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Posh Cheese Toastie – Croque Rarebit or Welsh Monsieur?

This is basically an indulgent cheese toastie with bechamel sauce and it’s delicious. It’s neither a croque monsieur nor a welsh rarebit due to the lack of ham and cheese sauce (not to mention I couldn’t find welsh cheddar on island), but something between the two.

Perfect lunch for a rainy Saturday afternoon or a late tea/early supper when you can’t be bothered to cook a proper meal.

I have to add that the vegan worcestershire sauce was perfect for this. A little bit thicker than the traditional lea & perrins (plus minus the anchovies – yuck) and in my opinion, a much better taste.

You can watch me make the recipe here:

Croque Rarebit or Welsh Monsieur?

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter (plus extra for buttering)
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml milk
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 160g cheese (ideally a cominabtion of welsh cheddar and gruyere)
  • 4 tsps vegan worcestershire sauce (I used Annie’s)
  • 5 or 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • A mustard of your choice ( I have used both old style mustard and country dijon before)

Directions

  1. Put the pasta into a large pan with boiling salted water and cook to the instructions on the packet. Also pop the broccoli into a pan of boiling water and cook for around 6 minutes. Drain both when done.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/400f and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Lightly toast the bread on both sides.
  4. Heat your oven to 180C/350F. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onions and peppers for a few minutes until just softened.
  5. On a low to medium heat, melt the butter in a pan, and the flour and combine, then slowly whisk in the milk until you have a smooth sauce. Grate in some nutmeg and season to taste with salt and pepper. The sauce will thicken gradually as you continue to whisk.
  6. Butter each slice of toasted bread, pop onto the baking tray and spread mustard onto two slices. Spread half of your thickened bechamel on top of the slices with mustard, then sprinkle 3/4 of the grated cheese between them. Add the cherry tomatoes and 1 tsp of worcestershire sauce on each.
  7. Top with remaining slice of toasted bread (butter side down), spread the remaining bechamel on the toast and add the cheese. Add another 1 tsp of worcestershire sauce on top of each and pop into the oven. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned.

Serve with a side salad or even a tasty tomato salsa.

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Enjoy!

Creamy Vegetable Masala

Cayman has an Indian supermarket…YESSSSSSS! It’s small, but cheaper than the big supermarkets and has so much more choice. I used love a trip to MA Brothers in Newcastle to stock up on good quality basmati, spices and all the different dahls and flours. It makes me a happy housewife that I can get some of these ingredients here and make our favourite meals.

I love, love , love this curry. Quick and easy to make and less than a third of the calories of an average tikka masala from a takeaway with a simple ingredient swap. It takes nothing away from the flavour either. Just substitute the double cream for half and half (or half milk, half single cream in the UK).

When I was trying to create dish, I couldn’t quite get it right. After some trial and error and research – eureka!

Mushroom soy sauce.

In an Indian style curry.

Yep, I was just as surprised. It really works and gives it that extra little something. I haven’t tried it with regular soy sauce, but I think it will work just as well.

The vegetables listed are just for guidance, but use any you want as long as the quantity is roughly the same. For example, I’ve used bell peppers, mushroom, green beans etc.

If you’re feeding the family (my toddlers eat this also) and want less spice, omit the chilli powder. If it’s still too spicy, serve with some plain yoghurt.

It’s around 4-6 servings, so if there’s only a couple of you it’ll keep in the fridge in a sealed container for about 3 days and it’s so good the next day.

Creamy Vegetable Masala

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled (1 tbsp if using lazy ginger)
  • 3 dried kashmiri chillies
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp ghee (you could also use vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp tandoori masala
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 225g new potatoes, quartered
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mushroom soy sauce

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, ginger, kashmiri chillies, tomato puree and tinned tomatoes until smooth.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large pan on a medium or high heat and add the onions. Cook until golden, then add the turmeric, garam masala, tandoori masala and chilli powder. Stir for about 30 seconds. Pour in the blended tomato mixture and cream (or half and half), add the salt and soy sauce and stir to combine.
  3. Add the vegetables and stir in with the sauce mixture. Cover and cook on a low to medium heat for about 20 minutes until the veg is tender.
  4. Serve with Basmati rice and naan bread.

Enjoy!

Indian Supermarkets

MA Brothers – Newcastle

Shop Right – Cayman

Roast Tomato, Garlic & Red Pepper Soup

I’ve been craving smooth creamy soup for weeks, so when Ste came home with a new hand blender for me last week, I thought it the perfect time to try a recipe I’d noted down in December. The original recipe is vegan and from Bosh. I’m not vegan and love garlic so made a few adjustments, but I’ve linked the original recipe below.

It turned out delicious and as it was our main meal, I served it with grilled three cheese sandwiches and a side salad with homemade dressing.

Ingredients

10 plum tomatoes, halved
8 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 large red onion, quartered
1 large red pepper, halved
Extra virgin olive oil, for roasting (I always use extra virgin, it’s just my preference)
Tabasco sauce
Dried Italian herbs
1 litre veg stock
225ml light cream
Salt and pepper, for seasoning

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with foil. Add the tomatoes and garlic to the tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. Pop in the oven for 15 mins.

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Add the onion and red pepper to the tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season. Cook for another 30 mins.

Put all the vegetables from the tray into a large pan (I drained off the olive oil and used it for a salad dressing), squeezing out the roast garlic. Add a few drops of tabasco ( I went with 7), the Italian herbs and veg stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Blend until smooth and stir in the cream. It will serve 4 – 6 people and keep well for around 5 days refrigerated in an air tight container.

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Enjoy!

Original recipe from Bosh! – https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/4-winter-warming-soups