Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Brussel Sprout Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni Cheese with Brussel Sprouts and Grain Mustard

I’ll be honest – this is NOT the most photogenic of dishes. It is however really tasty – though some would argue you should never sully a macaroni cheese with (gasp) vegetables. I however think the sprouts add more than they take away from this dish and really enjoyed messing about with my classic macaroni cheese recipe by adding a bag of sprouts from the local supermarket. This was inspired by seeing other recipes for this – but I like and know my own old macaroni cheese recipe, so I just used that and added sprouts!

Brussels Sprout Macaroni Cheese

350g Brussel Sprouts (finely chopped – you can do this in the food processor)
350g Macaroni
150g Strong Cheddar
100g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative like these)
500ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
50g Butter
50g Flour
50g Rolled Oats
3 heaped teaspoons wholegrain mustard
1 Onion halved
1 Bay leaf
1 Clove Garlic – peeled


1. First get your macaroni on to cook – this should take about ten minutes. For the last 5 minutes of the cooking time add you sprouts. This will cause the macaroni to form into a solid lump at the base of the saucepan. This can be undone by tipping the sprouts and pasta into a colander after cooking, rinsing with cold water and separating with a fork. Pre-heat the oven to 190C

2. While your macaroni is cooking warm your milk. Set the milk to heat with the onion, bay leaf and garlic. Once warmed through take off the heat and put to one side while you make your roux.

3. Melt 50g butter in a saucepan and then add 50g of plain flour. Stir until this forms a paste. Remove this from the heat and start adding the milk (you may want to strain it first!) The milk may seem clumpy at first but keep adding and stirring and it will improve!

4. Once the milk has all been incorporated add all the cheddar cheese and 50g of the parmesan and stir in until melted. Add the mustard and season to taste.

5. Combine the pasta with the sauce and transfer to an over proof dish. Top with the oats and then the remaining parmesan and put in the oven to cook for 20 minutes or until the top is crisp and golden.

This can be served with a green salad if you are trying to be healthier or with garlic bread for those desiring a carb-fest.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Mental Health Monday: I must be psychotic

I started this Mental Health Monday post with a gif of Bo Burnham who I am currently obsessed with.

You see obsessions are part of my lovely mental health thing. My mind collects things and connects things and then it fills in the blanks with paranoia.


There are loads of examples of this. These connections that are not. I might see someone a lot and think that maybe they are stalking me. Or they think I'm stalking them. Or that I am stalking them and just do not realise. That one is special.

Or I see 5 separate tweets about zombies and I think that is a sign the zombie apocalypse has happened. To paraphrase Lorelai Gilmore "Oy with the zombies already"

It means I make connections that aren't there. Apparently that would make me a good stand up comedian. Which brings us back to Bo.

I am not psychotic. I do have mild psychosis. Knowing that has given me some tools for dealing with the strangeness in my head, but you know, it is the only brain I know, and the only body and biochemistry I am ever going to have.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Not the Mama

So my job involves speaking to students. One day a student came in with a problem and me and my office mate gave him excellent advice. He was pretty grateful.

As he was leaving she told him this:

"While you are here you have two Moms! Us!"

He gave me a look, I guess trying to figure out how old I really am.

Later I pointed out to her I am not old enough to be his mother, and at six months younger than me, neither was she.

"Well maybe if we got lucky and got married at 16 . . ."

If we got married at 16 we would NOT have had a 22 year old son by now.

I now want to find that student and tell him I am like a big sister NOT a mother but I have a feeling this is my hang-up and nothing really to do with him.

He is however probably too young to get the title reference. If you are too, then this is for you:

I love being in my thirties, I just sometimes wish I was not surrounded by younger people.
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