Archive | April 2012

No Bake Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese

I think the last time I had Mac and Cheese was when I was in a school cafeteria, at least five years ago.  It’s not really a dish that’s served in Hong Kong – it’s more likely to be found as a pasta dish with a creamy sauce that combines five different cheeses.

So on Saturday night, I attempted to make a no-bake mac and cheese dish from this recipe. I’m still a beginner chef when it comes to savoury foods, so I figured I would modify the recipe and use cheaper cheese options. The result was fabulous, with a sauce that wasn’t too creamy or too cheesy. I skipped the cornstarch for a runnier texture as well as the bread crumbs to keep cooking time under 30 minutes and served up a simple dish of veggies on the side.

Easy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe – modified ingredients
2 cups of elbow macaroni
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of milk
1.5 cups of Cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 cup of Gruyere cheese (sliced as I couldn’t find my grater)

Sometimes: Remember Eczema Doesn’t Define You

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The weather in Hong Kong has been rainy, rainy, rainy and the past few weeks have seen several scary thunderstorms. The change in weather hasn’t helped my eczema at all. I find I gravitate to this blog when my eczema gets bad and when it gets better, I move on to pretty and happier things, like my Pinterest, which I add to daily, as well as a home interior and food blogs (you can take a look at some of them, I’ve added a blogroll section).

I’ve been looking back to the beginnings of this blog and I’m trying to remember how I managed to stay so upbeat about the skin condition. I feel the worst in the summers (I think… or maybe it’s in the winter during a super dry spell) because the heat means there’s no covering up my skin. It’s embarrassing. And I always want to question the Gods, WHY, WHY, WHY do I have to have eczema? I get jealous of other girls, who are natural and pretty and seem to put in zero effort to maintain their looks. Lack of sleep doesn’t make them flare up or break out. Too much of sweet / spicy / salty / flavoured / insert-allergy-triggering-foods-here foods don’t cause them to break a sweat, and their skin certainly doesn’t angry just because they forgot to moisturize once or twice. I feel awful about myself and that my body can’t handle the same stress.

It’s the first question I ask when I’m fed up of trying to ignore an itch, wishing the whole itchy drama would stop or figuring out an appropriate fashion combo to cover up my rashes. WHY do I have eczema? But the thing is – it’s a question that everyone asks at some point. Why do I have to be fat? Why do I have to be short? Why did I have to get cancer? Why am I unpopular? Whatever the problem is, you can be sure that someone has it.

The truth is that life isn’t perfect – for anyone. And often times it’s just important to remember and appreciate the things you DO have – I appreciate that I have a good job, that I’m able to travel the world and soak up different sights and cultures, that I don’t have any other major health problems, that I have great relationships with my family and friends. Sometimes, when your eczema gets you down, you just have to remember – life doesn’t actually suck so bad. It could be much worse.