Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

American Macaroni Cheese

I had been informed by my Girlfriend that the way I used to make Macaroni Cheese which involved cooking pasta and adding a block of cheese was not the way it should be made. So I decided to search for an American recipe and see how it would come out making it the real way.

The recipe I found was from Food.com but provided the ingredients in cup format, with the metric option to switch not being so clear either. I tested out my theory for converting and it all seemed to work out ok.

The below ingredients provided enough to feed 4 -5 people, especially if you are going to have some garlic bread on the side like we did.

Ingredients

500g Macaroni
30g Butter
2 Onions (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
30g Flour
700ml Milk
½ teaspoon black pepper
360g Mature Cheddar Cheese (grated)




Method

Preheat oven to 180° / Gas mark 4

1. Cook the macaroni as the packet instructs and set to one side

2. Over a medium heat melt the butter in a saucepan

3. Add the onions and garlic to the butter and stir for a few minutes

4. Add the flour to the mixture and stir until all the flour has been mixed together

5. Pour all the milk in to the saucepan and continually stir until the mixture starts to thicken

6. A handful at a time add the cheese while still stirring, keep doing this until all the cheese has been added and has melted

7. Pour the sauce and macaroni in to an over proof dish

8. Cook for 30 minutes with no lid


While making this the girlfriend was concerned that the sauce was not thick enough before being placed in the oven, but after cooking for 30 minutes and then cooling down for 5 minutes while we waiting for the garlic bread it seemed to turn out great.

It was certainly a change from my usual method of making this dish, but I am happy to say this was just as delicious.


Monday, 7 July 2014

Spicy Chickpea Curry

Sometimes your budget won't stretch as far as you want but you would still like to have a very nice meal. The Spicy Chickpea Curry is so yummy and definitely will not break the bank. If you did not want to have this as a vegetarian meal then you can always add meat, or substitute the chick peas for your choice of meat.

The other great thing about this recipe is that it is so quick and easy to prepare that it is perfect if you get home late and don't want to be cooking late in to the night.

Ingredients


1 Onion (chopped)
1 Garlic clove (grated)
½ teaspoon Cumin
¼ teaspoon Coriander
¼ teaspoon Turmeric
¼ teaspoon Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 can Chickpeas
5cm root ginger (grated)
Pinch of Garam Masala
Spinach (optional)
1 Vegetable stock cube




Method


1. Fry the onions in a little oil until soft then add the garlic

2. Add all the spices while stirring continuously

3. Pour in the tomatoes, chickpeas and spinach if using

4. Add the sugar

5. Break up and sprinkle the vegetable stock cube over the mixture and stir

6. Simmer for 20 minutes


7. Serve with your choice of rice or couscous






Such a quick and easy meal to make with plenty left over to take in for lunch the following day. I know when I took some in last time my colleagues were very jealous of the smell.



Monday, 9 June 2014

Chinese Takeaway Curry

I love having a Chinese takeaway, and without any hesitation I will always end up going with a Chicken Curry. I have had so many in my life I would say I can tell a good one from a bad.

So when I found out that you could get this delight at home with very little effort I was very eager to try it. So I got the Girlfriend to dig out all the required spices for me, while she got frustrated at my pronunciation of such spices as Cumin and Star Anise and we set about preparing this meal.

We decided to go with Chicken on this occasion, but it also works with other meat, or if you would like a vegetarian option substitute for tofu or a load of veg.

If you like Chinese takeaway and want to save money, then this recipe is a great option.

Ingredients

Chicken (cubed, or other meat / veg)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons plain flour
400ml chicken stock (change dependent on meat selection / veg)
Dash of Soya sauce
Medium Onion (chopped)
1 clove of Garlic (grated)
2 heaped teaspoons of curry powder
½ teaspoon ground Ginger
½ teaspoon Chilli flakes
½ teaspoon Onion powder
1 Star Anise
Pinch ground Cumin
½ cup Peas

Method

Note: Before proceeding with making the sauce, ensure you have cooked your meat first.

1. Heat the butter until hot then add the Onions and fry for 3 - 4 minutes

2. Turn the heat down and add the Garlic and Chilli flakes

3. Add all the spices and flour

4. Cook over a gentle heat stirring the whole time for about 1 minute

5. Pour over the Chicken stock

6. Add the Soya sauce, Peas and chosen meat / veg.

7. Stir well and leave over a medium heat for 12 - 15 minutes stirring regularly


The above recipe is good to serve 2 people, but we often like to double up so that we can have left overs for lunch the following day