Spicy Mac and Cheese
“I don’t like Mac & Cheese” said no-one ever. It is comfort food at it’s finest, add chillies and hot sauce to the mix and you’re going to have yourself a good a time!
I find the connection people make with food fascinating, how a meal with friends, infused with stories and laughter (booze usually helps too) can create a memory that each of those people will look back on forever. That we all crave certain types of food and how, for the most part, it is the same food we all crave. Time ran an article on the science behind comfort food, where they explain that we will seek it because it reminds us of our connections (commonly from our childhood) with others and makes us feel less alone. Which is as sad as it is true.
Another trend that so many of us seem to look for in food is spice. Those of us that love spice are addicted. Those that don’t eat spicy food will use phrases such as “I can’t handle spicy food but wish I could” or “I love spicy food but it doesn’t agree with me.” Spicy food has actually been proven to give humans relief by the endorphins that are released after the original ‘attack’ of heat – similar to the effects of a rollercoaster.
So basically, this recipe is actually… good… for… you? Yeah, maybe not – but it the perfect remedy for a cold wet day, a boring Sunday or the centre of an epic meal of gluttony and comfort. It is also just downright fun! When I make Mac ‘n’ Cheese I want to eat as much as possible – so served this one with a salad with roasted vine tomatoes and my Pickled Chillies!