Showing posts with label Cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cheese. Show all posts

Monday, 19 May 2014

Mediterranean Vegetable Moussaka - National Vegetarian Week

As we all know the popular Greek dish moussaka traditionally uses lamb, but as it's the start of National Vegetarian week (19th May to 25th) I thought I'd give moussaka a go using just vegetables.  Let me tell you it was truly delicious and every bit as tasty.
To make slicing, peeling, chopping and measuring easier OXO Good Grips kindly sent me a lovely range of tools for the job.

  
First up this rather useful hand-held mandolin slicer enabled slicing potatoes into even slices a doddle. 


An aubergine was sliced and ready to cook in next to no time:


 The hand-head mandolin is easily adjusted by a simple slider on the side so you have a choice of three different thicknesses from approx 1mm to 5mm.  One thing I will say is personally I would have liked the slicer to have one more thicker setting than the max it has of about 5mm.  After use the blade is set to the lock position making it safe to store with the guard in place.

Next up, the Herb Mincer - a fantastic little gadget.  The top opens up to allow easy cleaning and it can go into the dishwasher if you wish.  Safe to use since your fingers aren't near the blade when using.  It chops herbs in seconds just by rolling back and forth and comes with a blade guard for safety when storing. 


 Scrubbing vegetables is once again made easy with this comfortable to hold Vegetable Brush - I didn't need to scrub my potatoes as I was about to peel them for this recipe.


 The OXO Good Grips Y-Peeler is the very fellow for this - nice thin slices means there's no wasted veg:


  How many times have you gone to measure out a teaspoons of spice from a jar to find your measuring spoon will not fit the jar?   These slim measuring spoons are brilliant and the teaspoon easily fits into these slim spice jars that many of us I'm sure have in our cupboards.


All in all each of these products are of good quality as always from OXO Good Grips and you can find out more over at the OXO Good Grips website.  All products shown above are dishwasher safe.

  Now with my recipe!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Feta and Red Chilli Stuffed Naan

Okay this isn't exactly a traditional filling for naan bread but I fancied making something different.  After the success of my Peshwari naan and since I had some feta along with a green bell pepper in the fridge in need of using up, Feta and Red Chilli Naan seemed the way to go.


Never mind that it's naan bread, it makes a nice change from ordinary bread and can be served with whatever you fancy.  Once you've made your dough, stuffing it is easy to do and you can experiment with different fillings to suite your taste.   

A Quick Word on Yeast:
You really need to use Dried Active Yeast for hand baking and not Easy Bake or Fast Action.  Easy bake yeast is suited to bread machine and you will not get the same result.
How do I know these things?  Because I made this mistake in the past and my naan turned out horrid and hard!  

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mexican-Style Coleslaw - Easy Recipe

Add a little spice to your life with this Mexican-style coleslaw!  Of course you can make it more or less spicy to suit your taste and it's ideal to serve at a BBQ or just as a change instead of regular coleslaw. 


Of course if you happen to have too much time on your hands you can make your own mayonnaise but I'm afraid I don't, and in any case I say good old Hellmann's mayo is the way to go.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Shropshire Blue Welsh Rarebit Recipe

Shropshire Blue Welsh Rarebit is of course perfect for topping toasted bread which is more on the traditional side. But, it's also totally delicious spooned over a hot jacket potato.  The addition of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce adds a lovely warming tang to any variation of the a Welsh rarebit recipe. 


As long as you use a nice strongish tasting cheese it will do the job, you can use Stilton or of course a nice extra matured Cheddar, any cheeses in that category that takes your fancy should be good.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflés - Easy to Make Recipe

 These Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflés are so very easy to make and are great for a lovely light lunch or a starter course.  
But it has to be said, using Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar really gives them a truly fantastic flavour.  


The Barber family have been making cheese at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833.
Matured for a minumum of 24 months provides a cheddar that is powerfully intense and has an exceptional depth of flavour.  It has a slightly brittle and crunchy texture that is a result of it's long and slow ageing.
 
Having recently been very kindly invited to the BBC Good Food Show to meet Daniel Barber.  Having now tasted this amazing Cheddar, as far as I'm concerned there's noting else out there like it.  Seriously, any cheese lover would be totally hooked on Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar.

Where to Buy:
  The good news is, you can either buy it from Barber's in their online shop or it can be found in Sainsbury's Waitrose and Morrisons stores.  

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tomato and Pepper Tart with Chilli Jam and Goats Cheese

So very easy to make and without any fancy cooking skills involved, this tart not only looks good, it tastes good too!


Of course ready made pastry is the way to go.
Personally I'm a big fan of Jus-Rol and for this I used their puff pastry.
The chilli jam I used is the brand 'Le Mesurier', I love their whole range of chutneys and relishes.

Foil Baked Salmon with Peppers Tomatoes and Feta

 What a fantastic colour Norwegian salmon is, rich red flesh and defined flakes.
It has a lovely rich flavour too and having been sent some to try I can honestly say this salmon is good stuff. 

 
 Sustainably harvested from strictly regulated farms spread throughout the country’s extensive coastal sea-waters, salmon from Norway is in year-round supply and is enjoyed in over 100 countries worldwide.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Great British Cheese

National Cheese Week (7th to 15th September) is aimed at bringing awareness to the huge range of fantastic cheeses we have here in the UK. 
Some of the best cheeses are produced by small-scale artisan producers.

 
All of the products mentioned in this post including more Great British Artisan Cheeses can be delivered to your door by the Handpicked Food Store.

Pictured above is Farleigh Wallop by Alex James:
Farleigh Wallop’s log shape makes it easy to slice and grill. The Farleigh Wallop is rolled in thyme, and adds great flavour to the already full flavoured creamy goats cheese with a deliciously sharp bite.  
This cheese is so very moreish and I'd seriously go as far as saying one of the best goats cheeses I've ever tasted.

The cheese teamed up perfectly with Miller's Damsels - Charcoal handbaked wafers made from 100% unbleached stoneground wholemeal flour.  Topped with Fig Fruit Puree from The Fine Cheese Co.  Both figgy as you would expect and jammy.  Since it contains high levels of concentrated fruit you really only need a small amount and is especially good with goats cheese. 

 I love some of the names British cheeses have, here are just a few:
Swaledale Old Peculiar - a hard cheese that when being produced is soaked in Theakston's Old Peculiar Ale.

Perl Las Organic - this cheese came about when a selection of mature Caerffili became naturally blue and has a strong but delicate taste.

Lancashire Strong Bomb - a creamy Lancashire cheese matured for 24 months. I have tried this before and it's excellent.

Cotswold Blue Brie by Simon Weaver - a Blue-veined brie with a rich creamy texture.

What's your favorite British Cheese?

Many thanks to Claire at The Handpicked Food Store for sending me the lovely cheese, biscuits and fig puree to try.

 All opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.  I only ever post reviews on products I like the look of, and therefore would buy myself.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Easy Cheesy Chilli Pasta Bake - Leftover Recipe

When I make chilli con carne I always make too much, but not to fuss it doesn't get wasted.  Just pop any you have leftover into a nice clean tub and freeze.  When you want a quick dinner all you have to do it defrost and reheat, of course it must be piping hot.


Or you can do as I did, preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Cook some pasta in salted water as packet instructions - I used spiral shaped pasta but of course you can use whatever shape you fancy.  Drain the pasta and stir through your chilli.  Put the lot into an oven proof dish, top with a mixture Mozzarella and Cheddar and sprinkle over some paprika, cover with a lid or foil till it's heated through.  Remove the cover in the last 10 minutes or so till the cheese is golden and bubbling.  
Serve with a side salad and enjoy.

You can find my recipe for Chilli con Carne here.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Family and Friends Mexican-themed Fun Night In

For a quick and easy meal, tacos or tortillas make a great dinner the whole family will enjoy.  But how about holding a Mexican-themed dinner party for family and friends?
Mexican food is vibrant, colourful and tasty and can mostly be prepared in advance.  There's no need for any fancy cooking equipment or amazing cooking skills, making it the ideal choice for a fun night in. 
 
Meat, Chicken or Vegetarian?
Minced beef, thinly sliced beef and chicken are all good choices.  For vegetarians or for anyone wanting to try to eat less meat, Old el Paso have a seriously great recipe for spicy bean and cheese vegetarian burger tacos – now how good do they sound?!   All you need is their Stand and Stuff Dinner kit which includes the spice mix.  To make the burgers you just need cheese, breadcrumbs, kidney beans and pinto beans, red and green bell pepper, an egg and some freshly chopped coriander.  Shredded lettuce is good for serving and the whole meal can be made in 20 minutes.


Another idea - Quesadillas:
Not only do they look good but they take minutes to make.
First prepare your ingredients, chopping and slicing. Pop a soft corn or flour tortilla into a really hot frying pan and top with your choice of filling.  Add another tortilla on top like a sandwich, turn to cook the other side and serve.


Tortillas, Tacos or Wraps?
A hard decision to make, purely because there are so many choices available in the supermarket these days!  Do you fancy crispy crunchy tortillas, flour tortillas, wholewheat tortillas or a lovely soft floury wrap?  Fajitas are great and of course you can make them really mild for anyone that’s not too keen on spice and kids love them.


Once you’ve made a choice, you can fill your tacos, tortillas or wraps with meat and vegetables or just veg. 

Salads and other bits and bobs:
Sliced bell peppers in any colour you fancy, onions, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and in my opinion, grated cheese as far as I'm concerned is a must!
 Dips, salsas, sour cream and guacamole can be bought from the shop ready prepared.

Drinks:
Tequila sunrise is great since it’s so colourful and of course you can make a non-alcoholic version for the kids using pineapple.  Or what about Mojito which always goes down well. 

Whatever you decide to serve, enjoy your relaxed night in!  
 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

American Hot Pizza Pie - Jamie Oliver

Jamie's latest book titled 'Save with Jamie' is aimed at shopping smart, cooking clever and having less waste.  With 120 money saving meals there's bound to be loads you will want to make.  Covering a wide range of lovely ingredients you'll find recipes to suit every-ones taste. 

 
The TV series to accompany the book 'Jamie's Money Saving Meals' currently showing on Monday nights on Channel 4 in the UK.

I've just had a go at making the American Hot Pizza Pie and the recipe was easy to follow and since the recipe makes four good sized pizzas so you can cook one or two and freeze the others before the cooking stage.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Raclette Dinner Party - Recipe Ideas

 Okay, I know Raclette grills have been about for ages, and I've always wanted one, but since our house is already overrun with more kitchen gadgets than you can shake a stick at, I've controlled myself from buying one.....till last week that is.
   Oh my goodness they are such fun and I say everyone should rush out and get one immediately!  Relaxed and sociable eating along with drinking, a raclette meal can still be going on hours later.  What can be nicer than cooking your own meal at the table, picking and choosing for yourself just what you fancy?

    
Whoa, I've just noticed that cheese is missing from the table, I must have brought it out after the pictures - and in case you're wondering about drink....yes the wine hadn't got to the table at this point either!

The only slight problem I need to overcome is there isn't enough room at the table for anymore people once it's filled with the grill and all the food!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Htipiti - Greek Feta Cheese and Pepper Spread Recipe

So, you've just got back from a lovely holiday in Greece and now feel the need to make that truly delicious (and very moreish) Feta cheese dip you had there?


Well it's seriously easy to make and there's nothing fancy involved.
A good few years ago I wanted to know how to make it and of course I found Peter's recipe over at Kalofagas and I've made it regularly ever since - but a word of warning, it is addictive!

So all you need to do is put equal amounts of proper Greek Feta cheese and Ricotta into a bowl and mash along with a little olive oil with a fork till smooth.  100g of each make a reasonable amount of dip for 2 to 4 people.
Pierce a banana pepper or chilli pepper (so it doesn't explode) and then roast the pepper or peppers depending on how much dip you want to make, over a flame until they are charred.  Pop them into a plastic bag to cool.  The skins can then be removed easily along with the seeds.  Add the chopped pepper to the cheese mixture until you have the heat required - you can make it as hot as you like or not, it's up to you.
 Finally drizzle with olive oil and serve.
  

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Quesadillas from Weight Watchers Supper Club app

Weight Watchers have launched a really good Supper Club app on FaceBook.  There's a great range of recipes that are easy to make and don't cost much either but more importantly they are healthy and look delicious too.
The easy to follow Weight Watchers ProPoints plan means that being on a diet doesn't have to mean eating boring food. 


 It's very easy to browse the recipes - just pop over to the Weight Watchers Supper Club app and at the top of the page select 'Browse Recipes' where you'll find this recipe and many more.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Baked Fig and Goats Cheese with Parma Ham

This is one seriously delicious combination - tangy warm goat cheese, sweetness from the baked fig and a slight saltiness from the Parma ham.
 Oh yes, this is just perfect as a starter for any good dinner party.


Easy to make and no need for any fancy equipment - just a non-stick baking sheet or very shallow tray.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Our Wedding Anniversary - Big Night In

Yes indeed, staying in is the new going out!  
These days, everything seems to be getting more and more expensive and whilst it is nice to go out, it can also be just as good to stay in.  With no taxis to pay for, no tips and no need to get all dressed up, you can totally relax and have a great time.
Having been set a challenge by MoneySupermarket to have a Big Night In for £50 since our wedding anniversary is in a few days time, I decided to cook up a right nice semi-posh Dinner Party for Two.


The Starter;
I kept everything simple, Baked Fig and Goat's Cheese with Parma ham, a few leaves and balsamic glaze.

Next up was the Main Course;
Fillet Steak Bois Boudrin with Homemade Thick Cut Potato Wedges.  The bois boudrin is so very easy to make, it literally takes 2 minutes and since it should be made in advance that's all the better for a no-fuss dinner party. 


My Strawberry, White Chocolate and Vanilla (no-bake) Cheesecake is an absolute doddle to make and can even be made the day before. However I wouldn't add the strawberry halves, which also act as portion control, anymore than a few hours before serving - just so they don't leak their lovely juice over your cheesecake.
   

Oh by the way, we didn't eat the whole 12 portion cheesecake last night, but I expect without too much effort, Paul will finish most of that off today!


My Top Tips for a Stress Free Dinner Party;
Prepare everything that can be prepared in advance, and that includes laying the table.


That way you too can join in the fun and enjoy the evening with a glass or two of wine - Cheers everyone!

Bargain BIG Night in for under £50!

Starter
Goat's cheese portions £2.56
Fresh figs £2.00
Few slices of Parma Ham £2.00
Salad leaves £1.00

Main
Two Fillet Steaks £15.58
Bois Boudrin is almost impossible to cost accurately as most ingredients are in such small quantities but the main ingredient is the Piccolini tomatoes cost £1.59 plus a lemon at 39p 
Potatoes for the wedges £1.00

Dessert (which serves 12 people)
300g Hobnob Biscuits for the base £1.39
500g Mascarpone cheese £3.00
200g Lindit White Chocolate with Vanilla £3.00
Strawberries £2.50

Drinks:
3 bottles of wine for £12.00 in Asda and after our dinner party we still have a bottle spare!

Entertainment:
Absolutely Free - we talked......Do you remember this, do you remember that?!
By the way, that all adds up to the bargain price of £48.01
    
 This is a sponsored post for MoneySupermarket who funded our big night in.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Boursin Black Pepper Cheese Portions

Boursin have now launched Black Pepper flavour portions to their delicious range of cheeses alongside Garlic and Herb portions.
Sold in boxes of six individually wrapped cheeses which is great for portion control and to keep them nice and fresh.
 

 I'm already a huge fan of Boursin and I love the lightly cracked peppercorn flavour which goes so well with the rich and creamy cheese.  A quick word of warning - they are very moreish!  Simply spread on a cracker or two and I'm happy, but then again the garlic & herb portions are in my opinion far too nice!

Quick recipe idea!
 Both flavours of course are ideal for snacking or taking on a picnic, but what about using them as a filling to make an easy chicken roulade?

Just flatten out skinless chicken fillets, spread one side with any Boursin cheese flavour you fancy, roll up like a cigar and trim the ends to make tidy or tuck underneath like a parcel.  Wrap the chicken in Pancetta and bake in a pre-heated oven 200C/400F of Gas 6  for about 25 minutes or so until the chicken is cooked through.

Thank you to Boursin, Sarah and Kirsty for sending me some lovely cheese to review.
 All opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.  I only ever post reviews on products I like the look of, and therefore would buy myself.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Spicy Stuffed and Roasted Butternut Squash

This is so easy there really isn't any need for a recipe.  Sweet soft butternut with a nice spicy heat from the harissa paste - that alone is delicious, but add tomatoes and the salty tang of feta and you're in for a treat. 
  

 If you're cooking this for vegetarian's just make sure the feta is suitable.  The brand 'Yamas' is vegetarian.

Friday, 14 June 2013

The Laughing Cow Cheese Triangles - Now with Emmental

The Laughing Cow has added a new flavour to its light range of cheese triangles, Laughing Cow Light is now available with Emmental. 
 Made with real Emmental cheese and Laughing Cow Light, is tasty and really creamy but even better it's low in calories at just 25 per triangle.  


The Laughing Cow Light with Emmental is the latest addition to the Light family.  Available now in Tesco and Asda in 128g round boxes of eight triangles - you'll find them on shelf with the cheese spreads.

Perfect Snacking Cheese:
These cheesy triangles are perfect for popping into a lunch box or taking on a picnic.  Spread over crackers or use as a smooth and creamy sandwich filling, personally I like to eat one with an apple. 
 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Moroccan Style Butternut with Spiced Tomatoes and Feta

Soft sweet butternut with harissa spiced tomato sauce along with tangy feta and crunchy pumpkin seeds.  Oh yes, this is good food.
In my opinion Marks and Spencer are simply the best for their fantastic and top quality range of food.
After spying this dish from their recent 'Dine in for Two' menu, I had to have a go at making it.


I made the sauce from tinned cherry tomatoes and added rose harissa, oregano and a splash of sherry vinegar along with a couple of other bits and bobs.  Of course you can find the recipe if you continue reading.

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