Coastal MacaroniCoastal Macaroni Cheese


250g/9oz macaroni
40g/1.5 oz butter
40g/1.5 oz plain flour
600ml/1 pint 1.5 fl oz whole milk
300g/11oz grated Coastal Cheddar
salt & pepper to taste
add onions & bacon if desired


  1. Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes; drain well and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over a medium heat in a saucepan slightly larger than that used for the macaroni. Add the flour and stir to form a roux, cooking for a few minutes.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time. Cook for 10-15 minutes to a thickened and smooth sauce.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to hot.
  5. Remove the sauce from the hot, add 175g/6oz of the cheese and stir until the cheese is well combined and melted.
  6. Add the macaroni to the sauce and mix well. Transfer to a deep suitably-sized ovenproof dish.
  7. Sprinkle over the remaining cheddar and and place the dish under the hot grill. Cook until the cheese is browned and bubbling. Serve straightaway.


ApplewoodSandwichToasted Applewood Cheddar

A king of sandwiches! Top with your favourite pickle to serve.
Serves 4

1 loaf Ciabatta bread
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp mayonnaise light
1 red skinned apple, cored and thinly sliced
100g/4oz wafer thin honey roast ham
200g/7oz Applewood smoked cheddar cheese
Thinly sliced pickle to serve


  1. Preheat the grill to medium hot.
  2. Slice the ciabatta in half horizontally then in half again (to give 4).
  3. Brush with olive oil then grill until golden and slightly crispy.
  4. Spread a little mayonnaise over each toasted ciabatta now top with
    a mixture of apple slices wafer thin ham and cheddar slices.
  5. Return to the grill for 2 minutes until cheese just begins to melt and
    serve hot topped with a spoonful of your favourite pickle.