Cheese is a staple of many family meals and it is certainly something we always have in the fridge without fail. Whether it’s cheese on toast as a winter comforting snack, making up a cheese board after dinner or topping some yummy nachos, cheese is definitely a firm family favourite.
The folk at Cathedral City, the nation’s favourite cheddar, challenged me to share our favourite family cheese recipe, using Cathedral City Mature Cheddar. Cathedral City is made at their Cornish creamery using milk from dedicated West Country farmers, which gives their cheese a distinctive, smooth and creamy taste.
For Mr Hubby and I our favourite cheese recipe is without doubt Cauliflower Cheese, nom nom nom. Baby on the other hand, is quite fussy and not a cauliflower fan, so top of her cheesy food wish list would be Cheese and Marmite Puff Pastry Pinwheels (Mr Hubby usually helps her to eat them too!).
Cauliflower Cheese is such an easy meal to make; so easy that even I can do it! Nigella I am not…
Supped Up Cauliflower Cheese
1 large cauliflower (leaves cut off), broken into pieces
4 tbsp flour
1 white onion – sliced
4 rashers of bacon, cut into small pieces
Pinch of mustard powder
100g grated cheddar
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for 5 mins. Drain the cauliflower and place in an ovenproof dish.
- Fry or grill bacon rashers.
- Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 7. Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour and butter. Keep whisking as the butter melts and the mixture comes to the boil. The flour will disappear and the sauce will begin to thicken. Continue whisking for 2-3 mins until sauce thickens more, then add mustard powder and black pepper. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Add bacon pieces and scatter the remaining cheese over the top.
- Bake for 20 mins until bubbling and beginning to turn golden.
Cheese and Marmite Pinwheels
50g grated cheese
250g puff pastry
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp plain flour – for dusting
1 tsp Marmite mixed with 1 tsp soft butter
- Pre-heat oven to 230C/gas 8.
- Roll out pastry into rectangle.
- Spread with the marmite/butter mixture leaving 2cm border.
- Brush edges with beaten egg, then sprinkle cheese to cover marmite evenly.
- Roll tightly, brushing with egg to stick.
- Cut into thick slices and place on baking tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes under risen and golden.
Cathedral City have come up with some fun “Cheese Rules”, which ones apply to you?
Bubbling cheese must on no account be allowed to go unwitnessed.
The bit of cheese that’s too awkward to grate must immediately be eaten.
Crispy bits are irresistible, absolutely no effort should be made to resist them.
You might feel guilty after multiple visits to the cheese board. Do not.
If you burn yourself on melted cheese, you will make a big fuss about it.
Both of our recipes require grated cheese, which means there is always a little bit to pinch. Mr Hubby always steals the golden bits of cheese from the edges of the cauliflower cheese bowl, so lots of “Cheese Rules” apply in our house.
Cathedral City conducted some research that found some interesting facts about our nation of cheese lovers. Although we seem to be a nation obsessed with social media, spending over 20 hours online per week, one in five people preferred cheese to social media (I’m not sure I could go that far!). Apparently most of us say we can’t survive more than four days without consuming cheese. The most shocking result for me was that one in ten people admit that they never have pudding and will always opt for a cheese board.
Through the study, Cathedral City discovered the secret formula for the nation’s favourite mealtime is;
- Eat at home
o Almost 85% prefer meals at home over eating out at a restaurant.
- Invite family and partners to a sit down meal
o 65% of respondents prefer to enjoy meals with family and partners, with nearly half (46%) preferring to sit around a table.
- Take your time
o Our perfect meal is a slow one, with a third of us (32%) spending 1 to 2 hours enjoying our favourite cheesy food.
- Switch from the sweet stuff
o 55% of Brits opt for a cheese board to finish their perfect meal.
- And make it a Saturday
o 43% choose to enjoy their favourite lasagne, pizza and pasta dishes on a Saturday.
With the help of ‘The Food Psychologist’, Dr Christy Fergusson, Cathedral City has also discovered nine types of UK cheese lovers. With traits spanning the Ultimate Cheese Worshiper, the Passionate Cheese Lover, to the Fair Weather Cheese Lover (which is what I came out as). You can take the quiz on Cathedral City’s Facebook page and discover which type you are.
Love cheese? Welcome to the club!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.