[About the New Years' resolution behind this]
Last night, I chose a recipe based on the fact that we had all the ingredients at home and so I wouldn't have to get my lazy self to the supermarket. For this reason, this cookbook challenge is more of a cosy meal than a particularly exciting one. It didn't look particularly spectacular either - so no photo (but if you want to see someone else's attempt photographed, visit this link).
From Home Food, I made tuna mornay. Ten down, seven to go.
For this recipe, you will need:
60g / 2 & quarter oz butter
2 T plain flour
2 cups milk
1/2 t dry mustard
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
600 g / 1 lb 5 oz canned tuna in brine, drained
2 T finely chopped parsley
2 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
4 T fresh breadcrumbs
paprika, for dusting
(I didn't have quite enough tuna so I just made one extra egg.)
Preheat oven to 180*C / 350*F.
Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and stir over low heat for 1 minute. Take pan off heat and slowly pour in milk, stirring with your other hand until you have a smooth sauce. Return to heat, and stir constantly until sauce boils and thickens. Reduce heat, simmer for another 2 minutes.
Remove pan from heat, whisk in mustard and 2/3 of the cheese.
Roughly flake the tuna with a fork, then tip into cheesy sauce with parsley and egg. Season with a little salt and pepper (if you're using smoked tuna you won't need too much salt). Spoon into four 1-cup-sized ramekins or one large baking dish.
Mix together breadcrumbs and final 1/3 of cheese, sprinkle over top. Dust very lightly with paprika. Place in oven until topping is golden brown - about 20 minutes.
This was nice. Not particularly spectacular. But definitely easy and tasty and nice for a cold night. It serves four but will need some extras. I added corn kernels to the cheesy mixture, and also served with peas. Toast or fresh bread might be a good idea as well.