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e cooks: buttermilk fried chicken & macaroni and cheese

Another Sunday, another indulgent food fest.

This time, it was in the comfort of our own home. E wore his chef’s hat again and got to work in the kitchen for quite the feast.

We had been especially healthy throughout the week, so he thought we should just go all out and do this the American way – fried chicken and mac n’ cheese.

Of course, I did the reasonable wife thing – “No dear, we can’t have both deep fried meat and cheese covered carbs in one meal.”

I definitely did not say, “Ohhh and what would be for dessert?”

…anyway, he used his beloved Thomas Keller’s books Ad Hoc (for the chicken) and Bouchon (for the macaroni gratin), but you can find the recipes here and here.

The fried chicken recipe isn’t your standard, straight-forward option – you have to brine the chicken to season it perfectly, which has to be done at least 6 hours in advance. And the macaroni gratin is definitely not anything close to your Kraft box – it’s a fancy pants one with flavourful Mornay sauce and a very rich and deep taste (and very addictive).

Overall, it was a big success – and it was far too dangerous to keep the leftovers at home, so we gave them to our friends for their dinner. Always a good trick if you want to be nice to your friends and to your waistline!

I was officially the sous-chef, but unless sous-chefs are supposed to abandon their jobs in order to shove the camera in the chef’s face/hands/food, I’m probably fired by now.

I did make great virgin Mojitos though (lime juice, mint, a squirt of Agave nectar), so maybe that makes up for it?

p.s. yes, I took a page out of Honest Burgers’ book and picked up some colourful paper straws. They are pretty magical.

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  • Reply Caroline M

    That looks absolutely yummy! Can I pop round for dinner? :)Caroline xCocktails and Caroline

    April 5, 2014 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Brittny

    That looks delicious!! I may definitely have to try that some night when we're missing food from home. :)Brittnywww.awrittenjourney.com

    April 5, 2014 at 7:48 am
  • Reply kylie

    That looks so good – but probably not a good idea to be reading this blog post so early in the morning before breakfast!!

    April 5, 2014 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Tamsin Lim

    That macaroni cheese looks incredible – I want a recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚ You're a lucky girl to have such a fab chef for a husband! Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

    April 5, 2014 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Ice Pandora

    *drooools* even though I am a vegetarian, thismust taste great c: What a chef your man is!And your virgin mojito sounds delish! Xx

    April 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Dina Farmer

    So when are you going to make a cook book! Holy cow you put my photography to shame!!! You are so amazing! I didn't even bother to read the post I was so distracted by the wonderful imagery!

    April 6, 2014 at 3:56 am
  • Reply Margo @ gutenblog yall!

    Since I'm on a wedding diet right now I'm going to have to ask you from refrain from posting anymore recipes like this. I nearly cried when I saw your instagram picture yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Really though – looks amazing! I really want to setup shop for awhile in your kitchen.

    April 6, 2014 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Bridget

    Oh wow. What a meal!B xx

    April 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Angie SilverSpoon

    Great post and gorgeous photos!! Ha I'm also on my wedding diet and being careful too!!Lots of love,Angie SilverSpoon London

    April 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Jane

    oh my gosh that looks so good. we do that too — eat well during the week and give ourselves a treat over the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    Can I just sayโ€ฆ this looks IMMENSE! Another great food plate from E. <3 x

    April 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Omg you guys are TOO MUCH I freaking LOVE when you post about the amazing things you cook at home! I loled at those things you definitely said/didn't say…I would DEFINITELY have done the same ;] Both of those dishes and the drinks look amazing, I'm hungry haha.

    April 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Sharlynn Ng

    This looks sooo delicious! I haven't made a chicken crusted baked/fried dish in sooo long! I totally want some battered and spiced chicken right now! And that Mac and cheese bake is sooo mouth watering, I'd sit down and eat half of that by myself!

    April 8, 2014 at 2:06 am
  • Reply Tash

    My mouth is watering, the combination of the food itself and your gorgeous photography is just too much haha! Why is it that the unhealthy meals have to be so delicious. Very jealous of you having such an awesome chef to hand ๐Ÿ™‚ http://thelittlehappys.blogspot.com xx

    April 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Kelven

    That looks absolutely delicious. Southern food is amazing and fried chicken, when done properly has to be one of the top comfort foods I have ever had.

    April 12, 2014 at 10:58 am
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