I love macaroni pie.
Or I did.
It changes daily.
Do you know macaroni? When trinis talk about macaroni they mean the long thick straight noodles.
Macaroni pie will be different in different houses.
So, you boil the macaroni and then drain.
Put it back in the pot with eggs, cheese, milk, seasonings, mustard and anything else that’s normal for you.
Then you put it in a greased dish (casserole? baking tray? brownie tray?) and top it with cheese or butter or crushed biscuits or something and then you bake until it’s good and ready and set.
Cut it and eat it with some good stew chicken and you have a good meal.
Now before you ask all the questions like, bake how long, put how much eggs? cheese? milk etc…maybe you should read this article from the Caribbean Beat magazine.
I read it last September on a BWIA flight to/from Guyana.
I found it hilarious.
I wondered about the author of the article as in when did she leave Trinidad.
Basically, it’s an article written by a Trinidadian living in New Jersey who all of a sudden had a craving for good home cooked food, i.e. macaroni pie.
But she had no clue how to make it. So she got a recipe from her Tantie.
Well she got waylaid by a few things, milk and cheese and her new low-carb way.
She didn’t know what kind of milk to use. She wondered about half and half and other such things. Man! As a trini, I didn’t know what half and half was. I never saw it before I went away. I still am not really sure what it is.
She also didn’t know how much cheese to put.
Well, it’s been said in our house, when you think you put enough cheese, put more. It’s a rule for both macaroni and cheese and macaroni pie.
But what really totally amazed me is her trying to figure out what kind of cheese to use. In T&T we didn’t really get a whole lot of different cheeses. I remember we lived without cheese for awhile too because we couldn’t get halaal cheese. All we had was cheddar cheese so it could really only be cheddar! (there were restrictions, we got cream cheese once in a while so it was a real treat when we travelled!)
So, she used swiss because it was healthy.
swiss in my macaroni pie?
She must’ve moved when she was really young.
I really felt for her! :)
But seriously..cheddar cheese!
I love macaroni pie.
I don’t eat it as often now for some TMI reasons.
Some people put meat in it…like minced beef…ewwwww! :(
Anywayz this is all an introduction for bajan macaroni pie! :)