Friday, April 27, 2012
Easy Peasy Meals & Giveaway Winners
Lately, we've been tweaking our night time routine a bit in order to get Sophie down earlier, to make bath time quicker and to give Paul and I some quiet adult time before we turn in for the evening. Our new routine leaves us with two options - we eat at the earlier time of six or wait until around seven thirty. Whichever way we go means I need either a meal I can prepare earlier in the day and simply heat up or a meal I can whip up in under twenty minutes.
So, I've been flicking through my recipe books, trying to find ideas which fit these categories. Tonight we're having Fettuccine Carbonara - a recipe which with a tiny bit or preparation can literally be cooked in the time it takes the pasta to boil and for which I usually have most ingredients. Here is the recipe I use, adapted from several different ones over the years...
200g pasta (I never measure this, I just grab the amount of pasta I see fit for two serves)
3 rashers bacon (shortcut bacon)
1 egg yolk (at room temperature)
1 egg (at room temperature)
¼ cup cream (single pouring cream)
⅓ cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp minced garlic (or 1 clove crushed)
125g chopped button mushrooms (optional)
parsley (handful finely chopped)
salt (a generous pinch) and freshly ground pepper
Cook fettuccine in a large pot of boiling salted water. Meanwhile, fry bacon, garlic and mushrooms with a drop of olive oil. Whisk egg, egg yolk, cream, ¾ of the parmesan, salt and pepper in a small bowl. When cooked, drain pasta quickly and return to pot. Over very low heat, add bacon, parsley and egg mixture. Toss through quickly to heat. Remove as soon as the sauce begins thickening and serve immediately with remaining parmesan and cracked pepper.
I'd love to hear which meals you would suggest for either the 'make it earlier' or 'whip up in twenty minutes' category if you'd like to leave a comment and share your ideas below.
Also, I finally got around to drawing my giveaway today. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winners are:
A cross-stitch pattern from Sewing Seed... Jane of Planet Baby
The cute mushroom mobile from The Quirky Bird... Michelle of Jarrah Jungle
My patchwork squares of pretty fabric... Bron of Maxabella Loves
A clothbound version of The Secret Garden... Megan of Silver Threads Of Happiness
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead. I'm off to the '3 in 1 Market' at the Claremont Showgrounds tomorrow morning. Hopefully I'll have some nice finds to share with you all on Monday...