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Posts Tagged Cheese

Goat’s Cheese, Parmesan and Caramelised Onion Palmiers

Posted 28 February 2011 by
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Palmiers are so easy to make, but I haven’t tried savoury ones up until now. It took me about 5 seconds to decide what fillings to use – sweet caramelised onions, salty parmesan cheese and creamy goat’s cheese go so well together! These can be really simple, if you use ready-made puff pastry (obscenely easy if you use ready-rolled!), and you can use caramelised onions from a jar. Of course, if you’re looking to put a bit more effort into it (and get more credit!) you can make the puff pastry and caramelise the onions yourself. I think the tangy red onion chutney I made back in December would work a treat.

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Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Posted 18 January 2011 by
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It’s National Soup Month (in some other country) and to carry on the soup theme, I thought I’d try cauliflower cheese soup. I love cauliflower and am in complete disagreement with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who has long been known to slag it off (although nowadays I hear he has reformed). Yes, cauliflower can be a little bland mild, but I refer to think of its flavour as a subtle sweetness. It goes brilliantly with a sharp cheddar in cauliflower cheese so why not make a soup out of that comfort-food classic, to produce an even more soothing, nourishing dish? (You won’t even have to chew it!) This soup recipe is adapted from one by Richard Guest in Soup Kitchen.

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Comfort Food: Chicken and Cheese Pie

Posted 19 December 2010 by
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Comfort food’s a funny thing: everyone’s got their own take on it. I can understand counting sweet things as comfort food, or starchy dishes like pasta. I’ve always found it strange though that some people describe dishes like stews or casseroles as comfort food. I suppose it often has to do with what we associate with childhood, or home. For me, this is comfort food: the chicken and cheese pie (or turkey and cheese, depending on the season) that my mum always used to make. The recipe is adapted from one in All in One Cook Book by Stork & Oxo. I like to use a mixture of shortcrust and puff pastry; shortcrust on the bottom/sides of the pie, and puff pastry on the top. I especially love it when the puff pastry that’s in contact with the pie filling gets a bit soggy!

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Cheddar Cheese Loaf

Posted 13 December 2010 by
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This tasty cheese bread includes a good dose of mature cheddar cheese. I like cheddar as mature as you can get, so strong that it’s almost gritty in texture. For this loaf though, you could use whatever cheese you are partial to. I cobbled this bread recipe together after looking at several recipes in books as well as online, like this one for cheese batter bread from Tastes Like Home.

Closeup of cheddar cheese bread

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Nutmeg, Cream Cheese and White Chocolate Palmiers

Posted 8 December 2010 by
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These nutmeg, cream cheese and white chocolate palmiers were inspired by these palmiers from Cookin’ Canuck. I’ve never made palmiers before although I’ve wanted to for a while. They looked easy to make and they were really, although I might need a bit of practise at rolling the puff pastry up into the palmier shape. My finished specimens lacked visual finesse, but were very tasty. They weren’t as chocolatey as I imagined; the main flavours are the cream cheese and nutmeg.

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Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto

Posted 30 November 2010 by
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Really, this should be Risotto ai funghi e prezzemolo, but the prezzemolo means parsley, and this ain’t got none. This is a Jamie Oliver recipe, from Jamie’s Italy, and it’s fab. I’ve made it four or five times now, it may even become my “signature dish” as it were. Maybe. It’s takes a little bit of time. I did read that risotto is actually supposed to be a quick and easy  dinner for busy Italian mamas to cook up for their bambinos. I’ve not really got the quick and easy bit down, but it’s well worth the time and effort.

Mushroom and parmesan risotto

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Posted 14 November 2010 by
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Spaghetti alla Carbonara is a classic Italian dish with cheese, pancetta, black pepper and eggs. There are lots of Carbonara recipes on the internet, and several in my cookbooks. One thing seems certain: the seemingly more-authentically Italian recipes don’t include cream, deriving all the creaminess from the cheese & eggs. This is perfect comfort food for a chilly autumn Sunday evening; cheese, bacon, garlic—what’s not to love?! I say bacon as, being a last minute dinner idea on a Sunday night, I have no pancetta and no reasonable chance of getting any. So, bacon will have to suffice. Also, I have no pecorino, just parmesan. Still, I’m doing pretty well!

It looks quite yellow, I think they were particularly yellow eggs.

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