Stone Age Cooking

I’m cooking dinner today and I decided to make cauliflower cheese as a side dish. It’s been a while so I looked up a recipe on-line to check I had all my ducks in a row. Heaven help us, the site reccomended making the cheese sauce in a metal pot, on the stove. Why? I can’t imagine. Making a roux, the basis of the cheese sauce, is a nightmare on the hob. But in a microwave… so simple. Using a one to one ratio – my recipe called for two ounces of butter and two ounces of flour to a pint of milk – melt the butter in the microwave – a minute on full power should do it, then add the flour stirring until you have a nice smooth paste. Then simply add the milk very slowly stirring all the time. Heat in the microwave, a minute at a time on a medium setting, stirring between each minute and hey presto! smooth, easy roux for idiots.

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About Bob Neilson

Bob Neilson lives in Dublin with his wife, two daughters, son, two dogs, one cat and a growing feeling of claustrophobia. In partnership with his wife he runs a successful retail business in Dublin city. His short fiction has appeared extensively in professional and small press markets and he has had two plays performed on RTE and one on Anna Livia FM. He also presented a radio show on Anna Livia for a year. He has had two short story collections published, Without Honour (1997, Aeon Press) and That’s Entertainment (2007, Elastic Press) as well as several comics and a graphic novel. His non-fiction book on the properties of crystals is a best-seller in the UK and Ireland.
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