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    Wednesday, May 01, 2013

    Comfort Food - Cheap and Very Cheerful - Vegetable Bake

    I am making some food for a friends friend, who is stuck in hospital, for quite some time.
    Everytime I make a dish, I make enough to freeze some. This is a good idea anyway.
    Being able to bring some food out of the freezer,  virtually instant food.
    You can sit and have a glass of wine while it bubbles away in the oven.
    As I am Taking on Jamie, I thought I would time this. Took a little longer than 15 minutes. You could eat it immediately but I think it needs to be baked.
    But you could make it earlier in the day and then just stick it in the oven for about 25 minutes or until it is golden and bubbly. All ready for the oven or freezer

    This is a Vego Dish, you could make it Gluten Free, if you use cornflour instead of wheat flour.
    Lovely cheesey sauce smothering broccoli, topped with mashed potatoes

    I followed Jamies advice and got my pans hot and ready to multi task

    This will feed 4 people

    3 large potatoes
    75 mls hot milk
    30 gms cold butter

    2 heads broccoli

    100 gms butter
    1 onion chopped
    1 carrot grated
    1/2 cup flour
     Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    About 800 mls Whole milk 
    1 Bayleaf

    100 gms grated tasty cheese

    Get ready
    Put milk and Bayleaf into microwave and heat for about 2-3 minutes

    Put a pot of salted water to boil for broccoli
    Have another pot of salted cold water for the potatoes
    Melt butter over medium heat in another pot for sauce

    Break broccoli into florets
    Throw into boiling water and blanch for about 3 minutes

    Drain and run under cold water to keep the lovely green colour

    Peel potatoes and cut into smallish cubes about 1/2 inch for faster cooking
    Throw into cold water and bring rapidly to the boil
    cook till tender about 10 minutes

    Meanwhile chop onion and grate carrot and add to melted butter
    Season with S & P
    Cook down about 5 minutes till tender
    Add flour, stir well
    Cook another 4 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste
    Add hot milk all at once and stir to ensure there are no lumps
     Cook for about another 4 minutes adding more milk if it is too thick, don't want it gluggy

    Add broccoli  to sauce and transfer to serving dish
    Now, your potatoes will be cooked
    Drain well and mash
    I used a potato ricer, does such a good job,
    Takes a little longer but it's worth it
    I bought mine for about $9, many years ago from The Warehouse. Its been a great asset
    You don't have to spend a fortune

    Add hot milk to potatoes
    Stir, beat in cold butter
    Check seasoning and adjust if necessary
    Spread the potatoes over the Saucy Vege
    All ready to go
    Cooked in  27 minutes
    That's not too hard

    Quite a lot of carnage though. No one talks about the washing up.
    I've got a good dishwasher which did all of this for me

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