Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese is a crowd favourite.
It’s warm, hearty, filling and delicious. Perfect for these cold winter nights!

Mac & cheese is also perfect for disguising some veggies for the fussy little ones who just don’t want to eat their greens!

Below is a recipe for mac & cheese with hidden cauliflower from BBC Good Food.
The colours and textures of the ingredients are all pretty similar but the flavours complement eachother really nicely and it is sure the kids will be asking for seconds!

mac and cheese
BBC Good Food

This recipe serves 4

You will need 
– 1 cauliflower
– 250g macaroni
– 25g butter
– 2tbsp flour
– 2tsp mustard a l’ancienne
– 450ml milk
– 100g cheddar grated (you can use other cheese if you prefer, or a mix of different cheeses…experiment!)

What to do
Cut the cauliflower. The smaller you cut it the less the children will notice it when they take a spoonfull.
Cook the macaroni in boiling, salted water.
4 minutes before the pasta is cooked add the cauliflower to the pot.
In a pan, melt the butter then add the flour and mustard.
Mix continuously and slowly add in the milk.
Then, add ¾ of the cheese and mix until combined and melted.
Drain the cauliflower and pasta and incorporate into the sauce.
Pour the whole mixture into an oven proof dish, sprinkle the rest of the cheddar on top and grill on the highest heat until the top is golden and crispy.

This really is a super quick and simple recipe that the whole family will appreciate.

It also makes a great base dish and you can add other ingredients to suit your tastes.
Why not consider adding
– bacon pieces
– sausage
– brocolli
– onion

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World’s most delicious banana bread!

Today I am bringing to you the world’s most delicious banana bread recipe.
No really. It’s pretty darn special.
And super easy to make.

banana bread
(disclaimer : this photo of banana bread comes from the site www.tasty.com it is not my own!)

What I like about this particular banana bread recipe is that it doesn’t call for anything fancy. I usually have all of these ingredients already on hand in the cupboard. So if I’m a bit stuck for an activity or craving a sweet treat this is my go to.

To complete my dear friend Krystyn’s recipe, you will need the following ingredients.

½ a cup of butter softened to room temperature
¾ cups of white sugar
¼ cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 ripe bananas mashed
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
Chocolate chips are optional but recommended as absolutely scrummy!

Directions

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.

Beat the butter and sugars together until smooth.
Add milk and beat again.
Add eggs one at a time and beat each time.
Add vanilla. Keep mixing!
Add the mashed banana and mix for a few seconds (do not overmix here!)

Stir the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Add these dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix with a spoon by hand. Just enough for it all to be incorporated.
Add the chocolate here too!

Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes.
Check at 45 minutes by inserting a knife or toothpick into the loaf. It should come out (mostly) clean, a few crumbs are fine.
If it is wet with batter bake a little longer.

Leave to cool and voila, snack time sorted!

Top tip : Eat warm with a dollop of peanut butter. Mmmmmmmm.

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Scone Recipe – It’s tea time!

So, I just got back from a week in Cornwall, England.
If there is one thing those guys take seriously over there, it is their scones. And who can blame them really? Scones are delicious.

Mary Berry fruit scone recipe, cream tea

Mary Berry is a whizz in the kitchen.
If you don’t know her, where have you been?
Watch yourself some Great British Bake off this weekend.

Here is her scone recipe.
They are the perfect treat for gouter or to be made ahead for breakfast!

You will need

  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g butter, softened and cut into pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • a little milk
  • handful of sultanas(optional if your kids are fussy about fruit)

How to make this scone recipe :

Preheat the oven to 220C. Lightly grease two baking trays.

Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Crack the eggs into a measuring jug, then add enough milk to make the total liquid 300ml. Stir the egg and milk into the flour – you may not need it all – and mix to a soft, sticky dough.

Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, knead lightly and work in the sultanas, if using. Roll out to a rectangle about 2cm thick.

Cut into as many rounds as possible with a cutter and place them on the prepared baking trays. Brush the tops of the scones with a little extra milk, or any egg and milk left in the jug.

Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the scones are well risen and a pale, golden-brown colour. Lift onto a wire rack to cool. Eat as fresh as possible.

Mary Berry scone recipe cream tea

To serve the traditional way, split the scones and serve with strawberry jam along with a good dollop of clotted cream. This is called a cream tea!
They can also be eaten plain or with butter. As you like.

There are quite a few options when it comes to scones, you could make cheese ones, oat and nuts, lemon and cranberry or sundried tomato to name just a few!

[Scone Recipe from : https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/tea_time_scones_77839  ]

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