30 September 2009

Little Cheese Dishes


As Ambrose Heath writes:
“With cheese in the larder, there is always an appetizing, quickly-prepared meal at hand. Ring the changes in its preparation, please the eye as well as the palate, and you will never be at a loss for a delicacy. Be it a snack to nibble at or a substantial repast, you can make it with cheese –- and quickly.”
Heath compiles his recipes in Little Cheese Dishes, another in the Home Entertaining Series. Heath is British so the recipes for cheese toast abound. In a funny twist, the introduction says,

“...it was advisable, however, to dispense with those recipes that are so generally known, such as Macaroni or Cauliflower Cheese."
I am pretty sure that if you can make Macaroni and Cheese you can probably make Cheese Toast, but who am I to question Ambrose Heath. During his writing career, Heath wrote and translated over a hundred books about food. He translated Madame Prunier's Fish Cookery Book.

Here is a nice twist on potato pancakes and a great planned-over if you are making mashed potatoes.

Cheese Potato Cakes

Mash up half a pound of potatoes with butter, work in two ounces of flour and two ounces of grated cheese, and bind with beaten egg. Roll out and cut into small round cakes which can be baked in the oven or cooked on a girdle or heavy frying-pan.
A much better choice than Cheese Toast!

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