Monday, 26 July 2010

Twice baked cheesy potatoes recipe

When you are having a party it's great to have some hot food the guests love, it can be made in advance and reheated.  They're so good your guests will want more.

The instructions below make 4 cheesy baked potatoes.

2 baking potatoes - we normally bake 1 potato per person
150g grated cheddar cheese
Butter or margarine

  1. Wash the baking potatoes and stab them with a sharp knife 8 times.
  2. Place in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius, cook for an hour turning once, when the centers are soft they are ready. 
  3. Cut the potatoes in half and using a large spoon scoop out the centre into a pan (be careful, they are HOT), place the skins back on a baking tray.
  4. Add into the pan of potato a knob of butter or margarine and a splash of milk.  Using a potato masher, mash until creamy.  
    1. Add into the pan 4/6ths of the cheese and fold in well.
    2. Using a spoon, scoop the cheesy mash potato back into the skins.
    3. Sprinkle the top of the potatoes with the remaining cheese.
    4. When cool, cover and keep in the fridge until needed.  I have kept the potatoes for up to 2 days before re-heating.
    5. Heat the potatoes at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden and the centre is hot.
      Eat and enjoy.

      Monday, 5 July 2010

      Something new

      Our wedding is only a month and a half away - eeek.

      The boy and I decided to make a few handmade items for the wedding, I still have to make the sashes for the flower girls dresses, but I have been making the ladies favours on and off for the last few months.  

      We have designed, made and posted the invitations, the boy even managed to source some FSC sustainable card, and I think they are great.  

      A wedding magazine said if a bride normally wears her hair down like I do then she should wear it down on her wedding day.  Well, I am ignoring that little piece of advice, I want to look different, polished and elegant like Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale and Angelina Jolie.  My hairdresser tried out 2 different styles, sorry, no pictures until after the wedding.

      These are my shoes for the big day, aren't they pretty!  I visited them for a good year before purchasing them, you see, I normally wear flat shoes, like, everywhere... and they add a good three inches to my height, so I really need to a. learn to walk in them, and b. break them in.  
      I do have a plan b for the evening - bare feet, perfect for dancing.

      Sorry I can't share photos of everything I have made yet, many of my guests read this blog and I want a few things to be a surprise.

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