Monday, 12 March 2018

Rach Eats Lunch: Ham and Cheese "Fish"

Cheese and ham fish family friendly recipe

I've only just sat down properly today. It's been busy, but busy enough so I can handle it. (I mean, still not back up to full speed, and I don't think I'll ever be at that level again) I've hoovered, done some ironing, folded clothes, made lunch. I managed to do it all in a morning, and considering how ridiculously ill I was nearly two weeks ago, this is quite something. I still don't want to be working my heart out like I was, though. I know there are people out there who can properly, eloquently tell you that working too much and too hard is dangerous for your health, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. And that taking a break and being gentle on yourself, my friends, is totally fine. I've gone into this week without a plan (or even a pl) and somehow I've knocked up five recipes from scratch, and they were all magically just sitting in my head, waiting to be done. Wowzers.

Goal-wise, I set myself a new one at the start of the week. Last year it was to swap sugary drinks for water at every meal (not an easy challenge, but I ended up loving it), and this year I've decided to eat an apple a day. Yes, really. It's not that bad, actually - I chop it up and eat it on my porridge, but I actually heat the apples up with the porridge and a bit of cinnamon, which makes... apple pie porridge! It's delicious! I even add a sneaky drizzle (we're talking enough for a bee to get drunk) of golden syrup on top if I'm feeling flush. It's delish.

Today's recipe is so simple, it's because I did a silly thing and messed up my rolling. It would have been cheat's croissants, but silly me turned them into fish. Actual pastry fish. Admittedly not the best pastry fish you'll ever see, but fish all the same. (You should see the other one, it looks like a rubbish dinosaur.) It's stuffed full of ham and melty, gooey cheese and tastes out of this world amazing, so I recommend you give it a try, stat.

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Ham and Cheese "Fish"
There's bigger fish to fry... not this one though.
  • 1 sheet ready roll puff pastry
  • 30g grated cheddar cheese
  • 20g Brie, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 slice ham
  • 1 teaspoon soya milk
Preheat that oven to 180℃ and line a baking tray. Thanks, love. Cut a thin rectangle of puff pastry, then slice it diagonally like a sandwich.Break up the ham and spread it all over the pastry triangle. Finish it up by sprinkling over grated cheddar cheese and adding a few thin slices of Brie.Fold over the pastry and stick down all the edges, making sure there's filling in all the places. I folded over one corner and stuck it down back on itself.Use the odd, nobbly bits of pastry to make an eye and stick it to the fish. Also, make a flipper for the tail, too, and stick that on.Brush over soya milk (lightly, don't drown it) and pop the fish in the oven for 15 minutes until flaky and golden. Arrange on a plate, along with cucumber sticks and crisps, and eat with a knife and a fork. Fish Fridays will never be the same again.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Makes 2

This was soooooo goooooood. The flavour was delicious, the fish looked sort of like a fish. It's the perfect family tea and the best family activity. You should do this immediately!

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