Ingredients :

1.2 litres whole milk
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
5-10 cloves
4 fresh bay leaves
½ tsp cracked black peppercorns
100g butter, plus extra for greasing
90g plain flour
500g macaroni
500g de-rinded, well-flavoured hard cheese (see Know-how), coarsely grated
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp English or Dijon mustard
6 tbsp double cream
50g coarse, day-old white breadcrumbs

For the salad :

100g streaky bacon or pancetta, thinly sliced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp cider vinegar
½ tsp maple syrup
4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
150g mixed leaves, such as baby spinach, watercress and rocket

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