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If you’re anything like me, Saturday night dinner isn’t something that you really feel like doing the whole Go-Big-Or-Go-Home for. Especially when you’ve been at home for 66 days under the National Lockdown.
Alternatively, you might find yourself in the same situation as my friend, Robyn, who has a toddler and recently had her first “Date Night” and was stuck on what you feed adults when your child loves spaghetti, meatballs and broccoli.
Fear not, I have some ideas…
Recently, I ordered some groceries through Caffeluxe, the coffee company and I was pleasantly surprised at the speedy delivery time and the quality of the products I received.
Simple Saturday Night Dinner Menu:
Garlic and herb bread loaf.
Penne pasta with Bolognese Sauce
Chocolate brownies for dessert.
Date Night Dinner Menu, inspired by Mark:
Meatballs in a tomato(and vodka; this is optional, but utterly delicious) sauce served over linguine with a garlic and herb bread.
And for dessert, chocolate brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
And, lastly, an idea for what to do with that damn broccoli…
Let’s start with the bread…
Here’s where my first cheat came in.
I started with the Ouma Bread premix, all the package says it requires is 500ml(2 cups) of lukewarm water.
I decided to let my bread maker do the work on this one, so after greasing the tin and mixing attachments(this is a critical step when making any bread), I added the water to the machine along with half a teaspoon(2.5g) of salt and one tablespoon of dried garlic flakes.
I, then, emptied the packet of Ouma Bread premix into the machine and sprinkled one to one and a half tablespoons of dried Italian herbs over the top.
Set the machine to Quick/Rapid and forget about it for 2 hours… I recommend doing this first, because if you cut the bread whilst it’s too hot all you get is crumbs…
Let the bread cool before serving with salted butter.
Chocolate Brownies, the other star of both meals.
This can be done quickly after dinner has been eaten, or you can prep halfway and pop them into the oven during dinner for all you groovy kids who can multitask… I am not one of you, it seems.
Usually, cake premix requires mixing wet ingredients in one bowl, dry in another, beating eggs like they owe you money but NOT the American Brownie Premix.
No, all you need is one bowl, a well-greased baking pan() and a oven pre-heated to 180°C.
Into your mixing bowl, add the brownie premix, 250ml(1 cup) of oil(personally, I prefer canola oil for baking) and 4 eggs.
I used XL eggs, which I had on hand – the recipe is not specific on size. Pro-tip: always break your eggs into a separate bowl or cup to avoid any egg shells or worse before adding them to the other ingredients.
Once you have all the ingredients in the bowl, mix them either by hand or on a low speed with your mixer until they are combined and the batter has a nice sheen to it.
Transfer the batter into the pre-greased baking pan, and place into the pre-heated oven as soon as you are ready to do so. Let it bake for 25 -30 minutes, remove from the oven and score the pieces for cutting once cooled down.
Penne pasta with Bolognese Sauce:
To start you will need:
• 1 packet of Penne Regate pasta.
• 1 tablespoons of vegetables oil for cooking.
• 3 cloves of garlic, crushed.
• 1 medium onion, finally chopped.
• 1 large carrot, grated.
• Half a small green bell pepper, finally chopped.
• 500g of ground lean beef mince.
• Optional – 80ml of red wine.
• One jar Napolitana Sauce.
• 1 tablespoon dried parsley.
• 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs.
• 1 teaspoon Paprika.
• Salt to taste.
Once you have your ingredients prepped, start by boiling water in a pot for the pasta.
Once, you get the water going take a saucepan and add the oil and bring it to a medium heat.
Add the onion & garlic, and cook until translucent. Then add the green bell pepper and grated carrot. Cook until tender.
Then, add the ground beef. I like to take a large fork and break up the beef into a fine consistency.
Meatballs in a tomato and Vodka Sauce served over Linguine:
To start you will need
Half packet of Linguine pasta.
1 tablespoons of vegetables oil for cooking.
Twi cloves of garlic, crushed.
Half medium onion, finally chopped.
Half a large carrot, grated.
Quarter a small green bell pepper, finally chopped.
250g of ground lean beef mince.
Optional – 50ml of Vodka.
Half a jar of Tomato puree.
Two teaspoons dried parsley.
Two teaspoon dried Italian herbs.
Half a teaspoon Paprika.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Once you have your meatballs prepped, start by boiling water in a pot for the pasta.
Caffeluxe products used:
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