Friday, April 25, 2008
Pasta cream sauce. Chocolate pudding and banana crumble. Macaroni salad.
Old country cuisine again tonight people. We had three guests over at our house and I wanted to make them something special that they never had before. So I settled for a pumpkin cream sauce. Ok, now don't go and be closed minded like me. The first time my Mom and Nona made this I swore that I would never eat it, but I had a taste and it changed my life for the better. So all I can say is "try it you just might like it". Any way this is what you'll need:
2 heads of garlic
half a pumpkin
1.5 tbsp of flake red chile
150 grams of bacon
2 clumps of mushroom
5 bay leaves
3 pinches of rosemary
couple shakes of thyme
couple shakes of sage
1 can of black olives
2 liters of whole milk
5 tbsp of butter
half a cup of water
couple shakes of pepper and 1.5 tbsp of salt
1 cup of flour depending on how thick you want it.
Start by steaming the pumpkin and cook it for about 20 min(or as long as it takes). Whilst the steamer is going chop the garlic really small. Preheat a pan on really low heat and chuck in the garlic. Have enough oil to pretty much cover all that garlic. Next put in the chile, leaves and herbs. Cook until the garlic is ready but soft(about ten to fifteen min) and then put in the olives and the mushrooms and cook for another five minutes.
Next lower the heat and chuck in half the milk and then the pumpkin(make sure that its a paste and not clumpy). Mix and stir, then take a small pan and melt the butter and put in the flour and mix it into a paste and then put the rest of the milk in the pan with the paste and stir it and make sure that there are no lumps. Once that is done combine it with the rest. Then put in the salt and the pepper and and cook it for another ten minutes and thats all she wrote mate. And lastly cook the bacon for a few minutes just enough, so its still soft and throw it in too. Serves about 15 people.
I made a good salad to go along with this meal. Heres what you need.
1. 5 lettuce
1 bag of bean sprouts(no salad is complete without them in my opinion, just love the stuff)
Half an onion
20 cocktail olives
half a kilo of macaroni
a cup and a half of croûtons
and the salad dressing recipe I posted earlier.
Combine all the vegetables. (make sure the onions are really small, and if you you take the sting out of them if you soak them ). Boil the macaroni until its almost done(it'll get soggy if you cook it all the way because you put dressing in the salad.). Once it's done throw it it and mix it in with the dressing. And save the dry bread stuff in a bowl and out it in right before you serve it.