Saturday, 2 March 2013

Pretty Pic's and Thrifty Cheese..

Hello there ...
hope all is hunky dorey in your world.

Just a few pretty pic's today ... little things that make me smile. 

 I potted up these little beauties in mis matched china ..I glued the cups to the saucers for more stability..

 I have them dotted about the house ... spreading their loveliness..

Absolutely bursting with the promise of Spring .. and zinging with life in the sunshine!

And we have had lots off it ... lovely .. fresh ...sparkley days ... days with a promise in the air..

 Another pretty.

I'm hoping we have an early Spring ... my Broad Beans are coming on in leaps and bounds and will want planting out soon the way they are going. 

 This weeks Thrifty Buy ...

 I managed to buy this from the butcher van for £10 ...
 2.38 kg for £10.

Cheese is expensive and I do always look for the ones 'on offer'...
but saying that some are a bit bland and rubbery and I end up using twice as much to get some flavour into a dish.

So this was a bit of a gamble ... but it seems to have paid off ... its nice and strong...and suitably 'cheese-y'

I cut it into usable lumps  ... put a couple in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. The trick is .. as with anything you have lots of not to eat it 'as if there is no tomorrow' ...just because there is lots.
No saving then.

Although it does mean an girl has to expand her cheese-y type dishes ..
.. and not let Hubby P just eat it all on his digestive biscuits. 

Mind you ... bread and cheese ... with a bit of chutney ... 
is there a tastier meal ...
so rustic .. its got to be healthy!

Help me out here folks .... how am I to eat my way through all this cheese? Any .. not too complicated ... cheese-y dishes you have found super tasty?



  1. Ha we posted at the same time, great minds think alike. Very pretty little cups. Cheese omlette, homemade pizza with cheese, quiche, cheese and onion pasties,cheese scones, cheese straws, I need to go and eat some cheese now :)
    Twiggy x

  2. May I ask you a question how do you freeze your cheese?

  3. I love those cup and saucer planters, lovely and cheerful.

  4. When I wasn't on weight watchers I used to grate some cheese, mix it up with a crumbled packet of plain crisps and use to top baked pasta dishes. Crunchy and melty at the same time!

    Love your teacup plants ... I have them dotted all around too and one of my primroses lives in a syrup tin!

    Love Claire xxx

  5. Lovely primroses, we love a cheesey pasta bake(with added veggies) topped with breadcrumbs and grated cheese. I bought a panini type machine a while back so toasties are on the lunch menu a couple of times a week, cheese scones are nice with soup as well.

    the cheese was a good buy ....enjoy it

  6. Those teacups are looking lovely! We get through a fair amount of cheese (vegetarian, and most dishes seem to include it instead of the meat!) but I don't think it'd be wise for me to buy that much cheese. As you say, the trick is not to eat it in a higher amount because it's there, but I know I totally would do!

  7. Millet and cheese patties are lovely and freeze very well.
    I have crystal envy tho, I LOVE those amethyst towers!

  8. Recipe as follows

    Cook 8oz millet, add 4oz cheddar, desert-spoon sage, I fried onion, 1/2 level tsp cayenne pepper, add one egg yolk and mix to bind. Roll into balls and flatten into patties, bake in the oven.

    Wonderful with a fried or poached egg on top!

  9. Love the tea cups. Cheese on toast. Simple, and if not vege, crispy bacon on top and Branston pickle.

  10. I love the teacups with the primroses!! I cant think of a better ingredient to use up. Everything is better with cheese. :)

  11. A dead thrifty and delicious dish is first grease a metal roasting dish , pop under the grill to warm, chop up and onion and drop into the roasting dish, spread all round evenly, put back under grill to soften, beat a few eggs up in a bowl (how many depends on how many people), pour over the chopped onion, then add lots of grated chees. Leave under the grill until it is fully cooked and then serve with whatever you fancy.

  12. oooh! love your plants in tea cups!! We have spent today trying to drill plates but unfortunately cracked most of them!! We have now watched a video on how to drill them properly (I was too impatient before) so now back to the car boots/charity shops to buy more!!! Have a lovely week. xxx

  13. One of our favourite pastie filling is finely chopped red onion, diced cheese and enough chutney to bind it together. Sometimes I add finely diced celery, peppers,courgette really anything that is languishing in the fridge. I do a firm crimp on the edge to stop the cheese escaping and cook for around 25 minutes. If I have a stock of little bits of salady things I make a big batch and freeze raw, they only need a few extra minutes cooking from frozen.

  14. That cheese is a real bargain! I would freeze most of it too(after making a couple of cheese dishes to freeze for when I am short of time)I find that some cheese gets a bit crumbly in the freezer, so I tend to grate quite a bit too. Do you?

  15. Like the sound of Pam's pasty ! Gill

  16. Bread and cheese with creamy butter and pickle onions? Does not get better than that. Or Branston......mmmmmm I think I put on 5lb looking at your pictures. Gonna love this blog


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