Our first ever blog post, eek! Starting this is both scary and exciting as we've never done anything like this before - we're just a small grazing and afternoon tea company, who love, love, love all things food, and to be completely honest, we're entirely winging it (the blog, not the catering)!
We're hoping to write every week from now on to publish our brand new "pairings of the week" recipes and to talk all things food and drink - whether it's the latest restaurants or food markets we've visited, new cook books we've discovered or just a general chat about what's been going on.
Our new "parings of the week" are designed for you to try something a little bit different than you perhaps normally would at home, and hopefully, taste some unusual, but, delicious combinations. Most weeks our recipes will include cheese (because that's what we do best), but we will mix it up from time to time and will definitely include some vegan options too. They will be simple and easy to make and we will only ever use ingredients that are available to buy in your local supermarkets or shops - so you can easily, and affordably, try them out at home.
Cooked Sweet Plums with Crunchy Mature Cheddar
Ingredients (serves 1)
1 Plum (we used Supersweet Plums 325g from Tesco)
30g Crunchy Cheddar Cheese (we used Barber's Mature Crunchy Cheddar from Sainsburys Taste the Difference Range)
1 tbsp Olive Oil (we used Filippo Berio Mild & Light in Colour)
Salt and Pepper to season
Optional: Drizzle of Honey (we used Rowse Clear Squeezy Honey)
Heat olive oil in a small frying pan on a medium to high heat.
Slice your plum into 4/5 thick slices
Once your pan is hot, carefully place the slices flesh side down (the oil should be hot enough that they sizzle) and leave to fry for approx. 2-3 minutes.
Turn the slices over (skin side down now) and leave for another 2-3 minutes
The slices should now be slightly charred down the middle of the flesh and across the skin - if not continue cooking until they are.
Season the slices with salt and pepper and turn in the pan for another minute.
Remove plum slices and place on a dish
Crumble your cheese over the top and drizzle with honey
Serve immediately whilst the plums are still hot, either as it is, with crackers or warm ciabatta.
Let us know in the comments if you try it out, and if so, what you think!