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Decadent Prawn Macaroni and Cheese

Firstly, I have most awesome news – we have a new oven! It’s all shiny and clean and lights up! And it shall be worshipped for the rest of my tenancy 😀

New oven!

So obviously as soon as it was fitted I leapt for the chance to cook some macaroni and cheese – which I’d been craving all week.

And this version is truly decadent, with a little bit of stilton to give a little kick to the cheese sauce.

Decadent Mac n Cheese

1. Firstly you need to cook about 300-400g macaroni, depending on how pasta heavy you like your meals to be.

While that’s cooking you can prepare the sauce and other fillings

For the prawn and onion filling:

  • 2 red onions
  • 200g prawns
  • 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • pinch of pepper

2. Fry the onions in a frying pan until slightly browned and add the prawns and cook through.

3. Add the garlic, ginger and pepper and mix thoroughly.

4. Take off the heat and set aside.

For the decadent cheese sauce:

  • 30g butter
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 50ml milk
  • 150ml cream
  • 200g mature cheddar
  • 80g stilton
  • 1 tsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp salad cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard
  • basil
  • breadcrumbs

5. Heat up a large saucepan and melt the butter on a low heat. Add flour and mix quickly to form a paste.

6. Add the milk and cream in slowly and mix thoroughly to get rid of any lumps.

7. Add the 80g stilton and 100g mature cheddar, followed by the ginger, garlic, basil, salad cream and mustard and keep stirring. If you want a thicker or thinner sauce, add more milk or cheese accordingly.

8. Turn off the hob and mix the macaroni, red onion and prawn mixture into the saucepan. Ensure everything is coated in the cheese sauce.

9. Pour into a large baking dish and top with the remaining cheddar and a couple of handfuls of breadcrumbs to create a crispy topping.

Lots of macaroni

10. Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.

I couldn't do without the crispy breadcrumb topping

Now you have enough decadent macaroni cheese for 4 greedy portions 😀 I hope you enjoy this seafood version as much as I did.


Brie and Cranberry Parcels

I love cheese. I really, really love cheese. Seriously, when I’m rich enough I’m going to have at least half a shelf in my fridgedevoted to different cheeses. Sadly that day is still a bit too far away.

I also love filo and cranberry sauce and so these Brie and Cranberry Parcels are one of my most favourite appetisers.

Very tasty party food

I had a variation on these when I went to a steakhouse and finally got round to making my own for my friend when she came round for her Birthday dinner. Now I know that traditionally Cranberry is a Christmassy item but why be restrained by that?

Making these parcels is really easy if a little time-consuming. Fist get your sheets of filo and make sure they’re fully defrosted. Line up the sheets into a neat pile so you can cut them all easily. You’ll want to make two long cuts to get three long strips out of each sheet of filo and then cut down the middle of these strips to make 6 cut out sections.

Almost everything you need

You then need to cut a small piece of Brie, a teaspoon of Cranberry sauce and arrange this on one end of the pastry strip. My pictures below should guide you through the steps of folding and sealing the pastry envelope of goodness but if you need a  proper guide on the techniques involved go here.

1. Fold the end of the filo so it partially overlaps the filling

2. Fold in the sides of the filo sheet all the way to the top

3. Fold the top corner into the middle to make a triangle point and finish rolling

4. Butter the triangle point and the top of the parcel using a pastry brush

And there you have it… Brie and Cranberry Party Parcels 😀