Friday, 2 March 2018

Rach Eats Lunch: Marmalade and Brie Toasties

Brie and marmalade toastie recipe

Are you sitting comfortably? I mean that, seriously. Are you? I've got a little something I'm going to try and say today before I hit you with my latest recipe. And it's actually pretty important stuff. Possibly life-changing. Maybe.

I've not been doing any recipe development this last week at all - it's the second week of January and on the Sunday just before I felt really, genuinely rough, in a way I can't exactly explain, but my cheek felt numb for about an hour, there was (not painful, but uncomfortable) pressure in my forehead afterwards. For the rest of the day I was too shattered to do anything. As for the Monday, well... Mother Nature rocked up with a friend and made me feel ten times worse. My cheek was playing up again, my stomach was killing me, I really struggled getting my words out. It was so scary. In the end, my Mum kindly encouraged me to get to the doctors on an emergency appointment. Thank goodness I did, because it was likely to have been a migraine - just not the ones I'm used to. I've spent the rest of this week exhausted, still dealing with the cheek thing, and lying on a big white bed resting up and feeling like I could just sleep allll day. What a week. What a week, indeed.

This whole experience has made me re-evaluate an awful lot of things. First and foremost: work. I've really missed blogging, and getting my cooking head on. Genuinely. You do get to that stage, though, when you feel so ill it doesn't really matter that much, and you're quite happy having a sandwich for lunch. But then you miss the cooking, the photography, the eating, the editing. The fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants feeling. The "Will this work?" pang in my tummy. All of it. To be honest, I think I need to sort that work-life balance out a bit. I've been doing the food element of my blog five days a week - five days of lunches that can easily pass for evening meals. And, lucky me, I get to eat them all! Woohoo!

Personally, now, I'm thinking of cutting back my cookery days down to three, so that I get some time recreating my favourite meals, especially those flatbreads (yeahhh, I know, I love flatbreads) and a bit of downtime. Maybe I'll do other stuff for the blog too - stuff that's not too strenuous. Most importantly, I want my recipes to actually be lunch, rather than a big evening meal eaten at midday. Easy to put together, delicious, totally not boring, can be made ahead. I want to get right back to what lunch should be! Lunch!

Today's recipe is simple pimple, yet still sounds fancy - I went wild in the Lidl XXL week and bought some giant Brie, and, melted alongside some sweetly bitter marmalade, is going to taste absolutely phenomenal (thanks, spell check) - simple lunch, simple ingredients, yes?

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Marmalade and Brie Toasties
Like brie and cranberry, but better.
  • 2 slices white or wholemeal bread
  • 1 tablespoon marmalade, thick cut
  • 1/3 Brie, thinly sliced
  • 1 bag crisps (optional)
Start off by spreading marmalade over one side of each piece of bread. Layer on the brie until it's completely covered one piece of marmalade-y bread. Pop the other half on top (marmalade side facing in, obviously.)Heat up the panini press and add the sandwich. Press down until the cheese completely melts and it sizzles delightfully.Remove the sandwich from the panini press, slice it down the middle, and enjoy alongside a nice bag of crisps.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 1

All I can say is that we really shouldn't be working too hard, and that's it's completely okay to cut down or cut back and take things slowly rather than run through it. Life is totally not a race and you shouldn't treat it as such. Let me know what you think of that sandwich though!

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