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Homemade Shells & Cheese

This is the closest thing I’ve ever had to Velveeta Shells & Cheese and/or Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese. It only depends on what type of pasta shapes you use.

shells and cheeseIngredients

480g pasta shells
3 cups grated cheese (cheddar, colby or similar)
1 1/2 cups semi-skimmed (2%) milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder


Cook and drain pasta. Place in a covered bowl.

Mix all dry ingredients with 1/2 cup milk thoroughly. Warm remaining 1 cup of milk until tendrils of steam appear. DO NOT over heat.

Once the milk is warm, begin adding flour mixture small amounts at a time mixing non-stop to avoid lumps.

Once all the mixture has been added to the pan, slowly add the cheese. Stir until melted.

Once the cheese mixture is melted and smooth, pour the pasta into the pan with the cheese mixture and stir thoroughly. Serve immediately.


Do you have a favourite mac & cheese recipe? Tell us about it in the comments!


Swirl Cake Tin

How cool is this?!?

What a wicked looking cake!

Classical Swirling Shape Cake Tin  Nordicware Heritage

It probably comes from a classic swirl cake tin by Nordicware. Nordicware based the design on an old German stoneware mould for baking a ring-shaped Gugelhupf, similar to the American coffee cake. Nordicware ‘swirl’ tins are made of durable cast aluminium, and feature a centre tube that ensures even baking and the non-stick coating should provide easy release and cleanup (but I’d still use some sort of cake release just in case).


Sweet Chicken Bacon Bites

bacon wrapped chickenThis is a really easy recipe that anyone can make on short notice. There are only 4 ingredients and if I can do it, anyone can.


1 1/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)

1 pound sliced bacon

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoon chilli powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)



Preheat oven to 180C (350F)

Sift and combine all dry ingredients then cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds and wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a toothpick.

Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Serve immediately.

TIP: Do yourself a favour and line your pan with aluminium foil. It makes for much easier cleanup. Also, spray the baking rack thoroughly with cooking spray to help with the cleanup as well.


Do you have any interesting ideas for other types of ‘bites’? Let us know in the comments!

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