• Hello and welcome to this weeks Food Friday. It's raining and miserable out there today :( So, I fancied something warm and comforting for dinner tonight. Cheesy potato and broccoli bake is yummy and just hits the spot! 

    You will need: 

    1 large head of broccoli (chopped into florets)
    3 medium potatoes (chopped)
    1 medium onion (chopped)
    1 garlic clove (chopped)
    1 small green chilli (if you want add a spicy kick)
    1 tbsp olive oil
    25g margarine/butter
    50g of cheddar cheese (grated) for the cheese sauce
    Additional cheese to top before putting in the oven
    400ml of milk
    25g of plain white flour
    1 tsp English mustard
    Salt and black pepper for seasoning 


    1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/Gas Mark 4. 

    2. Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes, or until tender.

    3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and quickly fry off the onion, garlic and chilli until slightly golden.

    4. Cook the broccoli for 3-4 minutes, or until tender.

    5. To make the cheese sauce:
    • Melt the margarine/butter in a saucepan.
    • Stir in the flour and cook over a medium heat for approx 1 minute.
    • Turn down the heat and add as much milk as the mixture can absorb to make a paste. Gradually stir in the remaining milk.
    • Turn up the heat to bring the sauce to the boil, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
    • Stir in cheese and mustard. 
    • Season with a little salt and black pepper.
    6. Pop the potatoes, broccoli and fried onions, garlic and chilli mix into an ovenproof dish and add the cheese sauce. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 20/25 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown.

    Serves: 2 as a main course.

    Does anyone have any tasty recipes for me to try? 

    Helen xoxo