Welsh Rarebit For Red Tractor Week

This week I’m sharing some of my favourite recipes in support of Red Tractor – the logo added to products grown or produced in Britain to their exacting standards for animal welfare, food safety and traceability! (See more here.) 

Today I’m sharing one of my favourite dairy recipes – it’s perfect for dark, rainy autumn days… Welsh rarebit!


Ingredients 

  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 225g cheese
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4-6 slices bread

Method

Heat the butter in a saucepan until melted and then add the flour. Stir well and cook for a minute

Gradually add the milk, stirring, and heat until thickened. 

Add the mustard powder, cheese (reserving a handful for the topping) and Worcestershire sauce and heat until the cheese is melted. 

Meanwhile, toast the bread on both sides. Spread the Rarebit onto the bread, then add the grated cheese. Pop until the grill until bubbling!


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Gougères: A recipe for the perfect chic little nibble at your next summer party

Gougères.

I’d heard of gougères before I made them, but I could never really understand why people raved about them so much. Basically, these are cheese puffs, made from the same kind of pastry usually used for patisserie like eclairs or choux buns – except this is a savoury version. They’re just cheesy, pastry bites – but in this case, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Trust me when I tell you that these will be devoured in short order at your next party – and they’re so chic you can even serve them for something formal as well as a BBQ!

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Hello autumn!

Autumn feels like my season. Ever get that with a season? Something about it just makes me feel like I’m coming home. It helps that my birthday is in October, but I love the fact that autumn is a real season of celebration. Halloween, harvest, bonfire night, Thanksgiving – even Christmas, although it’s obviously in winter, is ever-present. The crisp air of a sunny, cold day, the colour of the leaves, the smell of bonfire smoke. Ah, I love autumn.

Sugar pumpkin

I bought a couple of beautiful sugar pumpkins at the farmer’s market last month – I love having pumpkins and gourds on my windowsill all through autumn and winter, but when I saw this recipe in Good Food magazine this month, I had to eat it. A whole mini pumpkin, stuffed with garlic and thyme infused cream and milk, with a generous helping of parmesan cheese? Yes please!

Hello autumn!

I ate this for lunch and it was really good, but way too much for me. And I felt like a slug afterwards. But, you know, it was still totally delicious and I don’t regret a thing, except maybe my thighs…

Hello autumn! I’ve missed you!