In My Kitchen – October 2015

As always a big thank you to our friend Celia for bringing us all together each month with these fun IMK posts. 🙂

In my kitchen…

Were some sticky chicken wings – haven’t had them in a while and they were fabulous.

In my kitchen…

Is a quinoa salad, always such a wonderful taste explosion.

Karin's quinoa 2

In my kitchen…

Was some scrumptious macaroni and cheese, unbaked, my lazy way of making it.

In my kitchen…

Is a bottle of Amarula, a gift from my brother Greg and his wife Karin.  I can see getting rid of my winter weight will have to wait a while longer. 🙂

Amarula

In my kitchen…

Is a beautiful gift from Greg and Karin’s children, Tom and Anne.  A decorative whisk.

Decorative whisk

What’s in your kitchen this month?

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Good old faithful Macaroni and Cheese

For somebody who doesn’t cook pasta very often, I have made up for lost time recently.  Macaroni and Cheese is one of those super comfort meals that you can eat with your feet up on the couch while watching TV – not that I would ever do that…  Frying some onion and bacon to add into the mix makes this an even more scrumity, not to mention the truck load of cheese.  If you prefer to bake your Mac ‘n Cheese before serving, top with a breadcrumbs and parsley mixture before baking.

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

250g macaroni or pasta of choice
1 onion sliced
6 rashers bacon diced
80ml butter
80ml flour
500ml milk
2 cups cheddar cheese grated
5ml chicken stock powder
Pepper to taste
1 large tomato chopped

Method

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions.
  2. Fry the onion in a little olive oil or butter until lightly browned, add the bacon and fry until cooked through.  Set aside.
  3. In a pot, melt the butter and the flour and stir through to form a roux.
  4. Add the milk and continue to stir until thickened.
  5. Add the cheese and stir through until incorporated.
  6. Add the stock powder and pepper to taste.
  7. Stir in the bacon and onion and macaroni.
  8. Stir in the tomato just before serving.
  9. Serve as is or bake for 20 minutes in the oven preheated to 180°C.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese ranks as one of the all time favourite comfort foods and is a cinch to make, however it’s one of those meals I don’t make very often and when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it, and is usually a meal for evenings when I have been out or busy the whole day and just never got as far as planning supper.

 

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

250g macaroni or pasta of choice
1 onion sliced
4 rashers bacon diced
80ml butter
80ml flour
500ml milk
11/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
5ml chicken stock powder
Pepper to taste
1 large tomato chopped

Method

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions.
  2. Fry the onion and bacon together over a medium heat until the onion is translucent and set aside.
  3. In a pot, melt the butter and the flour and stir through to form a roux.
  4. Add the milk and continue to stir until thickened.
  5. Add the cheese and stir through until incorporated.
  6. Add the stock powder and pepper to taste.
  7. Stir in the bacon and onion and macaroni.
  8. Stir in the tomato just before serving.
  9. Serve as is or bake for 20 minutes in the oven preheated to 180°C.