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  • Oh hello!

  • Today I'm making macaroni cheese, a firm favourite in the servants hall.

  • For this recipe, you will need:

  • Macaroni

  • Parmesan

  • Butter

  • Milk

  • Breadcrumbs

  • and to season, salt

  • and pepper.

  • Macaroni is the general word for many types of pasta.

  • But for this, these small tubes are best,

  • slightly broken up.

  • I'm in favour of old recipes like this.

  • Some of my favourite recipes were written last century, before even Queen Victoria was born.

  • There, I think this is enough.

  • Now the milk and water is boiling, and I added a pinch of salt, I'll add my macaroni.

  • Macaroni is best cooked in water and milk, or stock, as it takes on flavour really well

  • and it becomes lovely and soft.

  • I'm going to slightly under-cook this, as it will cook some more in the oven.

  • I've lined my dish with butter, and now I'm going to lay half the macaroni on the bottom.

  • I'm going to dot about a third of the butter

  • over this macaroni

  • spreading it out evenly.

  • I'm going to add some pepper

  • and sprinkle over half of the cheese.

  • And then repeat with the rest of the macaroni.

  • When I was a child, macaroni meant an overdressed gentleman: a flamboyant gentleman.

  • [laughs]

  • Some people pour a sauce over their macaroni, but this takes more time and makes it taste a bit...

  • This is lighter, simpler and altogether better, especially as it's served as a side dish.

  • For the final layer, I'm going to mix the cheese with some breadcrumbs.

  • and then sprinkle it over the top.

  • A drizzle of melted butter

  • And now this needs about 15 minutes in a hot oven, finishing with a salamander to broil it.

  • It needs a nice, golden brown, crisp top.

  • This is a very good dish served with boiled meat, cold meat, or the remains of yesterday's vegetables.

  • Although Mrs Warwick the housekeeper prefers hers served with sausages,

  • and I have to say I'm inclined to agree.

  • There you are - macaroni cheese.

Oh hello!

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