Tag Archives: recipe

An alternative to cheese

16 Jan

While looking across substitutes for my favourite food groups I came across Quark. It is a naturally fat-free dairy ingredient with low sugar and salt and 1/5 of the calories than cream cheese. lakedistrictquark.co.uk produce various flavours including vanilla and original. I think that this is a product that I could stick to on a diet, and it has the right texture and flavour – very yum! However be wary of shorter expiration dates than typical cream cheese.


A Quark recipe for cheese lovers is a classic twist on the old Mac and Cheese here

200g macaroni or other similar tube pasta

  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsps (30g) cornflour
  • 500g The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark
  • 1 tsp (5ml) Dijon mustard
  • 170g low fat mature cheddar
  • 55g finely grated parmesan
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Step 1
  • Lightly butter a 1.125ml shallow ovenproof baking dish
  • Step 2
  • Boil the macaroni in plenty of salted water for about 10-12 mins until just tender but still with some bite.
  • Step 3
  • Preheat the grill
  • Step 4
  • Mix the milk with the cornflour in a large saucepan, then gradually whisk in The Lake District Dairy Co.Quark and mustard
  • Step 5
  • Slowly bring to the boil, stirring or whisking continuously. Boil gently for 1-2 mins then stir in the cheddar cheese. Season to taste
  • Step 6

Drain the pasta then stir into the sauce, pour into the buttered dish and level. Halve the cherry tomatoes and arrange cut-side up over the surface. Scatter the parmesan over the top and place under the grill (not too close or it will burn) for about 5 mins until brown and bubbling.

Verdict: A tasty 8 / 10

Halloween Drinkies

20 Oct

In strange tradition each year many of us try and make our Halloween party drinks a disgusting green colour! However this year I am going to opt for a decidedly more pretty purple drink (yes I know Halloween should be scary, not pretty but just a little can’t hurt can it?)

Greenall’s have launched a new wild berry gin, and it is absolutely delicious. Here is recipe to make your own cocktails, or get creative and make a spooky punch bowl by adding tonic water or diet lemonade!



Greenall’s Wild
50ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Monin Vanilla Syrup
3 Raspberries & 3 blackberries

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a tumbler with fresh ice
Garnish: Raspberry, blackberry, lemon twist.

The sloe gin is priced at £16.00, and is available at Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores.


9/10 for flavour

7/10 for difficulty to make

%d bloggers like this: