Fill and bake Spinach Cannelloni tubes for a giant pot of delicious family food
I have something to report.
Skater has made some rather good dinners during January. You may remember that I said I was going to encourage my son step up to the stove and cook dinner once a week this year. This isn’t just so that I can put my feet up and take a well earned break, it’s about teaching him that life includes all the tasks that someone else seems to do for you. In other words pull his weight and learn how to live. (I am getting old and I need an assistant!)
Well so far so good. These Cannelloni were a ricotta and spinach version, and worked very well.
I am not going to tell you that there wasn’t hard or frustrating moments during our nights on the dinner shift. It’s a learning curve for me too. I tend to cook by looking in the fridge and the cupboard. This has meant that I have to direct him cooking something that is coming from my head. It’s almost like your mind talking and someone else’s hands moving and at times those hands are very annoying. For example, when we cooked the fresh rice noodles and prawns, he started cutting all the vegetables in to dice. We took a break to discuss why you might cut the vegetables in to julienne strips of all the same size, what that might look like in a finished Asian dish, and how quickly this might encourage them to cook. The conversation was in less words than that and there was a bit of swearing BUT it sounds so much better described as a discussion don’t you think? The thing is, we got there and he was very happy with the results at each cook.
So February lessons are coming up. This will surely teach further skills and save him from not believing what I say. He actually doubts that what I am saying in some cases. I don’t know that says about either me or him because WHAT? He questions my cooking decisions. One day we will look back and and and……. maybe laugh.
So below you will see the Rice Noodles with Prawns and a myriad of julienne and diced vegetables. This was done on the barbecue in a wok- cause we’ve got a wok burner.
Here is my apprentice cooking on the barbecue
Next came the Pork schnitzel with an oven baked pasta with cheese and of course peas. He doesn’t like peas…but I love them.
The schnitzel was hard to cook because it is hard to keep the crumbs on unlike chicken schnitzel, and the menu required him to cook the baked pasta dish too. There was a lot happening and very little time for discussion!
This week he made a big batch of Bolognese sauce. This was something I taught him some time ago, so last nights dinner was truly a rest period for me. It was his very best effort yet. Beautifully cooked, nicely reduced, seasoned and full of flavour.
And that is all we have time for In My Kitchen this February. All that’s left to do is to pass you on the recipe for our cannelloni.
Meanwhile thanks to Celia@Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who began the idea for a world wide kitchen meetup that has turned into something that I look forward to each month. Thank you to everyone that drops by and comments it always makes me feel happy and inspired
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- 250 gm ricotta
- 250 gm spinach frozen defrosted squeezed
- 40 ml cream or milk (2 tablespoons)
- 180 gm cheese grated (cheddar or parmesan or a mixture of both)
- 1 packet dried cannelloni (they vary from 16-30 this recipe should cover)
- 1 large zip lock bag
- 720 ml jar of tomato passata (plain tomato puree)
- 720 ml water
- 1 diced onion
- 1 grated carrot
- 1/2 cup (approx) diced red capsicum
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup of Japanese breadcrumbs or fresh rough ones
- 60 ml olive oil (3 tablespoons)
- salt and pepper