Since this week has been rather busy so far with going to Poitiers for our language assistant “training” day and starting out at the school (still getting paperwork sorted, but nearly all done now! I even have a bank account!) – I thought I’d share something I made before I came to La Rochelle. It’s just a really good recipe idea for something comforting and filling this winter, and it’s a new twist on an old favourite – quiche vs. cauliflower cheese.
The good thing about this is that it makes enough to keep in the fridge and then snack on, hot or cold. The bad this is… well… it didn’t last as long as I expected. It was just too good.
I just love cauliflower cheese – it’s one of my almost weekly staples at university! And with our new-fangled micro-oven-grill thing, which is blacker than black, standing in the shared kitchen here in La Rochelle, perhaps I can make it here too. Cauliflower cheese that is.
But if you have access to an oven, have a go at this. It has a few steps, but it’s dead easy. Pastry is so easy and cheap to make (or you can buy it ready rolled!), and once you have baked it blind just add your filling – cooked cauliflower, bacon, chives, and a mixture of egg, cream and cheese. Find the recipe here, it’s a BBC Good Food find.
And you could be like me, and just go all silly and add hearts for no reason. Well, ok there actually was a reason – I had some pastry left over. I always end up wanting to add extra little details because of this. Ah, I miss being able to make pastry already. Having said that, there’a rather luxurious looking patisserie that I have been meaning to try out for a while. Perhaps I will “reward” myself tomorrow for getting through my first week. Yes, I think that sounds like a good idea.
Until then, well, I have actually taken my sketchbook out, hooray! It always takes more motivation for me than other things. On the other hand, I have been doing quite a bit of scrap-booking! And have some exciting opportunities coming up to do with “Practise English” – i.e. going into some other departments at the school and speaking English with the students, to help them practise for a job one day. There is a patisserie department, and a bar. That’s all I’m saying. For now.