Best of British,
Davidstow Cornish Cheddar
~ Mum’s Cheese and Potato Pie ~
for Family Suppers
This may not seem like a very seasonal dish to share just now, whilst we are all basking in temperatures in the upper 20’s, but this really is an all year around recipe that is VERY family and child friendly and it makes a nice change for a family supper now and then. When I was growing up in Cornwall, during my teens, and meat was more expensive than cheese (a BIG change there then!) , and it was getting towards to the end of the month, this is a dish that my mum used to make and we ALL loved it; in fact I would have forfeited a grilled lamb chop supper for this, or even bangers and mash. And, she used to use Davidstow Cheddar cheese when making it……..Davidstow was not a big name dairy outside of Cornwall in the 70’s and I am always amused to see how trendy it has become lately, although it is undeniably VERY good cheese. So, when I was wracking my brains to see what I could come up with for The Best of British, which is a special blogging event that aims to promote and highlight regional cooking and baking, I turned to my Mum’s Cheese and Potato Pie recipe, which, is made with Cornish potatoes as well as Davidstow Cheddar cheese of course. This month’s Best of British challenge is being hosted by Choclette over at Chocolate Log Blog, and the region is, in case you may have missed it, Cornwall!
The pie that’s shown in the photos, was actually made by my mum…..I just took the photos and ate it……and as you can see, we served this with delicious steamed sweetheart cabbage; the whole meal was just redolent of cosy family meals around the kitchen table in our Cornish home, whilst the Atlantic gales thundered around us, the waves roared angrily in the distance and the already bent and twisted trees were pushed over at an even more precarious angle……..have you ever seen Cornish trees, they are just amazing! However, as I said, this makes a wonderful VEGETARIAN meal for any time of the year, and we certainly enjoyed it one hot sunny evening last week. This is a meal in itself, but, I have served this alongside grilled chicken before, as well as with some saucy casseroles – as in sauce and not their provocative looks! It also makes a STELLAR topping for a luxury Fish Pie……as well as cottage pie and shepherd’s pie too. It then becomes a pie on a pie…..or something like that. You can use any cheese of course, but do try to use an extra mature Farmhouse type Cheddar, as you need a cheese with attitude in the recipe, and likewise, DON’T omit to add the English mustard.
I DO have some more Cornish recipes up my Cornish fisherman’s sleeve…..but I wanted to get the ball rolling with this as my first entry. DO enter this interesting blog challenge – the region of Cornwall runs until the 15th June, before moving on to a new region of the UK. You can read all about it here: Best of British and I forgot to tell you, there are prizes to be had too. This challenge is being sponsored by New World Appliances, which is one of only a few British manufactures of kitchen appliances. Each month an entrant will be picked at random and will win a £50 Amazon voucher. At the end of 6 months all entries will be judged and the best will be awarded a £300 Amazon voucher, so what are you waiting for, get your pasties in the oven now, especially as the “pasty tax” has just been revoked! I will be back later with my Tea Time Treats round-up, as well as my Herbs on Saturday round-up, some exciting news about the Strawberry Tea as well as my usual recipes and chat….see you later, Karen