It's funny how these things happen. There was I, extolling the virtues of Rick Stein's India, when an on-line conversation moved rapidly from curry to Macaroni Cheese via pork chops and pesto. There and then I knew that it wouldn't be long until it found its way into our plans. That was last week and it happened in a corner of the internet that isn't full of my usual cohort of foodies.
Imagine my surprise then, when one of my food friends started talking about having macaroni and cheese. In a third and unrelated conversation about meal planning, an other friend decided to change their plans for stuffed rolled pork loin in favour of "mac and chee", such is the power of suggestion.
We had planned to have our macaroni and cheese on Thursday as a family meal after a day out together. Our plans were changed however by a belly busting lunch in town. By the time R's tea time came around we were still full and not in the slightest bit interested in eating more food.
Any other meal may well have fallen off the meal planner for a week or two, but macaroni cheese has a strange power. Once you have decided that you are going to cook it, it has to be cooked, as my on-line discussions seemed to prove. Our planned meal for this evening was steak with boulangere potatoes. We'll now be having that some time next week.
As with so many family favourites, macaroni and cheese is a very personal dish. Some people will use any old pasta shape. Some will have a particular cheese that must be in the sauce. We stick to macaroni but use whatever cheese we have in the house. Today our sauce had mature cheddar, wenslydale and jarlesberg. Along with cheese and pasta, our macaroni cheese is always topped with sliced tomatoes, breadcrumbs and extra cheese. Sadly there were no leftovers, but we do still have steak to look forward to, so all is not lost.