I’m up bright and early today (9am counts as early during the holidays!) as I’m off into Bath to get my hair cut and coloured. I won’t be repeating my flip-flop mistake again but I am going to risk going out without a coat…living on the edge!
Ian and I spent the last night planning our weekend – we are off to Oxford for two nights (a lovely Christmas present from his parents and Grandad!) and have been looking up good places to eat, have afternoon tea (me!) and pubs to visit (Ian!) – any other recommendations for places to visit are definitely welcome too.
Today’s recipe is something I made us for dinner last night – I had some prawns I wanted to use up but also bought this lovely miniature shell pasta (I think it was called Gnocci Sardi) which the box said was meant to go well with cheese-based sauces. I decided to combine the two and make a sort of mac and cheese type meal with prawns for sweetness and some spinach and cherry tomatoes for colour.
50g of butter
50g of plain flour
500ml of milk
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
About 75g of strong cheddar, grated
Salt and pepper
320g of pasta (macaroni or shell pasta would work fine)
300g of fresh prawns (washed and peeled)
150g of fresh spinach
75g of Parmesan cheese
75g of cherry tomatoes, halved
How to make it
o Add the cheddar bit by bit then grate in the nutmeg and season well
o Drain your pasta and put it back into the pan
o Tip the pasta into your ovenproof dish and pour over the rest of the cheese sauce
This made enough for about 4 large portions or 6 smaller ones if you were going to serve it with a side salad. There was no way to make this look pretty and dainty – it is good honest comfort food and I have to say it was delicious!