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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Cooking, cleaning and chocolate!

Today was pritty much a stay at home day. Boring!!
I had planned to cook a lovely dinner for me and Jack. It was to be Turkey, roast vegtables and a potato gratin. I cleaned the house up; hoovered and dusted round but was there any point when you have a one year old toddler who is into everything??!! No! He just came and got everything I put away back out!! Little monkey. The Pop'n'Gro nappies went into the wash; and I chilled on the sofa. I must have dropped off after putting Jack to bed and to my horror when I woke up it was 5.30pm. I would never have time took cook my potato gratin as it takes over an hour and a half to cook!!
The turkey had been on slow cook all morning and I had prepared the roasted vegtables. I didn't know what to do!
I googled how to make one and thought if I boiled the potatos in the milk, cream and butter; it shouldn't take long in the oven; only about 20 minutes. So I boiled up half a pint of milk and chucked in a few lumps of Anchor butter, then added the potatoes. Boiled until soft, but not to soft; poured everything into a glass dish, sprinkled some cheese over the top and put in a very hot oven. Once it was ready I took it out and served it up; it tasted good, yummy but not as good as my Nan's. Think I may have to pinch her recipe!!


My recipe for Quick and Easy potato gratin.

Amounts feed four quite generously

Pre-Heat oven to 200.C/400.F/Gas6

Four good sized potatoes
200 mls milk
200 mls cream
1 clove of smushed garlic
Black Pepper ( a good grinding)
Handful of grated parmesan

Place the cream, milk old bay seasoning, black pepper and garlic in a fairly large saucepan and bring to the boil.
Remove from the heat and put the lid on to let the flavours infuse.
Peel and slice the potatoes into approximately 1cm slices.
Pop them into the saucepan with the milk and cream mixture and bring to the boil.
Simmer gently until just cooked.
Pour this mixture into a buttered oven proof dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes until turning golden and bubbling
About five minutes before the end of cooking scatter over the parmesan..
Allow to stand for a few minute before serving.

1 comment:

Emma said...

Can I just cheat by just making you come & do it for me? :) x