One evening during the holiday we came back from an adventure out and around the local National Trust gardens. I find these places reassuringly safe places to let the children run and run and run. There are all kinds of adventures to be had along with plenty of fresh air and of course even mum gets to walk around and watch the changing beauty of the seasons. Best of all are the tea, hot chocolates and cakes that have to follow such extreme adventure.
Having got to the tea shop just before they stopped serving at 5pm no-one in the family wanted a large dinner at 6.30 so I relegated the planned meal to the fridge for the following day and waited. Later in the evening as the little knawing pangs of hunger began making themselves known, I heard little voices calling “I’m hungry Mum”.
This is a great throw together meal that doesn’t take too long, is easy to prepare and serve and relatively little washing up.
Pasta – any kind really, fairly small to cook quickly.
Tuna – I used 1 tin per two people.
Mayonnaise – lots so it doesn’t dry out (a touch of milk can be added if required)
Cheese grated loads
Boil the water and add the pasta, halfway through cooking add the peas.
Meanwhile mix the tuna with the mayonnaise so that it is really well coated.
Drain the pasta and peas and add to the mayonnaise mixture.
Make sure there is enough mayo to coat (this is the time to add milk if required – not a lot as the pasta is pre-cooked – enough to keep the pasta moist)
Sprinkle the cheese liberally over the top and add to a hot oven
Cook for about 10 minutes until it comes out bubbling and the cheese is golden.
This would do just as well with sweetcorn, instead or as well as peas.
Try it and let me know what you think.
My middle son hates fish but is happy to eat tuna and meaty fish if it is disguised like this. Read more about Middle Son’s latest escapades in my other blog Dawn Chorus.