Cheese & Jalapeno Waffles

Cheese & Jalapeno Waffles

Cheese and Jalapeno Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles are no doubt synonymous with the American South, but may have had their origins elsewhere. There are some who theorise the Dutch immigrants brought over waffle makers in the 1600’s and that the popularity spread nationwide from Pennsylvania.

However, the first time the dish was on a menu was in 1938 at Wells’ Supper Club in Harlem, which has since closed, but the dish is still highly regarded, and a brunch favourite in many restaurants, and it’s not difficult to realise why. The slightly sweet waffle, and the crunchy salty chicken with the slightly sweet bitterness of maple syrup is an absolute family favourite and I hope this waffle recipe may encourage you to try it for the first time if you haven’t before. 

These spicy waffles also go really well with bacon and egg, so make your own waffle dishes and tag us on Twitter or Instagram. We love to see your creations!

Camilla

@Cilly_Gram 

Ingredients

Method 

1. Heat the waffle maker according to instructions.

2. Mix the flour and bicarbonate with salt and pepper.  

3. Stir in the grated cheese then make a well in the middle. 

4. Crack the eggs into the well, along with the melted butter and mix well with a balloon whisk, slowly adding the milk until you get a smooth, thick batter. 

5. Spoon the mixture into your waffle maker and add your preferred amount of candied jalapeños rings before closing the lid. 

6. They will cook in around 5 minutes, and if you’re making a batch, keep your waffles warm in the oven until serving. 

7. Plate up your waffle, top with your fried chicken, some softened butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, or for added piquancy, a spoonful of Hot Relish! 

 

Big-Mac Hack

Big-Mac Hack

Burger Sauce Recipe

If there’s one thing that I’ve been craving, it’s a really good burger. Most of my favourite takeaway options use a burger sauce that any store bought brand can’t really match up to, so I have made my own version using Haynes Gourmet Hot Relish. There are so many condiments to choose from, but a burger sauce is the one that gives you that instant takeaway flavour. It’s great in the actual burger but also there will be enough to dip your chips into. 

So next time you are having a barbecue or Friday night craving, whip up a simple but delicious sauce to add to your homemade burger. I could go hotter and obviously feel free to adjust according to your own palate. However, if you want to kick it up a notch, add some of your favourite jalapeños too. 

Tag us in your burger pictures on Twitter or Instagram as we love seeing your amazing creations!

Camilla

@Cilly_Gram 

Ingredients(Burgers)

  • 4 Beef Patties (85g/3oz each)
  • 2 Burger Buns
  • 4 American Cheese Slices
  • 1/2 White Onion Chopped

Ingredients (burger Sauce)

  • 80g Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Haynes Gourmet Hot Relish
  • 5 round slices of finely chopped gherkin
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped sweet whote onion
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Pinch of salt

Method (Sauce)

1. Add the finely chopped onion and gherkins to a bowl.

2. Add the rest of the burger sauce ingredients, mix well and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Method (Burger)

1. Slice the burger buns and place them in a dry pan on a low heat for a few minutes until they are golden inside. Remove and place to one side. 

2. In the pan, add a tablespoon of oil and cook the chopped white onion on a medium heat. Keep stirring. As they begin to colour and darken add a small drop of water to deglaze the pan. Turn the heat down to medium/low. Let the water evaporate and do this again. The onion should soften and take on a darker colour. Remove and put to one side.

3. Place the beef patties in a dry pan on a medium heat and season with salt. Cook as instructed on the packaging.

4. Just before they are ready, add a slice on cheese on both patties and top them with the cooked onion. If you have a lid, add a small drop of water to create some steam and put the lid on for a minute or so. The cheese will melt across the beef.

5. Remove the burger sauce from the fridge and assemble the burger. Serve immediately.

Savoury Scones for an Afternoon Tea

Savoury Scones for an Afternoon Tea

I love and afternoon tea, especially the scones, but I’m definitely all about the savoury food. So I wanted to make something a little different with a savoury version for Afternoon Tea. I think we can all agree that cheese scones are delicious but I wanted to add a little extra flavour, so decided on bacon and spring onions, because what a combination!

Cheese, Bacon, & Spring onion scones  

Makes 6 (medium) to 8 (small) scones

Ingredients 

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 55g chilled butter, cut into cubes
  • 120g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 rashers of streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 100-120ml milk, plus 1 tbsp for glazing
  • Candied Jalapeno Hot Relish (Buy Here)
  • Philadelphia cream cheese  

Method 

  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper into a bowl and make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the butter to the bowl and combine with fingertips until it makes a breadcrumb consistency.
  4. Sprinkle 100g of the cheese into the bowl and rub into the mixture. 
  5. Add the bacon and spring onions and distribute evenly.
  6. Make a well in the middle and add most of milk and make a fairly soft but firm dough. Add the remainder of the milk a little at a time to find the right consistency.
  7. Lightly flour a surface and roll out until 2cm thick.
  8. Cut out the scones with a cutter, then put on a baking tray, glaze with milk and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  10. Let the scones cool for 15 minutes and serve still warm with cream cheese and Hot Relish and a cup of tea.  

Camilla 

@cilly_gram

Migas Tacos

Migas Tacos

One of the best things about visiting Austin is being able to order migas tacos, day or night. Migas is the Spanish word for ‘crumbs’ and in Texas, the crumbs are tortilla chips or corn chips, mixed into the scrambled egg plus onion, bell pepper and cheese. This makes migas the perfect comfort food for this time of year.

Spicy Migas Tacos with Hot Relish(serves 2-3 people)

Ingredients
6 eggs
1/2 onion
1 green bell pepper
1 avocado
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 tbsp butter
6 cherry tomatoes
60g grated cheddar cheese
A handful of broken plain tortilla chips
Haynes Gourmet Candied Jalapeño Hot Relish
Small packet of pancetta (optional)
4-6 corn tortillas (flour if preferred)
Coriander for garnish

Method
1. Finely chop the onion, pepper & tomatoes.
2. Heat the oil in a medium pan and soften the onion and pepper. Season and put to one side. 
3. If you have pancetta, cook in small pan on a medium heat, until the fat is rendered. Put to one side. 
4. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork. 
5. Melt the butter in a medium pan, and scrambled the eggs until halfway done. Fold in the onion mixture, tomatoes and tortilla chips.
6. Sprinkle the cheddar (and pancetta) over the eggs.
7. Served immediately on warmed tortillas, with a slice of avocado, a good spoonful of Hot Relish.
8. Add a squeeze of lime and coriander to garnish.