Sunday, 24 July 2016

Trying to stay hopeful...

Ham & Cheese Toastie with Brown Sauce

Carole's Chatter: Ham & cheese toastie w brown sauce

I don't have anything fancy for you today – just a slightly changed up toastie using some leftover ham and also some of my brown sauce I made recently.


4 slices of bread (I used mixed grain)
Spread or butter
Grated cheese
Finely sliced leftover ham
Salt and pepper
Chilli pieces for garnish


Heat up your oven or grill till it's quite hot.  While it is heating, butter the bread and then put it butter side down onto some baking paper on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle each piece with grated cheese – trying to get it evenly across the slice – without falling off the sides.  Sprinkle your ham on and then a bit more cheese and some salt and pepper.  Spoon some dots of brown sauce onto each slice – you don't want to put too much so that the bread goes soggy but just enough to give a bit of a kick of flavour.

Cook in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes – don't forget to check them – it can be a fine line between golden and burned.  Serve after letting them sit for a minute or two with some chilli pieces for a garnish.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Mostly true ... even in modern times

Saturday Potpourri

There are many great wine regions in New Zealand but my favourites include the Hawke's Bay and Marlborough – and in particular their great chardonnays.

This lovely quilt is called Pacific Dream – it is by Lyn Winkel of the Auckland Quilt Guild.  I could never do this myself but to me it is every bit as much art as any painting.  What do you think?

Remembering Amy Winehouse who died on 23 July 2011 – sad that through personal turmoil we lost a great singer – with a lovely contralto voice.