Thursday, May 20

Book Review: Dinner with Kids and road test - Salmon Cannelloni

Can you always tell a book by it's cover?    
Dinner with kids is attractive.  The kind of cookbook you'd happily have sitting on your bench
It's practical.  It's bound in a plastic cover so you can USE it and not have to worry about the odd splatter here and there.

Well if you were judging this book by its' cover you'd be right.  It's got attractive recipes - good for the budget and enticing pictures.
It's practical -  It uses ingredients you don't have to buy at a specialty store or order in from overseas.  None of the recipes are 4 hour marathons either.

It's split into three sections:  stovetop, oven and desserts.
I've tabbed the following recipes:
- Parmesan crumbed veal with mixed vegetable mash
- Baked silverbeet, tuna and pecorino omelette
- Chipolata toad-in-the-hole
- Jaffa steamed pudding with chocolate sauce
- Pear, caramel and pecan sundaes
- Plum and polenta rolypoly

Pros:  Eatability, achievability, affordability.  There are pictures, there are step-by-steps that work.  A good variety of food.
Cons: If anything, it's just lacking maybe a slowcooker focus, which I think many families use these days.

Price:  $29.95
Release date:  April 2010
ISBN: 9781741964424


This was such an easy recipe, surprisingly so, and even though it looks like there's a lot of steps, it just comes together really easily. There was not A CRUMB left at the end.  I would personally make a few changes to suit my tastes by only using red salmon (we used pink, but I think it needs red) and using a few spring onions in the filling, and a bit more pepper.  

60g butter
1/4 cup plain flour
3 1/2 cups milk
125g ricotta cheese
415g tin salmon, drained, bones and skin removed (I didn't do that, oops!)
1 tablespoon chopped dill, plus extra to garnish
1 small handful parsley, chopped
10 dried instant canneloni tubes (I didn't have any so I made my own pasta)
2/3 cup grated tasty cheese

In a saucepan, melt butter over a medium heat, and with your milk on hand, add the flour, whisk quickly and add some of the milk, 3/4 cup at a time, and stir until you have a thick sauce, then top up with more milk, stir until it becomes thick and repeat until all your milk is mixed in.  Take off the heat and set aside.

In another bowl, flake your salmon, add the dill and then stir through 1 cup of the milk sauce through.

Then add the ricotta, and stir well to combine.

With a piping bag or your fingers, stuff the cannelloni shells, or if you like to make your own pasta (or you buy the new pre-made cannelloni sheets on the market) make a sausage of filling on top of your pasta, and roll it up, cut into lengths to fit your baking tray.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c.

Place your tubes/cannelloni in your baking tray, top up with remaining milk sauce.

Lastly top with cheese, and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.

Serve with salad or vegetables!  Yummy!

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4 lovely comments:

Corrie on May 20, 2010 at 7:16 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

ohhh yum, those recipes sound nice enough for everyone to enjoy! good selection you've tabbed and that salmon cannelloni sounds great and I ALWAYS seem to have 1-2 cans of salmon hanging around the pantry!


MaryJ said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Will you adopt me?? You're always cooking something yummy!

I think I will give this a go. I agree , it definately needs some spring onions in there.

Virginia on May 20, 2010 at 11:08 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

That looks so good! We love the traditional canneloni here so would love to try this version. I love how you 'just made some pasta'! Help!!!! How do you manage to say and do that with such ease?

Thanks for a great idea, Liss (though instant canneloni is already on my shopping list)!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on May 20, 2010 at 12:04 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hehe I can't wait to cook with the kids this weekend! :D


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