mac n cheese.

a couple of weekends ago i had a hideous hangover and the only thing i wanted in the world was macaroni cheese and for someone to tell me it was going to be ok. i spent all day gathering my strength to go and buy a ready made mac n cheese from sainsbury’s and by the time i got home i was so drained from the experience i didn’t want it. i had that for lunch at work and it was ok, but i felt like the time had come to make my own.

luckily on sunday i wasn’t hungover at all and so i decided to make this for my friends. it was so good i’ve been telling people about it all week. also if you put it on a bed of spinach with some tomatoes it makes it look 4% healthier.

this is what you will need to make it:

(this serves 4 people)

300g macaroni

40g butter

40g plain flour

1 pint of milk

250g cheddar

50g red leicester

50g parmesan

tomatoes

spinach

this is what you need to do:

1. boil a pan of water and cook your macaroni whilst you prepare the sauce

2. melt the butter in a saucepan and then pour in the flour and mix together

3. heat the milk in the microwave to take the edge off (and to stop it from making the sauce lumpy) then gradually pour into the saucepan with the butter and flour. mix this really well and keep mixing it

4. leave to cook for about 10 mins. keep stirring this so that it forms a lovely thick smooth sauce

5. add the grated cheddar and red leicester and mix into the sauce

6. add the drained macaroni and mix loads

7. place the pasta in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the parmesan

8. chuck this under the grill until it’s nice and golden and serve with your token salad ingredients

spuntino.

if you’re hungry when you read this you should probably look away now…

a new thing i like to do on fridays is go for secret lunches with my wolf pack. my wolf pack consists of 3 work colleagues but i can’t tell you who they are. last friday we were a man down, but that didn’t stop us from braving the rain and walking approximately 30 seconds around the corner to spuntino.

if you’re in soho frequently, spuntino is the kind of place you would walk past everyday and never notice (which is kind of what adds to its appeal).

it really is quite cool inside, i felt a bit like i was an extra in gossip girl or mad men or friends. there are seats around the bar or a few quieter tables at the back, we sat at the back which i was quite happy about. we agreed this would be a good place to take a date because you don’t have to make eye contact and they can’t watch you eat as you’re side by side rather than face to face. unless they swivel round a bit, and in that case you probably shouldn’t be on a date with them anyway because that’s just creepy.

i had read a few blogs and heard about the amazing ‘off the menu’ burger, which thankfully has now been added. i think i would have been too scared to wink and ask for it, like i imagine they would do in the movies (or friends).

i had eaten some mini weetabix for breakfast and this was quite an early lunch so i wasn’t particularly hungry and for this reason i didn’t order sides (just a massive cheeseburger). also it was the friday before pay day, i ain’t made of money guys. the waiter recommended that we ordered about 8 or 9 plates between us, but as mine was full size i ignored him. my pack ordered shoestring fries, chilli mussel linguine, jerusalem artichoke & truffle vinaigrette salad, ground beef and bone marrow slider and the truffled egg toast (which they both agreed was incredible but i’m still not sure what it actually was. i was too preoccupied dressing my burger and thinking about the anniversary of kate and will).

as you can see the burger came with red onion and chunks of gherkin which i carefully placed inside along with a dollop of ketchup and a splash of tabasco. my mouth is literally watering just thinking about it.

i think the first bite made me make a funny noise. i don’t remember much else. all i know is that the meat was so soft it literally melted in my mouth. if i had seen this picture of how rare it was cooked i would have said “no thank you good sir” but it was honestly was cooked perfectly. maybe i’m finally growing up.

my burger was £9, but i think if you’re going there hungry you should order a few sides. i’ve heard the eggplant chips are delish.

verdict – bold statement, but better than a byron. go on pay day. actually just go when you can…  next on my list is meat liqour