Happy workers day to the people that are workers or aspiring to be workers. If you run a business, you too are a worker – a worker for yourself. So after getting tired of swallowing amala, and all the other things, i borrowed myself a brain sometime this week. I cooked mede-mede. The oyinbo side of me came to life. My husband likes “continental” food. Kindly note the way we use the word continental for cuisine in Nigeria is wrong, we use it in reference to foreign food, meanwhile continental is food from the continent you are on. At least from a cuisine standpoint.
I made macaroni and cheese with fried chicken.. if you are on a diet, do not attempt this meal. If you are lactose intolerant – i wouldn’t really recommend it, unless you are a glutton like me. I rarely ever measure stuff when I am cooking, i literally tend to fling the stuff in the pot, its just my style. All that neat cooking on the food channel isn’t my speed, but my meals are compliment worthy. Please make sure your oven works before you make the food oh, because you cant boil this recipe.
So ingredients are as follows
Chicken & seasoning – whatever you like; Maggi, seasoning salt, plain old salt, onions etc
I boiled my seasoned chicken and then put it in the air fryer. If you aren’t too fancy, bake the chicken or fry it in groundnut oil if you need the extra calories. About 10 minutes at about 400F in the oven is fine.
For Mac & Cheese
Black Pepper – if you like plenty pepper add chopped small red peppers – Jamaican Peppers aka rodo.
About half cup of milk – You can use powdered milk and mix it with water to make the half cup.
About 1 tablespoon of vinegar
Garlic Salt – gone are the days of cutting garlic. just do you. I add garlic past about 1 teaspoon.
Butter – about 1/2 cup
Cheese – the more cheeses you use, the merrier. In this case i used Gouda, real cheddar, parmasean, ruscello italian (its a herbish cheese) and Landana chilli. All the cheese came from park and shop. You don’t need more than 50 grams of each – Just pick cheese with different flavours (note park and shop will tell you they sell a minimum of 100grams only though). You can use less cheese if you want a less creamier taste.
Macaroni – I used golden penny, Half of the bigger bag
Caserole dish or baking pan would do fine. Even cupcake pan would be fine to bake it in.
Boil water – add a teaspoon of oil and some salt. When the water is boiling, add macaroni (half the bag). When cooked, take off and use a sieve to take off water and rinse off excess starch.
Melt butter, grease the baking pan.
Melt remaining butter (make sure it is not boiling hot oh), beat the single egg, mix the milk & vinegar together if you haven’t already done so.
Grater the cheese and mix them together as evenly as possible.
Put the macaroni is a large bowl, add the egg, butter, milk, salt, black pepper. Gradually add in the cheese, mix it into the macaroni, but only use 3/4 of your cheese mixture. Pour the mixture into the baking pan, then spread the remaining cheese over the macaroni mixture and bam fling it in a 400F preheated oven for about 30 minutes. That baby should boil and the cheese on top crisp.
My mom is begging me for some, she doesn’t know it has finished. lol.
After that, sit down and eat. You can thank me later. I took some pictures below.
In honor of this “great” recipe, i have decided to give a N3,000 previously unclaimed Spar (park and Shop) gift certificate out today. Kindly post a quick, cheap and cheerful recipe (please nothing with Indomie – i am probably the only Nigerian that cant stand that stuff ) to stand a chance at winning the certificate. I will close entries for this post 08 May 2015 at midnight – Friday. Good luck. I Hope you win.