Tag Archives: comfort food

no breadcrumbs lamb and beef meatloaf!

24 Mar

beef lamb no breadcrum meatloaf urbanpocketknife

I’ve never made or ordered meatloaf before, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten it!  I have visions of dried overcooked meat in my mind as the image of meatloaf but it dawned on me the other day that it probably doesn’t have to be so.  Plus it’s low carb, plus it make enough for lots of leftovers and plus it’s super easy.

We ordered a bunch of organic meat recently so I took the opportunity to mix in some ground lamb with some ground beef!  Meatloaf is one of those things that you can throw anything in to, I kept mine pretty simple with lots of flavour but feel free to add in your favourite veggies!

Here’s the recipe…

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holy crap that’s cheap okayu rice porridge…

3 Apr

Every asian kid growing up had congee that their mom made to make them feel better on a cold day or when they were feeling sick.  Not quite mac ‘n cheese, but this comfort food always warms you up and makes your belly  nice and full.  The Japanese version is called Okayu which results in a thicker version of chinese congee but ultimately super delicious.

You make the base and add anything that you want, veggies, meat, eggs…whatever!  Here’s one version that you could try…

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ooey gooey heart attack mac ‘n cheese…

25 Jan

Nothin’ says comfort food like a super fatty mac ‘n cheese!

What you need:
6 slices of crumbled bread
8 tbs butter
5 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup flour
6 cups grated old cheddar
1/2 cup parmesan
1 lb macaroni
1 onion
6 strips of bacon
salt & pepper to taste

Now cook it!

1.  Heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Crumble the bread with your hands into a medium sized bowl and drizzle melted 2 tbs of butter all over it.  Mix it up so it’s coated evenly and set aside.

2.  Cook your macaroni to very al dente, the sauce will cook it more in the oven.  Give those macaronis a bath after to rinse away the extra starch.

wee little macaronis

2.  Chop the onions and sautee them until soft, cut the bacon into small chunks and cook on medium until slightly crispy, set aside.

the smell of onions and bacon cooking is awesome!

3.  In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk.

4. Melt the rest of butter in big ol saucepan on medium heat.  Add flour slowly and stir a bunch for a minute until cooked.  Yours might not be as brown as this, I used the same pan that I sauteed the bacon and onion in so it took on the flavour of bacon!

5.  Slowly pour hot milk into flour-butter mixture while whisking. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.

6.  Remove pan from heat and add in old cheddar and bacon/onion mix.  Stir until all cheese is melted and season to taste! (salt/pepper/cayenne pepper/nutmeg whatever your tastebuds like!)

I love cheese

7.  Dump the rinsed macaroni into the sauce and stir until each morsel is covered.  Pour this pan of heaven into a large casserole dish and spread out evenly.

creamy gooey cheese sauce...mmmmm

8.  Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and spread out the bread bits on top.  Bake until it’s bubbly and brown on top, about 40 minutes.

9.  Take it out of the oven and cool for a few minutes and then dig in like no one’s watching.

serves 12 or 6 if you live in a house with 2 hungry boys