Z, my fussy little 4-year-old, came up to me, opened his mouth and showed me a little brown morsel of half-chewed meat at the tip of his tongue. "Mummy, what's this?" he asked. I hesitated for a moment, wondering if he planned to spit it out if I told him what it was, in which case I would have to think of an alternative answer. "Bbq pork rib," I replied. He closed his mouth and resumed chewing. "Do you like it?" I asked him quickly. He answered me with a nonchalant "Yes". Oh yes. Approval from my biggest food critic. I'm ecstatic. No, really, I am glad that I now have one more item to add to my repertoire of "Food my kids will eat without giving 10 excuses not to".
We had purchased a bottle a Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce a few weeks ago, as seeing it brought back delicious memories of dining at TGIF restaurant, where we would always order the JD-glazed ribs. We have only dined there 3 times: Melbourne, San Francisco and Orlando. Unfortunately, there is no TGIF in Sydney. So we would just have to make do with JD in a bottle.
|Rack of ribs resting on the roasting rack|
I wasn't sure if just one rack of ribs would be enough to feed the whole family, so I decided to make Penne and Cauliflower Cheese Bake as an accompaniment. Initially, I had wanted to make mac and cheese, but I didn't have any macaroni in the pantry. It's basically garlic, bacon and mushrooms, sauteed in some butter with cream cheese, milk, dijon mustard and lots of cheddar cheese added to it. Then placed in a baking dish, topped with more cheddar and breadcrumbs, sprinkled with paprika and baked in the oven for half an hour. Super easy and tasty! And dear H loves this one!