Luxury Macaroni

Macaroni Cheese Luxury Style – Just for Angie!

So we are in to week two of the two week orgy, sorry party,  of Angie’s who writes the Novice Gardener blog and is having her Anniversary Party for the Fiesta Friday blog hop.

If you missed week one which consisted of starters and cocktails, you can see it here:  First Fiesta Friday Anniversary Party Part 1

So, we are on to Part 2 which you can also find here:  First Fiesta Friday Anniversary Party Part 2

and, and…

If you want to see The Best of Fiesta Friday Anniversary, click here:  The Best of Fiesta Friday Anniversary – go on you know you want to, I just recovered from a bang on the head, because I am in it!!!  Very excited, here is a visual snippet, go on you know you want to take a peek at the link now, who could resist with all those cocktails right?  And it isn’t just cocktails…mmmm dribbles….

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Wow, I feel  like an old timer.  I said all the soppy stuff last week, this week I shall shamefully plug the blog hop and say if you didn’t join it already then join it now, go on, you don’t have to be a supercook, just someone who enjoys cooking, knock up one of your favourites and share it with us.  Meet some other friendly bloggers and have fun!

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What am I bringing to the Party Part 2

Well I lost the photos for the angelic pudding I had made, can you believe that? I simply cannot post a post on food without the photos, spent an hour trying to find them, so I am going on to the main course…..

Luxury Macaroni

The word macaroni cheese in our house has become a bit of a contentious word for me and always gives me a tinge of dread.  My children absolutely adore macaroni cheese and would eat it every night.  However they love Aunty Pauline’s macaroni cheese the best, and yup I hate to admit, I am jealous of how Aunty Pauline cooks her macaroni cheese.

I have been trying to find out how to cook the darned thing for years now, but well, either I am not being told it right or I am not doing it right.  You see they love the pie kind of texture, rather than the traditional UK runny style.  The macaroni that Pauline cooks is Bajan style, ie from Barbados, and there it is very much something one can slice up.

However, I will not be defeated and try as I must to make a macaroni cheese before my end of days (don’t worry I am not planning on going any time soon), to make a macaroni pie at least ‘just as good’ as Aunty Paulines.

You will see a while back that I attempted a Jamaican Macaroni, it was nearly there in comparison, tasted amazing to me, but the kids didn’t quite give it the ‘yes it is as good as Aunty Pauline’s’ golden star – here is the link for still a very good macaroni, very different again – Jamaican Macaroni Cheese

So I teamed up with this macaroni some meatballs and cooked them in exactly the same way with the same wine as I did with my braised chicken in red wine, liked a coq au vin, it worked supremely well with some green beans, here is the recipe for the chicken which you can edit for the meatballs:-Braised chicken in red wine

Visual evidence of making this meal with my trusty chef my eldest who likes to grate!


Luxury Macaroni Cheese

Serves 4 – Very easy to make

Ingredients

  • 250 grams macaroni
  • 250 grams mature cheddar (or red leicester or mix of both)
  • 250 ml evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • grating of fresh nutmeg
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7/425°F. Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions, drain and then put back into the hot pan.
    2. While the pasta is cooking, put the cheese, evaporated milk, eggs and nutmeg in a processor and blitz to mix. Or grate the cheese and mix everything by hand.
    3. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni, stir well, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Tip into a 25.5 cm/10 inch-diameter dish (wide and shallow is best) and bake in the very hot oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until it is bubbling and blistering on top.
    5. I like to add sometimes a dash of sweet chilli sauce, so do my kids if you are feeling adventurous.

Now, what was the verdict?

My children said “very  near this time mummy.”  The consistency was right, it was just like a pie to be cut up, the taste however, lovely actually I thought superb, but not quite the same as Aunty Paulines.  Argh….one day!!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful time partying….Justine xxx

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  66 comments for “Luxury Macaroni

  1. January 30, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Oh yum! You’re making me hungry. 🙂

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  2. January 30, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    This is close to what I grew up with, too. (Still trying to replicate. My dad hated macaroni which we had towards the end of the month as it didn’t have meat that meal…but it was the end of the month and budget…) Hmmm that smell!

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    • January 30, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      hehe yes, i do love it, just frustrated that i cannot get it the same lol, i feel ilke i am having an exam each time i cook it lol

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  3. January 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Om nom nom nom!

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  4. January 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    I will now give your eldest a new nickname, Justine. He is the Cheese Wiz!

    Wow, that looks very delicious. My tummy is a rumbling. Not to mention that it’s too early over my side of the pond for any of those enticing Friday Fiesta cocktails. 🙂

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    • January 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      haha you want a bet? I say live life on the edge, don’t conform to rules and the norm…be different…grins

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  5. NotAPunkRocker
    January 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Macaroni….yum…Gotta try that while M is still in town! 😀

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  6. January 30, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    She is leaving something out, It’s like Italian Nonna’s they always leave something out when they give you their recipe because they always want to hear” it’s good but not as good as Nonna’s” I think your macaroni and cheese pie looks delicious and thank you for the tour of Angie’s feature picks. Everything looks incredible and those drinks, WOW!!

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    • January 30, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      yes it makes me thirsty looking at those drinks hehe. I need another cocktail me thinks i was thinking i could have one every friday hehe. I think you are right she is leaving somethign out, the trouble with that is they then leave this mortal plane and no one can pass on the recipe, booohooo most unfair, mind you she’s way off that yet so maybe one night i will get her drunk!

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  7. January 30, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Wow these are all so good. You ard a great cook/chef.

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  8. January 30, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Oooooh my kids LOVE macaroni and cheese too… as well as hubby and I…. and this just looks fabulous!!! Pinning 😀

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  9. January 30, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    So yummy…. 🙂

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  10. January 30, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Hope you finally get the kids’ thumbs up for your macaroni cheese! and FWIW it looks fab to me!

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    • January 31, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      hah yes me too lol, my plight continues hehe. Happy FF x

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  11. Sue
    January 30, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    So cute, “very near this time mummy!” I must admit, it looks really good, almost like a macaroni quiche! Thank you for sharing with us this week and thanks to your eldest for doing all the grating!!!

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    • January 30, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      haha yes, so near yet so far i fear. I hate grating so i am more than happy for him to lol

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      • Sue
        January 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        my teenager would look at me like I’d lost my mind if I asked him to grate

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  12. January 30, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Yum! I’ve been having my Aussie version of this the last few nights because it makes so much!

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    • January 30, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      oh please do tell whats the aussie version? x

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      • January 30, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        LOL. It’s called savoury macaroni.
        Boil 1 cup macaroni.
        Fry up 4 bacon rashers and two large onions.
        Combine macaroni, bacon, 1 can creamed corn, 1 can diced tomatoes, 500g cheese (I use 250g) into a greased baking dish.
        Pour 1/2 cup milk over the top and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and dot with butter.
        Bake at 180C for 45 minutes.
        Yum – comfort food!

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  13. January 30, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    It looks very good to me, but then I’ve never had Auntie Pauline’s.

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  14. January 30, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Wait…did I read “just for Angie”??? Well that simply will not do, Justine…you show up at the party with MY #1 comfort food and I can’t have any?? 😦 Be warned, when you and Angie turn your backs, I will sneak a nibble or two! It’s just too irresistible…absolutely delicious! (Love the photo of your sous chef taking care of the cheese grating!) So glad you brought this to the party today for the Fiesta Friday Anniversary!

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    • January 31, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      haha you made me laugh. Well erm maybe there is a corner or two for you yes or are you going to come running after me with a wooden spoon for more? lol x

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  15. January 30, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Congratulations on your feature, Justine! Don’t forget to pin an “I’ve been featured” badge to your blog!! I am a huge fan of macaroni cheese and I love how yours looks, I wonder what Aunty Pauline does that makes your boys love it so?! Must be reassuring to know that you are very nearly there – so sweet! Thanks for bigging up the party and for brining this to the table – Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • January 31, 2015 at 5:19 PM

      awe thank you, I didn’t pay her honest!!! haha….I love macaroni and yes I’ve no idea, i dont think she is telling me the full story so i think its going to be a case of getting her drunk one night x

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  16. January 30, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Well, Justine! It wouldn’t be a party without a big bowl of macaroni and cheese!! It looks really yummy! Can you believe we have been at this for a whole year??? 🙂

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    • January 31, 2015 at 5:19 PM

      I know, how time flies when your’e having fun right? x

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  17. January 31, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    I love Mac n Cheese! 🙂 I can have it anytime of the year anytime of the day! 😀 Yours most definitely looks like a gourmet Mac n Cheese… I especially love the side of Meatballs! Yummy!

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    • January 31, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      thank you 🙂 It’s that everyone loves kind of food isnt it? x

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  18. January 31, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    What a great addition to the party Justine. Nobody can say NO to a dish like this, I hope you’ve brought enough to go round. Is mac n’ cheese popular in England as it is in the US? I don’t remember it being, when I lived there. And…. oh big cheers for being featured on such an important milestone.

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    • January 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM

      oh its popular here esp with kids and erm well adults too lol, esp me hehe …winks. Thank you re the milestone feature, I didn’t pay he rhonest lol x

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  19. January 31, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    I love macaroni cheese, the ultimate comfort food! I have to admit though I only ever make the Kraft boxed version that I bring back from the US with me! I’ll have to try this one out one day, hopefully sooner rather than later!

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    • February 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      oh i dont know that one, what does it taste like? really cheesy ?

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      • February 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        Yeah its very creamy and more saucy, it’s really good but it’s also very artificial, the “cheese” is this bright orange powder you mix in with milk and butter haha

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  20. January 31, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Looks simply delicious!!

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  21. February 1, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Hey sweet friend! This is a beautiful and yummy post! I hope you are doing well! I wanted to pop in and see what is up! I love how everyone gets in on the cooking! Hugs to you! 😀

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    • February 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      hah yes it was a bit of a cooking fest, lovely to see you, i hope your having a fab weekend x

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  22. February 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Wow, you had me at luxury 😀 This looks delicious and so perfect for this crazy weather!

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    • February 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      hah thank you, it is definitely not for the faint hearted, a def pasta cheesy delish dish x

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  23. February 1, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Oh I love your dish, Justine! So delicious ^^ Macaroni is one of my favourite things 😀

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  24. petra08
    February 12, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    I love mac & cheese and to have it with meatballs sounds heavenly 🙂 What a lovely combination!

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