It was chillier outside today than i expected. Nearly froze going down to the grocery store and in it, as i was wearing a sleeveless top.
It would be the day that the cabs just don't seem to arrive when you've got something that will melt! I called, gave my name but other cabs came and went for other people. This one older cabbie came but he was picking up his wife. I said i had called awhile ago and whined that my groceries would melt. Ah well. a few minutes later, he came back, having deposited the wife and her groceries and came back for me. What a star!
I made one of my new recipes for supper, a tuna casserole and it was really very good but it sure makes a lot because it calls for 2 cups of macaroni and that always makes a good sized casserole dish full. You could easily take it for a family meal or buffet. Recipe at the end of the post.
I downloaded and watched Doctor Who and the Confidential. Really excited now for the last two episodes. I had not had any experience or knowledge of Catherine Tate's work previous to her being on DW so i was objective in the face of nearly everyone else i knew that did know her and dreaded her. Perhaps not everyone has changed their minds but a good few of them have. Me? I think she's really pulled a blinder and if she was known as a comedienne before, will be known as an actress now. She played a blinder this week. Last week was all Doctor mostly and this week was mostly all her. Is it the next season that is supposed to be a mini-season with 3 or 4 specials instead of a full roster of 13? ( Spoilers behind here, for this week and the rest of the season )
And the recipe:
8 ounces (2 cups) uncooked macaroni
1- 7.5 ounce tin water packed tuna, drained (I had to use two of the small 3.5 ounce tins, it was enough)
1 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup diced pimento (seemed to be more for colour. can use red pepper instead)
1 can (10 ounces) reduced fat cream of celery soup
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese , grated
1/3 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. black pepper
I also added a handful of black olives that i had left over. I think you could make this vegetarian by substituting the tuna for anything else you'd like, more veggies, tofu, chick peas or some sort of beans.
Cook macaroni. Drain and rinse with cold water and drain again. In a large bowl combine the macaronie, tuna, veggies and pimento and mix well
in a small pot, combine soup and milk and heat over medium heat until smooth. Add grated cheese and cook until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add mayo and pepper.
Pour over the macaroni mixture and mix well. Pour into a casserole dish which has been sprayed with non-stick spray. (I didn't. It came out just fine). Bake at 350 degrees (medium hot oven, don't know what the gas mark equivalent is) for about 40 minutes. Serves 6.
I put some of the mixture into little individual casserole dishes and they were cooked in about 25 minutes. This was quite tasty. It's low fat and if made wiht low fat cheese, mayo and soup, is under 300 calories and under 6 grams of fat per serving. I didn't have low fat cheese and i used 2% milk not 1% so it would be a bit higher as i made it but it would still be fairly good. I wouldn't use skim milk. You might also go for the low sodium soup if you can get it.