Tasty Salmon Pasta Bake

SALMON PASTA BAKE

My children seem to hate all food apart from ham, sausages, fish fingers and usually salmon pasta bake. I say usually because their default is processed rubbish and anything else somehow manages to inspire the phrases, “This is disgusting” or “I hate this.” Anyway, despite the fact that my children don’t always appreciate it, this recipe is delicious and one of those meals where I really struggle not to scoff the leftovers.

Ingredients
250 grms smoked salmon slices
A good swig of semi skimmed milk
A healthy chunk of butter
Some plain flour
Any shaped pasta
Cheddar
Pasta
Broccoli (I use about 10 little pieces from three children)
Peas (enough to provide a bit of colour to the pasta bake)

Method
Put some pasta on to boil. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees. Place the smoked salmon into a frying pan and pour over enough milk to make a sauce with. Broil the salmon until cooked and then pour the milk out through a sieve into a pan so you catch all the flakes of salmon. Put the salmon to one side and pour the milk into a jug. Take the pan and melt down a chunk of butter and sieve some plain flour into it once it’s melted. Stir in the flour until the mixture is smooth and still a bit runny. Then add the salmon-flavoured milk over a medium heat and stir until the sauce is neither too runny nor too thick. At this point you can add some peas or broccoli to the sauce and then add the salmon and stir it all in. If the pasta is done then add it to the mixture and then put into an oven proof dish. Grate some cheese onto the top and you can even sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top too if you’re feeling crazy. Then just pop into the oven for about 20-25 minutes. This is also good without the bake angle, this also makes it 25 minutes quicker!

Lusharoony, as my daughter would say (on a good day where she hasn’t suddenly decided she hates salmon, cheese, pasta or peas.)

Honey Chicken

Honey chicken, doesn’t actually have any honey in it but has golden syrup in instead. I call it honey chicken because my kids like honey and will assume it’s tasty. If you find this morally objectionable then feel free to call it “golden syrup chicken” instead! This should only take about 12 minutes, depending on how long your rice takes to cook.

So here’s what you’ll need:

Toasted sesame oil (just a splash)
Sunflower oil ( an even smaller splash to stop the sesame oil from burning)
A breast of chicken (this seems fine for my 3 kids)
Sweet corn
Broccoli
Golden syrup
Rice (enough for however many kids you have!)

So, firstly, put your rice on to boil. Then warm the oil and add the chicken which should be diced into small squares. When the chicken has browned then add the sweetcorn and the broccoli until they are soft. When they’re all cooked, squeeze some golden syrup over the food and stir. I don’t add much but do it to taste. When the rice has cooked then add the chicken to the rice and stir.

“Is that it?”‘ I hear you cry! Yes it freaking well is, ha!