The last time I wrote on this blog, was when the nip in the air had begun to set in. The trees were fully adorned in all their autumnal glory with the beautiful shades of red and gold. Since then, those trees have become bare and we have even had a big freeze.
The temperatures have still not soared to great heights ( still in the sub zeros), but when I last inspected the garden, there was the unmistakable appearance of fresh, new growth. The bare branches have begun to show small, but sure signs of new life. The days have indisputably grown longer too!
So much has happened all around, but the blog had remained silent. And yes, silently, it even turned six years old on the 3rd of December’2012! Six years! Really? I still remember the cold December night when I shakily started this blog, and little did I know what I was entering into. I had no idea that this little space would take up such importance in my life. I began to view food in an entirely different way, and as the days and years passed, the husband and kids also got used to having a ‘food blogger wife/mum’- you know, the one that has to run crazily around food, experimenting and playing with ingredients, making her family her guinea pigs for her creations, editing pictures and noting down recipes- if you are a food blogger yourself, I am sure you will get the drift by now. Foood blogging is an addiction, a passion and the fact that you are introduced to lovely people through it, is the best bonus. Forget about all the negativity of the world wide web; as someone says, ”the internet is what you make of it”. Yes, through blogging , all those years ago, I had found a new vocation. The kids were just four and five years old when I started this blog; they are now eleven and ten years old, one having started high school last year and the second to follow this September. Time has surely flown!
Although, recently, the posts have been far and few between , every time I log on, it is heartening to see that all you lovely people out there have still been following my blog religiously, still bestowing your love and your comments never fail to lift up my spirits. Replying to Rengoni’s fequent querry of ‘Don’t you blog nowadays?’ with ‘ Will do so one of these days’, I felt it was time to come out of hibernation and update this little space of mine.
The following Cheese, chilli and herb sticks were made a couple of days ago as a quick snack for the kids ( big and small ).
1 and a 1/2 C whole wheat flour (atta)
1 tsp crushed red chillies
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
a pinch of salt
5 tblsp of olive oil
3/4 C of grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 C water
a little milk for brushing the tops
a few sesame seeds and freshly ground black pepper for sprinkling on the top
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and lightly dust a baking tray with a little flour.
- In a bowl, rub together the flour, chillies, salt, herbs and olive oil with the fingertips till the mixture resembles crumbs. Rub in the cheese.
- Add the egg and mix in, followed by the water. Mix till everything just comes together into a ball.
- Divide the dough into 10 equal portions.
- Shape each portion into a sausage, about 14 cms long, keeping the thickness the same throughout its length (**mine were a bit tapered towards the ends , so browned a bit earlier than I would have liked them to), and arrange them on the prepared baking tray.
- Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle the sesame seeds on half of them and freshly ground pepper on the other half .
- Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bale for about 18-20 minutes or till lightly golden.
- Keep them on the tray for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool.
- Serve warm.
These sticks taste best when warm and would be a great with soup or dips. We loved nibbling on them just on their own.