Pasta with Cauliflower Cheese and Tuna; Girlie girls….

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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.

Sigh…..

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.

Pasta with Tuna and Cauliflower Cheese

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.

12 thoughts on “Pasta with Cauliflower Cheese and Tuna; Girlie girls….”

  1. Who has time to clean? It’s just going to get messed up and dirty again……loved the addition of caulflower tossed in here~

  2. Where do you get cheddar cheese, or did you actually substitute something else here?
    Mimolette looks a lot like cheddar, but Cantal supposedly tastes more like it.
    Cleaning (the house) is a dirtier word than ironing. There is always something much more interesting to do. I personally have detested pink and ruffles even when back in grade school, and I’ve been true to myself ever since!
    Unless the construction is finished (is it ever?), the fallout will just all come back. So what’s the point in wasting time on it in the first place? LOL!

  3. Jann, exactly… Wasted effort in my book!
    Sara, my take on the old Tuna Casserole, hehe!
    Azurienne, I can actually get British Cheddar here (wouldn’t you know…) As to ironing… I don’t; and, no, construction never ends.
    Natashya, and a glass of wine in front of a fire…

  4. I have known women who enjoyed house cleaning and I always sit right down with them to ask “_for_heaven’s_sake_,_why_??” Never got a convincing answer, however.

  5. You always crack me up! I’m with you about the cleaning and also about the mac ‘n cheese that looks awesome.
    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  6. Zoomie, I’ve never been able to figure it out, either!
    Ruth, if it would stay clean, fine….
    Penny, construction dust – know it well… I’ll go check, thank you ;-))
    Tanna, cleaning goes better with wine, too!
    Elizabeth – deal, my address is…

  7. Excellent!!! booking my flight now…
    (I made a variation of your macaroni and cheese last night, using broccoli instead of cauliflower. It probably wasn’t nearly as good as yours. Can’t wait to find out. See you soon!)

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