Category Cheese

Goats cheese coquettes with truffled honey

These coquettes and honey make a fantastic starter or swanky canapés for a party. It does feel like quite a fancy plate of nibbles, but the goats cheese, honey and truffle flavours really complement each other and are incredibly moreish. Some truffle companies sell truffled honey, but you can easily make it yourself by combing […]

Giant cheese and chive soufflé

This is a surprisingly easy meal to make and great for a midweek supper. It’s not the healthiest of meals thanks to the butter and cheese, but it is packed with protein. Ingredients (serves 4) 6 eggs (separated) 500mls whole milk (semi skinned will also do) 300g extra mature cheddar (grated) 1tbsp chopped fresh chives […]

Savoury pancakes with mushrooms and blue cheese

OK – so I should have posted this before Shrove Tuesday, but better late than never I guess. Ingredients (serves 4) For the filling 400g chestnut mushrooms 3 cloves of garlic 1tsp fresh thyme leaves 50mls single cream 100g blue cheese (Stilton or something similar will work well) Knob of butter Salt and pepper For […]

Rocket pesto

You can eat this however you like – either in pasta, as a dip or spread on some bread. Ingredients 30g pine nuts 40g rocket (one pack) 1 garlic clove 40g grated vegetarian parmesan Salt and pepper Extra virgin olive oil Method Toast the pine nuts in a pan (without any oil). Keep an eye […]

Marmite and mushroom mac ‘n’ cheese

This is a fantastic food for the soul kind of recipe. It’s totally, uncompromisingly indulgent and unfeigned. It’s a great dish to eat if you’re feeling a bit blue, sat on the sofa, mid box series marathon. If you’re not a lover of marmite, don’t worry, the marmite taste is subtle and simply adds a […]

Kale and cauliflower cheese

This is a great comforting winter warmer. I makes a fantastic side dish, but I just like to eat it as it is, with some crusty bread to mop up the sauce. Key to this is to make sure the white sauce is quite thick. It needs to have a thicker consistency than the type […]

Mini pear, stilton and honey tarts

These are really easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. The pears will caramelise in the honey while the stilton will provide a lovely tangy aftertaste. I used two different sized round pastry cutters, one smaller than the other. If you don’t have pastry cutters, you could simply improvise with different sized glasses. Ingredients […]

Stilton arancini with a walnut crust

These arancini balls make fantastic starters. They are pretty rich so team them up with a fresh salad with a sharp dressing or dipped into a fiery tomato salsa. Key to cooking these is patience. The rice needs to be cold before you add the eggs and the arancini then need time to sit in […]

Creamy mixed mushroom pie

This is an incredibly rich and luxurious pie thanks to the silky mushrooms and the creamy cheese. I originally wanted to use Gorgonzola, but have recently discovered this is not suitable for vegetarians. A list of suitable alternatives to Gorgonzola can be found here. In its place for this meal, I have used dolcelatte cheese. […]

Alternatives to Gorgonzola and Roquefort

Like Parmesan, Gorgonzola is not suitable for vegetarians. This is due to the animal rennet used while making it. Because Gorgonzola is DOC listed, it has to be made in this traditional way; otherwise it cannot be called Gorgonzola. Gorgonzola is often used in ‘vegetarian’ meals in restaurants, so check with the waiter/waitress if the […]