Pad Thai

Food, Recipes

Pad Thai

(serves 2-3)

Ingredients
3 tbsp roasted peanuts (diced)
3-4 garlic cloves (diced)
1 shallot (diced)
200g flat rice noodles
3 tbsp tamarind paste
5 tsp fish sauce
3 tbsp palm sugar
2 eggs
3 stalks spring onions
½ carrot (grated)
200g raw king prawns
2 tbsp dried shrimp (optional)
1-2 limes
Chilli flakes

Method
1. Boil water – put noodles into pan and cover with the hot water. Allow to soften until al dente. Pour into sieve and pour cold water to stop rice noodles from sticking.
2. Roast peanuts until pan until slightly brown – put aside.
3. Put 2-3 tbsp cooking oil into a wok – fry the garlic and shallot until soft and slightly brown.
4. Add the prawns, carrots, noodles, tamarind puree, fish sauce and palm sugar. Use chopsticks to help separate the noodles.
5. Put the noodle stirfry to one side and crack both eggs. Scramble the eggs initially on its own, then mix with noodles before fully cooked.
6. Add the spring onions and dried shrimp. Sprinkle half a lime over the noodles. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
7. Serve with chilli flakes, roasted peanuts and a wedge of lime on the side.

Three cheese mac & cheese

Food, Recipes


Three cheese mac & cheese

(adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients
Butter
350g macaroni
6 garlic cloves (diced)
1 tsp mustard
3 tbsp plain flour
500ml whole milk
Chives
250g cheddar (grated)
50g parmesan (grated)
50g feta cheese
Breadcrumbs

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Boil macaroni pasta so it’s slightly more raw than it should be.
2. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a pan. Add diced garlic and let it cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add flour and stir into butter so it forms a paste. Cook for 1 minute.
4. Add milk slowly into butter whilst stirring. Let it simmer for 5-6 minutes whilst stirring so that it thickens slightly.
5. Add mustard and a couple of sprigs of chive diced up.
6. Mix in the cheddar and 25g of the parmesan to the mixture. It should make a smooth creamy sauce.
7. Add the near-cooked macaroni to the sauce, mix well, then pour into a baking dish.
8. Scatter the remaining parmesan over the pasta evenly. Crumble feta and some more diced chives over the top. Finally, scatter 1-2 tbsps of breadcrumbs over the top.
9. Bake for 20 minutes until bubbling and slightly brown and crispy.