Posts tagged ‘Cheese’

January 8, 2015

Stuffed potatoes (without the skin)

So lately I’ve been having an awful diet. I work in a restaurant now, so we get fed all sorts of weirdo stuff that’s not particularly healthy (creamy penne chicken pesto pasta. Today’s pasta was so creamy that I couldn’t finish 1/2 cup of it). I know I haven’t been posting much, but I’ve been overworked and/or stressed. So here’s a “cheap eats” recipe. Works great for backpackers.


Serves 1. Time to prepare: 20 minutes. I would also suggest to make a big batch because it’s so easy to make, and it’s great in the microwave.

– half can of chili beans (or chili)
– 3 tablespoons on ground beef, browned completely
– 2 medium potatoes, peeled, diced
– 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk or cream
– 2 tablespoons of Colby cheese

Bring a pot of water to a boil (perhaps 1.5 cups of water? Best to look this up because I always just eyeball it), and throw in the potatoes. When they’re soft enough, mash them with a potato masher. When completed mashed, add in the milk or cream. Now the magical part: use a hand blender. This makes the mashed potatoes so much creamier than you can get mashing by hand. Blend it until you the the right consistency you want.

Now put the mashed potatoes in a bowl, cost with chili, ground beef, and cheese.

Devour… Because it’s 10pm and I haven’t eaten much today. I’ve also got a cup of orange juice there too, so I have some fruit. Definitely should have included some sort of vegetable, like diced tomatoes, but I didn’t have any tomatoes on hand. Next time!

September 26, 2014

Garlic Cheese Scones

Once again, I am unemployed and in another country other than home. Money is slowly draining away, and if I don’t eat as much as I usually do (I eat a lot…), I might be able to scrape by for a month and a half without pulling from my Canadian account.

So I looked through my cupboard, and, as the habit I got from my mom, I have a bunch of stuff in there that I bought that was on sale from my last stint here in New Zealand. Lots of beans (because that one time I was crazy about beans on toast), some cans of fish, rolled oats (which I think are quite repulsive, but I eat because they are cheap and in my cupboard), some instant pasta, a full bag of flour, and the bread and eggs I bought a few days ago. In the freezer, I have a loaf of bread, chicken pillows (essentially a chicken thigh tied up into a little package and herbs sprinkled on top), and turkey mince. In the fridge, I have a block of Colby cheese, some spicy butter chicken sauce, margarine, and sweet chili sauce. Typical set up of a broke student that tries to eat a bit better than instant noodles.

And, of course, I’m supposed to be doing something else like write curriculum vitaes and cover letters but I got distracted by Whatsapp and talk of scones.

So I looked up scones on the internet, because I knew that I had flour, cheese, milk, and eggs, and I found this one recipe that calls for all of the items I already had, and claimed to be quick. Like, “30 minutes in total” quick. I went for it. They turned out so amazing that I ate them all within a span of 20 minutes. Mind, they weren’t very big, so don’t be so quick to judge how big of an eater I am! I cut the recipe in half because this is my first time making scones in a loooooooong time. That and I didn’t want to end up eating the whole batch. They were about 4-5cm in diameter, and there were 6 of them, so really, it probably amounted to about 1.5 full sized scones.

So the only issue I came upon with this recipe is that I didn’t have self-rising flour. I read through the comments and added some mystery powder I found in the cupboard, and some salt. Honestly, I don’t have a clue what the powder is. I did a Google search and a water test, but turns out that if baking powder is too old, it won’t react… and my landlady isn’t so much in to baking, so it could have been sitting there for a long time.

So here it is:

Garlic Cheese Scones

Recipe from here.

This is for the full recipe, not my half recipe:

Serves: 12 scones (about 4-5cm diameter) or 6 medium sized ones.


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of grated Colby cheese
  • 1/2 tsp mystery powder (supposed to be baking powder)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic


Preheat oven to 425F. While that’s heating, mix all ingredients together. Grease a baking pan, and spoon out the batter in to 12 equal portions (note that the scone doesn’t really spread out, so you can put them fairly close together if needed. But don’t take my word for it — I used *mystery* powder!).

Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are crispy. I also used a thermometer to make sure it reached at least 74C, and it was way over that.

Try not to eat them all in one sitting!

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June 10, 2011

Pesto Cheese Toast

I couldn’t come up with a cool-sounding name for this one, but it is what it is: pesto (basil) + cheese + bread.

 I used:
+ Kirkland Basil Pesto (Costco brand)
+ Cheddar cheese
+ 60% whole wheat bread.

 What I would have done (revisions for next time):
+ Kirkland Basil Pesto (Costco brand)
+ Parmesan or other plain white cheese. The oils in the cheddar come out when warmed, and added to the oil from the pesto makes it a little too oily for a breakfast, or just too oily in general.
+ Maybe some sour dough bread ❤

+ Toaster oven (or oven)

 How-to (using the toaster oven):

  1. Grab a slice of bread
  2. Put on a thin layer of pesto on one side
  3. Put a layer of cheese on top of the pesto
  4. Put in toaster oven and toast until cheese is completely melted
  5. Wait ~2 minutes to cool
  6. Eat!

    I don’t have a picture yet, I wolfed it down this morning without thinking. I’ll post it next time I get around to it. 🙂

    As for other posts I said I’d continue with… hasn’t worked out too well. Busy with work and everything else. 😦 Unfortunately this blog takes the back seat in terms of how my time is used. Feel free to bookmark this site, I’ve plans to get some recipes on here. 🙂

    Recipe from: My own kitchen

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