The weather was grey, damp and decidedly Bank Holiday style, what a waste.
I thought that something very tasty, very comforting and as frugal as possible was in order for dinner, specially as I had a guest.
While pootling round blogland I spotted a recipe for Mac'ncheese with added pumpkin, no pumpkin......but wait, lurking in the fridge was about 1/3rd of a butternut squash, only 50p and had made 2 meals already. So a quick check on the pasta and lo and behold some from an AF order ( before the move to Wales) that was dirt cheap. Then another look in the fridge turned up a bit of cheddar, half price from Lidl ages ago, the jar of very posh Stilton from a Christmas pressy and some left over veg, cabbage, cauli and carrots. Milk in the fridge also, I was set.
A bit of squash pulp and seeds removed, cut into chunks , brushed with a smidgeon of oil, dusted with salt and pepper and roasted, skins left on.
While prepping the squash I thought that a little spinach would not hurt, so dragged some out of the freezer.
Cheddar, coarsely grated.
Posh Stilton, no need to curtsey.
I used about 2 tablespoons from here, it is so good that I could have used less.
Make a white sauce, add cheeses, stir in cooked pasta and cooked squash scraped from the skins with a teaspoon add left over veg, and turn the lot into a dish.
Throw on a handful of grated cheddar and pop in the mini oven for 20 -30 minutes
Look at the worktop and see this
The carefully squeezed spinach that should be in the dish. Bum.
Too late Ethel, pop it in the fridge for tomorrow.
save the day by sprinkling the skins with salt and roasting in the residual heat of the oven, Yummy snack.
Apart from that I have made another 20 string blocks and printed off some patterns from the net.
Dinner was absolutely delicious, the washing up is done and I am off to the local cinema, The second best Marigold Hotel is showing and as I enjoyed the first one, and as it is only £4 to get in I am going.
I will tell you all about it tomorrow.