Mac and Cheese

Hi everyone, as I’m writing this post the weather is pretty gloomy and I’ve just eaten my dinner so I thought I would type up the recipe. When the weather is dull I always enjoy something warm and filling and this mac and cheese was just perfect. This recipe was inspired by Carbs by Laura Goodman but I’ve made many adaptations and put my own spin on it. I opted to use rice milk as a substitute and to cut out some of the dairy, also the drop of chilli has the slightest spicy taste which I love. This recipe goes really well with kale and peas, which is how I ate it.

Recipe: Mac and Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients

170g macaroni

30g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk

90g mature cheese

drop of chilli sauce

20g breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Topping: 1 tsp butter, 20g breadcrumbs, 20g cheese)

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6, and place a pan of water on to boil for the macaroni.
  • Cook the macaroni for 5 minutes and drain off most of the water, leaving a few tablespoons in the pot.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the milk bit by thick allowing it to thicken up each time. Add the macaroni, cheese and chilli to the pan, mixing well and pour into the an oven dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumb and cheese, then sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

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Cheesy Potato Pie

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today I have another simple side dish to make for any occasion. It is nice and cheesy with crispy edges. This pie was very tasty and is best enjoyed hot. Also, if you are a gravy fan, it would be nice to drizzle some over the top.

Recipe: Cheesy Potato Pie (serves 4)

Ingredients

6 potatoes

100g red Leicester cheese – grated

Splash of milk

1 tsp butter

1 tsp oil

50g kale

1 tsp diced onion

Method

  • Peel and dice the potatoes, wash and place in a pan of water to boil until just cooked.
  • Whilst the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a small pan and add the onion and kale cooking for 5 minutes, then leave to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, pour off the water and mash with milk and butter until smooth.
  • Add the kale and cheese to the mash and mix well, spoon the mixture into an oven dish, grating more cheese on top.
  • Cook the pie in the oven for 45 minutes until the cheese has melted and gone crispy.

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Red Leicester Cheese Pizza

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s post is one of my favourites…PIZZA!!

I always love making pizza and usually I would make a dough using yeast leaving it to rise, but occasionally I will use the recipe below for a quicker meal. Homemade pizza always tastes so good because you can add all your favourite toppings and make it just how you like. Today I added red Leicester cheese which is an English cheese similar to cheddar but has a distinctive orange colour.

Recipe: Red Leicester Cheese Pizza (makes 1 tray)

Ingredients

175g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp oil

90ml water

Toppings: tomato sauce, spring onion, red Leicester cheese, kale, sweetcorn

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray,
  • To make the dough, weigh the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and gradually pour in the oil and water mixing with one hand until it forms a dough.
  • Knead for 5 minutes and roll out until 1cm thickness, then place onto the oven tray.
  • Spread the tomato sauce then add the onion, corn, kale and cheese.
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the dough is cooked and serve.

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Broccoli and Onion Pizza

Hello everyone, thanks for checking out my blog.

Today’s post is all about pizza and this recipe feature’s broccoli and onion. Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables because it is quite versatile and can be eaten with most things. It tasted so good on this pizza and had a slight bite. Pizza is such a great meal to make because once you’ve made the base you can customize the toppings depending on everybody’s taste.

Recipe: Broccoli and Onion Pizza (makes 2 trays)

Ingredients for pizza base

500ml strong bread flour

Pinch of salt

7g dried yeast

3g dried oregano

3g dried basil

2 tbsp oil

285ml warm water

Toppings

Tomato sauce

Tuna

Sweetcorn

Broccoli

Onion

Spring Onion

Mature cheese

Method

  • First thing is to make the base, add the flour, herbs, salt and yeast to a large bowl and gently pour in the warm water and oil mixing with the other hands.
  • Bring together to form a soft dough and knead for 5-10 minutes.
  • Leave to rise in a bowl for at least an hour.
  • Once risen, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil 2 oven trays.

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Spinach Topped Pizza

I think I’ve previously done a post about pizza but this pizza is different because…. it’s got SPINACH on top!! Pizza is one of my favourite meals to make and you can jazz it up with loads of toppings or just keep it simple like I do 🙂 I haven’t really gotten onto the spinach trend in general but thought it would be great to introduce it into my meals through something I actually like such as pizza.

Dough recipe
500g plain flour
300ml warm water
7g dry active yeast
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Toppings
200ml Passata (tomato sauce)
2x tinned tuna
Large bag of spinach (washed and wilted)
300g grated mozzarella

Method
Don’t forget to preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and lightly rub oil all over 2 baking trays.

1. Put the yeast into the warm water, mix until dissolved and leave for 15 minutes to be activated. In the meantime in a large bowl place the flour and salt making a well in the centre.

2. After the 15 minutes pour the oil with the yeast mixture and then pour into the flour. Use your hands to combine into a dough then set aside in a warm place for 1 hour until risen.

3. Once risen roll out the dough to your desired thickness (remember it will rise more in the oven) and place on a baking tray.

4. Then of course add the tomato sauce then the other toppings of your choice (I love a little extra cheese) and bake for 25 minutes until the crust is golden.

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I really did enjoy the spinach on the pizza it has a very distinct flavour which I’m still getting used too. When you wilt the spinach down in a pan it’s surprising how much liquid they contain because they are so thin.

Other topping ideas:

Cheddar cheese

Sweet corn

Pepper

Onion

Chicken

Bacon

Cream cheese (instead of tomato sauce)

Olives

Minced meat

Grated carrot

Tomatoes

Chorizo

Pineapple

Broccoli

Beetroot

The list is endless….