Monday, July 21, 2014

In the kitchen - Dinner is served

Yesterday (Sunday) Michael and Natasha came for dinner, we had Roast beef (home raised) with all the trimming, except Yorkshire pudding which I just ran out of time to make and there wasn't room in the oven for it anyway as I had a pumpkin pie in there too.
Joe carving the beef
 The broccoli was from the garden

For dessert I made a pumpkin pie, 
(the recipe was from this book)

Click on the image below to enlarge so you can read it more easily

 Joe, Natasha and I really liked it, Michael.....didn't!
He is of the opinion that vegetables shouldn't be in desserts. lol

Today I had to use up a cauliflower and broccoli from the garden, so I made cauliflower cheese
with broccoli, onions & bacon. This is not a precise recipe, I just throw things in.
I cut the cauli & broccoli into florets and laid in an ovenproof dish.
In some manuka smoked butter I sauteed a chopped onion and four slices of roughly sliced bacon
when the onions were soft I added a large tablespoon of flour and level tablespoon of mustard powder and stirred until blended, then cooked gently for a few minutes. I then slowly added milk stirring constantly until I was happy with the consistency and it coated the back of the spoon. Cook gently for a few more minutes.
I put a good couple of handfuls of grated tasty cheddar cheese over the cauli & broccoli in the dish then poured the sauce over the top, mixing and covering the veg well. Sprinkle some more grated cheese over the top and for texture I sprinkled a few handfuls of breadcrumbs over the top.
I baked it in an oven around 180°C for about 30-40 mins or until the veg was cooked
It may not have looked pretty but it tasted devine.

I'm now off to have another piece of pumpkin pie with custard

See ya next time



  1. You dirtied up that clean kitchen!! You could have fed your whole street, so many roasties!!!

    1. You can never have enough roasties :D we do extra cos Joe makes up meals for work :D

  2. Oh my mouth is watering! Roast beef! Yum! I have never tried Pumpkin as a desert.

    1. Ya can't beat a good roast, best meal in the world I reckon. Try the pie! x

  3. Oh gosh, seeing your pictures now has me craving for roast beef & roast vegies Sue. I wish our broccoli was ready but about another month I think. Just gorgeous, mouthwatering food photos there :-)

    1. We need to plant more broccoli, the caulis come on really fast after it rains :D

  4. That dinner looks delicious … my Hubby is the same as Michael … thinks vegetables have no place in dessert or in cakes … oh and doesn't think rice belongs in dessert either … WEIRDO!! :0)

    1. Funnily enough I'm making rice pudding for dessert this coming Sunday, we've been invited for dinner at M&Ts :D


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