Macaroni and Cheese with crispy bacon

For years we couldn’t get Macaroni pasta shapes in the Irish Supermarket. So I always Made my Macaroni and Cheese with pasta shells, overall it had the same great taste. But now that they, re, available in the local budget supermarket, I’m playing homage to the way it was meant to be made!

Exactly what “Yankee doodle “called his feather in his hat. Macaroni!!!

This recipe is another one of my go-to recipes when I have a house full of kids and want to give them something that I know they will all eat. Don’t let the white sauce frighten you off, when you use warm milk and by adding it slowly, quarter pint by quarter pint there is less chance of lumps..  I bet if you check the kitchen right now you have all the ingredients already in (ok maybe not the nutmeg That’s  it,s optional)

(serves a family of 4)

Ingredients

  • 300 g macaroni pasta
  • 6 slices of you favourite bacon
  • 1 tablespoon of butter/ margarine
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 pint of warm milk
  • 150g of cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
  • (veggies you can add if you wish, peas, sweet corn, fried onion and mushroom all optional)

Method

chop the fat of the bacon and fry separately in a small pan until crispy and leave to one side.

cook pasta according to packet

warm your milk, (a minute in the microwave will do)

over a medium heat melt the butter,

when melted add your flour and mix with a whisk.

when both is combined, slowly add your warm milk, quarter pint mix, quarter pint mix until you have a white sauce. (if you do end up with any lumps just sift the sauce into another saucepan, I won’t tell anyone 😉 )

add in the grated cheddar and mix  until all the cheese is melted

finally, add your nutmeg and bacon and macaroni, Mix and serve

So that’s it the ultimate in comfort food and an American classic, Enjoy x

 

 

 

 

Sausage Casserole

I’ve just looked out the window and its snowing out there. Winter has arrived with a bang, with no warning. Comfort sausage-casserole-5food season has landed, warming stews and casseroles that give you a hug with every bite on a cold day. (I love snuggling in on a winter evening)  This Sausage casserole has been a staple in our house  for years,   I’ve been on the look out for a  healthier  tastier sausage (before I shared it with you guys). It took me a while but I found them this  week in the shape of  the little good company sausages which are now sold in Dunnes stores in Ireland, (they have been around the Uk for a while) .. You can win a hamper of them on the blog this week here 

This sausage casserole is super easy to cook, packs a flavour punch and is  a family favourite in One Yummy Mummy hq.. we serve it piled high on top of rice and never have any leftovers to freeze,,, (plates are licked ) no shame

Get in touch .. I can’t wait to hear how you guys get on with this one x

Ingredients

  • 12 good little sausages
  • 1 onion
  • one garlic glove
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 carton of passata

Serves a family of 4 sausage-casserole-1

Method

Pre-heat oven  180c gas mark 4 you will need a deep frying pan (or a wok) and a casserole dish

Chop your sausages and veggies into bite size chunks

crush the garlic clove

heat a pan on a medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil.. fry up the sausages for around 10 mins getting a bit of colour on them and scoop with a slotted spoon and leave to one side

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now add the veggies and Garlic soften for 10 mins  chuck back in the sausages and the paprika and mix

pour on  passata and add a tablespoon of tomato puree and give a good mix…

transfer the whole lot to a casserole dish and cook in the oven for 50 mins sausage-casserole-3

serve with rice… and try to share with the kids x

 

 

 

 

Fruity Curry (A great family curry)

With Halloween coming up this long weekend we, we’ve been flat out cooking, baking and painting.  remember my new kitchen… it’s hard work keeping it lilymae-paintinglooking new!!! We did some potato stamp painting with bat and pumpkin shapes, the bin liners came in handy (they double up as my witches costume too,  he he ) … “yum” had more crac painting her hands, to tell the truth . She was painting her hands brown, and I says to her “don’t  be painting your hand’s missus”… she says… I not missus… I a bear!!! waving her brown hands in the air…  quick thinking from the 3-year-old..

We made some spooky witches hats for Halloween too, you can find my easy recipe via the Echo fruity curry  here.  and have been devouring fruity curry…   with it being cold and flu season, I find this is a great one for sneaking in some extra vitamins because of all the fruit packed in, it’s a good one to have up your sleeve if you fancy a change from curry in a hurry too ) , . but sure, “yums” plate below speaks for its self …
fruity curry

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 fresh whole pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • 1 onion
  • 1 banana (yes a banana)
  • 2 tablespoons of mild curry powder.. taste… (if you  like more add more )
  • 2 tablespoons of low-fat  or full-fat coconut milk (your preference)
  • 1/4 pint of chicken stock
  • two tablespoons of sultanas (optional)

 

Method

Heat oven to fan 180 C gas mark 4. (serves 4)

Cook the chicken breasts separately… I like to oven cook them by Covering the chicken with tin foil and cooking for 25 mins at 180c in the oven, It’s really juicy that way. but you can pan cook if you prefer

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spray a large saucepan with olive oil/ fry light and put on a medium heatfruity curry

Roughly chop the onion, peel and core the apple, ,, chop the pineapple and banana and bung it all in your saucepan cook for 5 mins

add Low-fat/ full fat (whatever you like) coconut milk and chicken stock and stir, cook for 20 mins.

chuck curry powder and blend with a hand blender.

Finally add cooked chicken, sultanas and coriander (sultanas and coriander both optional) fruity curry

simmer on a low heat for a further 10 mins.
serve with fluffy rice

watch out it can be  addictive x Get messy, have fun, one yummy mummy

Keep sending your lovely photos guys… I love nothing more than looking at my recipes being enjoyed by all your little (and big) munchkins (that and wine… I love red wine…  you don’t have to send me any of that  ) but if any vineyards out there what me to be their chief sponsor .. just ask!!! (just putting that out there 😉 )