Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Twists

Cheddar Cheese Twists

I’ve made a couple of different versions of these now, and they’re always pretty popular at family gatherings – I don’t think there have been any left at the end of the evenings where they’ve been served. And yet, they are so simple to make, they literally take a couple of minutes once you’ve got the three ingredients required together. Now, that’s the kind of party food I’m into. Not to mention the delicious kind that you can easily wolf down in one sitting – maybe it’s best if you make an extra batch just for you on movie night, so you don’t have to leave any for other part-going guests. This recipe makes 12 twists.

Ingredients

  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • 120g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • One egg, lightly whisked
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll your puff pastry and place it onto a chopping board or countertop.
  3. Use a pastry brush to lightly cover the pastry all over with the melted butter.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese all over the top, lightly pressing down to adhere it to the butter/pastry – you can use a rolling pin to do this if you like.
  5. Cut the pastry into 12 even pieces along the width.
  6. Pick each one up individually, taking each end of the pastry and twisting 5 times, before putting it on the parchment paper – it’ll have taken on a twisted stick shape.
  7. Once you’ve done this with all 12 of the pastry pieces, use the pastry brush to brush egg on top of each twist, to give it a shiny finish when baking.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden and the cheese has melted.

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5 Late Summer Date Ideas

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I’m trying to make the most of however many light evenings and warm days we have left now that Summer is coming to a close. Don’t get me wrong, I love Autumn and can’t wait to really enjoy some crisp, cool mornings and toasty, dark evenings, but I also really appreciate each season individually and want to get everything I can out of Summer before September is upon us. Me and the Mr. are also trying to find date ideas we can share, as we both have a week off from work coming up and we have some time together planned. I thought it would be nice to run through a few ideas I’ve come up with for late Summer date ideas that you might be able to try too. They’re all super affordable, if not free, so they’re easy to enjoy, without it being a big expense.

Sunset Drive

As the days pass by, sunsets are going to start getting earlier and earlier in the coming weeks, and so there aren’t many left to be enjoyed late into the evening, when you jump in your car and pick just the right spot to watch this natural beauty. We’re lucky enough to live in an area where we can watch the sun set right by the sea, so we have been known to sit in the car and watch as it sinks below the surface of the water before going for a quiet walk along the sea front. I love doing this and hope that no matter where we end up in the coming years, that we can still make a habit of spending some Summer evenings enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Afternoon Picnic

If you’re lucky enough to still enjoy some warm weekend afternoons well into August then why not take a picnic to a local park or beauty spot to enjoy a bite to eat? It doesn’t cost a lot to take a few snacks and drinks with you, along with a blanket to sit on, and it’s an afternoon away from home to enjoy with your honey. You could even make it a technology-free time, so that you can really enjoy the company of each other, without being distracted by your smart phone. Make long-term plans, go over ideas for future trips you want to take, continue to get to know as much as you can about the one you love – those are definitely my most favourite kinds of afternoon.

Fairground Fun

A lot of fairgrounds close up for the fall/winter seasons, when they’re affected by low visitor numbers or bad weather, so make the most of any local to you now, while you still have the chance. I don’t know about you, but I love most fairground rides, along with all the treats you can win at the fun amusement stands, so why not have a care-free, enjoyable date day/night by getting your adrenaline going and feeling just like a kid again. I won’t judge if you spend the time eating candy floss and hot dogs, nobody said date nights had to be healthy!

Neighbourhood Walks

We’ve been doing this a ton recently, and I’ve really been enjoying getting out and about in the area we live, getting some exercise and fresh air, while also finding out a bit more about the streets around us. Summer is the best time to spend time like this, as it’s still light when we’re heading out and the weather is still good, but we hope to do this in between the bad going into Autumn and Winter. This is another great chance for us to unwind after our work days, as we talk a lot while we’re moving, but it’s also great to be getting fresh air and to be burning some calories, where we could otherwise be sat indoors watching TV.

Garden Movie Night

If you can get hold of a reasonably priced projector, why not put together a little outdoor movie night. We all love movie nights spent at home, but surely it’s so much better underneath the stars, enjoying your favourite films and home-made snacks. Pick out a couple of both of your favourites, to make things fair, and choose a few different genres, so that you get a good mix of films and enjoy some good old-fashioned movie night fun. I would suggest flavoured popcorn, home-made nachos and anything chocolate as the perfect snacks for this venture and the more pillows and blankets you can find, the better!

Back To School Essentials

It’s that time of year again. The summer is slowly coming to an end and those in school/college/university are thinking about the impending start of the new academic year. I’ve been out of school for quite a few years but I always remember the best part of going back to school was all the new supplies you got to buy. Both Lucy and I are big stationery fans so we would spend hours picking out pens, pencils, folders and all the other essentials to make going back to the classroom that little more enjoyable. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite selections below.

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001. Multi Polkadot Tweed Top Handle Backpack | 002. Owls triple pencil case | 003. Caroline Gardner Floral Print Ballpen | 004. Vintage Blossoms Notebook Sets | 005. Butterfly Butterfly Board Lever Arch File | 006. Set of 6 Mini Dot Pencils

Basic Smoky Eye Tutorial

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This is my go-to weekend make-up look – I’m putting in a little more effort than on weekdays, but it’s not necessarily a full night-time look, when I would add more colour, eye liner, etc. This takes no time at all to achieve, so it’s still a pretty minimal effort look when you only have 15 minutes to pull something together. I use the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette at the moment, and only add one H&M brush to the eyeshadow brush that comes with the palette. The only thing I do to prepare my eyes before hand is to sweep on some primer, just to keep everything looking fresh for as long as possible.

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I use 2 colours, which I mix, for each layer, starting with the lightest. I sweep these colours over the whole lid, from middle to the outside, several times to create a pigmented look. This is quite subtle at this stage, and I have been known to just stick with this layer when I want something super simple, but this is just the first layer of this look.

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You can add some more of the lighter shades here if you want, but for my second layer I jump straight to the darker brown colours for contrast. I sweep a couple of these mid-to-dark colours over the outer half of my lids, to create a gradual change from the lighter to the darker look. You can use a cotton bud to blend it in further, but at this stage I just use the eyeshadow brush to blend it together.

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This last layer, the darkest colours, should just be applied to the outer third of the lid to create the last stage of the ombre effect from light to dark. Again, you can use a cotton bud to blend the shadows together to create the best gradient look, but that’s up to you really. I like to use a pointed brush to fill in a little of the lash line near the outer corner, just to give extra definition, but this step is optional, depending on how dark you want to go. You can also add a little of this darkest shade to the outer corner of your bottom lid/lash line if you like.

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Finish your look off with black mascara and a pink lip.

 

Recipe: Simple tofu stir-fry

 

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Ingredients

  • Fine egg noodles
  • Chow Mein stir-fry sauce
  • Tofu pieces
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 1/4 onion
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 100g sweetcorn
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Olive oil, for frying
  1. Finely chop the pepper, garlic, onion and tomatoes, and add these along with the sweetcorn and tofu to the wok and stir-fry in olive oil for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. While that’s browning, cook the noodles as instructed on the packet. I let mine soak in boiling water for 4 minutes.
  3. Once the noodles are cooked, add them to the wok with your vegetables and tofu.
  4. Add the stir-fry sauce and cook until the sauce is heated through. This took approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Serve your stir-fry. This recipe was 1-2 servings depending on how much you wish to eat.

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