Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Recipes, Main Courses Send feedback »

Macaroni Cheese Recipe

 

This time of year when the nights are drawing in, and your determined to not turn on the heating until October, I crave comfort food and this is one of my favourites along with Sheperds Pie.

It is a very simple dish to create and you can add lots of different ingredients, try using some leftover sausage it makes a great addition.

Also if you have any cooked pasta leftover, feel free to use that as it is a shame to waste it....and we really do want to reduce our food waste.

Ingredients (4 people)

  • 300 g macaroni
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g flour
  • 600 ml milk
  • 350 g grated cheese
  • 1 tsp english mustard

Method

Add the macaroni to a large pan of salted boiling water and cook until the pasta is ready.

Drain the water from the pasta.

Melt the butter in a deep pan and gradually blend in the flour until you have a thick paste.

Gradually pour in the milk and stir.

Once all the milk is in the pan let it simmer slowly until the mix thickens up, it is up you how thick or loose you want your sauce.

Add most of the cheese, take off the heat and mix well.

Add the drained, cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir.

Place into a heatproof dish and cover with the rest of the cheese.

Place under the grill and heat until the cheese is a bubbling golden brown and serve immediately.

Full story »

Thomas J Fudge’s shakes up savoury selection

News Send feedback »

Thomas J Fudge’s shakes up savoury selection



In time for autumn and winter entertaining, Thomas J. Fudge’s has added Mini Wafers for nibbling and Cracker and Crispbreads for dipping and topping duo packs to its savoury biscuit selection. The perfect addition to cheese boards and making easy work of entertaining, the wafers and crackers are also ideal for an indulgent treat when snacking solo!



Twice As Nice – Crackers and Crispbreads for dipping and topping


Containing two variants in each pack, the Crackers and Crispbreads selection boasts a range of flavours and textures, certain to please all palates. Perfect for topping, dipping and of course; pairing with cheese, they are the ideal accompaniment to aperitifs and certain to impress when presented on a post-dinner party cheeseboard – at times even eclipsing the cheese, dips and toppings as the main event!



·      The Almond and Cranberry / Hazelnut & Apple crackers are the perfect sweet and crunchy palate pleasers. Perfect served with rich and tangy mature cheddar or creamy brie, slices of fresh grape or apple can also be added for extra crunch, tang and colour

·      Nutty and herbaceous, the Sunflower & Caraway / Pumpkin & Sesame cracker variants are versatile enough to handle sweet and savoury toppings, dips and accompaniments. Pair with apple and goats cheese for a pleasing contrast to the earthy, slightly sweet flavour and for an interesting contrast to the crunchy texture, enjoy with a smooth avocado and bean dip

·      Robust and boasting subtle pepper notes, the Spelt Sourdough / Rye Sourdough crispbread varieties are the perfect support act for cheese; the traditional grains providing a satisfying and traditional backdrop. The firmer base can also handle more hearty toppings such as festive turkey and honey mustard



Bitsize Flavours to Savour - Mini Wafers for nibbling


Thomas J. Fudge’s takes decadent entertaining, snacking and sharing to another level, with new bitesize mini wafers in three exciting new variants.



·      Leading the trend for snacks with extra spice, the Mini Wafers are available in Punchy Jalapeno. Comprising paprika, cayenne pepper and real jalapenos, these wafers are small in size but big on taste and pair perfectly with a cooling guacamole or artichoke topping

·      Including spicy laksa paste, the Thai Chilli wafers have a subtle tang. Perfect enjoyed alone, they are certain to please those seeking fiery flavours   

·      Inspired by the cream, milk and cheese produced in Dorset where Fudge’s is based, the Melty Cheddar option is an equally taste bud tantalising and indulgent option and more than satisfying when enjoyed alone 



The new Mini Wafers for nibbling (RRP £2.25) along with the Crackers & Crispbreads packs (RRP £2.45) will be available in Waitrose from 14th August and will also debut fabulous newly finessed packaging. Established in 1916 in Dorset and celebrating its centenary this year, the design nods to Thomas J. Fudge’s British heritage, as well as sociable, stylish, quirky and tasty persona.



Ideal for dinner parties, drinks and solo dining, Thomas J. Fudge’s new savoury selection makes easy work of the entertaining season!

For more info please visit: http://www.thomasjfudges.co.uk

Full story »

Pork Skewers with a BBQ Rum Glaze

Recipes, Main Courses, Pork, BBQ Send feedback »

Pork Skewers with a BBQ Rum Glaze

Ingredients:

For The Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 115 g dark brown sugar
  • 100 ml dark soy sauce
  • 600 ml tomato ketchup
  • black pepper
  • a splash of rum

For the Kebabs:

  • 500 g pork fillet, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 medium pepper (any colour), cut into cubes
  • 12 mushrooms, cut in half
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, cut into cubes
  • salt and ground pepper
  • wooden skewers

Method:

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic and fry until soft and translucent.

Add the chilli, fennel seeds and sugar and cook, stirring often, until the sugar has melted.

Add the soy sauce, honey, splash of rum and tomato ketchup.

Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Bring to the boil and simmer for around 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once cool, put the ¾ of the mixture into a freezer bag and add the cubed pork, squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it, and then push the pork around inside the bag until all the meat is covered, place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, overnight is best.

An hour before cooking, soak the skewers in water.

When you are ready to cook, skewer a piece of pork, pepper, and tomato, and then repeat until you are happy with the quantity. Repeat until all the ingredients have been used.

Heat a griddle pan to medium, oil lightly.

Grill, brushing occasionally with the left over mixture, until pork is cooked through and peppers begin to char, 10 to 15 minutes.

The skewers are now ready to enjoy, serve with a salad or Rice & Peas.

You can also use any mixture of vegetables, and also try different meats like Lamb & Chicken.

Full story »

Lisa Faulkner: Women Should Rule the BBQ in Summer ‘16

Recipe Videos Send feedback »

Lisa Faulkner: Women Should Rule the BBQ in Summer ‘16

Actress and chef Lisa Faulkner launches the Red Tractor Summer 16 BBQ campaign.

In celebration, Red Tractor to give away Napoleon Grills BBQs, worth £500 everyday for 8 weeks.

Andy's Kitchen Chimichurri Chicken from Cleanfeed Media on Vimeo.


BBQ season is almost upon us and whilst in previous years it was perhaps men that have traditionally worn the macho BBQ crown, this summer actress and chef Lisa Faulkner believes women should reclaim the BBQ reigns.

In the past BBQ food has been synonymous with under done burgers and slightly burnt sausages, but with Brit’s becoming more culinary conscious than ever before, Lisa believes things are set to change and BBQ may be the next big thing in British gastronomy.

Teaming up with Red Tractor, the UK’s largest, not for profit, farm and food standards scheme Lisa has created a series of delicious BBQ recipes that should inspire both men and women to get grilling. Including:


Steak tagliata salad with truffle oil

Chicken chimichurri pitta pockets served in pitta bread with lettuce and tomato

Paneer tikka kebabs


Lisa said “BBQ-ing has always been considered a man’s role, however in my home you are as likely to find me on the BBQ as anyone else.  With so much fantastic food on offer these days, BBQ no longer needs to be all about steaks and sausages, which is why I am calling for women as well as men get creative.  Nothing beats a good BBQ on a sunny day and Red Tractor’s fantastic BBQ giveaway means everyone has a chance to own their very own Napoleon grill in time for summer.”


She continues, “As a busy mum, I think it is very important to know that the food I serve my family has been produced to a good and safe standard.  The Red Tractor logo is a simple indication that the food I am buying has been prepared and checked by independent experts to meet farming and animal welfare standards.”


Additionally, in celebration of BBQ season Red Tractor are launching a BBQ promotion and will be giving away a fantastic Napoleon Grills barbecue worth £500 every single day for an eight-week period during the barbecue season (9th May – 3rd July).  To be in with a chance of winning, simply visit www.redtractor.org.uk


Chicken chimichurri pitta pockets served in pitta bread with lettuce and tomato Recipe & Video

 

Serves 4

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts

1 banana shallot

2 cloves garlic

a handful coriander

a handful flat leaf parsley

1 tbsp oregano

2-3 slices of green jalapeno pepper (I use them from the jar)

50ml white wine vinegar

2tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

4 pitta bread

shredded iceberg lettuce and quartered cherry tomatoes to serve

 

Method

Cut chicken breasts into chunks or strips and tip into a freezer bag.

Put the shallot, garlic, coriander, parsley, oregano and peppers into food processor and blitz. Then add the vinegar and olive oil and season to taste. Place in the freezer bag with the chicken and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Heat the BBQ until good and hot.

Thread the chicken onto metal skewers (note, use metal skewers to ensure the meat cooks in the middle)

BBQ for 6-7 minutes, turning until lovely and charred and cooked through. Rest for a couple of minutes whilst you griddle the pitta bread on both sides then open up and fill with the chicken and salad.



Full story »

Win Family Tickets to the Northampton Food and Drink Show May 14/15th 2016

Competitions 2 feedbacks »

Win Family Tickets to the Northampton Food and Drink Show May 14/15th 2016

To celebrate the new Northampton Food & Drink festival at Beckets Park next week we have a family ticket to give away for the event.

The ticket gives access to 2 adults and up to 3 children.

For more information on the Festival please visit http://livingheritagefoodfestivals.co.uk/

To enter is very simple all you have to do is any of the following:

  • Follow @Notts_Food_Fest on Twitter and tweet them with the following #nptonfoodanddrinkfestival
  • Follow @andys_kitchen on Twitter and tweet them with the following  #nptonfoodanddrinkfestival

If you dont use Twitter you can also enter by liking the following Facebook pages and leaving the comment #nptonfoodanddrinkfestival

Terms:

This competition will close at midnight Monday 9th May

The winner will be chosen at randon by the Living Heritage team

The winner will be posted the tickets by Living Heritage

Full story »

Northampton Food and Drink Festival May 14th and 15th 2016

News Send feedback »

Northampton Food & Drink Festival May 14th & 15th 2016

Adrian & myself last year took Crabstock Festivals on tour with the guys from Living Heritage, and our cooking and crab picking demonstrations have been a great hit around the UK.

Well we are very pleased to tell you that Living Heritage are bringing there very popular Food & Drink festivals to Northampton for the first time, on May 14/15th at Beckets Park. Their previous and well established events in Sandringham & Nottingham have grown to be some of the UK's most popular food festivals, and we are hoping that given time Northampton will follow suit.

Here is some more information on this fantastic event:

Our first food festival in Northampton, and we are delighted to be welcoming an awesome lineup of celebrity chefs, such as Levi Roots, Jean Christophe Novelli, Theo RandallPhil Vickery and Holly Bell.  All held together by the inimitable Mark Lloyd.

In between chefs you will have time to browse our enormous food tents, offering a huge selection of different foods, drink and cookery gadgets.  With a try before you buy approach, it’s best not to have too big a breakfast before you arrive!

In the smaller Food Roadshow marquee we also have a full line-up of chefs and producers to entertain you.  Andy Kelly, creator of the famous Star Wars desserts will be there on Sunday; Carmela Sereno Hayes will be demonstrating Italian cookery, and The Crabstock Boys (Andy Hunting & Adrian Bartlett) will be weaving tales of the sea, and showing you how to cook what you catch. (Click here for a full line up of Roadshow demonstrations)

There will be the usual piazza area, where you can browse the many foods on offer, both local and global, listen to some of the live music, and enjoy a pint of real ale in the sunshine (hopefully)!  You may also want to take advantage of our Fruit De Mer restaurant, new for 2016, and enjoy a sea food lunch (bookings taken ahead of show).

There will also be live music from the popular Saxophonix band; ‘Take Six’ Jazz band and The FB Pocket Orchestra (Saturday only).

We also have workshops for the children to get involved with – The Chocolate Tree will be back with their biscuit icing; or they can learn how to make fondant icing cake decorations with Polka Dot Bakes.

Of course there is plenty more to do for all the family, with children’s amusements and absorbing make and take craft workshops.  Moment In Time Living History enactors will be demonstrating cookery before the times of microwaves and woks: watch them in action and take a recipe card with ideas for your next open fire.

There’s a craft marquee with various artists both selling and demonstrating their pieces: glassblowing demonstrations on the hour, and chainsaw carving throughout the day, with speed carves twice daily and auctions of the finished pieces straight after.

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the first Northampton Food Festival!

Please visit the Living Heritage Food Festival website at http://livingheritagefoodfestivals.co.uk/

And you can also follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Notts_Food_Fest and please Like the Living Heritage Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LivingHeritageFoodFestivals/

Full story »

Mister Lasagna Launches in London

News Send feedback »

Mister Lasagna Launches in London

Mister Lasagna is set to open in Soho on Wednesday 20th April, serving authentic Italian ‘fast food’ and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday – Sunday.

Mister Lasagna will offer 21 lasagna varieties with eight staple dishes of classic bolognese, ham & cheese, mushroom, pesto, carbonara, vegetable, four cheese and Napoletana (meatballs, egg, bolognese, ricotta and béchamel). They will be available daily and joined by two specials, a rotation of 13 dishes; truffle, pumpkin, smoked salmon, chicken & chorizo, artichoke, courgette & cheese, vegetable, aubergine, cherry tomato & basil, mashed potato & egg, spinach, onion, spicy tomato sauce and tuna capers & olives. Diners will also be able to choose from five complementary sauces which are to be served on top of the lasagna; bolognese, béchamel, mushroom, four cheese or tomato.

Opening daily from 7am, Mister Lasagna will serve the breakfast crowd with its fresh Italian coffee, traditional savoury tarts and sweet pastries. Also on offer will be desserts such as tiramisu, caramel panna cotta and white chocolate soufflé. An Italian wine list, selection of beers and spirits will also be available. With 40 covers, diners will have the choice to sit on one of the large communal dining tables or to takeaway.

All ingredients will be carefully sourced, from the lasagna sheets to the vegetables, meats and cheeses. Customers can also take home with them authentic Italian produce, as the restaurant will sell pasta, sauces and a selection of Italian liqueurs.

Mister Lasagna founder, Alessandro Limone commented, “The demand for Italian food in London is huge and lasagna is one of the most popular dishes. Mister Lasagna will offer traditional Italian cooking just like my grandmother would serve to me when I was a little boy. When you mention lasagna, many people think of the well known bolognese recipe, but with our 21 varieties we hope to change London’s perception on this classic dish.”

The development of the Mister Lasagna restaurant has been supported by professional consulting team Sagitter One.

 

Mister Lasagna

53 Rupert Street

Soho, London

W1D 7PG

 

020 77340064

www.misterlasagna.co.uk

 

Twitter: @MisterLasagna

Instagram: MisterLasagna

www.facebook.com/misterlasagna

About the founder of Mister Lasagna

Alessandro Limone moved from Naples to London in 2014. Alessandro started to miss the homemade lasagna he grew up with and set out to bring the same authentic taste to the UK. Using his family recipe, he began selling his lasagnas at local markets and within a few months of successful trading he knew that there was a bigger business idea around his favourite dish and the Mister Lasagna brand was born.

Mister Lasagna is a family run business.

Full story »

BBC Good Food Show Summer, NEC Birmingham, 16 – 19 June 2016

News Send feedback »

 

BBC Good Food Show Summer, NEC Birmingham, 16 – 19 June 2016

Get ready for a warm welcome from the BBC Good Food Show Summer, sponsored by Lexus, this June.  The Show returns to the NEC Birmingham, promising to be one of the summer’s tastiest days out and a great way to spend a day with food loving friends. With many of the nation’s favourite chefs and celebs, a wide range of local and regional artisan producers and everyone’s favourite big name brands, there’s something for everyone.

Highlights in 2016 will include:

The Supertheatre

The Supertheatre will host a range of chefs and celebs including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers, Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr, James Martin and more. A BBC Good Food Show first, Alan Titchmarsh joins Mary Berry in the Supertheatre on Friday for a home-grown extravaganza. Visitors can watch delicious demonstrations live and take home the recipes in an exclusive Showguide. Afterwards, they can get the latest cookbooks signed by their favourites at the Book Shop, sponsored by WH Smith.

BBC Good Food Stage

The BBC Good Food Show Summer are delighted to unveil the newest feature at the Show, the BBC Good Food Stage, sponsored by Lakeland. Hosted by Barney Desmazery and Cassie Best from the BBC Good Food cookery team, this stage features a combination of celebrity interviews and recipe demos. Visitors can hear from celebrity chefs and experts and discover their culinary secrets and top tips for summer food and get recipe ideas from live demonstrations.

Discover and Learn by Lexus

Discover and Learn by Lexus is an interactive feature at the BBC Good Food Show Summer consisting of three themed masterclasses which focus on different foodie areas; Cupcake decorating with Marcus Bean, Sushi Making with Yo Sushi and Taste Sensation with Flavour Sense Nation. Lexus will take guests on a journey of discovery with expert hosts, who will share their knowledge and expertise in 30-40 minute, step by step masterclasses, for all ages and abilities. Guest will leave with a repertoire of knowledge to share with friends or recreate at home. See website for booking details.

Producers’ Village

The Producers’ Village is a huge speciality food market at the heart of the show, packed with small artisan producers. Look out for BBC Good Food Champions and Bursary Award Winners who pride themselves in the quality and provenance of their produce.

Ludlow Producers Market

The Ludlow Producers Market section of the Show brings together a fantastic collection of producers from Ludlow and the Marches. With an emphasis on local, independent food and drink producers this is a great area to pick up some interesting products that visitors won't find in the supermarkets.

Chinese Pavilion

NEW for the 2016 Show, visitors can discover far eastern flavours in the Chinese Pavilion. Browse and shop from a selection of producers specialising in a variety of teas, wines and spirits.

BBC Good Food Kitchen

The BBC Good Kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing lunch at the show where visitors can savour dishes inspired by bbcgoodfood.com seasonal recipes.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Tickets to the show include free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live which takes place alongside the food show. See gardening experts including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh live on stage sharing their expertise, unearth tips for growing fresh ingredients at home, get equipped for BBQ season or simply enjoy a picnic amongst the beautiful Show Gardens with tasty purchases from the shopping aisles.

20% off Tickets.

If you would like to receive a 20% discount off tickets for this years BBC Good Food Show Summer, please enter the code BL20 at the checkout.

*20% off Adult/Over 65s tickets only. Not valid on VIP or with any other offer. Ends 19/06/16. Standard Supertheatre seat included with Super tickets, subject to availability, Gold seat upgrade £3. Offer valid on Value tickets where available. Details correct at time of print. £1.50 fulfilment fee per advance order. Good Food® Good Food Logo © BBC Worldwide. Organised and presented by River Street Events.

 

Super tickets, including Supertheatre seat, from £24.50 (including free entry to BBC Gardeners’ World Live). Read more at www.bbcgoodfoodshowsummer.com

The BBC Good Food Shows are organised and presented by River Street Events Ltd

The GoodFood word mark and logo are trademarks of BBC Worldwide Limited. Copyright 2015 BBC Worldwide Limited

About BBC Worldwide Ltd. BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf. It does this through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also builds the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British creativity.

Contact / Help. ©2016 by andy hunting. blogging tool / UK hosting / Francois.
Design & icons by N.Design Studio. Skin by Tender Feelings / Evo Factory.