Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Oh, what a blustery, cold and yucky day we are having here . . . it seems that Winter has returned with a vengeance . . . except that the snow isn't laying this time . . .
Instead it melts almost as soon as it touches the soggy, muddy ground . . .
It was so pretty earlier today . . .
We stood at the window and watched it fall like goosedown across the yard . . . the air filled with big soft fluffy flakes . . .
With all the snow and the cold, the birds have been extra hungry today . . . their bodies fluffed up to twice the size as they hop here and there around our feeding station. They enjoyed an extra treat of the rinds from our morning's breakfast bacon . . . the blackbirds greedily trying to snaffle it up before any other birds would have the chance . . .
Lunch was a delicious hot curried tomato soup, that you can see over on my Oak Cottage blog . . . it was warm and comforting and very, yummy, just perfect for a cold, wet day such as this . . .
To go with it???
Why a savoury cheese and herb quick bread that was so very easy to make, and oh-so-very delicious . . . served warm from the oven, and spread with lots of cold dairy butter . . .
The butter's golden softness soaking into the tender and herby crumb of the bread . . . all cheesy and scrumptious with a nice and crunchy crust. OH, it was so very good . . .
they were so very good . . . together . . .
Kinda makes you grateful for cold, snowy, yucky days . . .
*Herbed Cheese Bread*
Makes 1 (1 pound) loaf
Tasty quick bread, with a lovely herbed and cheesey flavour and rustic texture. Delicious on it's own served either warm or cold with butter. It's also a great bread to serve with hot soups and stews. Makes a great picnic treat as well with sliced meats and cheese.
4 ounces white self raising flour
4 ounces wholemeal self raising flour
1 tsp dry English mustard powder
2 TBS chopped fresh herbs (chives, thyme, basil, sage and parsley)
4 ounces mature Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 ounce butter
1 large egg, beaten
150ml of water
Pre-heat the oven to 190*C/375*F. Butter a 1 pound loaf tin. Set aside.
Mix together the flour, mustard, herbs and cheese. Melt the butter and then add to the flour mixture along with the egg and water. Mix to a soft, wet, cake-like dough. Turn into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool on a wire rack.