We have reached the end of the #JoinTheBlendTrend series and I thought I would finish up with a dish that reminds me of fun times with friends, feasting and general merriment. I actually remember the last time I ate nachos at a Mexican restaurant with friends – it was a rainy Cape Town evening a very, very long time ago (note to self: arrange a Mexican dinner soon!). Luckily nachos are pretty easy to whip up and enjoy at home and I am sure you will enjoy these ones!
There are probably as many variations of this dish as there are families who enjoy it. Or perhaps even more! I love making this dish but dear husband is usually the Spag Bol King in our house and even he and I have our own different ways of preparing it. Bottom line though – it does not matter who the chef is, spaghetti bolognese is a firm favourite on the menu, and one thing is always the same – we both love to pile in the mushrooms!
This week I am diving deep into my recipe collection. All the way back to the 90’s in fact – they seem like forever ago! Today’s dish is adapted from a stir fry recipe I made in my high school Home Economics class, nearly 20 years ago. I even have the original (rather yellowed) handout from that class, on it a handwritten recipe that was copied on the old “rolio machine”, which then made its way from a school ring binder all the way to my current recipe book shelf.
Mmm-moussaka! Mushrooms, mince and melty cheese, what’s not to love? Even the most staunch anti-auberginers (those poor berated brinjals) will be tempted by this dish.
Years ago I remember watching a television interview with nutritionist, Michael Pollan who said that you could eat as much junk food as you wanted, as long as you made it yourself. I think the idea was that the time and effort involved would deter people from doing it too often! While I do enjoy the odd take-away I much prefer to make those types of meals myself anyway – they taste so much better when home made and do not have to take hours to put together. Burgers would definitely fall into that category, but in my humble burger-loving opinion I am not sure that today’s recipe could be considered junk food at all.