Easy Eating with the Co-op !

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As you all know I am definitely someone who enjoys meals that are full of flavour and let’s be honest … not too complicated 1 I’m a believer that everyone and anyone can make a decent meal with litte hassle ! So when I was approached by the Co-op to help them in their Easy Eating campaign … who was I to quibble ?

After much deliberation I decided that the easiest dish I could share with you all is the meal that made us “famous” as a family when we appeared on a TV show … in the days when I was a bit rubbish in the kitchen … This fabulous family favourite that embodies Easy Eating .. It’s Billy’s Famous Macaroni Cheese ….

Ingredients:

50g butter

50g plain flour

700ml milk

350g macaroni

1 clove garlic ,  smashed but whole

400g mature cheddar cheese , grated

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

1tsp nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

Put a pan of water on to boil . When boiling , throw in the macaroni and cook until al dente ( so just under what it says on the packet !)

In a big heavy bottomed pan  , over a medium heat , melt your butter. once meted throw in the flour and the garlic clove. Keep stirring and let it cook for a couple of minutes ( stay with me on this one) …

Add a little of your milk , keep stirring … then add a bit more … swap for spoon for a whisk now .. keep whisking any lumps away … Gradually add the milk and turn up the heat . It should turn into a smooth white sauce … let it bubble then add your mustard and nutmeg and  keep whisking . Take out the garlic at this point if its still salvageable

Now remove the pan from the heat and throw in the cheese , saving a little bit for the top of the macaroni  . Stir until its all melted in to sauce. if you like add some salt & pepper here .. I don’t but it’s an option !

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Now drain your macaroni and add it to the sauce and … you guessed it … stir !!! Now pour all of this into a baking dish .. or individual dishes ,.. whichever you prefer and bake for around 30 mins.

Now take it out and serve it up … this goes perfectly with simple veg … or crispy bacon .. or salad and garlic bread ! It’s entirely up to you !!

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Now how easy was that ?? Easy Eating  and Easy Cooking… Oh yes !!!

For more ideas you can take a look here

Enjoy x

 

 

 I was provided with a voucher to purchase the items for this post . Many Thanks.

Britpop Bake !

I was asked  a few weeks ago to make a last minute birthday cake for a 30th birthday party as the recipients wife had totally forgotten to order a cake  … Fine I said , Not a problem I sad … what design would you like I said … 90’s inspired she said !!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat ??? The nineties style wise was a bit of a no no .. I remember none too fondly the balloon pants & paisley tops … the purple suede boots and the disasters upon disasters of hair styles .. and colours ! Oh to be an Indie …!!  My only other thoughts of the 90’s swung to teenage drunken nights on 20/20 and Thunderbirds ( BLEURGH) …  but then I thought Hold on a minute ! … whilst I was a sulky ,pushing the boundaries teen in the 90’s .. this fella is 8 years younger !!! He would have been just a kid !! So I decided to go with Britpop … the dawn of music that was slighty edgy but a bit poppy and cool too … music to dance to with ridiculous lyrics and even more ridiculous looking singers …

The cake was a lemon Madeira filled with rich tangy lemon curd and lemon buttercream … a lemony explosion !!!!  And here it is …. I hope I did the 90’s justice ….

 

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I’ve entered this cake into Casa Costello‘s Bake of the week ..
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