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Caprese

This is something that is oh-so-easy to put together and you only need very few, easily available ingredients. 

If you’d like to enjoy this with a wine, choose white wines that are lean, crisp, and vibrantly acidic. Higher acid wines pair well with tomatoes’ acidity. Try avoiding wines with lower acidity or heavy oak aging. Look for Sancerre, Soave Classico, Falanghina, or Sauvignon Blanc.

Caprese is basically mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, and I love this especially when doused liberally in balsamic vinegar. 


Traditionally, caprese is usually served as shown in the image below by The Pioneer Woman


I gave it a bit of a twist and served it on skewers. 

Ingredients:

Fresh mozzarella ball 

 1 punnet baby tomatoes

 Handful of thoroughly washed fresh basil leaves

Thin wooden skewers 

Balsamic vinegar 

Olive oil 

Method:

To ensure the wooden skewers are smooth when skewering your ingredients, I would advise you soak them in some water first. 

Cut the mozzarella into bite sized cubes, thread one through the skewer, then slide down a baby tomato, more mozzarella, then top it with a folded basil leaf. 

Putting together the caprese on skewers

These can be made ahead and refrigerated with cling-film over them so that other smells from the refrigerator don’t permeate into the cheese. Liberally douse with balsamic vinegar and virgin pressed olive oil and enjoy. 

Voila! Caprese with a twist!
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Cheese and Bacon Bites

I think it’s a surefire success when cheese and bacon are combined in any recipe. This recipe requires only these two ingredients and the results are out of this world. Quick and easy to make, the Cheese and Bacon Bites are a yummy comfort food.

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Ingredients:

1 packet Halloumi cheese (I used Raka cheese)

1 packet streaky bacon (good old Farmer’s Choice) You can use beef bacon as well for the same recipe.

Method:Β 

Cut the Halloumi cheese into 1 inch squares and wrap the bacon strips around them. Secure with wooden cocktail sticks. Place on a greased baking tray (I sprayed mine lightly with olive oil).


Place in a preheated oven (180degC) and bake for 25 minutes. If you don’t feel like baking you can place them in a non-stick pan on low heat and cook gently until the bacon is browned.

image Serve hot with a chilli dip.

Enjoy!

Pizza Rolls

Quick recipe! All you need is ready rolled puff pastry, pizza sauce, ham/ turkey slices, cheese slices, pepper, dry oregano. 
  
Roll out pastry. Spread pizza sauce. Arrange ham slices. Cover with cheese slices. Add pepper & oregano. Roll up as tightly as you can. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Slice. Arrange in a lightly greased baking dish.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden & crispy looking at 180degC. Serve hot or cold. 

Great as kids lunch box fillers, finger foods at parties, etc. Feel free to experiment with jalapeΓ±os, mushrooms, onions, sweet corn, etc. 

Enjoy! 😊

Cheese and Bacon Muffins

I was experimenting the other day and decided to make savory muffins for the kids because they seem to bounce off the walls with the chocolate chip ones! Also my son prefers savory stuff so I thought I’d try these out. Quite simple to make and feel free to add extra bacon bits!

Cheese and Bacon Muffin
Cheese and Bacon Muffin

You will need:

2 cups self raising flour
1 cup milk
ΒΌ cup vegetable oil
100gm mature cheddar cheese, grated
4 rashers bacon, chopped
1 egg
Some chopped parsley

Method:

Cook the bacon bits in a pan until crisp. In the interim, mix all the other ingredients in a bowl. Add the bacon and mix well. Spoon the mixture into a 12 cup prepared muffin pan (I actually lined mine with cupcake cases to make life simpler) and bake in the oven at 180Β°C for 20-15 minutes.

Additional Notes:

I found that I could have added extra cheese and you can never ever go wrong with extra bacon bits. In the second batch I ground some black pepper into the batter and those turned out quite well too. Let me know how you fare with your attempt!

Enjoy!
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