One of my go-to comfort foods is Macaroni and Cheese for the very reason that it is so easy to do.
I had two objectives for this recipe : 1) I got home at 5 pm and I only had 30 minutes of window time to catch the natural light for my shots (thank God for summer! the sun sets at 6 pm) and 2) I needed a quick meal to prepare for André’s lunchbox tomorrow before we leave for dinner. With all that has been said and done I had to narrow my choices to something quick and good! Thankfully, my husband loved Mac and Cheese. ( I mean who does not, right?)
Gone are the days that I use those blue boxes. Now that I know how to cook, I make them from scratch (yeeeees, sosyal! haha)
Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour all purpose
- 1 cup milk full or non-fat (whichever you prefer)
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated, for garnish
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup bacon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup pasta
Melt butter in a medium-sized pan (as you are doing this, simultaneously warm the milk inside the microwave for a minute), when the butter has melted, add the flour and mix together until it resembles a paste. Add warm milk. It is important that the milk is warm to avoid unnecessary lumps as you blend it with the flour mixture. From here you can add your uncooked noodles (if you are up to washing another stock pot and/ or if you are in a hurry, you can cook your noodles separately! but if you are single handedly washing the dishes like me, this will do). When your noodles reach the desired consistency (which may take a longer time compared to when you make them separately in boiling water) gradually add the cheese. This is when it gets interestingly yummy! From the way it looks, you can actually eat it from here haha, I kid.
Let's continue with the process. Take the Macaroni and Cheese out of the pot and into a plate. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese, top it with Parsley and enjoy!
** I added bacon bits in this post for extra flavor, which you can put on top of your dish! If you do not want the unnecessary grease, a plain Mac and Cheese is good enough as well.
I got home late today because I went to a local market and farm in Indang, Cavite this morning! It is not everyday I get to say I went to both places haha but on this very day, I did. 🙂 One of those educational things I do on a not-so everyday basis. I was enlightened on the value of composting and how it actually worked. The proper kind of compost would be helpful if in case you decided to put up a garden. Honestly, that would add up to the whole homemaker image ya’know (I got the mint from my plant box! haha) BUT NO, I do not have a green thumb and plants just die on me in a heartbeat.
My dad joined this culinary group called Chops and they go around the country exploring interesting finds related to local ingredients, historical landmarks, and of course, the art of quality noshing. Since I am a foodie (or at least trying to be), I decided to check it out.
The good thing about all of this was that I was able to bring home freebies, and freebies I mean herbs like Oregano, Peppermint and the like haha! I shoved them all inside the ref, all to be devoured! Or mushed and mixed in Andre’s future meals (I am kidding, love. I will not do that to you, I know you hate these things and edible flowers. )
great day, it was!
On a side note, I love chickens haha I do not know why. While we were doing our grocery this evening, André just asked me if I wanted to buy a tray of chicken thighs considering, and I quote…“ikaw and reyna ng mga manok.” Hm. I do not know if I will be amused.