liquid. Stir this into your onions.

Take your shanks out of the oven and turn the temperature down to 140C

Add them to the casserole pan along with your tinned tomatoes and water or stock to just cover.

Stir everything together, cover and put in the oven to slowly stew for about 2½–3 hours.

Once the meat is falling off the bone and the sauce is thick, take it out of the oven, have a taste and season with salt and pepper and a dash of vinegar

Take the meat out and if the sauce is too soupy, simmer briskly for about ½ an hour to cook down into a luscious sauce.

Put the meat back in to coat with the sauce and bring back up to temperature

Serve with mash or noodles

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

This Southern Italian Spaghetti is divine.  Salty and zingy from the anchovies, capers, olives and chilli and fragrant from the garlic, it makes the taste buds burst into life and is one of my favourite sauces.   Don’t be afraid to use anchovies.  They cook down into the sauce and are just a wonderful flavour in the background…

The quantities shown here serve two hungry people…

Spaghetti Puttanesca

 

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of good olive oil
1 large clove of garlic grated
1 long red chilli chopped finely (leave the seeds in for more heat)
1 small jar anchovies drained and finely chopped
3 large vine tomatoes core removed and chopped roughly
3 or 4 finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon Passata or Neapolitan sauce
Handful of Kalamata olives
1 tablespoon baby capers (if larger chop them up)
½ cup finely chopped parsley
A pinch of sugar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Spaghetti for 2 people
Freshly grated parmesan to serve

Method:
Cook the pasta according to the direction until al dente
In the meantime, heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the garlic, chilli and anchovies
Toss in the chopped tomatoes and cook down for a few minutes
Add the rest of the ingredients finishing with the parsley
Season to taste
Toss through the drained pasta and serve topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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