Wyke Farms Cheesy scones

Wyke Farms are celebrating a whole host of awards including being the first dairy in the UK to be awarded a triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste. Knowing that Wyke Farms are doing their bit for our planet somehow makes their cheese and butter even tastier (if that is possible).

Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience. Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.

I decided that I would try out a simple Cheese scone recipe with my Wyke farm cheese and butter. For this recipe you will need: 225g self raising flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 25g butter, 150ml milk, 30g Wyke Farms strong cheese.

wyke farm

Preheat the oven to 220 c, and sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Next lightly rub the butter into the flour to form breadcrumbs. mix in the Wykes Farm cheese, and then combine with the milk to make a dough. the less you tough the mixture the lighter your scones will be so I mix in with a knife, and try not to handle the dough too much. Then its time to press out the mixture, and cut out your shapes. Place on a baking sheet, and either glaze with milk of beaten egg.

wyke farm scones

Cook at the top of the oven for 15/18 minutes until risen and lightly coloured. Cool on a wire rack. We enjoyed ours warm from the oven with lashings of Wyke farm butter, and some carrot chutney. Wyke farm cheese and butter is available from the dairy section of your supermarket. We love Wyke farm cheese, and hope that the farm continue their success in the coming year.

wyke farm cheese

Disclaimer, we were sent a range of Wyke farm products to try, the words remain our own and have not been altered.

Chicken and Leek Pie

I had all these amazing intentions when I finished work last August, I was going to get the house clean, finish the decorating and cook homemade meals all the time. I am not so sure any of these happened? As anyone who owns a blog knows it seems to eat up your days, and nights and any other time you let it! So since August I have mostly been child-minding the broken other half, taking the boy to his clubs, meeting up with friends, and the odd bit of baking.

So I have now decided that cooking needs to be a bigger part of what I do, and it starts here. Ok I think it might fall by the wayside from time to time, but as a novice cook, I am determined to open up my cooking talent to more than just opening a jar!

My inspiration for this change of heart came in the most unusual form. I have enjoyed baking the odd cake, which came out of a packet. Now I make time to do it properly, so when I won a Leiths Cookbook, I thought great a Christmas gift for a family member. Little did I know that this huge cookbook would have everything I would need to change my family meals. It started with Chilli, ok something all of you may cook regually. Something I am ashamed to say I have NEVER! made. The boy was supportive with “Urghh whats that!” so I let him choose rice or jacket, he chose rice, and followed the clean plate by please can I have seconds!! So inspired by what I have to admit was a meal I also enjoyed, I followed with Chicken and Leek Pie. This one is not in the Bible, so internet to the rescue.

Chicken & Leek Pie

2 chicken breasts, 1 Leek, 1 carrot, 225ml chicken stock, 85g cream cheese (I used crème fresh) pinch tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon mustard, Pastry. (I used shop bought puff pastry)

Fry the chicken till browned and set aside. Fry the sliced leek in a little butter and a splash of water till soft (7mins) add the diced carrot cook for 3 more minutes. Add the stock and boil till it has reduced by half add teaspoon of mustard, tarragon and cheese and stir in. Transfer mixture to a pie dish. Top with your pastry and bake in a 180c oven for 30/35 mins. Serve with your choice of fresh veg, I went for roast tattys, and beans.

You have to understand, I have never been taught to cook, I wouldn’t have a clue how to make a stock or a sauce, (I used a stock cube) so this is all a little new to me. Being able to produce something that not only was edible but actually tasty was a complete shock to me.

I plan to continue my journey with small steps, and set aside one day when I am not rushing about to cook a meal from scratch. Tonight the Chicken pie is back on the menu, so pictures will follow!

I cooked the pastry lid separate this time so no soggy pastry, and was very pleased with the results as another tasty family meal.

chicken and leek pie

 

 

ilumi Thai curry review

Have you got friends or family who have food allergy’s or intolerances. I know an increasing amount of people who have, even the boy I think has a slight gluten intolerance. So I was very interested to try out some of the ready meals from ilumi.

Their mission

 to create delicious, colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that our customers can trust, to make them accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for wellness to the wider community.

 

We were sent red Thai chicken curry with yellow basmati rice, and a wheat free beer to try. First of all I have to say how impressed I am with the branding, as a visual person the pouches and even the box they were packed in were lovely colours and had a quality feel to them. I love that they think ingredients are important and should be on the front and not the back of the packaging. This makes it easy for me as an avid ingredients reader!

The curry was just what we needed after a family cycle ride in the afternoon, and I certainly wasn’t in the mood to spend hours preparing a meal. The curry cooked in two minutes and the rice in one, with another minutes rest. In just three minutes happy family! I think all of us were impressed with the quality and flavour of the ilumi products, and they certainly don’t compromise on taste. The boy did say he is not a red Thai curry fan and would like Indian curry more. He did eat all that was on his plate, so I think enjoyed it. Daddy M was impressed too, and was happy with the portion sizes.

ilumi have everything from soup and sauces to complete meals, and I can see this being very useful for anyone who has allergy’s. The website is also easy to use and with products from £1.00 to £3.50 and standard delivery free, which makes these meals comparable to those found in the supermarkets.

If you want to find out more then have a look then visit ilumi on facebook, twitter and shop at illumiworld.

 

Disclosure: we were sent two curry’s with rice and beer, the opinions are our own and remain unaltered.