I've not managed to leave the house today, but at least I did get this little poster done for Baby Woo's room. It's a silly rhyme Mr Woo's Granddad used to say. My Grandpa used to tell stories about the adventures of Tom Cat & Bob Cat. I'm working on an idea to bring those stories to life. In the mean time...
So what'd ya think?
*oh and please don't reuse the poster without asking. I made it for Baby Woo. If you'd like a copy I'll happily make one for you too*
As a Southern Belle I am a bit of a Macaroni & Cheese expert. It was always my brother's favorite item on the Ryan's "MegaBar". We couldn't get enough!
My Grandmother makes a pretty mean baked Macaroni & Cheese I have to say. It's a given that there will be her baked mac & cheese if she's making a Roast Beef. Along with stuffed mushrooms and baked cauliflower. Mmmm! She's the best!
Since we don't have a Ryan's (do they even exist anymore???), and my Grandmother not only lives thousands of miles away, but she doesn't cook much any more I've had to make do.
I tried making a basic cheese sauce and baking it with cheese on top. It didn't really do it. I tried a few different recipes and Mr Woo didn't really have seconds. It wasn't until I stumbled upon the Nestle recipe that Mac and Cheese became a household favorite! Even Mr Woo's brother will show up on the door step if he hears I'm making this mac & cheese! He's on his way over actually cause it's what's for dinner :)
Traditional Macaroni & Cheese (by Nestle)
1 2/3 cups (about 7 oz.) dry small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 2-quart casserole dish.
COMBINE cornstarch, salt, mustard and pepper in medium saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, water, and butter. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in 1½ cups cheese until melted. Add macaroni; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Top with remainingcheese.
BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and light brown.
NOTE: To transform Macaroni & Cheese from a simple dish to a savory one-dish meal, add 1 cup chopped ham or hot dogs after milk mixture comes to a boil. (OR cooked broccoli with chicken breast or on it's own)
****I ran out of cornstarch when I made some chicken nuggets a few weeks ago so I googled to see if there were any substitutes, lucky there are! ****
For each 1 tablespoon of cornstarch needed use: 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour OR 1 tablespoon potato flour or rice flour OR 4 teaspoons quick-cooking tapioca OR 2 teaspoons arrowroot
The boys are here and ready so I'd better get the food out!
Bye for now!
Sorry I've not been around much. I've been spending a lot of time in bed or stretched out in front of the TV under a blanket. I have been so tired and kinda sick :( Yuck!
Baby Woo is growing fast and I'm starting to feel flickers of my old self coming back! Hooray!
I felt spritely enough to go berry picking this afternoon...only....it's still too early. I did manage to pick 3 blackberries which I gave to Daisy and Truman. Instead of the heavily drooping briar full of plump juicy berries I saw lots of this sorta thing....
Not very tempting. But it does look like my blackberry harvest is going to be HUGE this year! I just have to leave it a few weeks and then head back down with a bucket in hand to collect these!
I'll make jam, of course, but maybe I'll try something different too like Black Tea & Blackberry sorbet. Mmm...that sounds good! Yum! Hurry up and ripen all you berries!
I'd better go get the enchiladas out of the oven, if they burn I am going to be very sad! I am SO into Mexican food right now! I've always been a fan, but I think maybe Baby Woo can't get enough!
From childhood Mrs Woo has been creative, crafty, a bit sassy and a lover of the Wizard of Oz.
Mrs Woo has travelled across the seas bringing along with her a lime green vintage handbag and love of the 1940s & 50s. Since arriving on the shores of Britannia Mrs Woo has been passionate about rescuing and breathing new life into treasures from the past.