First, we have a supercharged Mac and Cheese! This is an intensely satisfying dish. Mac and cheese is a classic, but we added a few delicious veggies to make it the ultimate side dish for Thanks Giving or the main event for a night in.

Serves 2-4 (either as a die dish or a stand alone meal)

For the cheese sauce:
25g butter
25g plain flour
250ml whole milk
1 fresh bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon of chilli
Large pinch of salt
100g grated strong hard cheese

To assemble:
200g macaroni pasta
200g brown mushrooms
100g brussels sprouts, quartered
70g bacon, cubed

50g fresh breadcrumbs
40g grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves

Preheat the oven to 200C
To make the sauce:
Place the butter in a sauce pan and melt
Once it is bubbling, add the plain flour, salt, chilli and bay leaf and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes
Take off the heat and gradually stir in the milk
Pop back on the heat and keep stirring until little sauce has thickened, add the cheese and melt, leave to one side
Cook your pasta and combine with the sauce
Slice and fry off your mushrooms
Once they are starting to brown add brussels sprouts and bacon
Fry for another 2-3 minutes and stir into the pasta
Pour into a baking dish,
Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle liberally on top of the mac and cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until piping hot and golden brown.

The second dish is definitely inspired by Thanks giving. Marshmallows do bring a fun texture and flavour to this dish that will delight guests of all ages.

You will need
1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
2 tablespoons ricotta
100ml milk
Handful of pecans
6-7 large marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 200C
Combine the potatoes in a bowl with the milk, cumin, mustard, salt and ricotta and make sure the potatoes are well coated in the spices
Layer the potatoes in a baking dish, cover with a baking foil and bake for 40 minutes or until a cutlery knife slides through easily
Top with the marshmallows and pecans and bake for another few minutes until the marshmallows are starting to melt and turn golden
Enjoy as a side dish