Ultimate Mac and Cheese

Ultimate Mac and Cheese

I love macaroni cheese aka mac & cheese. Anything with cheese actually. But macaroni cheese is my comfort food. For days when I don’t feel like cooking anything fancy … macaroni cheese is always something I can rustle up from humble ingredients.

Who doesn’t have pasta, cheese and milk in their kitchen?

This mac & cheese however is made with a little twist. A little grown up maybe. If you are making this for the kids, you can just omit the lardons and shallots and even breadcrumbs if your kids are fussy. Just serve the macaroni with plenty of cheese and grill the top for a few minutes. My kids love it with the extra ingredients – they say it  tastes more flavourful which is mega bonus points for me!

Here’s how I made my super easy Ultimate Mac and Cheese.

Ingredients
Get your ingredients ready

Firstly cook the macaroni until it is al dente (or cook it according to packet instructions – whichever is easiest for you). Once cooked, rinse with cold water and set aside.

Next, make the super cheesy sauce. To start, make a roux. A roux is a thickening paste made from flour and butter. In a large pan melt the butter then add the flour to the pan. Mix well for a minute or two – it should resemble a thick brown paste.

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Make the roux

Now add the milk. Add a little at a time, stir well each time you add the milk. Use a balloon whisk as it helps to get out the lumps. Don’t be tempted to add all the milk in one go … this will cause the sauce to split. Once all the milk has been added, cook the sauce on a high heat for a few minutes – stirring constantly. The sauce will thicken slightly.

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Add the milk and whisk continuously

Add the grated cheddar cheese to the milky sauce – a big handful at a time. Mix well after each handful. Once all the cheese has been added, stir well and allow the cheese to melt thoroughly and thicken. Season with a pinch of salt and white pepper and a generous pinch of nutmeg. Set aside on a low heat for a few minutes.

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Add the cheese and some nutmeg … mix well

In a frying pan, cook the shallots and lardons. Fry until softened and cooked through then add this to the sauce, also add the the cooked macaroni. Mix well and transfer to an oven proof dish.

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Cook lardons and add to the cheesy sauce
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Mix well and transfer to a tray

For the crunchy topping, mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and a pinch of fresh thyme. Mix well and sprinkle on top of the macaroni cheese.

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Make the breadcrumb topping

Pop the macaroni cheese under the grill (on a low heat) for about 5 to 10 minutes – you want the breadcrumbs to become lightly browned – keep an eye on it as it can brown quite quickly. Serve straight away.

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Cook under the grill until nicely browned

Check out the printable recipe below for the Ultimate Mac and Cheese.

Ultimate Macaroni Cheese

INGREDIENTS:
– 400g macaroni
– 50g butter
– 50g plain flour
– 650ml whole milk
– Pinch of ground nutmeg
– 180g cheddar cheese (grated)
– 100g lardons
– 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
– 1 tsp thyme (fresh or dried)
– 25g breadcrumbs
– 20g parmesan cheese (finely grated)
– Salt and white pepper (to taste)

METHOD:
1. Cook macaroni until it is al dente (or according to packet instructions). Set aside.
2. Add butter and flour to a small pan, mix well and cook on a medium heat until it forms a paste – about 2 minutes.
3. Reduce heat and slowly add the milk a little at a time, stir between each addition. Don’t be tempted to add all the milk at once because the sauce may split.
4. Add the grated cheddar cheese, a handful at a time to the milk sauce – stir well allowing the cheese to melt. Once all the cheese has been added – cook on a high heat for a couple of minutes. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and white pepper to taste. Keep the sauce warm on a low heat for a couple of minutes.
5. In a frying pan, fry the shallots and lardons until they are softened and cooked through – add this to the cheese sauce. Also add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix well.
6. Transfer the macaroni to a baking dish – spread out evenly.
7. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and the thyme. Mix well and sprinkle this on top of the macaroni.
8. Finally, grill the macaroni for 5 to 10 minutes on a low heat until the top is browned and nicely toasted.

Enjoy!

You can experiment with this recipe and use different cheeses and protein such as diced chicken. This recipe is adapatable so don’t be afraid to change it up!

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Ultimate Mac and Cheese

I hope you get a chance to try this. It’s super quick and easy and the whole family will love it!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what I have been up to in my kitchen lately and don’t forget to drop me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.

Until next time.

~ Boss Mum xx

The Lockdown – Week 5: Birthday Week

24th April 2020 – Friday

It’s my son’s birthday tomorrow … He’s going to be 9! He calls it his birthday week as he wants to celebrate it for the whole week. Talk about milk it … but it sucks having a birthday during lockdown, it really does – so he is forgiven. Every year I always oganise some kind of birthday party for Skye and Devon. Some years we have huge garden parties with the bbq on full steam, plenty of food and drinks, bouncy castle and party games … some years we will go trampolining with friends, we’ve done ice-skating and even hired a private cinema. So you see … having a birthday during lockdown is such an inconvenience.

This year I had booked a football themed party for Devon at Powerleague. He wanted it to be just a boy thing with all of his closest friends from school and friends that he has grown up with outside of school. It was suppose to be a 5 aside football match with party food afterwards. Devon was so looking forward to that … he is football mad (he supports Manchester United).

I have postponed it until the summer holidays at least … we’ll see how long this coronavirus lingers on for.

So tomorrow it will just be a quiet little party – just us four and our little bbq set. He requested burgers and hotdogs for his birthday dinner. I am trying to make it as special as possible … lots of balloons and I’m going to make a little football cake and I bought him lots of presents. He understands that this is the way it has got to be this year … he understands, which I am grateful for.

This week has been good. Home schooling has been alot more structured now that I know what is going on and I’ve been super organised. The school has finally uploaded a proper weekly learning schedule – the topic guidance to what the kids should be learning this week. It’s made home schooling so much easier … I don’t have to sit there and try to work out what they should do that day. I was basically making it up as I went along. Now that they have set tasks, they just get on with it … when they are done they have the rest of the day to play and hang out. It puts less stress on me I can tell you.

It was also my nephew’s birthday earlier in the week. He turned 5 and my cousin requested a little cake for him. I have made every single one of his cakes and I was delighted to make this little lockdown birthday cake for him. He loves Pac-man so I made a little simple one for him.

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Pac Man Cake

How cute is this cake though! I just kept it simple and to the point. I prefer to make simple cakes because they look nicer … I don’t like chaotic cakes with too much on top. I feel there is no flair and the cake just looks rushed like no care was put into it.

This week I have cooked some lovely dishes for dinner which were all well received by the family. My husband popped by his parents house yesterday to pick up some food … his dad commented on my husband’s slight weight gain! My husband told his parents that he has been eating really well during the lockdown and I have been busy in the kitchen trying out new recipes and such. They were super impressed!

These are some of the dishes I have made this week. Right: this was a beef and potato coconut curry – this was really warming and wasn’t too spicy.  I made it with a side of rice and chapatis. Top left: jerk chicken with rice and peas. I once asked a friend what their recipe was for jerk chicken (she is from West Indian heritage) and surprisingly she said she doesn’t make it from scratch, she just buys the powdered jerk marinade. She also said that alot of people don’t make it from scratch – a good jerk marinade in a packet was just as good. I will reserve judgement on that one. I always make mine from scratch. The picture on the bottom left is another first timer – I made banh beo which is a Vietnamese dish. It is savoury steamed rice cakes topped with minced pork and prawns with a drizzle of scallion oil. It was super light and delicate but it tastes so good. The family were super impressed!

My husband got news today that he has been furloughed from work. I’m not sure what to make of it – but he says it is just a routine and most of his colleagues have beeen furloughed too. Hubby works for Transport for London as a control and information engineer. He’s been working from home since March and getting really bored. He’s left a big dent in the sofa from where his daytime tv marathon was being held! This furlough has now thrown a lot of uncertainty during this unpredictable time. I am currently still off work due to my underlying health issues … I am on special leave at the moment – they may furlough me in the future … who knows!

I hope you are all safe and well. The weather this week has been really good. The sun is shining and you can feel the air getting warmer and the days are getting longer. Please do drop me a line to let me know how you are getting on. We are all in this together so let’s stay connected.

See you next week!

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

The Lockdown – Day 30: What A Month It Has Been

19th April 2020 – Monday

Today marks a month of lockdown. A month where me and the family have been at home. A month of tension and anxiety … not knowing when this is going to end. I know it has to end sometime, but the uncertainty is causing me distress.

Today I made some Vietnamese baguettes … also known as “banh mi“. I always thought Vietnamese baguettes were the same as French baguettes … but they’re not. French baguettes have more of a hard, crunchy exterior with a soft inside. Vietnamese are not as crunchy … the outside has some crunchiness to it but the overall baguette is soft with a slightly chewy texture.

Anyhow, I did good – I must say! The baguettes had a good rise to them, they were soft as well as having a slightly flaky crust. It was perfect filled with marinaded pork belly, pickled carrots and plenty of coriander. The family was super impressed! A pat on my back was well deserved.

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Banh Mi aka Vietnamese Baguette

I also spent some of the day making a birthday cake for my little nephew who turns 5 tomorrow. He is super obsessed with Pac-Man so I made him a little cake to celebrate. It’s a shame that he won’t be able to have a party like he does every year … but I’m sure my cousin – his mum will make sure it’s filled with lots of love and presents. He’s so cute!

I have been blogging everyday for the last month … when I first decided to do a daily lockdown blog, I wasn’t really sure how long I was going to do it for. To be honest, I am starting to find it hard to write daily. The only reason I’m saying this is because being in lockdown, having a routine … everyday ends up being the same. For that reason, I am going to blog once a week … it will take less pressure of me trying to find something to write about when your day was exactly like yesterday and the day before. So, I’m thinking, every Friday I am going to do a lockdown post … just highlights of the week and such. Sound like a good idea?

This will give me more time to work on recipe blogs which are my main focus right now.

My current recipe posts have no specific days of the week in which I post. This is because I experiment with recipes during the week at random times in amongst home schooling and household chores. But I aim to post at least one recipe per week. Follow me on Instagram to see what I have been cooking in the kitchen lately and for blog post updates.

So until Friday … I will see you then. Keep safe and stay home as always.

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

The Lockdown – Day 29: Sat … ur … day!

18th April 2020 – Saturday

I woke up at 6:15am this morning. I’ve haven’t woken up that early on a weekend for such a long time. The only reason why I woke up that early was because I was expecting my Ocado grocery delivery. My hubby thought it was a good idea to pick an early slot 6:30am – 7:30am … but this morning I was not so sure. It was a struggle to say the least. My groceries didn’t come until 7:45am … so that was a long wait this morning.

Today was a bit of a dreary day … wet and chilly. It’s days like these that I don’t mind staying in lockdown. A classic movie and a cup of tea is just right up my street. In the afternoon I put my feet up with a cup of tea and biscuit and settled down to one of my favourite classic movies … “Gone With The Wind“. Yes, it’s over three hours long but it such an endearing film. And I love love love the beautiful dresses and immaculate outfits … and spoilt Scarlett O’Hara and her hissy fits just makes me giggle. My favourite character has to be the housekeeper Mammy … her rambles (often to herself is so funny!). The film is just perfection!

We had Vietnamese chicken noodle soup (pho) for dinner today. We normally have it with fresh rice noodles which I buy from our local noodle making factory. But because of the lockdown, they have had to close … my husband was going to pop out and buy the dried packet ones, but me and the kids are not too keen on the dry versions. So I was sitting there thinking about the rice noodles and thinking about how they were made. It can’t be that hard to make right? Or do I need a special noodle making machine?

I was curious … and ever since I have been on lockdown I have been actively trying out recipes and experimenting.

So I had a little nose on the internet and found out that it is not that hard to make. Literally two ingredients and some water: rice flour and tapioca flour. I always have these flours in my cupboard. So I gave it a go … and I must say I was so impressed. For my first attempt they were amazing!

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Homemade flat rice noodles

How amazing do they look. They were a little on the thin side … my hubby would have liked them a bit thicker but he was super impressed!

So for dinner we had it with some chicken soup. It was actually really good and the kids loved it!

We call this dish “pho” and is probably one of the most well known dishes from Vietnam. I’m not the biggest fan of the chicken noodle soup, I prefer the beef flavoured soup with pieces of sliced beef and brisket. But chicken “pho” will do for today.

I hope you all  had a great day … stay safe and stay home.

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

The Lockdown – Day 28: Fri-Yay Takeaway!!!

17th April 2020 – Friday

It’s Fri-Yay!! Oh wait, that doesn’t actually mean anything to me right now.

How are we all today? I had a restless night … I kept waking up coughing up phlegm. The thing I’ve noticed with my asthma is that it changes depending on the weather. The last week or so has been fine and my asthma had been behaving itself. Yesterday, the weather changed and it was raining a little in the afternoon. I could feel a chill in the air, a sort of dampness. Rest assured that that is one of my triggers … cold damp air.

Ahhhh, the life of an asthmatic. It should have a separate blog for this.

I received an order of Doves Farm flours and a packet of elusive yeast today. It’s been so hard getting flour and yeast these days. I had to bite the bullet and bought this organic Doves Farm baking package which (including P&P) costs a little bit more than what you would buy in the supermarket. But you know what? I love Doves Farm products so I don’t mind spending that little more on quality.

Once I got my package, I treated myself to a homemade malt loaf. It smelt wonderful and looked amazing.

For dinner today I couldn’t be bothered to cook so we ordered takeaway. I wanted to eat fish and chips from our local (posh) chip shop (Fish House) but it was impossible. They are currently only serving call & collect orders on Fridays and Saturday from 4pm to 8pm. I tried calling but the phone was engaged for ages. I have a feeling they were inundated with orders so they took their phone of the hook. So we ordered UberEats instead … we ended up getting a German Doner Kebab which was really tasty. This is our first takeaway for so long … it felt good not to cook and just relax for the evening.

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German Doner Kebab takeaway

I hope you all had a lovely day and kept busy. Stay safe, stay home!

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

The Lockdown – Day 27: BBQ Ready

16th April 2020 – Thursday

I woke up this morning forgetting that I had a work telephone meeting via the tele-kit. Eeeek … so I quickly dialled in and listen to people I don’t know asking questions about the current issue of people not working due to isolation. It was actually very interesting, although I was trying to listen to it whilst I was home schooling my children.

It was particularly warm today so the hubby decided to dust off our little bbq . So we cooked up some burgers and chicken wings. I was secretly glad of it because then I didn’t have to cook dinner. BBQ for lunch and dinner … lazy cooking at its best.

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BBQ time

Devon’s teacher called today … I was wondering when she was going to call and check in on my boy. Skye’s teacher called about two weeks ago to check in on her. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Devon’s current teacher. She lacks enthusiasm and it just feels like she is going through the motions. Even her tone of voice is very mundane. Luckily, they change teachers every school year so Devon won’t be with her in September.

The government announced that the UK lockdown will continue for at least another 3 weeks … but some food places are starting to re-open for deliveries and UberEats. This is more for keyworkers so that they can buy food during their workshifts.

Hope you all CLAPPED FOR THE NHS this evening. We certainly did!

Lots of love to you all!

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

The Lockdown – Day 26: The Midweek Special

15th April 2020 – Wednesday

I’m feeling a bit better today. I think I am learning to stress less about the things I can’t control and believe in the notion that everything will be ok … it’s got to be ok right?

I kept myself busy today and again spent the day in the kitchen. The kids started off with some home schooling, then in the afternoon the weather was so nice so the kids did some arts and crafts in the garden. Skye created a poster to stick in our window. It was an ode to the NHS and our keyworkers. She wanted to show love and support to them all. It was really bright and colourful and so cute!

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Thank You NHS!

I also made this drink called a Dalgona coffee. I’ve seen this coffee all over the internet and everyone is going mad for it. It’s basically a posh iced coffee. You just whip up sugar with coffee granules until it is thick and frothy, fill a glass with some milk and ice then place the frothy coffee on top. Did it live up to expectations? For me … not really. I am not a coffee drinker in the first instance so I didn’t find it particularly pleasant and it was so sweet. My hubby liked it but he said it wasn’t sweet enough … he thought a dollop of condensed milk would make it even tastier. The thought of it is making my teeth hurt.

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Dalgona coffee

For dinner I made a Vietnamese curry. This is a light curry made with chicken wings, potatoes and coconut milk. This is one of my go to recipes when I can’t think of what to make for dinner. We ate it with a side of scallion pancakes … that’s spring onions to you and me. Scallion pancakes are flaky and so more-ish … a great side dish to a great curry.

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Vietnamese chicken curry

I had tickets to a concert for May 3rd. Me and an old friend were off to watch Jagged Edge in concert. I was super excited. I don’t normally like concerts because the thought of being in a crowd really sends my anxiety levels through the roof … but I was being brave and though you know what .. Jagged Edge are one of my favourite groups and I will bravely overcome my anxiety just for them. The Apollo Eventim venue is small anyway so I think I would have been ok. Anyway, I got an email today and it stated that the concert had been re-scheduled for November the 8th. I’m not sure if I’m still going to it in November … my friend wants to see how things go in the next couple of months. He’s sceptical that the economy will take a turn for the worse and the concert may just get cancelled altogether. We will see closer to the time I guess.

Oh, and the hubby went to Tesco’s for the first time today since the lockdown.

We don’t shop in the supermarket as you know because I am a vulnerable customer and so I can get my groceries delivered to me. But he popped out to get a couple of things so he braved our local Tesco supermarket. This is the first time he has stepped into the supermarket since the lockdown and he said it was so weird. You can only walk in one direction. You can’t go back on your self … 2 metre distance. Hubby didn’t know you were not allowed to go back on yourself and he was quickly told off for flaunting the rules. He said alot of the shelves were empty and it looked like one of those scenes out of a movie … where people had ransacked the shelves leaving nothing behind but dust. It made him feel uncomfortable. He said the supermarket wasn’t busy anyhow so he grabbed his bits and quickly came home.

The weather is going to be lovely tomorrow … so a BBQ may be in order.

I hope you all had a great day. Stay safe, stay home, stay connected.

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)

Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)

After a long day of home schooling … cooking three meals per day, amongst household chores, I hardly have enough “me time” these days. I thought being in lockdown was like taking annual leave from work – relaxing. Ummmm … not quite. There just aren’t enough hours in the day  sometimes.

So I spend alot of my nights in bed, trolling recipes and watching people making delicious meals on YouTube … at 2am in the morning. Yep … I don’t get to sleep much these days.

So I came across this gem of a recipe on YouTube and it is commonly known as Vietnamese Pizza … because it looks like a pizza right?  Essentially it is just pan fried rice paper with eggs and different toppings. It is quite a light meal and ideal for a light lunch or even just a snack if you’re feeling peckish.

So here is my version of Bánh Tráng Nướng aka Vietnamese Pizza.

I always keep a couple of packets of rice paper in my cupboard. It is a staple in my house. Rice paper is so versatile … not just for summer rolls. I’m using the “Bamboo Tree” brand (sometimes known as the Three Bamboo brand). It’s one of the better brands apparently. I haven’t tried it on other brands, but I’m sure they will give the same results.

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Vietnamese rice paper – Bamboo Tree brand

Firstly, get all your toppings ready. It is up to you what you want to add to your pizza. You can use any combination of toppings you want. You could use pork floss, fish, chicken, minced pork or beef … seafood such as prawns, mussels or other crustaceans, sausages, bacon and even cheese … I could go on and on.

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Get your ingredients ready

For my pizza, I am using some chopped up ham … simple enough. Firstly I chopped some spring onions and added them to a little oil. Set aside for later. (I didn’t use alot of spring onions because I was actually making this for my daughter at the time and she doesn’t really like spring onions that much – so I added them here for visual purposes).

Now for the fun bit. I used a griddle pan for frying as I find it gives better results, but you could just use a large frying pan. I find though, that using a frying pan tends to cause burn spots, so keep the heat low. Turn the heat on to get the pan nice and hot and ready for action, then turn the heat to low.

Take 2 rice paper sheets and lay them on a flat surface. On one of the rice papers I added a drizzle of warm water – I used a pastry brush to spread the water all over the rice papers. You are looking to dampen the rice paper and not drench it so don’t add too much water.

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Dampen the rice paper

Place the other rice paper on top of the damp one and press down firmly. You want the two rice papers to stick together. If the edges are still not sticking together, just brush with a little more water and press firmly (it doesn’t have to be perfect so don’t worry of some of the edges curls a little).

Note: some recipes use just one rice paper – and it works well with just that one. When you use two papers stuck together, you get these little bubbles that appear on the surface of the rice paper when it’s being cooked … this makes the rice paper base more crispy rather than crunchy. (Crunchy can be a sign of undercooked rice paper).

Place the rice paper on the hot griddle – you will hear it start to crackle. Use the back of a large spoon and gently press down and rub all over the rice paper. As you do this, keep turning the rice paper around and flipping it over to distribute the heat. You want the rice paper to start turning white. This can take a few minutes so be patient. You may also find the rice paper start bubbling – this is fine, you can just press the spoon on top of the bubbles to deflate them if they are too big.

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Heat the rice papers on a griddle pan

If the edges of the rice paper seem to curl in the heat, just use the back of the sppon to rub over the curled bits. Don’t worry, they will stick together eventually. Keep the rice paper on the heat until most of the rice paper has turned white-ish. This means that the rice paper is cooked.

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The rice paper has turned mostly white which means it is cooked

Add a spoonful of the spring onions with the oil to the surface of the rice paper. Use a pastry brush (or back of a spoon) to spread it around evenly. Leave it for a minute or two to warm through.

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Add some oil and spring onions

Add your egg mixture to the centre of the rice paper. Use the spoon to spread it to the end. Don’t worry if it spills over to the pan. Lightly season the egg with a touch of salt.

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Add the egg to the rice wrapper

Use the back of a spoon to carefull spread the egg mixture around the surface of the rice paper. Some of the egg mixture might spill off the edge but don’t worry if that happens …

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Spread the egg around the rice paper

… just let that spilt bit of egg cook for a few seconds then just fold it back on to the rice paper – no harm done.

Whilst the egg is still wet … add your other ingredients. I’m using simple chopped up ham this time. I just sprinkled it over the egg. You can add whatever ingredients you want at this point. I garnished with some fresh coriander.

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Add the toppings

Let the rice paper cook for a few more minutes until the egg is just cooked.

Once cooked through carefully transfer the “pizza” to a plate and drizzle with your favourite sauce. We are loading it up with lots of Sriracha sauce, crispy fried onions and some cracked black pepper.

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Drizzle with sauce of your choice

To eat it, you can either cut them into slices like a pizza (scissors work best), or you can fold it over like a taco. It’s entirely up to you! Bon Appetit!

Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)

This recipe makes 1 Vietnamese Pizza.

NEED:
Griddle pan works best or you can use a large frying pan.

INGREDIENTS:
– 2 sheets rice paper (“Three Bamboo” brand is best)
– 1 egg (lightly beaten)
– 1 spring onion (finely chopped mixed with 1 tsp of oil)
– 50g ham (or any other toppings you want)
– Coriander and crispy fried onions to garnish
– Sriracha sauce for drizzle (or any other sauces you prefer)

METHOD:
1. Mix your spring onions in a little oil and set aside.
2. Chop the ham into little bite size pieces (or any other toppings you want)
3. Beat your egg in a little bowl and set aside.
4. Heat up the griddle pan on a medium/high heat.
5. On a flat surface, layout two rice papers. On one of the rice papers – dab some water on it and use a pastry brush to spread the water all over the rice paper. The rice paper should be damp not wet.
6. Put the other rice paper on top and press down firmly for a few seconds until it is nicely stuck together. You can add a dab of water to the edges where it hasn’t stuck together.
7. Put the rice paper onto the griddle pan and cook for a few minutes. Use the back of a metal spoon to press the rice paper down. Continually rub the surface of the rice paper with the back of the spoon. You will see the rice paper slowly turning white. White rice paper means it’s cooked.
8. Once most of the rice paper has turned white, add the spring onions and oil to the rice paper. Spread it around with a spoon and leave it for a minute to warm through.
9. Next, add the egg to the centre of the rice paper. Use the spoon to spread the egg all over the rice paper (season with salt and pepper if needed).
10. Sprinkle the ham (or other toppings) all over and garnish with the coriander.
11. Leave the “pizza” to cook for another couple of minutes until the egg is just cooked through.
12. Remove the “pizza’ from the pan onto a plate and drizzle with your favourite sauce. We’re using sriracha sauce … obviously. Finish with some crispy fried onions and some cracked black pepper.
13. Either cut it into slices and eat it like a regular pizza or fold it over and eat it like a taco.

This is a basic Bánh Tráng Nướng recipe – so experiment with flavours and toppings and invent your own Vietnamese Pizza!

Enjoy!

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Vietnamese Street Food Pizza

I hope you give this recipe a try. It’s so easy. This recipe is so versatile and you can add whatever ingredients and sauces you want. There is no right or wrong way of making it. Add your favourite toppings and sauces and you will have made something amazing!

Please tag me on Instagram @sugar.and.sponge so I can see how you got on. Or leave me a message below.

Until next time.

~ Boss Mum xx

The Lockdown – Day 25: What Day Is It Again?

14th April 2020 – Tuesday

We are now on the way to day 25 of this nonsense … I mean lockdown. Are we seeing any improvements in numbers? I don’t think so. It’s getting tiresome now. I really want to go hangout with my friends, go on a day trip somewhere … go get a hot chocolate from Costa.

Today was just like any other day. Homeschool until late afternoon, the kids kicked the ball about in the front yard … even they are getting bored of that.

I think I need sleep … I’ve not been sleeping well lately (anxiety issues again) and my body just feels wrecked. Ahhh … no wonder my immune system is down and my glands are the size of grapes.

I did experiment with a couple of new recipes today though so all was not in vain. I made Glutinous Rice Balls in Ginger Syrup which is a lovely sticky rice ball filled with black sesame paste floating around in a warm ginger syrup. I haven’t eaten it in ages so I was excited to make this one.

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Glutinous rice balls with black sesame paste

I also tried making Vietnamese Pizza which is a popular Vietnamese street food snack. It is just rice paper heated over a grill pan with eggs and other wonderful toppings. It came out better than I expected and Skye loved it!

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Vietnamese Street Pizza

I’m hoping to experiment with more recipes after I get a good night sleep.

Much love to you all!

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx

The Lockdown – Day 24: A Chill In The Air

13th April 2020 – Monday

Easter Monday!

It’s Bank Holiday Monday aka Easter Monday.

This is the first year that I forgot to get Easter eggs for the kids. I totally forgot but you know what, they weren’t that bothered anyway. As a matter of fact they don’t even eat their eggs – I recently threw away a batch of chocolate eggs that were left over from last year. They had been sitting in the cupboard all these months. So actually, I don’t feel too guilty.

The weather was a bit chillier today so the kids stayed indoors all day. Devon had a runny nose so I think he’s catching a cold. I’m still feeling a bit under the weather … my glands are a bit swollen and I’m feeling quite lethargic. But I guess it could be worse.

I haven’t really been in the mood today. I’ve been in my own head all day so I’m going to keep it short. Today I made a simple dinner of soy and honey chicken wings, caramelised pork ribs and stir-fried broccoli for dinner. The kids really enjoyed it … not sure of the hubby did though. He said the ribs were too salty, but me and the kids didn’t think so … the kids devoured them all.

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Dinner consisting of chicken wings, sticky ribs and steamed brocolli

I haven’t done a coronavirus update for a few days … so let’s see if there is anything new to report … news reports suggest that there is no sign of any changes to the lockdown right now. Spain are slowly lifting their lockdown and are letting some people return to work. I think we are in the peak of the pandemic so hopefully we’ll slowly start to see some improvement in figures. Oh, and Boris Johnson has made a recovery and has been sent home. He’s one of the lucky ones and I’m happy for him.

Even though I dislike him as our Prime Minister, I wouldn’t wish death on him.

Hope you all had a great day … remember to stay safe and stay at home.

~ Boss Mum (and family) xxx