Archive | May 20, 2013

Desperado…

The weekend was here and I did not have the slightest idea what to cook for my girl when she came home. She loves pasta…and I had a packet of macaroni (elbows) in the pantry – I bought two packets when they were on offer sometime ago and I had used up one already. I remember there was a bottle of pasta sauce in the fridge but when I took it out to check, I saw this…

Old PS

14 days? That must have been sitting in there for 140 days at least and although it did seem okay, I decided not to risk it and to come out with something else – on my own.

So I chopped up some garlic and one Bombay onion…

PS - ingredients

…and seeing that there was no olive oil in the house or not that I know of, the olive oil margarine would have to do – just melt it in the pan. As they say, desperation calls for desperate measures! Hehehehehehe!!!! There wasn’t any (minced) beef as well in the freezer but never mind! I just took the chorizo sausages that I brought back from NZ…and minced two of them. There was also the parmesan cheese, also from NZ, so I grated a bit of that…and I spotted a canned of chopped tomatoes in the pantry. Ahhhh!!! That would be nice! It was good till the end of the year so I could use that instead of tomato sauce/ketchup…and I decided to add a bit of the mixed herbs too (also from NZ) and since I did not have any milk, I decided to use evaporated milk instead.

I melted the olive oil in a pan and fried the garlic and onions before I put in the chopped tomatoes, mixed spice, cheese and a bit of the milk. Oops! The milk changed the colour of the sauce to something creamy orange…so I added some tomato sauce/ketchup to redeem it and restore it to a nice shade of red. It tasted sour so I added a bit of sugar and some pepper as well and that was it! Ummmm…not bad, not bad at all…

PS

Having got the sauce ready, I cooked the pasta and served it on a plate and then I poured a bit of the sauce that I had cooked over it and grated some more parmesan cheese on top of that. Finally, I garnished it with some mint leaves and there you have it!!! My own macaroni dish with my original pasta sauce…

Homecooked pasta 1

At least, I did not use some bits of lettuce like this Italian restaurant in town, eh?

And of course, the acid test would be in the eating. Was it any good?

Homecooked pasta 2

Well, I thought it was great – to be honest, maybe it was even better than some places in town and my girl loved it! That was all that mattered! Wink! Wink! LOL!!!