Saturday, September 22, 2012

Forever Nigella: Packed Lunch Stars


Well, it’s official, we’re homeschoolers.  Yesterday we went to a Not Back To School Party with our newly joined Homeschooling Support Group.

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I brought two dishes; one I will showcase here and one I will save for later.


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These started out as cheese crackers, but turned into little cheese puffs.  More on that later.

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Aren’t they cute?  You know what else is cute?  My kids, that’s what.

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We made lots of new friends yesterday.  Sophie was all over the playground with her friends.  Here she is sliding down the pole all by herself.  I wonder if it is the same pole that I slid down when I was little.  Anybody know?

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Liam was a little easier to photograph during this excursion, since I didn’t let him leave my side.  He’s getting so big!


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Liam loves riding this elephant.  While he was riding it, he kept saying, “I happy.”  He’s so sweet!



Now that school (of all kinds) are starting back this fall, perhaps we could use a little lunch time inspiration.  Forever Nigella #19 is being hosted by Nazima of Working London Mummy. This month’s challenge is to prepare and blog any Nigella Lawson recipe suitable for a packed lunch. (Forever Nigella is organized by Sarah at Maison Cupcake.)


I started out planning on making these cheese crackers, (or cheese biscuits as Nigella calls them, but that is a different thing here in the U.S.)  I planned on using a lovely star cutter to go with the theme even better.  Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get the dough to roll out nicely.  In true Nigella fashion, I lost patience and did my own thing, rolling the dough into 1/2 teaspoon balls and dropping them on a pan. As I was out of parchment, I just hoped they wouldn't stick to the pan, (they didn’t!)  Some of them I left as balls, some I slightly smashed, and others I flattened quite a bit.  I like the ones that were left round.  They reminded me of gougères a little, in that they were round and slightly puffy.  Hmm, let me add gougères to my To Bake list.

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Since I made these with both kids and adults in mind, I used half mild cheddar and half sharp cheddar.  But next time, I will use 100% sharp and add a dash of cayenne pepper for a little heat.  This size only took 10 minutes to bake.  I stored this is a baggie with a paper towel to soak up any moisture.  I wanted to keep them as crisp as possible.

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So whether your kiddies are eating lunch at school or at home, at the park, or wherever, these little beauties are a perfect addition to your lunchtime go-to goodies.

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Recipe Junkie said...

Hey, these look great - love that you got fed up with the pastry and just did your own thing - that happens to me all the time :-)

Working London Mummy Working London Mummy said...

Oh my, this sounds a delicious variation on biscuits, perfect for dipping into tea (well if you are into dipping biscuits into tea, which I am). There is an Indian style biscuit very similar to this in appearance that I love. Instead of cheese it is full of the flavour of butter and cumin.