6 word saturday

Macaroni Cheese is my favourite supper

Deprivation of a favourite food makes me appreciate it all the more on the rare occasions when I do make it.  For the last few years, cheese has been forbidden fruit for Jock (at least the doctor said to cut down on the cholesterol, so ever-literal Jock cut it out completely).

The deliciously strong Cathedral City Cheddar has always been difficult to find here – too strong for French palates – but a friend brought me some from England last week. If I’d suggested this for supper it would have been refused, so I decided to present a fait accompli,  and made my best-ever dish yesterday afternoon, while Jock was up at the hangar working on the carnival float.   I lined the dish with sliced tomatoes, chopped red and green peppers and a generous layer of crispy bacon lardons, before pouring on the cooked macaroni smothered in a richly cheesy Bechamel sauce, to my secret recipe, smothered the top with more cheese and browned it to a crust.

macaroni cheese


The result was a feast.  Jock didn’t complain and ate every scrap.


The farmers here are working flat out, and the roads are a constant to-ing and fro-ing of convoys of tractors and vast machines.  Silage time conincides with sowing the maize. For the first time round here they are sowing it under strips of plastic, which was offensive to my green beliefs, but I’ve been told it makes germination more certain, keeps the weeds and pests down and avoids the need for spraying. And I’d been hoping for strawberries! Perhaps the bees will have a better chance this year.  if they keep off the chemicals.  They’ll have to find the pollen in the hedgerows. 

what are they sowing/

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24 Responses to 6 word saturday

  1. Do you know, I’ve never eaten macaroni cheese?

    It looks delicious.


  2. catterel says:

    That looks and sounds so delicious – hope it hasn’t upset Jock’s cholesterol.. I’m told “one matchbox size piece of cheese once a week” so I understand why he has cut it out completely! I can’t restrict myself to that, either. But just once in a blue moon surely won’t hurt …


  3. 1sojournal says:

    Mac and cheese was a staple when my kids were small. Your’s is a bit more elegant than what we did. And it sounds and looks fantastic. You’ve made me hungry,



  4. Looks relish! Real comfort food!


  5. colonialist says:

    Yum, nice and crusty. I don’t like the sloshy version some people prefer.


  6. Mlissabeth says:

    Your macaroni and cheese sounds much more fancy than I am used to. As a child, the first time I had “real” macaroni and cheese (not from the box) I didn’t like it. 😉


    • I didn’t know macaroni and cheese came from a box. I aim for my food to be as natural as possible and made from scratch – though that ambition has slipped a bit since the last year’s health disasters. We had “shop” cakes for yea yesterday and they were rather forgeous! French patissiers do know what they’re about.


  7. Oh yum, yum, yum I love macaroni cheese, and I can’t believe that I haven’t ever made it myself!


  8. Gillena Cox says:

    haven’t made one in quite a long while, will do so soon however especially since i recently bought new stove; thanks for sharing, have a nice Saturday

    much love…


  9. Kate Beamish says:

    Oooh Macaroni Cheese.that reminds me of Grandma. Same recipe too!

    She always used to make it for us when we arrived to see her. Frank always hated the tomotoes in it – he’s a traditionalist!



  10. Tonya Jastad says:

    Oh my that supper sounds heavenly!


  11. Misky says:

    That looks so delicious! Yum….



  12. restlessjo says:

    Nice easy supper tonight then, Viv. I couldn’t LIVE without cheese! In between typing this I’m eating a tortilla stuffed with cheese and tomato (very messily) 🙂


  13. Melanie says:

    That doesn’t sound like any kind of macaroni and cheese I’ve ever eaten. It needs a much fancier name than that. I’ve never heard of Cathedral City Cheddar, but except for that, I may have to try to recreate this!


  14. Karen S. says:

    I know six little ones that would sure enjoy your favorite dish! Sounds inviting for sure.


  15. McGuffy Ann says:

    Oh, my. That mac & cheese looks wonderful. I am going to have to agree with Ron in going to get the ingredients to make this. Yum!


  16. Romi says:

    Your macaroni cheese sounds so delicious!


  17. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Favorite foods are so comforting, Viv!

    Six Word on Shade


  18. Ron. says:

    So…. he ate it all, eh? No leftover available? Bummer. 5 AM and your post has me screaming for mac/cheese a la Vivienne. My Beloved Sandra will NOT be thanking you for this, V. I’ll do the shopping, but I’ll presume upon her greater culinary skills. Lunch. I don’t think I can wait until dinner.


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