Tuesday, October 04, 2016

4. Hamburgers and Mac and Cheese -- #Write31Days

This week I'm in a series of meetings that last three days and go from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We do have a siesta break in between.  And today we went until 6:30 p.m.  So meals this week are all about simple and quick.

I made hamburgers.  Neither John nor I care that much about having hamburger buns, so we usually just have hamburgers.  My dad taught me how to make what he called "bread-burgers" in which you put bread to stretch the meat further.  So sometimes I use a piece of bread which you get slightly wet with water and then work into the meat.  Or I use bread-crumbs which is what I did tonight.


Well, as you know, I live in Niger, so I can't just go to the store and buy breadcrumbs, though on occasion I have seen them and have bought them. 

 

But it's pretty easy for me to take stale bread, throw it in my food processor, whirl it into fine crumbs, spread the crumbs on a pan and let them dry.  



Nine months of the year here it's pretty dry, so they'll air dry super fast.  If it's humid, I put them under the ceiling fan.  I had made these crumbs a few days ago, so I had them ready for my hamburgers.  I also added salt and garlic powder then fried them in just a tiny bit of oil.

I make my macaroni and cheese without a recipe, so I can't share my secret recipe with you.  I boil the macaroni and then make a white sauce.  I just guess the amounts of butter and flour, then stir in milk to the right consistency and add salt and paprika.  At the very end I stir in the cheese.  I actually don't use that much cheese, either.  Then I bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes.

I don't know if my kids have changed their minds, but growing up, this was the only kind of mac and cheese they'd eat.  If I tried to serve boxed mac and cheese they turned their noses up at it.

I used tinned beets for a vegetable and we were ready to eat.  And yes, ketchup is good on mac and cheese!

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