Happy New Year! Want to know whats good about the New Year begining on a Thursday? That you can’t, CAN’T start a diet on a Thursday – so you get 4 extra days of Christmas eating. 4 DAYS! Tell me this is not a winner?!
While inhaling food with friends the other day we got onto the topic of swinging and how you would ever go about initiating the whole idea. Like, how do you suggest it?
Stay with me, I promise this lead to food talk.
So, between the four us we’ve come up with some ideas. It would be a dinner party, there would be cocktails and shoulder rubbing and fondue. Apparently in the burger addled mind of my friends and I, this is all it would take. Basically a real life rendition of Mad Men. Don Draper knows.
The talk of fondue really made me want melty cheese, and since I have no actual plans of arranging a Mad Man swingers party, I was left to my own devices to find a way to get it.
There is no single thing in the world easier than this cheese. It is embarrassing easy but since I’ve just told u all about my swinging conversation, it doesn’t appear that embarrassment is a concern any more. While it is, stupidly easy, it is incredibly delicious and makes everything from a rainy afternoon snack to a laid back starter a million times more impressive.
I have eaten this a frightening amount of times in the last few weeks, I’d like to say buy a decent Camembert but since I’m using a bargain £1 cheese I’m not one to judge. It goes with everything. I’ve literally served it with everything from rustic grilled garlic cibatta to crispy chicken strips and chilli doritos.
- 1 whole camambert - I have a dish which fits my cheese I perfectly. I imagine I bought a fancy cheese one year. If you don't have one your going to need a cheese that's in a sturdy box, with staples not glue holding it together so it won't melt in the oven - or ideally one in a fancy pants dish.
- 2 springs of rosemary
- 1 clove of garlic
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil.
- 8 slices of ciabatta or sourdough
- 1 clove of garlic
- Olive oil
- To serve (optional)
- Chicken strips
- Spicy Doritos
- Carrot sticks
- Preheat oven to 180/350/gas 4.
- Unwrap the cheese and put it either back into the box it came in and onto a baking tray or into a dish that it fits snugly into.
- Slice your garlic thinly, your going to stuff it into slits in the cheese so you want it thin but sturdy, get me? No? Ok, you want it thin but not Goodfellas slice it with a stanley blade thin.... Get me now?
- With a small knife, cut slits all over the top of the cheese, careful not to cut to the bottom.
- Push your garlic into half of the holes and small sprigs of rosemary into the remaining holes.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
- Rub the salt, pepper and oil into the top of the cheese, making sure the leaves of rosemary are all oiled up good, to prevent burning.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes until fully melted and oozy.
- When the cheese has about 10 minutes to go, heat a griddle and and brush the oil over one side of your bread, I used a couple of sticks of rosemary as a make shift brush to do this. Put the bread, oil side down, on the hot griddle for a few minutes, over a medium heat. Brush the other side (the one facing you) with more oil and flip the bread.
- Remove the bread, when both sides are slightly charred, and golden.
- Cut the clove of garlic in half and rub, cut side down, all over the hot toasty bread.
- Cut in half and pile up ready for serving.
- Remove cheese from the oven and peel back the top of the cheese.
- Serve wile pipping hot, with bread and anything else you can grab hold of, I'm yet to find anything that doesn't take good in gooey, melty garlicky cheese.