Tuesday, March 29, 2011

OOTD: I Can Has Cheezburger?

While I don't browse I Can Has Cheezburger as avidly as I used to, a few weeks ago I was killing time on the site when I saw the LOLMart t-shirt of the day was Cleocatra.  This t-shirt combined four of my favourite things: red t-shirts, cats, ancient history, and general geekiness.  So of course I had to buy it.  Finally, a month later it arrived, as awesome as I expected!

The fabric is nice and soft but also thick, not flimsy.  The length is perfect.  The size is generous - I got the womens XL and it's more than ample.  Super happy!

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for some other clothes I ordered around the same time.  More info after the jump!

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Recipe Monday: Cheesy Baked Pasta

My blog has been awfully quiet of late, hasn't it?  There's a post in the works about why (hint: it involves an elf named Fenris), but in the mean time, have a recipe!

Cheesy Baked Pasta
Serves 4-6, with leftovers
Adapted from 200 Really Easy Recipes, a Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook, by Louise Pickford

You will need a really big frying pan (we use as a wok-style pan), a large baking dish (such as a lasagne dish), and a big pot for cooking pasta.

500g       dried pasta (penne or similar)
125g       bacon, diced
1 onion    finely chopped
1 clove    garlic, crushed
300ml      double cream
2 handfuls button mushrooms, quartered
250g       grated mozzarella cheese
100g       grated parmesan cheese
           salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 190C.  Spray the baking dish with non-stick baking spray.

Cook the pasta, following packet directions, until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon in the frying pan for 3-4 minutes until browned.  Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.  Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook gently for 5 minutes until soft.

Return the bacon to the pan with the onion and garlic and add the pasta, mushrooms, and cream, and salt and pepper to taste.  Heat through for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the mozzarella cheese, remove from heat and stir until the cheese has melted.

Spoon the pasta mixture into the baking dish.  Sprinkle with the parmesan and bake for 30-45 minutes, until browned and cooked through.