This is my final week* of working the late shift at work. The working pattern hasn't actually been too bad but getting home late, eating and then trying to find a bit of time to unwind before going to bed has proven to be difficult. My nights have been getting later and R has still been getting up at 6am, so I'm lacking a fair amount of beauty sleep. I have been spending my mornings catching up on housework, that would normally be done in the evenings, and trying to sort out the finances for Beeston Festival. Today however, I found myself with some spare time.
Along with not getting to spending much quality time with R, the other thing I have really missed while working late, is cooking. Not only do I love cooking for people, I also find the process to be really relaxing and the perfect way to wind down, so with some time on my hands I rolled up my sleeves and used as many pans and utensils as was possible.
Making cannelloni is a time consuming yet rewarding exercise. I am sure that there are short cuts but
I didn't take any today. I started by making the filling and the tomato sauce. The tomato sauce is not much more than a seasoned tin of tomatoes with softened onions, garlic and dried basil. After simmering for five to ten minutes I took a hand blender to the sauce and removed the lumps.
The filling was equally simple. I softened a shredded leek in olive oil with garlic and a couple of teaspoons of lemon thyme. Once this was cooked I let it go completely cold before stirring through a tub of riccotta. I then spooned the mixture into eight cannelloni tubes covered them in the tomato sauce, some mozzarella and parmeasan. At that stage I stopped and went to work with the dish ready for Z to put in the oven when she got in from work.
When it finally came out of the oven it looked a treat. I'm glad to say that it tasted as good as it looked. The only thing I would change next time was adding a bit more salt in the filling, as when cooked the ricotta masked the other flavours. I had also considered adding pine nuts to the filling mixture, this would have turned tonight's meal from a really good meal into a great one.