Sunday, 30 November 2008

A cooking good weekend

I said cooking :)

I did quite a lot of cooking this weekend, I really really enjoy cooking but do tend to do the simpler things. On Friday night I did an old favourite "Pasta Pie" it was kind of made up and invented by Cath and I years ago, you can see full recipe and details here:
On Saturday evening I did steak and chips, again pretty simple but I do like to add some work into simple recipes so I'm quite careful about how I do the chips, boiled a little first, a splash of oil and some pepper and/or chilli flakes then in the oven for 30-40 mins. The steak is just fried in the pan for about 4 minutes on each side in some butter mmmm :) Top this off with some nice salad and you can't go wrong. Tonight I did shepherds pie, my own touch to this is to add some chillis to the mince when frying it and be sure to add some good quality cheese to the top before putting it in the oven, I did Emma a portion without Chilli's though as she's not so keen.
Catherine and I normally share the cooking at the weekend and she does most of it during the week, I really enjoyed cooking this weekend though. I think the most important part of cooking is the quality of the ingredients you use, this weekend we did shopping at Waitrose which really makes a difference. Waitrose is probably the best part of living down south :)
If you have any (simple) recipes please feel free to leave them as comments.


Clair Coult said...

Hello! You NEED to put Hendersons Relish in your shepherds pie, it will make such a difference. Plus it's good on chips too! I can recommend fridge pasta. There isn't really a recipe, you just need pasta, soft cheese (Philadelphia) and whatever is left over in the fridge (within reason!). It's great if you have left over bacon, green pepper and onion. Fry it up then add half a tub of soft cheese and a little water from the pasta to make a cheesy sauce. Stir in the cooked pasta and serve with crusty bread and salad. Enjoy!

brettcarr said...

Mmmm thanks Clair (not sure if I can buy Hendersons down south, I remember Tails telling me how good it was years ago) The fridge pasta sounds yum and has done a good job of making me hungry now that I'm about to go to bed :)