This month I was challenged by Pilgrim’s Choice to create a dish using their new range of Pick and Mix cheeses. As you know I am not the best at cooking, baking or anything food related don’t forget I am the girl who can burn beans! Seriously I’m not kidding here, but I thought why not have a go see what I can come up with, hmmmm not as easy as it sounds truth be told.
I received a lovely little selection of cheeses to use however I wanted in handy little 80g piece additive free in bright fresh and funky packaging, perfect for trying something new. I used to work on the deli counter in Morrison’s so I have actually tried many different types of cheese although I am a good old cheddar or Red Leicester kinda girl at heart. But it is good for us to try new things every now and again and that is exactly what I wanted to do with these cheeses. These are the flavours I received,
- Smokey Cheddar
- Vintage Cheddar
- Wensleydale with Cranberries
- Wensleydale with Apple
- Indian Spice
Quite the variety but what to make was still the question. I’m a simple kind of girl, don’t eat anything fancy really and I wanted to do something different yet stick to what I would eat usually. So I used them all in different ways in meals I enjoy but my favourite was the one I was stuck on most, Wensleydale and Cranberry. Having tried it in the past and not being fussed on it I wanted to incorporate it into something I would enjoy so I made cakes! With cheese! The recipe will be at the bottom of this post if you fancy trying it out yourself.
I used the firecracker cheese melted on some chicken for fajitas, I put it in the frying pan to melt whist the chicken was cooking it was absolutely delicious especially as I don’t really like peppers so it tends to get a bit boring, teamed with some kale it made a delicious meal along with some chunky wedges. The Wensleydale and Apple was perfect as a snack on some dark rye Ryvitas, a little on the sweet side for me but a nice change from cheese spread. I couldn’t resist using the Vintage Cheddar for some good old cheese on toast topped with black pepper and tinned plum tomatoes perfect for breakfast! I used left over Firecracker Cheese and the Smokey Vintage in one of my favourite foods, filled baked potato skins just delicious and lastly was a completely failed attempt at an omelette using the Indian Spice cheese. Thanks to my utter fear of eggs it all just went horribly wrong but the cheese itself was not the issue at all, blame the dodgy chef!
Honestly I think if I see any of these cheeses, especially the firecracker I will definitely be purchasing some especially if I am making fajitas!
p.s. please excuse lack of photos my phone died while I was baking! Obviously the shock of me actually baking!
Cupcakes with Wensleydale with Cranberries
What you will need:
- a muffin baking tray
- paper cases
- mixing bowl
- 250g plain flour
- 150g sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 175ml milk
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 75g Wensleydale with Cranberries cheese
- 2 tablespoons orange peel (optional)
- cocoa powder (optional) as much you would like to add I used 2 heaped tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons pecans/walnuts
- Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into mixing bowl and mix together
- Add in milk, oil and egg and mix until all flour is moistened
- Grate Wensleydale with Cranberries cheese into mixture
- Add in any other optional ingredients and fold into the mixture
- Use teaspoon to to measure equal amounts into cake cases
- Place in a pre-heated oven gas mark 5/190c/375f
- Bake for 20 minutes
This is the recipe I used but obviously can be adapted by more adept and experienced bakers to make it into muffins/cakes/loaf anything really. But as a complete and utter novice and pretty useless baker I was really surprised at how well they turned out. I really enjoyed them and roped my mum into trying them too, she ate 2! 2 cakes! That I made! Here is what she had to say:
“A really nice cake, the sponge was a little bit heavy probably due to the cheese but it was a nice taste not too strong and a nice blend of flavours”
It is worth noting my mum actually can bake/cook/manage not to burn beans! Hope you enjoy if you decide to try this out!
*Disclaimer: I was sent all the above flavours of cheese to try out in different recipes. All thoughts, meal ideas and recipes are my own*