Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quick and Easy - Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce

Thursdays are a big day for us; with work, school and childcare everyone is absolutely exhausted, so it's good to have a quick meal planned.  This is a favourite of ours.  It's based on a dish we enjoyed many years ago at a restaurant whose name I've forgotten.  Mr C recreated it at home and we've been making it ever since. 

First up, this is meant to be a quick meal, so I cheat and use pre-packaged pasta - Latina Fresh Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli is our favourite.  You can make your own ravioli ahead of time and freeze it but as I find ravioli messy and time-consuming to make, I let others do the work.  One day I might make my own.  Maybe. 

Roasted Pumpkin Sauce
500g pumpkin (I use a mix of kent and butternut)
2-3tbsp sour cream
1 medium spring onion
1 clove garlic
20g olive oil
1 tbsp vege stock
250g water
100g ham, sliced

1.  Cut pumpkin into 3cm chunks.  Leave the skin on unless you are using a very thick-skinned variety - there's lots of goodness in nature's wrapping.  Place onto a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. 
2.  Boil water for pasta.
3.  Chop garlic and spring onion in tmx on speed 5 for 10 seconds.  
4.  Add oil and saute for 2 minutes at 100°C on speed 1.
5.  Add pasta to boiling water.
6.  Place baked pumpkin, vege stock, sour cream and half the water into the tmx bowl.  Blend on speed 5-6 for 30 seconds until smooth.  Check consistency and add extra water if necessary.  
7.  Heat pumpkin sauce at 90°C for 2 minutes at speed 2.  
8.  Drain pasta, mix together with pumpkin sauce and top with ham.
9.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Free Day Baking

Every second Tuesday is my 'free' day.
It's the one day in the fortnight that I don't work but the munchkins still go to childcare.  In an ideal world (and Mr C's mind) this would be a great chance for 'me time'.  In reality, it's a cleaning, cooking, catching up on stuff day.  And I never seem to get through as much stuff as I'd like to.
Today has been a good day for Mixie and Me - Bible bread (check it out here), Luigi's Biscuits, Blueberry and Choc Chip Muffins and Pizza Dough to be used in Calzone's for dinner tonight.  I think the Munchkins will agree it's a good day too with so many of their favourite foods ready to be devoured!
Now to get on with the not-so-fun part of the day - cleaning the bathroom.  If only there was a machine like Mixie to take care of that!