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Thursday, 18 September 2014

I totally dig: Oatcakes in Autumn

nairns oatcake remix

So Autumn is here (did I mention that before? I don't think I did...) and something that I really crave when September rolls around, is oatcakes. When I was a teenager, I'd have oatcakes when I got back from school as a little post-education snack. My topping of choice is always cheese and Vegemite. Yeah, I do like Marmite, but if I had to choose between them for some reason, I'd always go for Vegemite, Marmite's Australian cousin. Anyway, this post isn't about Vegemite (that's a whole other post for another day, I think); this post is about my love affair with oatcakes.

I think what I love most about oatcakes - nostalgia aside - is how versatile they are. You can eat them for breakfast, with some peanut butter and banana on them; you can dip them in tinned tomato soup, like tea biscuits. But I think that where they really come into their own, is as a cheese biscuit. I made a few of my favourite cheesy oatcake creations, and let Dan be my official taste tester. What a lucky boy! I made a blue cheese and grape combo, a cheddar and chutney combo, and my old favourite, the cheddar and Vegemite (cheddamite?) combo.

oatcake cheese platter
man eats cheese biscuit

Now, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Our flat is full of boxes right now. We've been eating dinner off our laps for the last week, and there's nowhere inside where I can take pretty photographs. So I made a makeshift table scenario just outside our front door on the pavement. Passers-by thought we were having a really bizarrely situated oatcake picnic, which must have been interesting for them. The things we bloggers do for a good photo, eh?

A year or two ago, Nairns brought out a range of sweet oat biscuits (or cookies, for my American friends). I've got really fond memories of eating these after a long day at work during my teacher training. If you're looking for the most autumnal treat you can find this side of the Atlantic, the Fruit and Spice biscuits are what you need. Sometimes I feel like the UK hasn't capitalised on the concept of Autumn (or Fall, if you prefer) as much as the North Americans. I'm perpetually fascinated by the way America manages to market an entire season to customers. I don't know whether to despair at it, or throw myself into it wholeheartedly. I admit, part of me is jealous of the idea of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING...

cosy tea and biscuits

It's probably worth mentioning that this post isn't sponsored by Nairns, but I'm definitely not saying that I'd reject them if they wanted to collaborate with me in the future...! ;) Enjoy the rest of the week everyone, and let me know what you'd put on an oatcake!

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55 comments:

  1. Haha I love this post. Oatcakes are one of my favourite snacks, I used to eat so many when I was a kid so I feel quite nostalgic about them.

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm literally eating one right now...

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  2. Ever since I visited London I've been sort of sad about how few oatcakes there are in the States, or at least in my area. They really are sort of perfect... I've considered trying to make them but I have this feeling I'd be disappointed, I mean that's what generally happens when I've tried to replicate a mass-produced thing at home because it might be good but it's not the *same.*

    But yeah, the whole pumpkin spice thing is sort of annoying in concept but damn is it tasty.

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    1. I know what you mean - I tried to make jaffacakes once and it was horrifying!!!

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  3. Okay, I'm going to be super American and admit I have NO idea what marmite and vegemite are! That being said, I do love me some cheese and crackers. I just nabbed these amazing fig and olive crackers from the store the other day and have been munching on them as my afternoon snack. I generally love the fruit and cheese combo.

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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    1. Ahh, of course. I always forget - there are lots of videos on Youtube, of Americans eating Vegemite and Marmite and making sad faces. It's very salty, but it looks like a rich chocolate thing. I imagine that a lot of people expect it to be sweeter? Anyway, it's made of yeast... That was pretty much the least descriptive thing I've ever written... sorry...!! :S

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  4. Bahaha, as one of those North Americans, I have to chuckle at how accurate your assessment of the pumpkin spice situation is...sigh. Seriously, I feel like it's gotten worse just in this year alone. Did you know they're making Pumpkin Spice OREOS!?
    And I'm definitely buying them when they come out...
    Hehehe

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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    1. The magical Autumnal ideal that they are selling is so seductive, isn't it?! I'd totally buy pumpkin spice Oreos!

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  5. I love oatcakes! and used to have them in my lunchbox too! I've never heard of vegemite before but it sounds intriguing. Better than marmite hahaa

    xo
    www.thisisfrancescarose.com

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    1. It's like Marmite, but has a slightly different flavour and a much more manageable texture (in my opinion)!

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  6. I love them too!!! Yes with cheese (Epoisses, goat, brie) or cheddar or comte with onion chutney! Tescos do these super chilli ones in their Deli range. I love them in their own as a snack as I run for the train.x

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    1. I am going to check those out when I'm next in a big Tesco! I am SO into the 'exotic' oatcake flavours! I'm such an interesting person...

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  7. Yum, those look great
    xo
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  8. Oh, I love oatcakes! These look amazing :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. You're living in oatcake land now, so you'll have an unlimited supply!

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  9. Haha, no one has capitalised on Fall like the USA. In fact, where I am from there is now Fall stuff. Thankfully I have a US friend that sends me the best Fall packages though:)
    And I have to admit the Dutch don't really do oatcakes either… However we now have M&S, so we can get oatcakes too:D They're so good!

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    1. I want a US friend to send me all of the autumn stuff! You lucky thing!

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  10. Love this post, I really like how you've edited your photographs. Fall is here! I miss summer, but hopefully here in NYC it lasts longer than it did last year (only 2 autumn weeks, and then the polar vortex took over)

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    1. Ooh god, yeah. I hope you guys get a satisfying autumn this time around! <3

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  11. We actually have a different style of oatcakes that we use in Staffordshire that are massive things with melted cheese - we've never called oaty crackers oatcakes :)

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. Interesting! I'll have to look those up!

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  12. Omg the fruit and spice biscuits are dreamy with the Twinings chamomile and spiced apple tea! The chocolate chip ones are also rather delish :)

    Lulu
    http://candyappledarling.blogspot.com

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    1. OH YES! Autumnal spice to the MAX!

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  13. Ooooo I never tried Oatcakes before but they look really nice. I def need to add this on my "to find " list :)

    ~ Lu
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    1. Yeah! They're a great cracker for cheese!

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  14. these look delicious! lovely photos x

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  15. Ooh I do love a good oatcake, especially with Marmite (sorry Vegemite is poo) and cheddar. The blue cheese and grapes sounds luuush tho. Also, best of luck with discovering a home under all your boxes!

    Cats in Crop Tops

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    1. NOOOO VEGEMITE ISN'T POO! *cries forever*

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  16. So happy that you've devoted a post to oatcakes! I used to pretty much live off them during show weeks at uni :) I love putting a good wedge of blue cheese on them too (I'm addicted to an amazing Stilton I found on Redchurch Street at the moment!) possibly with a small dollop of honey. Pretty jealous of America's big pumpkin craze in the autumn, too - I want tinned pumpkin to be a thing in the UK too so I can make pumpkin cheesecake without having to wait for Halloween.

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure xx

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    1. You can totally get it all year round in the Waitrose underneath the Oxford Street John Lewis! Make a pumpkin cheesecake now please?! And bring me some?!

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  17. Being a Scottish, I've always loved me an oatcake or five! As long as they're around cheese and chutney of some sort, then I'm a happy camper! :)

    Lou ~ whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

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    1. Sounds like we can be friends! ;P

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  18. This looks amazing, would quite enjoy one now.

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  19. I love your blog ans writing style. Thanks you so much for all the comments on my blog :) Keep up the good work :)

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    1. I'm glad you like it - that means a lot! :)

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  20. I love the first snack, healthy and delicious!
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    1. Yes - although I could probably eat it in large enough quantities that it would become unhealthy...

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  21. I just love crackers and oatcakes and such. It's all about the cheese for me, the cheddar to be precise! Plus with not really being able to get cheddar, I crave it even more!

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    1. Oh god, everything is just a vessel for cheese really, isn't it?!

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