Greetings dear readers – I trust this blog finds you well and relaxed. Thanks as always for your comments, it's great to hear from you all and I do try to reply ASAP but obviously my comments are posted exactly the same as yours – and there may be a slight delay, depending when I post (usually around 2 or 3am) as nature lovers will know that's the Fox's prime activity time (I sense a Marian reply?)
I've attached the front of the fab Father's Day card my daughter Ali gave me – she has received quite a bit of stick from her friends who have caught my various 'Wii moves', even her dance teacher commented on my homage to Michael Jackson – she didn't realise a grown man could move quite like that.
It also takes me back to my college days with my pastel green suit, swept-back gelled dark brown hair and busting my Travolta moves. It's funny looking back – I went through so many phases of music and the fashions that went with them – I remember the stack shoes, Ben Sherman shirts, Harrington jackets, DMs, tank tops, cheese cloth shirts (never went in for the flower power Afghan sheepskin coats – too smelly), drainpipes, crepe-soled shoes, bell bottoms, Brutus baggies, barrow boy caps, pirate shirts and this was all in the space of around 3 or 4 years, although the New Romantic look came a little later in the 80s.
It was all about fashion and a 'look' rather than actually being a Teddy Boy, Hippie or Rock follower etc. but we at the time thought we were very cool and I suppose that's the way it should be.
Come on girls and boys if you're reading this, what were you? Bay City Roller, glam rock, punk, New Wave, heavy metal etc. – share it with us !
I presented a kitchen show the other day with the lovely Jilly Jones and she made some amazing cheese straws, which of course I had to sample. She told me the recipe, posted below, and says it's basically the same as in the Kuhn Rikon recipe booklet, but she has spiced it up a little – so as promised here it is – Happy baking and eating!
Take care until next week,
P.S. Special thanks to Jilly and Ali x
Jilly's Cheese Straws
8oz/225g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
6 oz/150g margarine, softened
½ tsp Tabasco sauce
70z/200g flour, sifted
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Blend cheese, margarine, egg, and Tabasco sauce; set aside.
Sift flour, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper together. Sift flour mixture gradually over cheese mixture; either use food processor fitted with a metal blade or work like pastry, kneading until soft and well blended.
Pack the dough into cookie press according to the instructions. Use small star-shaped cookie disk. Holding cookie press at an angle, press the trigger twice, dragging the press away to make a 3-inch long straw or press continuously to make one long straw and cut later into smaller pieces. Space the straws 1 inch apart.
Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove immediately to cooling rack. Cool completely before storing.
(If you don't have a cookie press then you can roll out the dough into cheese straw shapes and bake as above).