mennybeads (mennybeads) wrote,

Am in the mood to share some recipes! Specifically, the stuff I made tonight.

This is kind of a modified recipe, but this one's just as good and doesn't take hours to make.

a few carrots
broccoli or cauliflower
tomato passata
emmentahl cheese
grated parmesan cheese or something comparable
A bag of penne.

No specific amounts of anything, really, I just go with what I feel like. A normal half-kilo bag of penne should do it for about 4 good eaters or 5 normal eaters; I get a small pot of peas, about a third of a head of broccoli, 1.5 packs of passata and however much emmentahl they're selling-- in my experience the blocks tend to be comparable. The parmesan is just for on top, so it doesn't have to be a lot.

Cook the pasta until it's júst al dente, you don't want it going any further or you'll get a soggy dish. Slice the zucchini and the carrots, and make the cauliflower or broccoli as small as you can-- cut bigger pieces in half so you don't get a mouthful of broccoli later on. Bake the zucchini in olive oil until they start to colour, then throw in the other vegetables. You're baking them just long enough so that they've stopped being raw, think wok-style. Throw in the peas at the last minute so they warm up a little.
Slice the Emmentahl into long strips. When the pasta is done, drain the water and then put a good layer of it in your oven dish. Get your deepest oven dish so that everything will fit!
Layer it like this: pasta, vegetables, passata, emmentahl, pasta, vegetables, emmentahl, passata, parmesan. Just enough of the new layer to cover the old one!
Then shove it into an oven for about 10 minutes, or 15, whatever, just as long as the cheese has melted, and ta-dah! Great pasta oven dish. The emmentahl gives it a little sharpness.

This is a great coconut cake, super easy to make and it tastes fantastic.

400 grammes of dry biscuits; no sugar or anything on them, just boring, white, dry biscuits.
150 grammes of sugar
2 or 3 tbsp of cacao powder
around half a small bottle of coffee milk, idk, let's say 50-75 ml?
200 grammes or so of coconut cream/coconut fat
Coconut shavings

mix the cacao powder and the sugar together
Throw in the coffee milk-- what I said up there is an estimate, I've no idea how much I really put in. It has to be just enough to mix the two together; later I put in a little more for moistness /shrugs. This is used instead of eggs, btw-- since you won't be baking the cake, but refridgerating it, it's probably safer to use this, and it's just as good!
Melt the coconut cream (I did it au bain marie but maybe you can also just melt it normally? I wasn't taking the risk though)
Crumble the biscuits-- don't worry, the pieces can stay pretty big, I'm not saying you should have crumbs here. Just smaller pieces. Throw them in with the cacao-sugar-milk mixture, mix, then throw in the melted coconut cream. Mix it up, then put it in whatever form you have ready-- I used our tiniest oven dish since we don't have pie forms, but this is supposed to come out looking like an actual pie. Push it down a little with a fork or something, throw in the coconut shavings, throw it in the fridge for a couple hours and voilà! A super delicious coconut cake.

btw no idea why it's called that it doesn't make any sense to me either.</lj-cu>

The friend I invited ended up not showing up at the very last minute (ie 2 minutes before the time he should've come over), but it was fun enough with my 2 roommates. REALLY. BEING ALONE IS AWESOME.
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