Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese



Ever fancied a Hawaiian Pizza in pasta form? This Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese recipe combines salty gammon, sweet pineapples and sun dried tomatoes with creamy mozzarella. Perfect comfort food!

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Regular readers will know I'm a bit of a macaroni cheese fiend. I have various incarnations of macaroni cheese on my blog, my favourite at the moment (apart from this one of course), and perfect for using up odds and ends of cheeses from Christmas, is my Leftover Cheeseboard Macaroni Bake. Macaroni Cheese is my ultimate comfort food, especially in the winter when it's dark and cold outside. It really is a hug in a bowl and the more cheesy the better.


If a recipe has cheese and pasta in it, I'm already won over. I do enjoy pimping up my basic recipe though, which is how this Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese was born. I'm a pineapple on pizza lover (although if you're not just don't add it in) and I can't believe how good it was in this macaroni cheese. The sweetness of the pineapple complemented the salty gammon and creamy mozzarella perfectly.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

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Step By Step Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Making macaroni cheese from scratch is pretty simple. First you need to make a roux by melting 50g butter in a pan over a medium heat.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Once the butter has completely melted stir in 50g plain flour and cook for 2 minutes. This roux thickens the sauce and makes it lovely and silky. Slowly add the milk whilst whisking continuously over a medium heat until it starts to thicken. Take the pan off the heat ready for the next stage.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Now it's time to add your cheese and the other ingredients. Here we've got 200g Extra Mature Cheddar and 200g Mozzarella, a dollop of Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and 1 tsp of oregano. I also sometimes add a splash of cider vinegar, which gives it a lovely subtle tang.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
This Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese wouldn't be complete without the chopped gammon (I used leftover gammon from Christmas), chopped pineapple and a good tablespoon of red pesto for a bit of added flavour.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Then it's just a case of stirring in the cooked macaroni (I've used 200g here) and scattering over some sun dried tomatoes and a bit more mozzarella. To finish the recipe, place the pan under the grill until the top is golden and bubbling.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Top Tips for making Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

  • Make it spicy by adding a pinch of chilli powder at the same time as the cayenne pepper.
  • Make it veggie by omitting the gammon and replacing it with cooked and chopped vegetarian bacon or sausages.
  • Fresh basil leaves scattered on the top would be a colourful addition to the dish.
  • Use different cheeses such as Stilton and Gruyere.
  • Make a double batch and freeze half for another day. The recipe given here serves 5 with a side salad.
Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese



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Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Pasta, Dinner
Pasta
Yield: 5

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

prep time: 15 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 25 mins
Fancy a Hawaiian pizza in pasta form? This Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese recipe is comforting and decadent and combines salty gammon, sweet pineapples and tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, finished with a sprinkling of oregano.

ingredients:


  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 600ml Milk
  • 200g Extra Mature Cheddar, grated
  • 200g Mozzarella, grated (plus extra handful for the top)
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TBSP Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Pineapple Rings, Chopped
  • 200g Cooked Gammon or Ham, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Red Pesto
  • 200g Cooked Macaroni Pasta
  • 6 Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped

instructions:


  1. In a large pan, melt the butter then stir in the plain flour. Cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the milk and keep whisking over a medium heat until it starts to thicken.
  3. Take the sauce off the heat then stir in the cheese, cayenne, oregano, Dijon mustard and cider vinegar. Stir until the cheese is melted in.
  4. Spoon through the gammon, pineapple and red pesto, before adding the cooked macaroni pasta.
  5. Preheat the grill for a few minutes. Scatter over the extra mozzarella and the sun dried tomatoes then grill for a few minutes until golden and bubbling.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 1 serving.
calories
594
fat (grams)
41
sat. fat (grams)
24.8
carbs (grams)
24.6
protein (grams)
33.2
sugar (grams)
11.9



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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel


A super simple fruity Christmas wreath cinnamon bagel for the Christmas holidays. Why not include these fruity holiday bagels as part of your 'North Pole Breakfast'? The kids love them!

Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

I do love themed food at this time of year and these fruity Christmas wreath bagels are a healthy but festive way to start the day. Toasted cinnamon bagels spread with cream cheese and topped with green and red jewelled fruit. You could either decorate them yourself or let the kids have a go at decorating them. If cream cheese isn't your thing then raspberry jam would also work well.

North Pole Breakfast Idea's

North Pole breakfasts seem to be all the rage at the moment (I think we're going to have one on Christmas Eve when we send our elves back to Lapland - why did I ever start the elf thing?!), and these fruity bagels would make an ideal centrepiece. You could also make some star shaped toast and sprinkle with edible glitter and snowman shaped pancakes (put a snowman cutter into the frying pan and pour the pancake batter inside). Elf donuts are a good one too - cheerio's dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands!

Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

Top Tips for Making the Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagels

  • If you can't get hold of cinnamon bagels, just use plain bagels.
  • If you're making these for adults why not replace the cream cheese for brandy butter?
  • I've used kiwi, blueberries and pomegranate seeds for these fruity bagels but you could try other fruit and let the kids build their own.
  • Make a savoury version with spinach leaves and smoked salmon.
Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel
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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

An easy fruity Christmas wreath bagel recipe with toasted cinnamon bagels, thick cream cheese, topped with chopped kiwi, blueberries and pomegranate seeds. Perfect for a healthy 'North Pole Breakfast'.
prep time: 7 minscook time: 1 minstotal time: 8 mins

ingredients:


  • 4 Cinnamon bagels, sliced in half
  • 8 TBSP Cream Cheese
  • 4 Kiwi Fruit, sliced and chopped into triangles
  • 100g Blueberries
  • 8 TBSP Pomegranate seeds

instructions


  1. Toast the bagels in your toaster then spread with the cream cheese.
  2. Decorate the bagels with the chopped fruit and serve.

NOTES:

Calories are for 1 portion.
calories
225
fat (grams)
5
sat. fat (grams)
2.4
carbs (grams)
31.9
protein (grams)
6.8
sugar (grams)
5.6

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Fruity Christmas Wreath Bagel

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Slow Cooker Christmas Themed Porridge

This super simple overnight slow cooker porridge requires only a little bit of effort the next morning (and when I say effort I mean cutting up some fruit). This Christmas themed slow cooker porridge would make an ideal 'North Pole Breakfast' on Christmas Eve. My kids love it!

Christmas Porridge

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Celebrating Christmas with #MyMarksFave


Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
You can't beat a bit of festive food from Marks and Spencer can you? We've been lucky enough to road test a selection of this year's offerings (I know, a hard job but someone's got to do it) to try and pick an all time favourite and crown it #MyMarksFave. Head over to my Instagram profile and click on Christmas highlights to find out what we thought of individual products, but below is a little preview of some of the yummy things we have been trying.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some crackers, cheese and posh crisps, essential items to any Christmas buffet! The kids loved the colourful tortilla stars (they had no idea they were eating beetroot and spinach) and I made a festive blue cheese dip to dunk them in, which went really well with crisps.

If sweet is your thing though (and it's definitely my kids thing), the raspberry and white chocolate tree's (pictured above) were the perfect festive after school treat, with a glass of cold milk.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
Christmas without mince pies wouldn't be a proper Christmas in my book, and this mini selection was really yummy - the perfect size too (i.e. you can fit the whole thing in your mouth in one go without looking like a pig). My favourite mini pie was the frosted crumble topped one but hubby preferred the brandy cream topped one. I could have quite easily scoffed them all to be honest.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
It was the 'Let it Sloe' cocktail that stole the show for me though and is 100% #MyMarksFave. A gorgeous blend of Sloe Gin, Oranges and Plums and at 20% proof, pretty heady too. I mixed it with some chilled soda water and poured it over ice but I'm going to serve it with some Prosecco on Christmas Day. They also do a Mince Pie flavoured version that I need to get my hands on quick.

The all important advent calendars were a hit here and M&S kindly gave us three so there was no squabbling. The Enchanted Forest Calendar looked really special too...I might treat hubby to a posh one like this next year.

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food
 ...and finally...

Marks and Spencer Christmas Food

... these amazing Millionaire's Salted Caramel Biscuits were kidnapped by my 11 year old, but for a very good cause. Her school were making up Christmas Shoe Boxes for elderly people in our nearest town and she wanted to give someone this extra special treat. These really are lovely so it was difficult to part with them...but all for a good cause at Christmas. A great little stocking filler for chocolate lovers this one!

Disclosure: I was sent a selection of Christmas products from M&S and was compensated for my posts.
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Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge


Slow cooker Christmas porridge. A perfect breakfast for the kids on Christmas morning. Why not have a go at making your own festive designs?

Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge
Where has this Autumn term gone? I can't believe that in a few weekends time we'll be putting up the Christmas tree and decorations. Sorry for the lack of recipes over the last few weeks, but when you're a mum of winter sports loving children this time of year is REALLY busy.

I decided to get creative in the kitchen last week and came up with this recipe for slow cooker Christmas porridge decorated as reindeer and snowmen using fresh fruit and pretzels. The porridge is made in the slow cooker over-night so this is a perfect no hassle breakfast for the kids on Christmas morning. You could even cut the fruit up the night before and leave it in the fridge.

Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE SLOW COOKER PORRIDGE

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and grated orange zest to your slow cooker basin, to give it a festive kick.
  • The recipe can be doubled to feed a crowd.
  • Stir in a spoon of clotted cream when serving to make it extra luxurious.
  • Have a go at making different Christmassy designs on top. How about Santa or holly and ivy?

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Slow Cooker Snowman and Reindeer Christmas Porridge

SLOW COOKER SNOWMAN AND REINDEER PORRIDGE


Slow Cooker Christmas themed Porridge
Christmas, Slow Cooker
Breakfast
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Reindeer and Snowman Slow Cooker Porridge

Slow cooker Christmas themed porridge with reindeer and snowman designs using fresh fruit and pretzels. Perfect for the kid's breakfast on Christmas morning.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 hours and 10 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 Cup of Whole Oats
  • 4 Cups Milk
  • Fresh Fruit for decorating - kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, banana's and pomegranate seeds. 
  • Salted Pretzels
  • Maple Syrup for drizzling

instructions


  1. Preheat the slow cooker on low.
  2. Before you go to bed put the oats and milk into the slow cooker and give it a stir. Put the lid on and leave overnight.
  3. Chop the fresh fruit (see photo's above for how to decorate),
  4. Spoon the porridge into bowls, decorate as reindeer or snowman and drizzle with maple syrup.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 1 serving.
calories
315
fat (grams)
7
sat. fat (grams)
3
carbs (grams)
34
protein (grams)
13
sugar (grams)
12



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Panellets for La Castanyada


Traditional Catalan marzipan sweets called Panellets, made for La Castanyada Festival celebrated every year on October 31st.

Panellets for La Castanyada

La Castanyada is a Catalan folk festival celebrated on the 31st October every year to honour and remember the dead and also celebrate the arrival of Autumn. The Catalan Tourist Board challenged us to whip up some typical sweet delicacies that are eaten during the festival including these yummy panellets, which are traditionally made by children in local schools. Panellets are small sweets made from marzipan pastry and traditionally coated in pine nuts, although other toppings can be used like almonds and cocoa.

Panellets for La Castanyada

More on La Castanyada

The festival originated from an ancient burial ritual celebration where families gathered around the table to eat autumn fruits and other sweet meals as they remembered their deceased relatives. It is said the food helped the Campaners, or bell ringers, ring the church bells all night as they honoured the dead. Today it is also considered a celebration of Autumn and is a wonderful family festivity.
If you visit Catalunya around this time of year you’ll notice stalls selling hot toasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes traditionally wrapped in newspaper, called paperina.

The kids have already asked if we can go to Barcelona next year to join in the festivities!

Panellets for La Castanyada

Panellets

We were challenged to make two varieties of panellets, pine nut panellets and almond panellets and the recipe really couldn’t be simpler. The kids had great fun making them and are looking forward to eating them in the run up to Halloween over here. They are usually enjoyed with a sweet wine like Moscatel.

Panellets for La Castanyada


I love exploring regional festivals through food and the kids happily engaged in the making and eating of the panellets, whilst at the same time learning a little bit about the region of Catalunya. It's most definitely on our must visit soon list.

Panellets for La Castanyada


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PANELLETS RECIPE


Panellet
Sweets
Spanish
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Panellets

Traditional Catalan Panellets for La Castanyada
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:


  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 500g Ground Almonds
  • 3 Eggs
  • To Decorate
  • 200g Pine Nuts
  • 200g Almonds
  • 1 Egg

instructions


  1. Mix together the sugar and ground almonds in a large bowl then mix through the 3 eggs. Knead the dough until soft then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 200°c (180°fan).
  3. Roll the dough into small balls and coat with either the pine nuts of almonds and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  4. Brush with the egg mixture then bake in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

NOTES:

Calories are for 1 Panellet
calories
175
fat (grams)
12.3
sat. fat (grams)
1.1
carbs (grams)
13.4
protein (grams)
5.7
sugar (grams)
9.4


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Panellets for La Castanyada
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