Play dates are for kids to indulge in fun and play. At the same time it’s an ideal opportunity for mothers to bond over food and gossip. Recently I hosted a play date for Nabeel and 2 of his friends. Since food is my area of expertise I had to come up with an impressive menu, especially because it was the first of the many dates to follow. It was time to lead by example. With just a day to prepare and serve, I finalized an easy menu that revolved around the 2 most loved ingredients of kids and adults alike – Cheese & Chocolate.
It was not possible to prepare the recipe and shoot pictures on the day of the event so I recreated all the dishes and shot some awesome pictures to share with my readers. Since there are 5 recipes and ample of pictures to share my Play Date Menu is divided into 3 posts. You are reading Post 1, which has the recipe of Melon & Pineapple Drink and Penne & Chunky Cheese. Click here for Post 2, which has the recipe of Mince n Cheese Quesadillas. Click here for Post 3 which has recipes of Brownie Cup Sundae and Banana & Chocolate Sandwiches.
Melon n Pineapple Drink Recipe
This is a simple drink I instantly came up with. I have observed kids don’t have too much liking for fresh pineapple due its after taste, so I popped some pineapple in the blender along with melon to create a refreshing yet very yummy drink.
Ingredients (To make 4 glasses)
3 cups fresh & ripe Muskmelon, cut into cubes
1 cup ripe pineapple, cut into cubes
Sugar to adjust the taste – if the fruits are ripe enough you won’t need sugar
1 / 2 cup ice cubes – I was going to serve the drink right away thus used cubes. If you are going to chill it then use water
A pinch of salt – to bring out the taste
Blend everything in a juicer jar. Pour in glasses and serve right away or you may chill the juice before serving. Do not delay the serving time too much. The juice is best enjoyed within half an hour of its preparation.
I usually don’t strain fresh fruit juices but if you like a smooth juice then you may.
Penne n Chunky Cheese Recipe
This is my take on the ever popular Mac n Cheese. Why the variation? One, because I had ample of Penne waiting to be used up and Two, because I was short on time and thought of adding cheese chunks to the dish instead of shredding the cheese which is a time consuming process, comparatively. Like they say, “necessity is the mother of invention” something similar happened in creating in this dish.
Serves 6 to 4 (as a main dish 4 and if served along with other mains then 6)
2 cups penne pasta
150grams block of cheese, cut into chunks – feel free to use whichever cheese u like, I always use processed
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of refined flour
2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
Step 1 – Boil enough water to cook the pasta in it. Drain and keep the pasta aside.
Step 2 – In a non-stick pan, melt butter with garlic powder. Add in the flour and cook it till you get the lovely roasted aroma of the flour and garlic.
Step 3 – Remove the pan from flame and cool for about 2 minutes.
Step 4 – Pour in the milk slowly whisking the mixture simultaneously. We don’t want any lumps forming.
Step 5 – Place the pan back on flame and cook the sauce till it thickens. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Step 6 – Get the pan off flame; add in the boiled pasta and cheese chunks. Mix lightly, taking care not to break the pasta.
Step 7 – Put everything in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 150C. Serve hot. You can have a layer of grated cheese on top before baking.
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