So all the hullabaloo over the Royal wedding is finally rubbing off me!
The Queen's shy but charismatic grandson is getting married.To a charming girl who will turn over from a commoner to a 'Royal' within a matter of a few rituals and regal formalities.
It all brings back memories of that elegant wedding that Prince Charles and the demure Lady Diana Frances Spencer had on the cloudy and tepid July morning in 1981.I didn't quite ever realize the aura around the British Royal family until sometime in the early Nineties,as a young girl, I was mesmerized at this doe-eyed beauty peering out at me from a weekly magazine cover.She had porcelain skin and almond-shaped Kohl-rimmed eyes - her blonde hair trimmed shapely with fringes shading those intent eyes.I grew interested and started looking up magazines to read all about her.Those were the days when Internet did not figure in human vocabulary(seems strange to imagine today!) and so all I could gather was that she was a royal princess to a prince who would one day become King and she his Queen.
Then news starting hitting stands of things going amuck in the royal relationship.It seemed foolish at times to be thinking so much about something so discernibly unreachable-but there was something in this lady that made her close to people who watched her.Something so unlike the usual royal demeanor.
And when it all ended in a flash on an August day in 1997,my heart sank,like many others round the world.I watched her royal cortege escort her to her final resting place - a live transmission by BBC for viewers worldwide.The short life she lived was so blatantly public somewhere and yet so surreptitiously clandestine at times.I felt sorry for a young mother and her mourning sons.
Whatever that leaves us with,it will be exciting to watch an affair as extravagant as a royal wedding when the Prince weds his Princess on Friday - sans all the nitty-gritties that come with it!And I for one,will not at all miss out on that!
And while I'm keeping an eye on all shows on television leading to a countdown to D-day,I'm trying to create short but peppy recipes to make the Husband's heart grow fonder without missing out the episodes;)So today I'll post my Macaroni in White Pasta Sauce recipe which is rich and creamy and very easy to prepare at the same time.I used Macaroni in this recipe just because I had them in my kitchen,but any pasta would be right as rain for this recipe.I also happen to like the sea-shell look of the Macaroni-and love to devour spoonfuls of the cream-dipped roundlets.So on with my recipe and wish everyone Bon Appetit!
Sending this post and my pasta recipe to 'Presto Pasta Nights # 211', a lovely event that originated at Ruth's place 'Presto Pasta Nights' that is being co-hosted by Theresa of 'Food Hunter's Guide to cuisine'.
Also linking this up to 'Fresh, Clean and Pure Friday' hosted by Roz at her exquisitely beautiful blog titled 'la belle vita'.
Macaroni in White Pasta Sauce
You will need:
Macaroni - About 300 gms
Freshly minced chicken
Red onions - Chopped finely into juliennes
For the white Pasta sauce I used:
Butter - 1 tablespoonful
White flour - 2 teaspoons
Milk - 3 medium-sized cupfuls
Shredded cheese - 1 and 1/2 cups of the same cup that I used to measure the milk
For seasoning -
Butter as cooking medium
How I made it:
1. Take water in a deep-bottomed pan and let it come to a boil.Once it starts bubbling,add a pinch of salt and add the Macaroni.Stir well at regular intervals and check to see that the pasta is not overcooked or mushy.
2. When the Macaroni is boiled and just becomes a tad softened,remove from flame and drain all the water.Add a spoonful of butter to the drained pasta and give a nice tumble around so that the pasta is evenly coated and does not stick to each other.
3. In a separate pan,add 2 teaspoons of butter and when the butter melts,add in the julienned red onions.Add a pinch of salt and just cook till the onions become slightly pinkish.
4.Next add in the freshly minced chicken and stir well with the onions.Cook the chicken till it is slightly browned and then season with some black pepper and Oregano and put off the flame.
5.To prepare the white sauce,heat up a tablespoon of butter in a shallow pan and allow it to melt.Next add in the white flour and stir very swiftly to keep the flour from becoming lumpy.The flour should get fried in the butter and change from white to pale yellow before the milk is added.
6. Now put off the flame completely.Add the milk to the butter and flour one cup at a time.The flame should be put off to keep the milk from curdling.Stir well with a spatula so that the whole of the flour blends well with the milk and thickens slightly.Keep on adding the milk till the whole of it goes in,stirring all the while.
7.Now for the cheese.When all of the milk has gone in,add in half of the cheese and stir to form a smooth creamy sauce.The cheese will thicken up the sauce very quickly so this needs real attention to be done perfectly.
8. Add in the rest of the cheese and finally season with some black pepper as with the minced chicken.
9. Next assemble all the preparations together to form the final pasta dish.For this,take out the buttered Macaroni on the serving plate and then spread out the minced chicken and fried red onion mixture generously on it.To top everything,pour a good serving of the creamy white sauce so that the Macaroni and chicken are drowned in the glistening rivulet of thickened sauce.Finally,sprinkle a pinch of Oregano and black pepper and Macaroni in white pasta sauce is ready!