Friday, 29 April 2011

The Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Blog Hop

I’m sorry I am late posting this today - I’ve been absolutely glued to the television watching the Royal Wedding coverage since the early hours. Wasn’t it wonderful!!

Welcome to another edition of Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home! Once again, I’m very pleased to be co-hosting this fun foodie blog hop with Alex of A Moderate Life.

Remember, if YOU wish to run the Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Hop on your blog, all you have to do is get the linky code from the bottom of this page and put it on your blog for your readers to join in the fun. It’s an easy way to increase your followers and promote your blog.

The rules are very simple, because it is a “follow me” linky.

Just follow me on Networked Blogs, or here on The 21st Century Housewife's Kitchen, or on Twitter or  ‘Like’ The 21st Century Housewife on Facebook. After you have done this, please enter your link to your blog below (you can link to your home page, Facebook page, Twitter URL or any page on your blog you would like to bring attention to).

Please drop me an email comment letting me know where you have followed or ‘liked’ my blogs, I will follow you back in all those places. You can use your blog badge - or any other photo from your blog that you like - as your thumbnail and you can link up any time during the week.

It’s that simple! Please remember to visit the other blogs who have linked up and follow their blog or follow them on Facebook or Twitter if you do not already. If you do grab their info, please leave them a comment so they know they have a new friend. If someone visits you from Feed Me, and grabs your info, please return the favour. This is a great way to make new friends, increase your followers and promote your blog, so please pass the word around or grab the linky code and pop this on your own blog too! If you’d like to share our cute badge, here is the code.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Cauliflower Cheese

This recipe is one of our favourites.  I won’t pretend it is quick or even remotely ‘one pot cooking‘,  but as my son says, “It’s worth it!” It’s easily made vegetarian by leaving out the bacon/pancetta and using a vegetarian cheese, and it absolutely tastes just as good this way. But if you love the salty crunch of the bacon on top, that is delicious too.

This recipe will serve 4 to 6, depending on age and appetite.

1 pound of macaroni or pasta shapes
½ to ¾ cup chopped bacon or pancetta
One medium cauliflower, washed and broken into florets
1 leek, washed and thinly sliced (or substitute one onion, finely chopped)
1 bunch asparagus (or substitute 1 cup frozen peas if asparagus is unavailable)
1 red pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose (plain) flour
approximately 2 cups of milk
1 generous teaspoon of Dijon mustard
2 good handfuls of cheddar cheese plus more for sprinkling
Salt and pepper to taste

Steam the cauliflower, leek (*for onion see note below), asparagus and red pepper in a steamer until cooked. You will probably need to put the cauliflower in first for about ten minutes and then add the rest of the vegetables as they do not take nearly as long to cook.  Once they are cooked – firm and not soggy – set them aside.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Fry the bacon or pancetta in a small pan until crisp. Set aside and keep warm.

(*If you are using onion, do not steam it, rather add it to the melted butter in the step below and gently sauté in the saucepan for two to three minutes before adding the flour.)

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and stir together thoroughly.  Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly.  Gradually pour in the milk, continuing to stir, to make a thick sauce.  You will need to stir this constantly until it thickens. Stir in the mustard, then add the cheese and let it melt.  Now gradually add a bit more milk until you get a nice consistency that is not too thick or too thin, just enough to coat the vegetables and pasta. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

When the pasta is done, drain it and set aside.

When everything is ready, mix the cooked pasta and cooked vegetables together in a large casserole.  Pour the cheese sauce over and toss until everything is coated.  Sprinkle a bit more cheese over top and place under the grill.  Let it brown up a little and serve it sprinkled with the crispy bacon or pancetta if using. Taste and sigh.

As I said, it isn’t all that quick and maybe it’s less than easy, but oh my, is it worth it for this bowl of comforting yumminess! You can also make this ahead of time, store it in the fridge and reheat it when you need it. Just fry up the bacon or pancetta at the last minute if you are going to do that.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Let's Do Brunch

Whatever we enjoy for brunch, we all need creative and delicious inspiration for this wonderful meal. I always enjoy co-hosting Let’s Do Brunch with the lovely Chaya of My Sweet and Savory. Stop by Chaya’s to see some great photos of some of the delicious treats she cooked for Pesach.

Thank you for sharing twenty five delicious recipes last week!  Featured recipes from last week include:

Brunch is one of my favourite meals, and brings to mind lazy Sundays and long summer afternoons. Sometimes though, brunch for me is when I am so busy I forget to eat breakfast and end up eating breakfast combined with lunch! It can also be a wonderful muffin, coffee cake or pastry treat.

Please join us this week and share your favourite recipes. It’s easy to link up, and all we ask is that you please link back to Let’s Do Brunch either here or at Chaya’s My Sweet and Savory

I look forward to lots of delicious breakfast, lunch and brunch ideas!

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop No. 45 at The 21st Century Housewife's Kitchen

Hearth and Soul Hop at the 21st Century Housewife

Hello and welcome to the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop! The Hearth and Soul Hop was born of our beliefs that food is not meant to only nourish our bodies, it also nourishes our souls.
To read our full mission statement, and the rules for linking, please click here.
It is very important that you please remember to link to your article only and not directly to your blog front page, and that you link back to one of the co-hosts somewhere in your actual post.
This is the code for the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop badge. Please copy and paste it into the bottom of your blog post or you can choose to simply place a link back to the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. Just highlight the HTML code and right click to copy it. You can then paste it into your blog posts, or put it in your sidebar.

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Thank you from all of us on The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop Team!

This linky list is now closed.