Friday, November 9, 2012

Let them eat Catfood

Family heirlooms can be funny things. The value of these items is rarely determined by dollars or sense. The most expensive diamond can not compare to a childhood Christmas angel, dirty, ratty and missing a hand.

The same is the case with family food heirlooms. It can be that one dish that no matter who makes it doesn't taste the same as the Nan's, or it can just be the dish itself. For me it is my Nanna's cream of chicken soup I have been trying to master for years, I'm close to cracking the secret, I think it's nutmeg.
AB's all time favourite is a "dish" that is known by the family as Catfood. Before I came along and took over the kitchen I do believe that a large percentage of AB's diet was made up of Catfood. Surely some of you have turned away in horror, as you should, Catfood is horrid, I mean it with love but I can't stand the stuff. I wasn't going to post the recipe just in case it was a breach of the charter of human rights, but seeing it was AB's birthday this is an extra present.
Please if you make it you do so at your own risk, although I an worried that there will be a flood of comments from people that actually love it!!
My next challenge is to do a pimped up version of catfood that I'd eat.

makes a huge tray so it can be frozen for lunches
  • 1kg of pasta, Penne works well but any short pasta will do.
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 2 bottles of passata
  • grated cheese to cover, I'd say about 2.5kg is needed to make it taste OK, but a 500g bag will also do the job.

  • Cook pasta and drain.
  • Add tuna and passata/sauce to baking dish
  • Add pasta and stir through
  • Add cheese
  • Bake at 180 degrees C for 35-40 mins until golden.
  • You can try with adding onion or herbs,but be aware they aren't part of the original recipe as I found out.

Being the birthday week there has to be a cake and in the words of Kath Day-Knight, lets just say I like to team with a theme.

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