Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup

Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup

I thought I was getting paid last Friday. I woke up early and eagerly checked my bank balance, expecting that horrible tiny minus to have vanished in front of my funds. But wait, it was still there – what the hell? I needed to pick up my dry cleaning and buy some tights that didn’t have holes in the crotch – I pity anyone whose had to walk behind me up on an escalator in recent weeks.
“Nah, we get paid Monday, babe,” Libby says, in her lovely Australian lilt.
“Monday?! I could be dead by then!” I say dramatically, as I pull an oat cake out of my bag and angrily chomp on it – so dry.
“Well, there’s usually food to take home here on a Friday, so fill your boots,” she says lazily, as she spins her chair away from me and back to her computer – she’s bored of me now.
Covered in oat-cake crumbs and feeling upset that I wouldn’t be having my pay-day pizza treat, I wait for the kitchen to announce ‘the trolley’. Every Friday in my office, any produce that hasn’t been used in the cooking of, or the testing of, recipes gets laid out on ‘the trolley’ for the office folks to take home – ie, me. It tends to consist mainly of vegetables and fresh herbs, but occasionally there’s the odd bit of sausage or a tub of yoghurt. But, of course, I was in then loo when the trolley was announced, so all that was left was an entire pumpkin and a pot of clotted cream – no one wants to carry home a pumpkin on the tube, it seems.
But these are desperate times and I needed me some dinner, so I decided the lug the damn thing home, chop it up, roast it and blitz it into a delicious soup. Maybe I won’t die after all? I then raided my kitchen cupboards for all the ingredients I needed to makes scones to go with my clotted cream and dined like a king all weekend. Maybe pay day can wait until Monday after all.


Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup with kale and feta
Serves 4 or 6 as a starter / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 1hr 5 min / V Gf 
You’ll need: A food processor or hand blender
1.4kg pumpkin, sliced into big wedges and deseeded
2 tbs olive oil
Handful fresh sage leaves
4-5 large garlic cloves, pressed slightly using the back of a knife to break open the skins
1 large onion, roughly chopped
25g butter
1.25 litres vegetable stock, I use 2 Knorr stock pots
2 handfuls of kale
200g feta, crumbled


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6. De-seed and slice the pumpkin into large wedges and evenly space them out onto 2 baking trays lined with baking paper (you can peel the pumpkin if you wish but if the skin is particularity tough, remove with a knife after roasting). Season well with salt and pepper and add the pressed garlic cloves still in their skins – this stops them from burning. Sprinkle with a handful of fresh sage leaves and drizzle both trays with olive oil. Give it a good shake and a toss and roast in the oven for 30 mins.
2. After 30 mins, give the pumpkin a little shake in the oven and continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion and add to a large cooking pot with the butter. Season with salt and cook with the lid on over a low to medium heat, stirring frequently until softened.
3. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins carefully with your fingers or with the back of a knife and into the onions – discard the skins. To remove the pumpkin skin, I use a fork to pin down the segment with one hand and slice around the edge with a knife in the other. Dispose of the skins.
4. By now the onions should be nice and soft so add the roasted pumpkin to the pot along with the stock and a good crack of salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Finally blitz well in a food processor or with a hand blender until smooth and creamy in texture. If serving topped with kale and feta, cover the soup to keep it warm and steam or boil the kale for a few minutes before diving the soup into bowls and topping with the kale and crumbled feta.

Roasted pumpkin & garlic soup

If you’ve had a go at making my pumpkin soup or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


– Vegetarian
Gf – I use Knorr vegetable stock pots because they are gluten free but other stock pots/cubes may not be. Always check the label. Please substitute wholewheat pasta for a gluten free alternative.
❄ The soup is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Consume within 3 months.



Whipped feta & avocado on toast

Whipped feta and avocado dip

This is a recipe I have stolen from my dearest friend and ex-housemate Isabelle – aka my wife. I lived with her longer than any of my previous boyfriends, so feel she deserves ‘wife’ status. She peeled me off the floor when I was drunk, made me many a jacket potato with cheese and beans and hid a small plastic head amongst my possessions on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. (See images below.)
Although our marriage had to end after I met a boy and moved in with him, we did have three wonderful years together in a very awful flat in Camden – the day we moved in, we both cried – good times. Anyway, nowadays you can still find me dossing around her new house in my pyjamas, necking wine and eating everything in her cupboards – some things never change. However, she has started making this rather tasty breakfast for me after heavy nights of horror films and Grease 2 singalongs. This whipped feta and avocado on toast is so delicious, I may have to invite her to come live with us again. The more the merrier ,right? Just me, Jamie, Isabelle and ‘the head’ – which is currently in my possession after she planted it on me during my last visit – watch out Isabelle, he’s coming for you…


Whipped feta and avocado on toast
Serves 2 / Hands on time 5 mins / Total time 5 mins / V Gf*
You’ll need: A food processor
1 ripe avocado, skin and stone removed
100g vegetarain feta
2 sprigs of mint, leaves removed
Salt and pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, extra for drizzling
Toast to serve


Method
1. Start by adding the feta to a blender and blitzing until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the mint leaves and blitz again until combined. Finally add the avocado, extra virgin olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Blitz again until you have a smooth creamy consistency.
2. Serve immediately spread generously on toast and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Breakfast of kings!

Whipped feta and avocado dip

If you’ve had a go at making my whipped feta and avocado on toast or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V – Vegetarian.    Gf – Gluten free: Serve with gluten free bread.



Vanilla apple cake

Vanilla apple cake

This was the first recipe I ever blogged, which was a bit of a surprise, as this was supposed to be a dating blog. After two and a half years of dating hell, my disastrous mishaps had become my identity and – in some friendship circles -legendary. My shenanigans were often met with gasps, laughter and even horror, which to me, was preferable to pity. Since when did being thirty and single become such a terrible affliction? So I wrapped myself up in humour and performed my party pieces to crowds of hungry, happily married people, who couldn’t get enough of my hilarious existence.
But when it came to writing it all down, I wasn’t laughing. So I wrote a cake recipe instead; this cake recipe, in fact, and never looked back. This cake is sweet, delicious and handsome, just like my boyfriend Jamie who I met a month later – I got there in the end!

Vanilla apple cake
Serves 8 / Hands on time 25 mins / Total time 1hr 30mins + cooling / V
You’ll need: 20cm cake tin, foil, electric hand whisk or standing mixer
350-400g Brambly apples, peeled, cored and sliced
½ lemon, juiced
250g unsalted butter + extra for greasing
250g caster sugar
3 large eggs
250g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs demerara sugar
1 tbs icing sugar for decoration


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ 350°F/gas mark 4 and grease your cake tin with butter.
2. Peel, roughly slice and core the apples. Put them in a large bowl, squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and give the apples a good toss – this prevents the apples oxidising and turning brown. Put to one side.
3. In a large bowl or standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until using an ecliptic whisk until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat the eggs in one at a time. If the mixture starts to curdle, simply add a tbs of the self-raising flour and continue to whisk until combined.
4. Sift in the remaining self-raising flour along with the salt and baking powder. Use a wooden spoon to fold in the mixture before giving it another quick whisk until you have a thick, pale batter.
5. Finally fold in the apples and spoon into your prepared tin, using the back of a spoon to push the mixture evenly to the edges (it may seem like there isn’t enough batter to cover the apples but don’t worry, the apples sink to the bottom of the cake during baking). Smooth over the top with a wooden spoon and sprinkle over a tbs of Demerara sugar.
6. Bake in the oven for 45 mins. At this stage the cake will be very brown but don’t worry, it’s not burning. Remove the cake from the oven and swiftly cover the top loosely with foil. Continue to bake for a further 30 mins.
7. Remove from the oven and leave the cake to rest in the tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool fully before dusting with icing sugar and serving with clotted cream and a cup of tea.



Vanilla apple cake

If you’ve had a go at making my apple cake or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V – Vegetarian
 – This cake is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Wrap well in cling film and freeze fore up to 3 months. Defrost fully before serving.



Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

Here’s another one for that barbecue – she says as it pisses down with rain outside. Well, it wouldn’t be a true British barbecue without lashings of rain and lashings of coleslaw, right? Also, have you ever eaten raw broccoli on purpose? It’s actually rather nice so bog off cabbage, there’s a new guy in town and he has a big bushy head and looks a bit like Screech from Saved by the Bell– think he’s in prison now… Anyhoo, let’s rock out with our brocs out (see what I did there) and try my light zesty broccoli slaw with red onion and flaked almonds.


Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds
Serves 6 as a side dish / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 15 mins / V Gf
1 head of broccoli (around 450g)
150g Greek yogurt
1 tbs Pomora extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, bashed
½  red onion, peeled and finely sliced
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 small handfuls flaked almonds
Pinch chilli flakes
Smoked paprika to serve
Extra virgin olive oil to serve


Method
1. Prepare the broccoli by cutting it into bite-sized florets and discarding the chunky stalk. Pop in a large bowl with the finely sliced red onion and put to one side.
2. In a small frying pan, over a medium heat, infuse the bashed garlic clove in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil until it starts to sizzle slightly – be careful not to fry it, you just want to infuse the oil with the garlic. Take off the heat, discard the garlic clove and put the oil to one side.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, cider vinegar, dijon mustard and warm garlic oil together until combined. Season well with salt and pepper before pouring over the raw broccoli.
4. Mix together along with a couple of handfuls of flaked almonds – feel free to toast the almonds if you have time, although I didn’t.
5. Pour into a bowl and season again with salt and pepper before dusting the top with smoked paprika. Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and serve as part of a buffet or as a side dish.

Broccoli slaw with flaked almonds

If you’ve had a go at making my broccoli slaw with flaked almonds or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V – Vegetarian    Gf – Gluten free



Vegan red lentil bolognese

Vegan red lentil bolognese

It’s official, veganmania is in full swing, and it looks like she’s cool, young and beautiful. Whereas vegetarianism is still an old hippy, who doesn’t wash his hair. Why are we still so uncool? Plant-based burgers, vegan cheese and even vegan Happy Meals are popping up on menus across the land, and I still get risotto?! It’s so unfair! Don’t get me wrong, I’m appreciating the ever-expanding vegan menus with offerings that are more exciting and innovative – but where is vegetarian revolution? Stuffed peppers and goat cheese tarts are still thrust upon me at any given moment, as it seems our time in the sun has been eclipsed. Restaurants are killing two birds with one stone, and I don’t blame them, but it would be nice to have some sort of renaissance. Well, if you can’t beat them, join them. Here’s a vegan spaghetti Bolognese, because apparently I’m vegan now.


Vegan red lentil bolognese
Serves 4 (makes enough sauce for 6) / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 1 hr 20 mins / V Vn Df Gf* 
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 large white onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
1 can plum tomatoes
250g red lentils
1 tbs tomato purée
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried parsley
700ml vegetable stock, I use 1 Knorr stock pots that are gluten free, vegan and dairy free.
3 tbs vegan red wine (optional)
8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
300g wholewheat spaghetti or gluten free alternative
Extra virgin olive oil to serve
Fresh basil leaves to serve (optional)


Method
1. In a large cooking pot, sweat the diced onion, carrots, celery and garlic together in a tsp of oil over a medium heat. Season well with salt, add a dash of water and soften for 20 mins with the lid on, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in the tomato purée and add the tinned plum tomatoes using a wooden spoon to break them up a bit. Pour over the stock, add the lentils, cherry tomatoes and sprinkle over the herbs and ground nutmeg. Season well with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
3. Once boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for 40-50 mins with the lid on and stirring occasionally to prevent the lentils sticking to the bottom of the pot.
4. After 40 minutes, fill a large saucepan with boiling water and add 300g of wholewheat spaghetti. Season the water well with salt and boil the pasta for 10-12 minutes (or according to the packet instructions).
5. Finally, take the bolognese off the heat and leave to stand for a couple of minutes whilst draining the pasta and dividing into bowls. Top the spaghetti with the bolognese and serve drizzled with olive oil and topped with a good crack of black pepper.

Vegan red lentil bolognese

If you’ve had a go at making my lentil bolognese or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V– Vegetarian    Vn– Vegan    Df– Dairy free
Gf– I use Knorr vegetable stock pots because they are gluten free but other stock pots/cubes may not be. Always check the label. Please substitute wholewheat pasta for a gluten free alternative.
❄ The bolognese sauce is suitable for home freezing once cooled. Consume within 3 months.



 

Teriyaki tofu steaks with broccoli

Baked teriyaki tofu with broccoli

I know I should be spending my Sunday writing up this week’s blog, but I’ve fallen into a Backstreet Boys hole and now I can’t climb out of it. I went to see them last week and it has ignited my teenage obsession. I literally can’t stop Wikipedia-ing, YouTubing, Googling and general ogling my ’90s teenage obsession. After two hours of back-to-back hits and two pints of cheap wine (yes, pints), I was transported back to my 16-year-old self’s bedroom, where my Purple Ronnie wallpaper and blow-up chairs witnessed some truly shocking choreography. Without warning, I busted into my old dance routines in the O2 Arena – much to the horror of my male companion and those around me. I waved my arms, thrust my hips and flicked my hair like a deranged Britney Spears tribute act – I don’t get out much.
That being said, I had a blast and have been writing ‘I heart BSB’ on my pencil case ever since – I’m freelance now, thus the need to carry stationary around with me at all times.
Anyhoo, enough about my youth, let’s all just go away and download the Backstreet’s Back album and listen to it as we slice up some fat tofu steaks and whip up my version of this Japanese classic.


Teriyaki tofu steaks with broccoli **new & improved recipe**
Serves 2 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 40 mins / V Df
You’ll need: 20cm oven-proof dish
280g firm tofu, drained
200g tender-stem broccoli
4 whole spring onions, outer layer removed and ends trimmed
Black sesame seeds to serve (optional)
Serve with rice or noodles
For the marinade
2 tbs light soy sauce
1 tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs mirin
1 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic cloves, crushed
1 knob of ginger, grated


Method
1. Pre-heat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7.
2. Drain the tofu and cut into thick steaks and place in the oven-proof dish before putting to one side.
3. In a bowl, combine the marinade ingredients together and pour evenly over the tofu steaks. Bake in an oven for 25-30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, use this time to cook the rice or noodles. Steam the broccoli and the spring onions together 10 mins before the tofu is due to come out.
5. Remove the tofu from the oven, lift the steaks out and place on top either rice or noodles and drizzle with the remaining juices. Serve with the steamed greens and a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.

Baked teriyaki tofu with broccoli

If you’ve had a go at making my teriyaki tofu or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V – Vegetarian    Df – Dairy free



Penne al’arrabiata

Penne al’arrabiata

Eaten enough chocolate to sink a small ship this Easter? Me too… Penne al’arrabiata anyone?


Penne al’arrabiata
Serves 2 / Hands on time 15-20 mins / Total time 15-20 mins / V
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tbs Pomora extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp of chilli flakes (½ tsp if you like it really spicy)
1 can of good quality plum tomatoes
1 tbs tomato purée
1 ball vegetarian mozzarella (optional)
130g penne pasta
Fresh basil to serve


Method
1. Set a full kettle on to boil and measure out your penne and put in a large saucepan along with a good pinch of salt.
2. Meanwhile in a large frying pan or pot, add 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and warm over a low to medium heat. Peel and chop your garlic and add it to the oil (you don’t want to fry the garlic, only infuse the oil with it so watch that it doesn’t start to fry and brown). Infuse the garlic for a few minutes before adding the chilli flakes.
3. Once the kettle has boiled, pour over the penne and set over a high heat. Cook according to packet instructions.
4. Add the can of plum tomatoes to the garlic and chilli infused oil along with 1 tbs of tomato purée and a good pinch of salt. ​Stir carefully and break the plum tomatoes up with the back of a wooden spoon. Up the heat and simmer for a good 5 minutes or until your pasta is ready.
5. Drain the penne and pour it straight into the sauce making sure it is well coated. Spoon into bowls and finish by topping with torn mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and a good crack of black pepper.

Penne al’arrabiata

If you’ve had a go at making my Penne al’arrabiata or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


– Vegetarian


Carrot cake loaf

Carrot cake loaf
Carrot cake loaf
Carrot cake loaf

I’m going to keep this short but sweet – much like this carrot cake. Partly because it’s past my bedtime and partly because I’m grumpy after spending my entire Sunday burning multiple carrot cakes – would have helped if my oven wasn’t an old tin can with no temperature markings on it.


Carrot cake loaf
Make 1 loaf / Hands on time 35 mins / Total time 1 hr 45 mins / V
You’ll need: 2 lb loaf tin, electric hand whisk
Juice of 1 orange
45g sultanas
150g carrots, peeled and grated
150g soft brown sugar
80g self-raising flour
80g wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp ground ginger
50g pecans, roughly chopped
Pinch of salt
150ml rapeseed oil
2 eggs
Cream cheese icing
130g cream cheese
30g soft unsalted butter
65g icing sugar


TIP: To store, refrigerate for 1-2 days at most and then allow to come up to room temperature before serving.


Method
1. In a small saucepan, heat the juice of an orange over a low to medium heat and add the sultanas. Warm through for 10 minutes before putting to one side to cool.
2. Meanwhile, grease the base and sides of a loaf tin with a bit of extra rapeseed oil and line the bottom with baking paper. Put to one side and preheat an oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ 350°F/gas mark 4.
3. Peel and grate the carrot before weighing out the sugar, self-raising flour, wholemeal flour, cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the roughly chopped pecans and give it a good mix before incorporating in the grated carrots using a wooden spoon.
4. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the rapeseed oil and the eggs until combined. Pour into the carrot mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon into the loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf for 1 hr or until a skewer comes out clean.
5. While the cake is baking, make the cream cheese icing by whisking the butter and the cream cheese together in a bowl with an electric whisk. Fold in the icing sugar with a spoon before whisking again for a couple of minutes. Cover loosely with clingfilm and refrigerate.
6. Allow the carrot cake to cool completely in the tin before turning out and topping with lashings of cream cheese icing. Delicious!

Carrot cake loaf
Carrot cake loaf

If you’ve had a go at making my carrot cake loaf or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


– Vegetarian
❄ – This cake is suitable for home freezing once cooled and before icing. Wrap well in cling film and freeze fore up to 3 months. Defrost fully before icing and serving.



Savoury green drop scones

Savoury green drop scones
Savoury drop scones
Savoury drop scones

Let’s be honest, no right-minded person in their thirties is getting up early to make pancakes before work on Pancake Day. Chances are, you have no idea it’s Pancake Day until someone mentions it to you at work, and that’s when you realise you have no lemons, no maple syrup or anything remotely pancake-y in your house. However, if you don’t want to miss out on the ‘fun,’ but are not overly keen on the idea of lemon and sugar pancakes for dinner, then skip the supermarket on the way home and try my savoury drop scones – aka, Scottish pancakes.
Made mostly from ingredients you may already have lying around, these little babies make the perfect midweek meal. Happy Pancake Day!


Savoury green drop scones
Makes 8-10 / Serves 2 / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 30 mins / V
175g spelt, wholemeal or plain flour
200ml semi skimmed milk
1 egg
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp rapeseed oil
3 springs onions, finely chopped
1 large handful of greens (you can use any chopped greens you like for this recipe – I use a mixture of savoy cabbage and kale but spinach, cavolo nero, chard or even brussels sprouts will work. You can also use grated root vegetables such as carrots or parsnips)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Handful fresh coriander, chopped
50g vegetarian cheese of your choice – I used cheddar 
30g vegetarian Italian hard cheese or Parmesan* (optional)
½ tsp sea salt
Rocket, avocado slices and extra virgin olive oil to serve


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 100°C/80°C fan/210F/gas mark 1.
2. Weigh out the spelt flour and the baking powder and combine in a large bowl. Add 200ml of semi-skimmed milk to a jug and crack in 1 egg. Whisk the egg in the jug with the milk until fully incorporated. Put to one side.
3. Finely chop the spring onions, garlic, coriander and your selection of greens. Grate both cheeses and put to one side.
4. Add ½ tsp of salt to the flour and mix before making a well in the middle and pouring in the milk bit by bit, whisking continuously. Once you have a smooth batter, add the other ingredients until fully incorporated.
5. Put a large non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat and add a tsp of rapeseed oil. Once hot, drop a heaped tablespoon of mixture into the pan and push down with the back of the spoon to create a round-dish shape. Repeat this process making sure the drop scones are not to close together. After a couple of minutes, flip the scones over and press down on them with the back of a spatular to help them cook through – feel free to flip them over a couple more time to insure they are cooked all the way through.
6. Turn the scones out onto a plate, cover loosely with foil and place in the warm oven while you make your second batch of scones. Repeat this process until you have no batter left. Serve warm with a simple rocket salad, sliced avocado, a good crack of black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

Savoury drop scones
Savoury drop scones


If you’ve had a go at making my savoury drop scones or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V– Vegetarian
*Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiani) is always made using animal rennet, therefore it is not vegetarian. Substitute for Italian hard cheese if applicable.



Welsh rarebit

Welsh rarebit
Welsh rarebit
Welsh rarebit

Easy, cheap and bad for your cholesterol, this teatime treat is the kind of oozy comfort food that blocks your arteries with love (and fat) – just what the doctor may have ordered back in 1725.
Believed to have taken off in 18th century England, it may surprise you to learn that Welsh rarebit isn’t Welsh at all, but an English dig at poverty stricken Wales – nice. Rabbit was a poor man’s meat in England, whereas the poor man’s ‘meat’ in Wales was cheese, thus the name ‘Welsh rabbit’. Although somewhere along the way, the alternative spelling, ‘rarebit’, crept in for some reason, and no one really knows why. Anyhoo, that’s not to say that the Welsh didn’t eat Welsh rarebit – cheese, bread and beer were food staples of the time. Sounds worryingly like my current diet. Oh well, scurvy here I come…


Welsh rarebit
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 15 mins / V
75g vegetarian mature cheddar, grated
1 egg yolk
1 tbs beer or stout (or milk if you don’t have any)
½ tsp English mustard
1 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce*
2 thick slices of bread


Method
1. Grate the cheese and place in a bowl along with the egg yolk, stout, English mustard and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and put to one side.
2. Put a grill on a high heat and toast the bread in a toaster before spooning and squashing the cheese mixture onto each slice liberally. Place the slices on a baking tray and under the hot grill for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese has started to bubble and brown. Serve immediately.

Welsh rarebit
Welsh rarebit

If you’ve had a go at making my Welsh rarebit or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com


V– Vegetarian
*Most brands of Worcestershire sauce regretably not vegetarian as they contain fish so always check the label. I used a vegan brand in this recipe called Biona.