The part where I generally fall down with cooking is a lack of imagination because I’m not a big fan of cooking. I don’t tend to let my imagination run very far; I need prompts and ideas.
Take Box of Eggs Cookbook
A couple of weeks ago, an email landed in my inbox, which immediately perked up my interest, titled “Take a box of eggs”. Were initial thoughts ‘egg decorating for Easter’? Nope, too far away, so I do not want to make my brain fizzle out with the stress of thinking (come on, I am pregnant!!) I decided to read the email and see what they said. “How would you like to review the new Dairy Cookbook: Take a Box of Eggs”. Now I remember Dairy Cookbooks from way back when I was moving out of home, and my Mum gave me her old copy of the Dairy Cookbook, and it was brilliant, nothing too fancy, just plain and simple cooking – right up my street! So I said, “Yes, please”.
Lay flat book
When the book arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find a cookbook not much bigger than a DVD case, perfect as I’m running out of storage space in this house. I also like the fact that it is spiral bound with a covered spine, so it’s got a bit more chance of lasting more than just a couple of months, AND you don’t have to fight with the pages to keep them open (never good when working with eggs as it can get very sticky!!). The book is divided into user-friendly sections; Introduction, Toasts & Snacks, Vegetarian, Fish, Meat, Bakes and Desserts (always save the best until last!! Each recipe breaks down the preparation time, standing and cooking time. The number of calories and fat per portion as well as a QR Code, which you can scan into your Smartphone to add to your shopping list.
Now I would love to say that I have converted Little Bean and that she is eating happily from the Vegetarian, Fish and Meat sections, but who would l be kidding? I’m taking things slowly, and we have been doing a little more of the recipes from the Bake section. She even tried some French Toast the other day, we still had to put tomato ketchup on it, but I can let that slide if she is eating more eggs.
Bread and Cheese Bake Recipe
Another recipe which I have found that Hubby and I like for a snack on a Saturday lunchtime is the Bread and Cheese Bake. It looks rather like Bread and Butter Pudding, but it’s more savoury and a little bit delish!!
- Wholemeal bread with pumpkin seeds or multigrain 4 slices
- Butter 40g (1 1/2 oz) softened
- Mature Cheddar cheese 110g (4oz)
- Spring onions 4, trimmed and finely sliced
- Mixed dried herbs 1/4 tsp
- Eggs 2
- Milk 300ml (1/2 pint)
- Cayenne pepper or paprika for sprinkling
1. Spread the bread with butter and cut each slice in two, lengthways
2. Butter two 500ml (18fl oz) shallow baking dishes. Arrange overlapping slices of the bread across the dishes and sprinkle with the cheese, onions and herbs.
3. Break the eggs into a bowl, add the milk and whisk together. Then carefully pour over the bread in each dish. Place the dishes on a baking tray and leave to stand for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
4. Bake the puddings for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and set. Sift with cayenne or paprika and serve while piping hot.
Cook’s tip: This bread and cheese pudding is quite rich, so serve simply with a mixed-leaf salad sprinkled with seasoned rice vinegar.
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