Pull apart cheesy garlic bread
I was thinking of making some watermelon lollypops today. Then i looked outside and changed my mind. I hate to state the obvious but in the UK at this time of year, It is very cold. So any frozen treats are strictly off limits. I don’t know why I was thinking about lollies in the first place. I mean this is comfort food weather. Weather for hot soups, casseroles, stews, roasts and cheesy garlic bread of course. There isn’t really much activity that needs to go into this so it’s a real winner. It’s a great side, a great alternative to popcorn on movie night (especially when dipped into a sauce) and sometimes even great as a meal! Yes really!
This bread was all the rage a couple of years ago and in my opinion is a timeless recipe but I didn’t have a blog then..er..so here it is. It is also a huge hit with the kids..WOO!
Moving on..I sometimes feel like this is a diary that i forgot to close. A diary that I accidentally left the pages open for everyone to see and whilst that should fill me with dread, it really doesn’t. I have been accused of over sharing in the past and to be honest, I don’t particularly care anymore and i don’t think I do share too much. Some people share their stories via photos. Some people just watch what’s going on and talk. Me..I am very open in some ways yet i have a huge wall built around me that only very few people can see behind. I really don’t let many people in. I’m a contradiction. I think I give the impression that I am giving away a lot but my ‘posts’ are just scratching the surface of who I am.
Anyway, so lately I have been in conflict with myself. An internal battle if you will. I read a lot about food in general and it is difficult to ignore the recent vegan upsurge. For me, the very idea of giving up meat is such an alien concept and i imagine that at some point it was the same for a lot of vegetarians/vegans. There are a few reasons for my even considering becoming either. As i have mentioned in previous posts, we have really cut down on our meat consumption.
There is a voice in the back of my head that I cannot seem to switch off. I think a lot more people would think about it too, if they really looked into the meat industry. The very idea of factory farming feels wrong. There is some more info on this here and here. Animals are kept in such confined, cramped, dark and filthy spaces. I can’t quite get my head around that idea.
The demand for meat has increased over the years but in my mind, I would rather eat less meat and order via a farm like Willowbrook farm and have peace of mind. Then there is the issue of how these living conditions/their diets impact upon us, the consumer.
AAAAAH! Reading this back makes me question everything again. Just to reiterate, I am still thinking this through and we do have meat recipes coming up!! (Confusing..I know It is for me too).
Oh and by the way i recently learnt how to make vegan cheese! So if anyone would like a vegan version of this recipe, please let me know and i will pop on up for you!
- 1 large crusty loaf
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese grated
- A few shavings parmesan (optional)
- 3 cloves garlic crushed or grated finely
- 125g butter, softened
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- A sprinkle of pepper
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
- Combine butter, garlic, salt and pepper in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave. Stir through parsley and oregano.
- Cut the bread with a bread knife into diagonal 1 inch diamonds but do not cut all the way through the bread.
- Pry open each crack and pour in a teaspoon of butter and some cheese.
- Top with any remaining cheese.
- Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes.
- Serve immediately.