One of my dreams is to one day own a mac and cheese food truck!
You can just about make any flavour and then toss it through macaroni and bake it. Imagine all the things you like, then mix it in with macaroni. For example, I love chili and chili con carne, mix it in with macaroni, put cheese on top and and bake it in the oven and you have chili mac and cheese. You can also have it cold like a salad like they do in the Philippines. There they have a salad with macaroni, its usually with pineapple, ham, palm seeds, cheddar cheese and coconut dressed with mayonnaise or sour cream, sounds weird but bloody tasty stuff.
Pasta is one of those items you should always have in the pantry. Instant pasta is so easy to cook and there are so many good quality “fresh” dried pastas in the market, you can really have a good choice between almost every type of pasta from your normal spaghetti right through to lasagne sheets.
There is another use for lasagne sheets other than in lasagne’s. When I was a young apprentice, I remember how much it surprised me when I was shown another use for lasagne sheets. The chef cooked a chef’s meal by simply heating a pan really hot, cooking lasagne sheets, ripping it into smaller strips and browning it in a pan until it’s slightly “crispy” then adding all the other ingredients through for flavour such as the shallots, garlic and chilli. Simple dish, quick and using only the ingredients available in the kitchen.
I love easy and tasty recipes. People always ask me “so, do you cook at home?”. I do, I love cooking at home, in fact I get a lot of joy cooking for myself. I don’t have difficult customers or ungrateful people to deal with. I can be free in my kitchen and with that freedom comes clarity. I know exactly what I want, I can see how I can cook it and I prepare the dish with great ease because I get to play, I get to cook what ever “I” want.