Friday, August 5, 2011

Baked Macaroni

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Hi Everyone! It has been quite a while since my last post. I guess… I am back!

After so much work and two heavy modules, now I am glad that I can finally come back here for posting. Yes, I am still surviving. During this period, I still cook up a storm in the kitchen, just that I couldn’t find time to sit down and write. Also, I was revisiting previous recipes quite a lot and that sometimes, I left my camera in the office! Well, it’s over and now I am back to this little blogsphere.

I am glad that I am coming back.



The good news is I am 7 months pregnant. 2 more months to go! So what’s that mean? I am going to see my baby soon! My baby is more or less safe now, no pre-mature worries, or less worries!

Like a nest-building bird, I have started my preparation to welcome my little one to arrive to this new world. What sort of preparation? Things like a car seat is a must, so that she can start using it right after discharge from hospital. We also bought a baby cot, so that she can be with us whenever and wherever we are, and a baby bed that can be used till 4-year-old, so that’s good. Not to forget, I have signed up cord banking service for uncertain events down the road.

We are also planning a lot of stuffs in our kitchen too. Recently, my sister bought me a thermomix . That’s really a cool product! I don’t think I came across something like that, it’s really cool because you can cook anything with it, it’s not a food processor; it’s a cooker, a food processor, a slow cooker with an in-built thermometer and super cool features that you can use for making lots of things, such as mincing, boiling, steaming, stir-frying, braising….etc. I am still getting used to it because it takes a while to learn how to use it, PROPERLY, I scare I will spoil a $7000 product if I use it wrongly! It’s one of the most expensive gadget in my kitchen, beside my oven currently. But I will start using it more often. Right now, I am using it just for some simple cooking. In the future, I will take more photos about it.

Meanwhile, let’s just stick to using my normal oven. Hehe…

Baked food is one of my favourites, I cook them quite often. So today, instead of Mac and Cheese, I cooked this baked macaroni without any recipe, just followed my instinct. It turned out good, may be it’s because I put in a lot of cheese. Yeah, cheese is my favourite, so why not?


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Ingredient:

2 cups of Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 cup of Parmesan cheese, finely grated

1 cup of Macaroni, boiled in salted water till soft

1 bay leaf

1 cup of mushroom

5 tomatoes, diced

1 can of diced tomatoes

1/2 cup of chicken stock

4 cloves of garlic, finely minced

1 whole onion, finely chopped

Some mix vege, thawed

Salt and pepper

Some olive oil

Method:

For macaroni:

  1. Boil macaroni in a big pot of salted water, according to packaging instruction.

For sauce:

  1. Medium high heat, saute onion till fragrant, about 3 mins.
  2. Saute garlic and bay leaf for another 2 mins.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, fry tomatoes and mushrooms for a while.
  4. Pour in chicken stock and the canned tomatoes, cook till all flavours marry together and water reduce by 1/3, about 20 mins.
  5. Pour in mix vege, stir fry a bit.

Combine:

  1. Pour macaroni into a roasting pan, pour the sauce on top, top with Mozzarella and then lastly parmesan cheese on top.
  2. Bake in the oven 200 degree, until golden, about 8 mins.

Enjoy!



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