Here’s a new recipe from chef Chantelle Nicholson @Apricity – the Ultimate Mac ‘n’ (Kim)cheese.

Striking the right balance of rich creamy pasta with a kick of spice and crunchy texture of Jongga kimchi, this mac ‘n’ cheese is the perfect winter warmer as the nights draw colder (it’s also recently become a permanent fixture on the Apricity menu due to its popularity).

Mac ‘n’ (Kim)cheese

Serves 4


  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g butter
  • 300g milk
  • 200g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Table salt
  • 250g Jongga Kimchi, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (flat leaf or curly)
  • 325g dried macaroni (or similar shape)


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Slice the leaves off the cauliflower and set aside.
  • Break half of the cauliflower into small florets.
  • Chop the remaining cauliflower into small pieces.
  • Take the spine out of the leaves, and finely chop these also. Set the leaves aside.
  • Place the cauliflower florets into a baking tray.
  • Drizzle over the vegetable oil and season with salt.
  • Pop into the oven for 12-15 minutes until a deep golden brown.
  • For the last 5 minutes, add the leaves and cook until crispy.
  • Turn the oven off.
  • Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a high heat.
  • Once bubbling, add the chopped cauliflower and leaf spines.
  • Season well with salt and cook until a deep golden brown, for approximately 12-15 minutes.
  • Add the milk and turn the heat down to low.
  • Allow to simmer for 5 minutes then pop in a blender and blitz until silky smooth.
  • Scrape out into a bowl and add half of the cheese, stirring until melted.
  • Add the Jongga Kimchi and parsley and pop back into the saucepan to keep warm.
  • Cook the macaroni as per the packet instructions, drain well.
  • Turn your oven onto fan grill.
  • Mix the cooked macaroni into the cauliflower purée and heat through.
  • When bubbling, gently mix in the cooked cauliflower florets.
  • Place the entire mix into a casserole and top with the crispy leaves and remaining cheese.
  • Grill until golden and bubbling.