Hello Dear Reader,
I was recently tidying out my refrigerator before going grocery shopping and found some odds and ends that had to be used up. Given how much food waste there seems to be these days, I’m guessing that in many households these would have ended up in the landfill bin, or at best in the compost bin. Instead…
…they became a quick, delicious open toastie for lunch. The tangy but creamy melted blue cheese contrasts wonderfully with the sweet but crunchy mangetout and hazelnuts!
This is what I found lurking in the fridge…
…a handful of mangetout, past their best
…a couple of spring onions
…an end slice of blue cheese
Mangetout, blue cheese and hazelnut open toastie – recipe
Serves 2, ready in under ten minutes
– 1 tbsp oil
– 2 spring onions, sliced
– 100g mangetout, topped & tailed and cut into bite-sized pieces
– 2 tbsp white wine
– 2 tbsp water
– 25g blue cheese, cubed
– 6 hazelnuts, roughly chopped
– ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1) Heat the oil and fry the spring onions over a medium heat for one minute
2) Add mangetout, wine & water. Bring to the boil & simmer for one minute
3) Add the cheese, hazelnuts and black pepper. Cook for a minute or two until the cheese has melted.
4) Serve on top of hot buttered toast. I enjoyed it on homemade Wheaten bread.
So, be honest now, would these few sad-looking veg have ended up in your landfill or your compost bin? Or would you too have got creative in the kitchen?
Tell me, what would you make from a handful of mangetout, a couple of spring onions and a scrappy end of blue cheese?
Here’s the recipe for my homemade Wheaten bread, which is quick to make and makes a great base for this open toastie…
P.S. I am entering my open toasties into a few bloggers challenges…
First up one of my favourite blog challenges Made with Love Mondays run by the Javelin Warrior over at Cookin w/ Luv, which is all about cooking from scratch, using natural ingredients.
Next is the No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary and this month hosted by Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen. This challenge, which was inspired by the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, is very dear to my heart as I find it shocking how much food is unnecessarily wasted in our country every day.
Next is Credit Crunch Munch run by Camilla at Fab Food 4 All and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, but this month hosted by Gingey Bites. The ingredients I used may not necessarily be very frugal but it was all the odds and ends of packets I used up for this recipe.
Next is the Cooking With Seeds event which is run by Priya’s versatile recipe and is guest-hosted this month by Preetha at A Bowl Full of Curry, whose theme this month is Green Peas. Can’t get much greener than Mangetout!
Update: This dish feels very French to me, of course that would make it Mangetout, fromage bleu et aux noisettes Ouvrir Toastie! Therefore I am also entering this into Chris’s Foodie World Cup bloggers challenge, as France are playing today (20th June 2014).
Please do share my Mangetout, blue cheese and hazelnut open toastie recipe