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Bacon & Mushroom Macaroni Cheese

October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Macaroni Cheese is definitely one of my favourite comfort foods and a special treat in our house considering how expensive cheese is these days and how it’s not really the healthiest meal in the world. I was surprised to find out that while I had always know Mac n Cheese to be baked in the oven after the cheese sauce has been stirred through the noodles, most Americans firstly make this stuff from a box mix and it is just cooked on the stove which means they never get the flavour and crunch from grilling the cheese sprinkled on top. I also find that baking it in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 dries it out for too much and prefer to just grill it  for 5 minutes to melt and brown the cheese.

Firstly, I want to introduce you to making cheese sauce in the microwave and shock, horror, gasp, I do it without butter. I do it like this:

600ml heated to just below boiling point in a large jug (1l jug is fine)

2 generous tablespoons maizena (corn flour)

250ml grated cheddar cheese

Salt & pepper to taste

When milk is hot, place corn flour in a small dish and add about 100ml of the heated milk. Stir well to get rid of all lumps. Put 100ml of milk and cornflour mix back into the jug and stir well. Return to the microwave and cook at 100% power for about 4 minutes stirring well half way through the cooking time. Watch this carefully because it makes an awful mess if it is allowed to boil over. Once the mixture is nice and thick, add your grated cheese and stir until it is melted in. Season with salt and a good grind of black pepper and set aside.

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High Hat Chocolate Dipped cupcakes

September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

This weekend was filled with long lovely lunches at La Mouette (http://lamouette-restaurant.co.za/), birthday parties, Adventure Bootcamp Gala dinners, breakfasts and walks on the beach but birthday celebrations started out earlier in the week with Sour Cream Lemon pie made for our Bible Study Group and a “to me, from me” box of happy from YuppieChef (www.yuppiechef.co.za) where I finally bought myself a pestle and mortar.

Even though my birthday weekend was very busy, I still couldn’t quite justify a weekend without baking so I made these cupcakes so that I could at least blow out a candle and have something to nibble when the hustle and bustle finally came to an end on Sunday night. Oh, I also made Turkish Delight for the first time on Saturday morning before dashing to a birthday party of my daughter’s friend so I have lots to post about this week. If only I can find the time between work and training *sigh*. Will have to do my best.

For the recipe, please visit http://food.rumtumtiggs.co.za/high-hat-cupcakes/

Mince curry and Homemade Rotis

September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

In my endeavor to post more food related blogs – lest my readers think all I do is make and eat cake, I decided to start making a note of what I cook and see if anything worth blogging about comes out. So, last night I made some mince curry and had it with the rotis with a flop proof roti recipe from one of my favourite bloggers, Mitzi (http://blogs.food24.com/members/mitzireddy/).

Cooking is more of an instinct for me where there is no real right and wrong. Sure, the major principles are important but you cannot be a good cook unless you “feel” it. You need to engage all your senses and rely on what feels right. Although, if you’re like my hubby who, in the early part of our relationship, thought stuffing a whole chicken with a can of tuna before roasting it was “right” then we need to go back to the drawing board – and, you’re in the right place. The bloggers you are surrounded with are REAL PEOPLE not gourmet chefs – and we’re always ready and willing to advise and make suggestions.

For the recipe, please visit http://food.rumtumtiggs.co.za/mince-curry-and-homemade-rotis/