Who out there likes to clean?
Come on, be honest….
I actually knew someone once, my neighbor in Andorra, who loved to clean. She preferred cleaning her house to walking in the mountains or going to the market or working in the garden or cooking.
I prefer cleaning my house to having extensive dental work done… But, only just barely.
Of course, my Andorran neighbor’s house was spotless. Maybe I’d like cleaning a spotless house.
Mine usually needs a first go with a shovel.
And my Andorran neighbor was a ‘girlie’ girl.
I’ve been referred to as a bitch and a witch; I’ve been told I have brass balls and a killer instinct; I was given a copy of “Leadership Skills of Attila the Hun” by my employees… And asked if I wrote it….
I have never, ever, been referred to as a ‘girlie’ girl.
If I liked wearing pink ruffles would I also like to clean?
Is this how they got the plot for the ‘Stepford Wives’?
Did I tell you that I cleaned my kitchen today?
It wouldn’t be so bad if there wasn’t an inch thick coating of dirt and dust on every surface. It’s like living in a construction site!
Oh wait, I am living in a construction site.
I scrubbed and washed every single thing in my kitchen. All I can say is thank you to mon mari for not letting my unpack more stuff!
And, mon mari…. If you’re listening…. No more power tools in the kitchen!!!!
I have, over the past few years seen many an ode to Mac & Cheese on American food blogs.
On British food blogs they sing the praises of Cauliflower Cheese.
I pride myself on being international.
Speaking of international, go take a look at all of the wonderful pasta dishes from around the world at Presto Pasta Nights. This weeks’ host is Ruth, of Once Upon A Feast, the founder and archivist of this event. She’ll have the recap on April 3.
cauliflower, 1/3-1/2 of a small head
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup milk
2 tbs Dijon mustard
1 cup (4oz, 125gr) shredded cheddar cheese
9oz (270gr) tuna
1 1/4 cups medium pasta
Heat a large pot of water to boiling over high heat. Add a pinch of salt if desired. (No oil) Cut cauliflower into florets. When water is boiling add pasta and cauliflower. Cook until both are done – assuming app. 11 minutes cooking time. If your pasta takes longer, wait a few minutes before adding the cauliflower….or vice versa.
Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add flour and stir constantly until hot. Slowly add chicken stock, stirring to combine and thicken. When smooth, start adding milk and continue to stir until heated through. Stir in mustard and cheese. Heat just until cheese is melted. Drain tuna and put into a large pasta bowl, breaking it up with a fork. When pasta and cauliflower are done, drain and add to tuna. Toss lightly to mix then pour cheese sauce over. Toss to combine and serve.
I would like to add that I would enjoy cleaning a lot more if it lasted.
Once a year would work for me. I could get into that.