Cheese, Leek and Thyme Toasted Sandwich

Cheese leek toasted sandwich 6

 

Following a couple of moderately disappointing and extremely frustrating baking experiences, that both ended in severe sugar overdoses, I felt that this weekend it was time to move into the realms of savoury comfort food.

There’s something about a toasted cheese sandwich (or grilled cheese if you will) that makes up for the rain, the cold and the grey London skies. This is not so much a recipe as a flavour combination that I really hope you’ll try.

Cheese leek toasted sandwich 5

For today’s exploration of toasted cheese I decided to travel the classic British route of a bracingly mature cheddar, in the form of Lincolnshire Poacher, supplied by the wonderful experts at Neal’s Yard Dairy in Borough Market. To pair with the tangy cheese I chose meltingly sweet leeks, sautéed with a little dried thyme, although if you have fresh that would be even better, and a bit of seasoning.

Sourdough bread

Tangy, melty cheese, sweet, fragrant leeks and crunchy slices of toasted sourdough, what could possibly go wrong? Thankfully, unlike my recent cakes, this sandwich went entirely according to plan and delivered exactly the comfort on a grey Sunday afternoon that I was hoping for. (continue reading…)

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Baked Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives

Baked Chicken 1

Nigel Slater is my food hero. If I could choose one tv chef to cook dinner for me, I would definitely choose Nige. Okay so he’s not the fanciest of chefs, I probably wouldn’t get michelin star fussy food, but it’s pretty much guaranteed that if Nigel is cooking you dinner you will really, really enjoy it.

Whenever I watch Simple Suppers, I find myself either wanting to make everything on the show immediately, or thinking of asking him to adopt me (so long as I can keep my actual parents as well, of course)

Baked Chicken 2

Mr Slater specialises in simple, achievable recipes, with the focus very much on making quality ingredients go a long way. This is something I can definitely buy into, for me taste always has to be the top consideration and to be honest my presentation skills leave a serious amount to be desired, so if my food doesn’t taste good then I’m in trouble!

Baked chicken 3

I’ve had a lot of requests lately for savoury dishes, which isn’t exactly my area of expertise. But I knew that Nige could help me out, so I went straight to his Kitchen Diaries, specifically the wonderful second volume. (continue reading…)