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Showing posts with label cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cheese. Show all posts

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!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Cambridge!

Well, here I am in Cambridge...

I have been here for a week, and a bit. So much has already happened. It is actually ridiculous! I have eaten my weight in cheese toasties. Toasties seem to be the "in" thing here. That, or I am just unaccustomed to the mysterious nuances of student life.

Tonight I am going to something called a 'College Family Superhall' which is indeed as weird and confusing as it sounds. It is basically a fancy dress dinner. I have also joined a society which simply calls itself the 'Sheila and Her Dog Society'. I must say, the people are the strangest and cutest people I have ever met in my life. They sit around in their dressing gowns, playing Charades, and eating lumps of cheese. It is all rather quaint, but yet so lively! I have also auditioned and been accepted by the College Chapel Choir, which aside from the God stuff (which I will be getting enough of during my Theology course for the next three years), should be really good fun! And it means free food on Sundays!

I am still considering whether or not to get into rowing... Do I really want to be a boatie? Do I need that in my life? I am not sure... But it is something so inherently 'Cambridge', you know?

Have made some lovely friends here too, which I am very happy about.

Sorry this is such a quick post. Here is a picture of some of us on Matriculation day. (Laura, Emma, and Me)

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Half Term

Well, I have succeeded in having a very action packed Half Term week, but not a very productive one, work-wise. Still, it has been fulfilling in other ways. I had my friends Hannah and Nabs over last Sunday to watch the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet. He starred in it, and directed it so over all the film seemed to be a big self-indulgent montage of his face. We are studying Hamlet at the moment, and thought we may as well make an evening of it, so Hannah brought shortbread with her, and Nabs brought Schloer (or however you spell it. that drink...)

The Saturday before that, I had a Lord of the Rings evening with Kat and Tilly. We managed to watch all three, but not the bonus features which was a shame. I know, I am the biggest geek in Britain, but I think that a LOTR all-nighter is necessary from time to time. I suppose that now is the best moment to mention that I own a replica of Arwen's Evenstar pendant from the Films. Although it is embarrassing, I am soooo proud of it.

Last night, it was my friend Alison's birthday, which was fun, but on my way back home on the last train I met two drunk schoolteachers, three people about my age, and an old Mod, and we all sat around on the carriage drinking cider out of mugs, and listening to Kings of Leon on one of the schoolteachers' laptops, which was something of a rave!

On Thursday night, I went out for dinner with my Orchestra Chums, and then we were going to go out to a gig, but the band we wanted to see (Blueprint) weren't on until 1 in the morning. We were really gutted cause they are an amazing band, but instead some of us went to the pub.

I also went for a fun day in at my friend Kirsty's house, with some of our other friends. We made cake, and a makeshift cheese platter, which is basically what we do when we are around at her house.

I have also been watching a lot of 'Twin Peaks' with my friend, Elbe. I highly recommend it, as it is such an incredible television programme. Elbe is obsessed by the symmetry of the shots, which I must admit are beautiful, but I am mainly taken by the plot. It is so gloriously creepy! There is a midget who talks backwards, a little boy in a tiny tuxedo who holds creamed corn in his hands, and about a thousand subplots that I BET will all link up in the end!

At the moment, I am listening to 'The Libertine' by Patrick Wolf. It is one of those songs that made the world glow, as I listened to it on my iPod, so I thought I would listen to it again.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything at all intellectual to write about in this Blog entry, mainly because I have been geeking out this half term. I am still reading 'The Cornish Trilogy' by Robertson Davies, mainly because halfway through the second book, I was suddenly plunged into a seemingly never-ending chasm of work, which I am essentially still lost in. This half term has been a welcome break, although I have done far less work than I ought to have, which has just led to feelings of guilt.

This dress here is incredible! Oh my gosh, I want it! (I hope that link worked, I just spent about Five minutes trying to make it come up properly...)

Anyway, on that note, I end this rather mundane post.