Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sausage Macaroni

Recipe No: 28
This dish, inspired by 'The Olive Garden' advertisement suddenly became one of my daughter’s favorite dishes. As a mom I am happy to see her eating this since I know it is a wholesome meal containing proteins, starch and vegetables. Instead of Broccoli you can add any sort of vegetable your kid likes.
Ingredients                                                          Serves 2
  • Macaroni  pasta……...............…...1/2 cup
  • Broccoli florets……………………….1 cup
  • Raw sausage………………………….1 big
  • Oil………………………………………..1 Tablespoon
  • Flour/Mai.…………………………….1/2 Tablespoon
  • Cold Milk….…………………………...1/2 Cup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Cheese of any kind for garnish
Method of Preparation
  1. Boil at least 4 cups of water with ½ teaspoon of salt. Once boiled, put the pasta in and cook. Cooking time varies with the variety of pasta you are using, so read the cooking instruction in the back of the box.
  2. When the pasta is ¾ cooked add the broccoli and let them finish cooking together.
  3. Drain and arrange it in the bottom of a serving plate.
  4. Cut the raw sausage into bite size pieces.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and fry the Sausage pieces thoroughly. Remove the sausage and arrange on top of the pasta.
  6. There may be left over oil in the bottom of the pan. If there is not, add an extra teaspoon of oil and add the flour.
  7. Fry the flour well on medium heat till a nice aroma comes about 2 minutes and then add cold milk and mix well without lumps. Scrape the bits of sausage that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan. This adds a real good taste to the sauce.
  8. Add Salt and Pepper according to your taste.
  9. Pour this Sauce over the macaroni and Sausage generously.
  10. Add some grated Cheese on top and serve hot. You can see the cheese melting as soon as it hits the hot sauce.
Notes: You can use any vegetables instead of Broccoli but make sure it is cooked like the way you like.
If you are making this for adults try adding a few tablespoons of good Red Wine to the fried sausage. That will be a very nice twist.
 I prefer raw sausage of any kind (Beef, Pork, Chicken or Turkey), as it will render some fat into the pan to make the sauce with. This will enhance the taste of the whole dish. If in case you cannot get the raw ones, do it with precooked sausage of your choice.
Cutting the raw Sausage can be hard as the stuffing might fall out of the casing. So it is easy to cut them in a semi frozen state which will help retaining the shape. 
If you don't like frying the raw sausage directly, then cook the sausage in boiling water for 5 minutes, take it out of the water, then cut and fry till it is brown in color.
You can use any variety of Pasta you like for this dish. But I prefer the small ones like macaroni. 


Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love...


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