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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

What's for Dinner?

Well it certainly feels colder doesn't it? Not complaining as it's still quite mild for November and I can now start wearing my fluffy bed socks and using our comfy cosy throws in an evening.

There's a long put off decorating project underway here. We've lived in this house for quite a few years now, but have only painted the hallways and stairs over the old wallpaper. I find it so drab and can't wait to see some pretty wallpaper with our family photos hung on it, so my darling husband has started the job of stripping paper, pulling off ceiling tiles (yuck) and removing bits of wooden frames that unfortunately are taking plaster with them!

So I'm doing my bit by making a tasty, quick to serve dinner.

Frying the bacon bits/lardons. Just dry frying them, I don't want it to be greasy.




Water boiling in the back ready for the pasta to go in while I add what's left of the frozen peppers (so much cheaper to buy them like this, and always ready to hand).




Lots of cherry tomatoes. I like to cut them in half and sear in the pan.




Sweetcorn, though peas would be just as tasty.




I love a cheese sauce. We used to have it with fish when we were children... yum! I have only once tasted a cheese sauce from a packet and it was horrible, no comparison to one made yourself, and it's so easy to do.

The only thing not in the photo below is the butter because I'd already used it and popped it back in the fridge. To make a tasty sauce you just need butter, flour and milk. I like to season with some pepper and mustard powder (brings out the cheesiness) and cheese too!



Gently melt the butter in the pan.






Once the fat has melted, add your plain flour. I like to sieve mine so no lumpy bits. Make sure you stir it in well so you don't get any lumps in your sauce.



Gradually add your milk while stirring well. This is a basic white table sauce. I then added seasoning and cheese, stirred through and bubbled to thicken!



Poured the sauce over the pasta and everything from the frying pan.



Heated through in the oven when I heard the call 'what's for dinner'. Nice and filling with a bit of salad so we have our greens.




Take care
xxx

19 comments:

  1. Yum that made me hungry!
    It was cold today Brr!

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  2. Just copied this and will be making on Wed. night for my church dinner really soon. Thanks

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  3. Thanks for sharing, it looks tasty. I love making my own cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese. It's easy to make it more like an Alfredo sauce by using grated parmesan instead of cheddar if we feel like having it more Italian style!

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    1. I haven't tried it like that, thank you for the idea x

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  4. Looks absolutely delicious Cheryl ! I totally agree with you about the packet sauces and of any kind. I much prefer the real thing too. Do you know I have found if the meal is made with a packet sauce I am up half the night drinking and drinking water . I swear it is something in the packet sauce that provokes it.
    I do love the little men in your last post! is that your own pattern? if so you'll have to think of sharing ... pls :-)
    many thanks for your comments on my latest post. Always like to see you have popped in for a visit.
    keep well

    Amanda x

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    1. Probably all the additives! No not my pattern, I found it on ravelry, I spend far too much time on there :) xx

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  5. değişik lezzetli bir tarife benziyor harika :)

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    1. I had to google translate :) thank you for your lovely comment xx

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    2. Thank you I'm glad you came to my blog

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  6. Yum, that looks delicious. It feels much cooler over the last couple of days, definitely time for comfort food. I love the snowman wreath in your last but one post and the cuddlies in your last post.

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    1. Thank you, yes it seems winter may finally be on it's way xx

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  7. That looks delicious, and filling! And I already have everything I need to make it! Thanks for sharing!

    Cindy Bee

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  8. Yum! I'll be right over for leftovers.
    Meredith

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  9. This looks inviting. I'm sure everyone loved it, and just the perfect meal now that the evenings are getting cooler. x

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  10. I love this type of pasta dish! You are right about cheese sauce, definitely better if you make it yourself. xx

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  11. That looks really tasty and great to use for leftovers too. I'll be making a note of this one :) x

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