Kirstin: I realised today when I was making this that I subliminally wanted to make an Italian version of this.
Tom: What do you mean?
Kirstin: I used pancetta instead of bacon because I forgot to buy any and I almost used mozzarella instead of cheddar.
Tom: Well, it was yum. Macaroni cheese can be all liquify and gooey. But this was more like frittata — it was just the crispy bits.
Phil: I thought it was very nice indeed. Very savoury.
Tom: The addition of bacon or pancetta was brilliant. I don’t it’s a proper meal unless there’s meat.
Kirstin: I made it this morning because I had to go out to buy stuff to develop film. So I’ve been driving round south London with lots of chemicals in the car. But I knew I could slam this in the oven when I’d done the school run and the swimming and all the rest of it.
Tom: The film processing! I haven’t done that since 1994. But I remembered how to do it.
Kirstin: And now you are off to play the drums with Nick and Phil, which you haven’t done since 1994 either. Are we regressing? I even put on Prefab Sprout…
Tom: Well, I like the combination. Macaroni cheese, HC-110 developer, Zildjian cymbals.
Kirstin: I was making dinner and putting out wine, while you were mixing your chemical potions.
Tom: I least I didn’t pour the wine into the film tank.
Kirstin: There is that. And I would like to add that it’s difficult to make macaroni cheese look as yummy as it tasted. Somehow Lucas has managed it in its book, but I struggled. That said, would you like me to make this again?
Tom and Phil: Yes please!