30 September 2013

* Cheesy Leek and Red Onion Toasties {Meatless Mondays}

Cheesy Leek and Red Onion Toasties Recipe
Guess what I've been doing!?! Go on... just a little guess...

No. I have not been para-gliding.

Try again...

Haven't dyed my hair green either...

Do you give in?

Weelllllllllll... I've been "fasting"... which is why it's been a bit quiet around here this past week.

I started the 5:2 diet/way of eating on Thursday, in a bid to shift some weight and get a bit healthier because I don't reckon this body wants to be hefting this bum around in another 10 years.... and so far so good (the diet). I fasted on Thursday and Saturday and managed with little problem to stick to 500 calories on both days because I knew I could eat normally for the rest of the week.

I'm not gonna bang on about it, other than to say that it's given me a bit to think about from the perspective of what I really want to eat on the 5 days when I'm not fasting. I feel as though I have to have food that I Treally Rooly want, rather than just whatever happens to be available at the time - which means I may have to actually get organised... yeah, I know... nnnnot gonna happen.

I may not have been eating a lot of food, but I've certainly been thinking about it and trawling through my recipe books has actually helped a little - strange but true.

This Cheesy Leek and Red Onion Toasties recipe is a version of one I found in my River Cottage Veg Everyday book. It looked so damn nommy that I swear I left a puddle of drool on the photographs... I may even have chewed the page slightly...

... which might explain why I wasn't particularly hungry on that particular "fast day". Mmmmm.

Anyone know how many calories there are in paper?!?

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Cheesy Leek and Red Onion Toasties Recipe

Serves 2

Prep time - 5 minutes
Cooking time - 15 minutes
Total time - 20 minutes

You will need
A frying pan
Baking tray

4 thick slices sour dough bread (or bread of your choice)
1 tbsp butter
1 medium leek - sliced
1/2 red onion - sliced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (optional)
salt and pepper
6 tbsps double cream
3oz/90g strong/mature cheddar - grated

  • Melt the butter in the frying pan and gently cook the leeks and onions for about 10 minutes or until very soft but not coloured.
  • Add the thyme and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the cream and stir through until beginning to bubble.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in 2oz/60g of the grated cheese.
  • Place the sliced bread onto the baking tray and toast (on both sides) lightly under a pre-heated medium grill - you can do this whilst the leeks and onions are cooking.
  • Spoon the cheesy leek mixture over the toast and scatter with remaining cheese.
  • Place back under grill for 2 - 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling and starting to turn golden.


Cheesy Leek and Red Onion Toasties Recipe

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  1. What could be more appetizing. It has an exquisite combination, I like the result, it looks delicious.

  2. Nom...nomm...nomm..yummiest toast I've ever seen! Would you say that the River Cottage Veg Everyday book is a good buy? Just wondering if I should get one..

    Happy Fasting, Abbe ^.^

    1. If you can get it at a lower price than retail, I would say yes - but it's probably worth having a flick through the book first. I don't imagine it's to everyone's tastes - it really is just veg, but without being about vegetarianism (is that a word?). I loved the series, bought the book a year ago but haven't cooked anything from it until yesterday :/

      And thankyou - I was bloody starving all day yesterday and last night. I woke up without a pillow.

    2. Lol !!! Wouldn't want to be in Neil's shoes right now. I'm pretty sure he's got bite marks all over from last night..lol!! xo

    3. A women never bites and tells ;-)

  3. as am reading through this and looking at the picture i feel like making it like now. very tempting:)

    1. Thankyou, megha!

      It's a dead easy dish to put together, and even easier to eat ;-)

  4. Oh I could eat these any day of the week! What a deliciously easy lunch or supper!

    1. Thankyou, MJ!

      Think we may be having them again on Sunday - or a variation. They were just too easy not to make again ;-)

  5. Just had to write you. I found your blog from Sharon and wanted to let you know that I spell my name the same as you. I've never found someone that spells Abbe like this. So thought i 'd let you know that there was another! And nice blog, too!

    1. Hellloooooo Abbe - don't get to say that too often!

      I imagine you have spent as much time as me explaining the lack of an *i* or a *y* in your name. People can be such pedants :D

      I'm named for Abbe Lane - an American singer/actress from the fifties - because my dad forgot how to spell it when he registered my birth and she was the only person he could think of!

      How did you end up missing a letter (according to the world) from your name? Was it deliberate?

      And thankyou, just taken a sneaky peaky at your blog and it's great :D

      Sharon does seem to get about a bit - she really should spend less time socialising and more time cooking ;-) She's a dab hand at blackmail too!

    2. Lol ..!! Can't help it..I'm really addicted to cooking sites. I love both Abbes ...but I blackmail one ^.^

  6. Hey Abbe, I just made this for my lunch! I'm so glad I found your site! I added sliced jalapenos to the mix - and then I must have rubbed my eyes and they're burning now! (Good thing I didn't pick my nose. Too much info?). Anyway, thank you for my new favorite lunch! Painful but yummy! Julia

    1. Hah! I do crap like that all the time too - I don't pick my nose though... I'M A LADY! Lady's do fart, don't they?!?

      Glad you enjoyed your lunch - we're having it again tomorrow, might try it with some piquant peppers in it - not a fan of jalapenos. I swear they make me pee fire ;-) x

  7. I'm always looking for new ideas for toasties.....And this looks lovely, thanks for sharing.


    1. You're very welcome, Simon - I hope you enjoy it ;-) x

  8. Hi Abbe,
    We recently saw your comment on our site that shared your recipe (this recipe) and provided photo credit. We enjoyed the recipe so much that we wanted to share it with our readers and apologize if you had a problem with our post. Wanted to let you know that we've since removed the post. If you'd be interested in a guest post to feature a recipe, please let us know. Have a great holiday.

    1. Hello there - I had no issue with the post, or credit for the original recipe - but in my experience, if you adapt someone's recipe, it's best to take your own photograph as proof that it does actually work. Thankyou for removing the post, and showing consideration. Happy Holidays to you too :) xx


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