No, I have no forgets, except I was sitting on the couch knitting, and suddenly realised I hadn't blogtobered today. Oh no, too late to take any photos and the new fangled energy efficient light globes are as bright as night anyway.
I have a new chair for sitting at the computer desk, I have some new books, I even have some exciting gifts to show, all to no avail. Instead I shall treat you to what happened at out house today. Aren't you lucky???
Harki and Peri went for a walk at the dam.
Lorelai Gilmore waited at home till it was her turn and she went for a walk by the river. We walked half way and then had to turn back because the tide was high (and now I am humming that Blondie song) and the path was covered with horrid river water, water that would have reached half way up my calves. Lorelai Gilmore looks quite regal I think, as if she is at the court of Henry VIII.
To entertain her we went to town and she practised walking through town without leaping on anyone to say hello. I made her sit and wait at two sets of lights and by the third she was ready to sit and wait all by herself, she's very clever. (and now I am humming the Eric Carmen song) In the book shop she stood up twice and tried and look over the counter but she was Very Well Behaved.
Then The Labradors had delicious grated raw carrot and boiled celery for breakfast and they all went outside to watch the rain falling. It rained all day today.
Harki and Lorelai Gilmore played together, I think they were waiting for something. Maybe Peri???
They both closed their eyes: synchronised wishing I think.
And then their wish was granted and Peri came barrelling through and apparently both her ears needed checking!!! Poor Peri.
I have nothing else entertaining so.....Blogtober visitors may not be aware that I am cooking and reviewing my way through Coles and Curtis Stones' 16 Value Meal recipes, where a meal to feed four can be cooked for less than $10.
Today's meal is #6 Fettucini and Garlic Prawns
12 Cherry tomatoes
Coles Fettucine 500g
2 garlic cloves, minced
12 large raw prawns peeled and deveined
Parmesan shavings for garnish (10-20g)
Pesto 1/2 jar - Coles Basil Pesto 190g
4 tablespoons olive oil
Ground black pepper
oven to 450°F/230°C. Place tomatoes on an ovenproof tray. Drizzle with
1 tbsp of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast tomatoes until
bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring
occasionally, until al denté. While the pasta cooks, heat the remaining
3 tbsp of olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic
and prawns and sauté until prawns are just cooked through and garlic is
tender. Add pesto and stir.
pasta, reserve ½ cup of the water. Toss pasta with the prawns pesto
mixture, adding enough of the reserved water to moisten the sauce so it
coats the pasta evenly.
Stir through roasted tomatoes, garnish with cheese and serve.
- Serving suggestion: Serve with fresh basil & mixed salad.
Ingredients: The actual recipe card specifies a certain type of prawn, but the deli knew nothing about them. I waved the card in their general direction and in the end we decided on some butterflied raw prawns. Everything else was easy to obtain though I chose to grate some fresh Parmesan rather than use Coles brand.
Method: Instead of turning the oven on, you can just drizzle the tomatoes with oil and then grill them until their skins split a little and they are cooked on top. This is a very quick and easy meal to whip up when you are in a hurry.
Taste and Presentation: Really, three prawns each is just not enough. It is, in my opinion, laughable. Am I just spoiled? The meal needs more prawns and half the pasta and then could serve two people very happily. When it serves four, though there is ample pasta, it is barely coated by the sauce. Thus it looks a little bland and the three prawns look very sad.
Cost Effectiveness: I was able to bring this meal in under the $10 bar, but really it is not very tasty. I think it would be far tastier if you added more prawns and served just two people. The addition of a fresh basil and mixed salad would push the cost to almost double.
I give this 4/10 mainly because the taste was so diluted through the large amount of pasta and three prawns each is just not enough.
Tomorrow I have another Give Away. Believe me, The Labradors are very excited!!