Monday, 11 April 2011

In praise of mac and cheese

I'm a big mac and cheese fan. I LOVE it and have done ever since one long summer at university when I had about 4 part-time jobs. It's my go-to, warming, delicious, perfect comfort food. I make it about once a week, twice if I'm feeling naughty, invariably in enormous portions, the entirety of which I always consume. And I always make it the same way, to my specification. I don't have a recipe; it's the only thing I make by eye, from scratch, exactly the way I want it. Then I douse it in black pepper and dive in.

As it's my favourite thing to eat (or one of them, certainly. I like chips too ;D) it's something I sometimes order if I'm eating out. And I'm always disappointed because it's rubbery or the top isn't crispy or it's swimming in oil or it's not really think and gloopy. I like it gloopy.

And because I know exactly how I like it, I never change how I make it because it's a little ritual I enjoy once a week and it's satisfying to sit down to a cheap, simple, I-made-this-from-scratch enormously delicious meal. Even watching Great British Hairdresser while you eat it can't bring you down. (I know I shouldn't but I can't help it - addictive)

But then I read this. I was that girl. I thought there was only one good kind of mac and cheese, and I was sticking with it. But if she found other good recipes, it must be true. Plus I love reading the lovely recipes on her foodie blog. But her mac and cheese had this breadcrumb topping thing going and and it sounded good. Really good.

And then someone sent me this website. And it made me a little unsure about my one kind of mac and cheese rule. What if one of these mac and cheese recipes was better than mine and I was missing out? Only one way to find out. Plus, I put it on my 25 before 25 list so I had to give it a try.

This evening, I made a different kind of mac and cheese. I stayed pretty close to the original but I added in a few extra spices, some garlic, paprika, bit of chicken stock and a cheesy ritz cracker topping.

Let's just say that I don't think garlic is a good addition, but everything else can stay. And now I only need to accomplish 24 things... So go on! Hook me up with your favourite recipes because I'm always hungry :D

Kisses xxx

P.S. The most exciting thing happened today - I'm going to be a contestant on the paper team of Ukscrappers ScrapFactor contest! I'm so excited! I think the word I'm looking for is EEEEEEEK!

P.P.S. Scored some fab stash at Ally Pally. Got some good ledger paper, lots of small alphas and label stickers, piles of tags and some vintagey lace. Excellent.


  1. Congrats on making the ScrapFactor team! That will be fun. I prefer to make my own mac and cheese too but I have tried different recipes. Some of the recipes on the 30/30 site look good. I will be trying some! :)

  2. Congrats on ScrapFactor - yay!

  3. Have you tried Lorraine Pascal's 'Glam Mac & Cheese'? It's A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!
    Good luck with Scrapfactor!

  4. Wow fab news about being in the Scrapfactor team!!!

  5. fantastic new well done!

    I had to smile after i read your post, i thought you were talking about A Big Mac and Cheese, the McDonalds type!!! After checking out your link i realised you meant macaroni & cheese.....doh!!

  6. ur the second blog friend who's got thru to scrapfactor final, jolly well done miss,
    Jo xxx

  7. Oooh...I've checked out that mac and cheese site and my mouth is watering now! I must make mac and cheese again SOON!