Goats cheese rarebit
My dear wife Lauren always resorts to toasted cheese sandwiches in times of mental breakdown. I’d been having another typically PhD day last thursday – one where you end up feeling like a complete imbecile and wonder how you even manage to tie your shoes in the morning, let alone extract data through some immensely complex routine in matlab (basically like excel on steroids for those of you not familiar with it)! So, taking a leaf out of Laurens book I stomped out of my office in search of cheese and toasted bread. Emily came to my rescue and suggested I make a welsh rarebit (fancy cheese on toast). I’m more than familiar with this delightful dish and back home could frequently be found noshing on the Devon version (with cider) at Riverford farm cafe.
Typically a rarebit is made with some form of strong cheese – usually cheddar. But delicious cheddar is in short (and expensive) supply in South Africa, however I did have a log of delicious fynbos fed, goats cheese! Staying true to my Devon roots I added some cider and leeks (it’s a healthy dinner honest…) to go with some mustard in the thick cheesey sauce.
Goats cheese rarebit
125g plain goats cheese
2 medium leeks, finely chopped (red onions would also work nicely)
1 tsp of wholegrain mustard
50ml sweet cider
1 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp plain flour
A nice crusty white baguette
Slice baguette up in to bruschetta style pieces and toast on both sides. In a pan melt the butter over a low heat and soften the leeks. Add the cider and reduce then add the mustard and flour and stir well. Once this mix has cooked slightly (5 mins or so) add the goats cheese (well crumbled) and the milk and turn up the heat until the sauce becomes thick and sticky. Season with plenty of black pepper and spread the cheese mix over each of the toasted baguette slices. Return the slices to the grill until the cheese turns golden.
Serve with a nice salad – apples/pears/walnuts and green leaves would go great with this although I only had cucumber and tomatoes and this was nice too.