Cauliflower and Macaroni Cheese
Simple and warming - I used the BBC good food version. However, I did my usual and adapted it slightly. The original recipe states to add all the cauliflower to the cheese sauce and blitz it to a silky smooth texture. I kept several of the larger florets to add to the pasta as we both like cauliflower to eat. The sauce does take on an elevated texture and taste and this is how I'll do from now on. I have made it about four times so far and it keeps well and rewarms nicely the next day. General consensus it is a keeper!
Out of 10? definitely a high 8 or even a 9!
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Now. Say goodbye to your waistline and hello to 'pass me another slice please'! The full size recipe is quite generous so I reduced the amount to two thirds. If you are using uk ingredients make sure you use this treacle - not promoting it but I have made it with a different product and it was not nearly as nice. If you are in the US - have a read of this regarding treacle.
I used the Mary Berry version and like the macaroni cheese I have repeated it several times, including turning in into 'brownies'. I made the sauce a little thicker, cooking it a bit longer than the recommended time to thicken it and instead of using pouring cream, I used double and dolloped on a generous amount just before serving. Youngest has served his brownies with ice cream instead of cream and confirmed that that too is rather delicious. They are best eaten warmed.
This particular recipe is vastly more simple than the usual varieties making a rather soft and light 'cake' which is absolutely delish!!
Out of 10? Certainly a 9 or may be a 10 due to it being easy and quick and oh so tasty indeed!
Cheese Toasties (For Sandy)
These vary from family to family and it is one of those recipes that you can put your own stamp on - ours tend to be a simple one with a couple of slices of red pepper, mushroom, tomato seasoned well then doused in grated cheese. I sometime spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the inside, Youngest often uses green pesto and Himself likes to add sweet chilli mango chutney - so you see - 'you make them your own'.
We also have under the grill toasties (aka cheese melts or open melts) which although contain very similar ingredients are quite different.
The bread is toasted on one side only. On the untoasted side, pile on your chosen ingredients and top with cheese, season well and place under the grill until all melted and golden.
Both these sandwiches make brilliant lunches and when eaten with a thick homemade vegetable soup is perfect for a wintery weekend meal.
Thanks to Youngest for the toastie and brownie photographs.