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Vegetable Noodles – easy as can be.

15 Feb

Take one marrow, peel the skin and discard it.  While whatever sauce you are going to use cooks keep peeling and peeling.  Run the peeled ribbons under the hot tap, and there you have it.

I usually salt the water when I cook pasta, so I found these diluted the flavour of my sauce a little.  With a sprinkle of salt on them before topping with the sauce they would have been perfect.

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Quick Pasta Sauce

8 Nov

I diced the onion, and drained the boiling water off the pasta, but Bottomless Tummy 3 did the rest of this, she’s just shy of five years old.

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 400g tins tomato (I buy cut tomatoes, in juice)
  • 1 Tbs sugar (adding sugar removes the thin, tinny taste of canned tomato)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 500g / 1lb meatballs
  • Salt to taste

Fry the onion until glassy.  Add the other ingredients, simmer until everything is hot.  Either serve over pasta, or stir pasta through, depending on the shape you use.  Bottomless Tummy 4 chose (gluten free) penne, so we stirred it through.

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Poached Eggs… the real way

22 Oct

Fill whatever pan will hold enough eggs for you with about an inch of water, add a tablespoon of vinegar.

Heat it to a simmer.

Crack your eggs in to the water.  If they’re not fresh the whites will float around a bit, but a fresh egg should stay in a nice little lump.

When the white is all solid it’s done.  Super simple!

Emergency Meal

6 Oct

This is one is a favourite with the bottomless tummies.

It takes about half an hour, which doesn’t sound very “emergency”, but there is VERY little hands on time.  It’s also very flexible, it’s easy to make this more balanced if there is a bit more time available.

  • Enough white rice (it triples in volume when cooked) – I use two cups when feeding 2 adults and 4 kids.
  • Salt to taste
  • An onion
  • Grated cheese (for two cups dry rice I use about a cup of cheese)
  1. Dump rice and water in pot (2 parts water to 1 part rice), salt the water.
  2. Turn element on high.  Chop the onion while the water is heating and add it to the pot.
  3. This is where you can add extras* if you’re able.
  4. When the water boils stir it ONCE to make sure no rice is stuck to the bottom.
  5. Turn element down low.  When the water has switched to simmering place a lid on the pot.
  6. Don’t stir it!  I know you’re tempted.
  7. About ten minutes after boiling the rice should be soft.  Turn the heat off and let the rice sit for another ten minutes.
  8. Dump the cheese in, stir it through, and…
  9. Serve.

*For one step up from total emergency you can throw some frozen mixed vegetables in.  One step from that might include some meat, shrimp is a big hit around here.  For a this-is-not-an-emergency meal you can chop and add whatever fresh ingredients your heart desires.  Oh, I nearly forgot, if you happen to have any soup left in the fridge from another meal a little bit can be stirred through with the cheese for a different flavour.

Bonus Parenting Points (but negative points on the housekeeping chart) – Make this just because the kids like it, and think to yourself that you will be able to tidy the kitchen up some while the stove is doing the work, then get a random thought in your head and make pipe cleaner glasses for/with them instead.

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