Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Mac And Cheese From Scratch

Today is the first day of Kindergarten for Alexander.  I can't imagine that he is going to be five at the end of this month.  I can remember my first day of school which is a long long time ago.  It was a very scary event for me  to be amongst strangers and to make matters worst, the nuns in The Convent wore black long outfits and in my tiny eyes, they were huge shadows towering over me.  My grandmother was the one who managed to bribe the nuns so that i can get admitted - The Convent admission priorty was for the catholics and the rich.  I can't blame them cos they needed donations to run the school and being a catholic school, therefore meant for catholics.  My grandmother had her ways of getting things done - i was to bring with me to school on my first day, a wicker basket which was my school bag and that was the fashion for girls at that era.  I did not have books yet but i did have somethings in my basket.  I had a Chinese Almanac and in between the pages, there was a sprig of chinese celery(kan choy), a stalk of green onions(choong) and a mirror.  Only later in my life did i find out what was the significance of all these contents.  The chinese celery which is 'kan choy' was to prepare me to be 'kan lek'/studious, the green onion which is 'choong'  will make me 'choong meng'/inteligent and the mirror, haping that i will have clarity to solve problems and questions answered.  Last but not least, the Chinese Almanac - it  is called 'Thoong Seng', it should give me the ability to understand anything put forth to me.  I did not put all these in Alexander's bag but  blessings and hopes were in my heart as i bid him 'goodbye'. 

While waiting for him to come home from school, i made him his and Renee's favorite - Mac and Cheese.


2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked, drained


MELT 3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat.

Whisk in flour; cook 2 min., stirring constantly.

Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly.

Add VELVEETA; cook 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.

Serve and enjoy. 


Aunt LoLo said...

Mmmm...looks good!

I've been experimenting with a new way to make mac n' cheese, using things I always have on hand - milk, cornstarch and cheddar cheese. It's really good, and comes together SUPER fast. Best part? One pot, just like making it from the little blue boxes.

MaryMoh said...

I have never made this dish. You made it sound so simple and easy to make. A lovely comfort food.

Anonymous said...

your a cool grandma i wish my grandma is kind and treat me like u do:)

Pete said...

Ahh, first day meal on first school day. I still remember the dishes my mom cooked for me that time!

Mary said...

Lily, I loved your story and the wishes you've carried forward for Alexander. The first day of school is a milestone for all children wherever they may be. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Mandy said...

Aunty Lily
My grandma did the same thing too...... I remembered the spring onion that was stuffed in my school bag on the first day of school!!! How nostalgic!

NikRek said...

Aunty Lily
My grandma did the same thing too...I remembered the spring onion that was stuffed in my school bag on the first day of school. How nostalgic!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This sound simple and good!

tazyspin said...

Hi Lily,

Is there any other cheese we can use? Not sure Singapore has this type of cheese.


lilyng said...


you can use cheddar cheese. my grandkids like velveeta better.

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