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Chicago Town Cheesy Stuffed Crust pizza review

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I was recently asked if I would like to review the newest variety of Chicago Town pizza. Now I had to think hard about this request, as this is one of my favourite brands of frozen pizza, but I’ve been avoiding buying frozen pizzas this year, instead either making homemade pizzas or enjoying one at a restaurant.

But in the end, I decided my blog would be a great way to highlight why I’ve been avoiding buying something that all the family enjoy. It is all because of what is hiding between the cardboard box and the pizza – namely plastic! And not just any plastic, but a single-use film which is not recyclable. If frozen fishfingers can be sold loose in a cardboard box, then why not pizzas? Come on Chicago Town. I hope you’re reading this. Let’s lose that unnecessary plastic please. The pizza will be just fine loose in the box.

Chicago Town pizza

So I received five £2 money off vouchers to try out the new Chicago Town Cheesy Stuffed Crust pizza along with any others from the range. I headed off to one of the large superstore branches of Sainsburys. But luck was not on my side. Surprisingly that branch didn’t seem to stock the new variety. And since I had already told the boys that it was pizza for tea, I bought the following varieties.

Tomato Stuffed Crust Cheese pizza – £2.50 (special offer)
Tomato Stuffed Crust Pepperoni pizza – £2.50 (special offer)
Deep Dish Four Cheese – £2

Chicago Town pizza

The first two for tea and the latter reserved for my next 12 hour shift at work, since the Deep Dish mini pizza range are suitable for microwave and have a quick cooking time. This used to be one of my regular night shift dinners before trying to reduce plastic. And the Tomato Stuffed Crust pizzas were a huge success. Not only very tasty and a good size for all of us, but son2 who never eats his pizza crusts, actually cleared his plate for the Tomato Stuffed Crust Cheese pizza and gave it the thumbs up. Cooking instructions are simple to follow too, plus the pizzas are easy to lift from baking tray to plate without sticking.

Chicago Town pizza

A few days later and it was back to the shops for another go at buying the Chicago Town Cheesy Stuffed Crust pizza. After unsuccessfully trying at Co-op, Tesco, Waitrose, M&S and at a second branch of Sainsburys, I finally hit the jackpot at a second branch of Tesco. There it was, the elusive Chicago Town Cheesy Stuffed Crust pizza, although wrongly labelled on the shelf.

So I put the last 2 vouchers towards the cost of that plus a Classic Crust Chicken and Bacon Melt, which were both on special offer at 2 pizzas for £6. The boys would be overjoyed at getting pizza twice in less than a week. How lucky are they!

Chicago Town Cheesy Stuffed Crust pizza

And the big question. Would son2 eat the pizza crust this time too?

Chicago Town pizza

Unfortunately not, but he did still enjoy the rest of the pizza. And I have to say that I found the cheese in the crust tastes quite different to the cheese on top, as it is a cheese sauce, which is something else he won’t eat. He is a very fussy eater and the only cheese he eats at all is mozzarella, but only the pizza type, not the mozzarella balls. So hush, he quite happily ate mozzarella, monterey jack, mature cheddar and emmental on this, assuming it was just mozzarella.

This is another area where I haven’t been able to find a plastic-free solution yet. I always feel guilty buying the bags of grated mozzarella or packs of mozzarella slices for him so if anyone knows where to buy plastic-free mozzarella, then please do let me know. I can’t even seem to find a block of mozzarella, which should be marginally less plastic than buying grated or sliced.

Chicago Town pizza

However the rest of the family all enjoyed our Cheesy Stuffed Crust, plus the Chicken & Bacon Melt too. So I can recommend these pizzas for being great tasty and excellent value for money. But as said above, my only complaint is to please please lose the inner plastic. In my opinion, a frozen product is fine loose in a cardboard box.

And for those who are interested, here are some more Chicago Town posts from my archive a few years back.
Chicago Town Takeaway pizza review
Chicago Town Deep Dish pizza review

I’d love to hear what is your favourite pizza?

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A selection of Primula Light Cheese recipes plus giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may remember that I have created a number of recipes using Primula Cheese for various occasions. Well I’ve now come up with another selection, this time using Primula Light Cheese, which is 40% less fat than Primula Cheese Original. I received 3 free tubes of Primula Light for this purpose.

Primula Light Cheese


First up, we have a warming soup, just right for this time of year. I’ve kept the proportion of Primula fairly low in this recipe, to give it a more delicate flavour, as I do find that some cheese soups like broccoli and stilton can be rather overpowering. So if you prefer it cheesier, then do increase the amount of Primula.

Cheese and Onion Soup

Cheese and Onion Soup

Ingredients (serves 3)

350g onions
1 beef stock cube
30ml sunflower oil
1000ml boiling water
1 tbsp cornflour
Approx 50g tube of Primula Light

Method

Peel and chop the onions.
Crumble the stock cube into a jug and add boiling water.
Stir until dissolved.
Gently hear the oil in a large saucepan.
Add the onions and fry until lightly browned.
Mix in the cornflour and cook for 1 minute.
Gradually add the stock, stirring continually.
Stir in the Primula.
Simmer for a further 15 minutes, stirring continually.
Tip soup into bowls.
Carefully float cheesy bites (see recipe below) on the top of each bowl.
Serve and enjoy.

Cheese and Onion Soup


And I also made some Cheesy Bites to float on the top of the soup. Alternatively these can be served as appetisers.

Cheesy Bites

Cheesy Bites

Ingredients (makes 10)

2 slices of bread
Approx 75g tube of Primula Light

Method

Leave bread to dry out before use.
Preheat fan oven to 200 deg C.
Using a cutter, cut fluted shapes in the bread.
Spread all over with Primula.
Carefully press out shapes from underneath.
Place on a greased baking tray and cook for about 5 minutes.
Serve with soup and enjoy.

Cheesy Bites


And finally, when I blogged about my jam pinwheels last month, one of my readers suggested that I try making some cheese and marmite ones. I thought this an excellent idea and great for Primula. Since not everyone in the family likes marmite, I did half with Primula alone and half with Primula and marmite. I liked the ones with marmite best.

Cheesy Pinwheels

Cheesy Pinwheels

Ingredients (makes approx 14)

1 sheet puff pastry
Approx 100g tube of Primula Light
1 tsp marmite

Method

Preheat fan oven to 200 deg C.
Unroll the pastry
Spread all over with Primula.
Dot one half of the pastry with marmite.
Roll the pastry up.
Cut into slices, approx 1cm wide.
Place on greased baking sheets.
Cook on middle shelf of oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from baking sheets immediately and place on cooling rack.
Best served warm, but can also be served cold.
Enjoy.

Cheesy Pinwheels

A 150g tube of Primula Light Cheese currently retails at £1.45 at Tesco which I believe is a fairly consistent price with other cheese spreads. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

And if you wish to see more Primula recipes, you may check out my Cheesy Chicken BreastsSummer sides, Easter or Christmas recipes.

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a tube of Primula Light Cheese to 1 lucky winner.
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Cheesy Chicken Breasts plus Primula cheese giveaway

Hope some of you have enjoyed trying out my Primula Summer side dish recipes that I posted last month.

And now it is time to share another Primula recipe along with a giveaway.

The boys love shop-bought chicken kievs, so I’ve been experimenting with my own stuffed chicken breast recipes. Not only have I tried with homemade garlic butter, but also with homemade pesto and now with Primula.

Cheesy Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Chicken Breasts

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 chicken breasts
Approx 40g tube of Primula with Ham

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Cut a slot in each chicken breast.
Squeeze Primula into each slot.
Wrap each chicken breast individually in foil.
Place on a baking tray and cook for 25-35 minutes.
Serve with your choice of vegetables and enjoy.

Cheesy Chicken Breasts

A very simple tasty meal which the boys gave the thumbs up for.

A 150g tube of Primula cheese currently retails at £1.45 at Tesco for all flavours which I believe is a fairly consistent price with other cheese spreads. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

And if you wish to see more Primula recipes, you may check out my Easter or Christmas recipes.

Primula cheese

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 5 tubes of Primula Cheese to 2 lucky winners. Each winner will receive 1 tube of each of the following flavours – Primula original, light, with chives, with prawn and with ham.
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Primula Summer side dish recipes

Regular followers of my blog may remember that I have blogged Easter and Christmas Primula recipes previously. Well I’ve received another free batch of Primula, with the aim of coming up with a selection of Summer side dish recipes.

The flavours of Primula I received were as follows
Primula Original Cheese
Primula Light Cheese
Primula Cheese with Ham
Primula Cheese with Chives
Primula Cheese with Prawns

Primula cheese


The sun is shining, so today’s the day for eating outside. And I’ve come up with a tasty selection of summer side dishes. Firstly a couple of salads are essential. I’ve chosen to make one with roasted vegetables and one with prawns.

Courgette and Pepper Noodle Salad

Courgette and Pepper Noodle Salad

Ingredients (serves 4)

250g fresh noodles
1 large courgette
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
50g Primula Light
150g natural yoghurt
15g coconut oil
salt
pepper

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Chop courgette lengthways into large flat strips.
Cut peppers in half and remove seeds, then cut into strips.
Melt coconut oil on a baking tray in oven.
Add courgette and peppers, basting well with the oil.
Roast in middle of oven for 10 – 15 minutes until softened.
Allow to cool.
Add yogurt and Primula Light to a small basin and mix together.
Tip noodles into serving dish.
Add roast vegetables and mix through.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir through the yoghurt and Primula dressing.
Serve and enjoy.

Courgette and Pepper Noodle Salad

Prawn Salad

Prawn Salad

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 large leaf of iceberg lettuce
50g of Primula with Prawns
50ml crème fraiche
150g fresh cooked prawns

Method

Wash lettuce and arrange in bottom of serving dish.
Mix together Primula and yoghurt in a basin.
Stir in the prawns.
Spoon into the middle of the lettuce.
Serve and enjoy.

prawn salad


Next a pâté, delicious served with either crusty fresh wholemeal bread or thinly sliced toast or crackers.

Mushroom pate

Mushroom Pâté

Ingredients (serves 4)

250g mushrooms
10g coconut oil
1 medium onion
50g Primula Cheese with Chive
salt
pepper
100ml crème fraiche

Method

Peel and chop the onion.
Chop the mushrooms.
Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan.
Add the onion and mushrooms and gently cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
Allow to cool.
Tip into blender and blend.
Tip into a basin.
Season with salt and pepper
Add crème fraiche and Primula.
Mix thoroughly.
Spoon into four ramekin dishes.
Chill for at least an hour in the fridge.
Serve with either crusty wholemeal bread or toast or crackers and enjoy.

Mushroom Pate


Some finger food is a must. Savoury pastries always go down well and can be served either hot or cold.

Ham and Cheese Fingers

Ham and Cheese Fingers

Ingredients (makes 14)

1 320g sheet of pre-rolled puff pastry
Approx 1/2 tube of Primula with Ham
7 slices of ham

Method

Preheat fan oven to 200deg C.
Remove pastry from fridge 10 minutes before use.
Unroll pastry onto a chopping board.
Cover with slices of ham.
Squeeze 7 lengths of Primula with Ham at intervals on top.
Roll up until first length of Primula is encased.
Cut strip off and then cut strip into two.
Repeat last two steps until you have 14 fingers.
Place fingers onto a greased baking sheet.
Bake in oven for about 10 minutes until Primula is melted and pastry is golden and puffed up.
Serve hot or cold and enjoy.

Ham and Cheese Fingers


And finally some mini cheeseburgers, so long as you’re not planning on doing burgers on the barbecue for main.

Mini Cheeseburgers

Mini Cheeseburgers (makes about 12-14)

Ingredients

500g beef mince
Approx 50g of Primula Original
12 bridge rolls

Method

Form the mince into about 12 small patties, about 1cm thick.
If time permits, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Heat a wok or large frying pan.
Cook the patties, about 6 at a time, for approx 5 minutes.
Turn and cook the other side, for approx 5 minutes, ensuring the burgers are cooked through.
Meanwhile slice the rolls in half.
Spread the Primula Original on the top halves.
Put the burgers on the bottom halves and replace the tops.
Serve and enjoy.

Mini cheeseburgers

A 150g tube of Primula cheese currently retails at £1.45 at Tesco for all flavours which I believe is a fairly consistent price with other cheese spreads. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Primula Summer side dishes

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A fun night in

We love a great night in especially at this time of year when it is already getting dark by 4pm and feeling colder. So I was very pleased to receive a free mini party pack, courtesy of Primula.

Primula party pack

The party pack comprised of the following goodies.

– A Pass the Pud Christmas game
– A triple CD of Christmas hits
– A bottle of Advocaat
– A bottle of lemonade
– A packet of Cheddar & Cracked Black Pepper Ryvita Thins
– A packet of Mackies Sea Salt potato crisps

and five varieties of Primula dips
– Garlic and Herb
– Thai Sweet Chilli
– Spicy Nacho Cheese
– Sour Cream and Chive
– Spicy Salsa

Primula dips

The boys were very interested in the game when I told them it was a belching burping Xmas Pud. So I passed the game to son1 to set up. He pressed out the sixpences, shuffled the cards and then told me that the Pud wasn’t burping. Yes you guessed it. Batteries were needed, but luckily I always keep some spare, which reminds me I must add them to the shopping list, as the boys always seem to get some toys for Xmas which need them. I found it a little fiddly to open the battery compartment, but after a short delay, we were ready.

Let the fun begin. Tasty snacks to munch on. The aim of the game was collect the most sixpences and not be the one holding the Xmas Pud when it burped. The boys found it hilarious.

Primula dips

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Pass the Pud

Although I frequently buy Primula Cheese, I haven’t come across Primula Dips at the supermarket, so I shall have to keep my eye out for them as they were great. And a big plus point is they don’t need to be kept in the fridge until after they are opened, so fab to have in your store cupboard. Also if you don’t eat it all in one go, they do keep for upto 7 days once opened.

The dip flavours were all delicious although we couldn’t agree which was best. My personal favourite was the Thai Sweet Chilli.

We had a lovely evening. Thank you Primula. But I admit I didn’t try the Advocaat. It’s not a drink I like. Anybody want a bottle going spare?

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Chicago Town Deep Dish mini pizza review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I purchased using vouchers I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

It is only a week or so since I reviewed the Chicago Town Takeaway pizza, so you may remember that I mentioned that I already purchase the microwaveable Chicago Town deep dish pizzas on a regular basis as they are a staple for me when working night shifts, since I only have access to a microwave and toaster at work, with no proper oven.

Well the PR then asked me if I would fancy reviewing the deep dish pizzas too, as there are four brand new flavours in the range. So I have now received 2 vouchers to try some for free.

Chicago Town Deep Dish Pizza vouchers

The four new choices of toppings are:-
New Yorker
Chicken Club
Pulled Pork
Sloppy Joe

When I popped into my local small supermarket, they only seemed to stock one of the new flavours, namely the New Yorker. So I purchased that and the Pepperoni with the vouchers. Usually I would buy the Four Cheese.

Chicago Town Deep Dish Pizzas

These frozen pizzas can be cooked either in the oven or by microwaving, but I stuck to my usual routine of heating them in the microwave at work. The cooking instructions are simple to follow. I do like to eat something hot during a 12 hour night shift. and these mini size pizzas are ideal for that purpose, plus they are quick to cook. I enjoyed both flavours, so may be varying my purchases in the future.

Chicago Town Deep Dish Pizzas

These pizzas are available at most major supermarkets, currently with an RRP of £2.19. I consider this is great value at just over £1 for each individual pizza. How about that for a good deal.

I’d love to hear what is your favourite pizza?

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Yummy Chicago Town Takeaway pizza review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I purchased using vouchers I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I’m sure most of you will have noticed Chicago Town pizzas in the frozen aisle at the supermarket, even if you haven’t tried them yet. Chicago Town have recently introduced a new limited edition flavour to their Takeaway range – BBQ Pulled Pork, described on the box as a taste of southern BBQ at its sizzling best. And I received 2 vouchers to try it for free.

chicago town pizzas

I already purchase microwaveable Chicago Town deep dish mini pizzas on a regular basis as they are a staple for me when working night shifts, since I only have access to a microwave and toaster at work, plus they are quick to cook. However I hadn’t previously purchased any of the pizzas from their Takeaway range, as at 630g / 635g they are a bit larger than the pizzas I tend to buy for our family, so I was looking forward to trying them. I usually serve two standard size pizzas as son2 will only eat cheese and tomato pizza, whilst the rest of us like some variety. He isn’t very adventurous with food.

Chicago Town pizzas

So when I did my grocery shop, I chose to spend one of the vouchers on the limited edition BBQ Pulled Pork and the other on the Four Cheese Melt, so that everyone would be happy or so I thought. Turned out that son1 wasn’t too keen on BBQ Pulled Pork after all, although us adults loved it. But the boys did love the Four Cheese Melt. And we all agreed that the stuffed crusts were delicious. No crusts left lingering uneaten on the side of the plate.

However one thing I did notice was that everyone ate more than usual. Even though the pizzas were bigger, I still cut them into the same number of slices. Three of us ate half a large pizza each. What piggies we are. And even little son2 ate three slices. There was me expecting there to be a lot left over. A very tasty and satisfying meal in my opinion. Plus the cooking instructions were easy to follow and the pizzas slid easily from baking tray without sticking.

chicago town pizzas

These pizzas are available at most major supermarkets, currently with an RRP of £4.29, although they were priced at just £4 at Tesco. I conside this is great value for a supermarket pizza competing with the takeaway market.

And looking at the box, I found out something I didn’t know. Chicago Town is a trademark of Dr. Oetker. How about that! There was me thinking that they were two competing pizza brands. We like Dr. Oetker pizzas too and you can read my review of them here or about the Ice Pizzeria here.

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Easter recipes using Primula cheese plus giveaway

Primula Easter Party ChallengeI was very pleased to be invited to take part in the Primula Easter Challenge, as I had great fun back in December making Primula Christmas recipes. This time I received a free Easter party pack containing 5 tubes of Primula cheese plus a basket of Easter cookie cutters, serviettes, paper plates, food picks and rabbit ears. The flavours of Primula I received were as follows
Primula Original Cheese
Primula Light Cheese
Primula Cheese with Ham
Primula Cheese with Chives
Primula Cheese with Prawns

Primula Easter Party Challenge
Primula Easter Party Challenge
So I put on my rabbit ears to think of my Easter recipes, mostly my own but I did use one from the recipe sheet they emailed me.
Primula Easter Party Challenge

Firstly I decided to use the Easter cookie cutters to bake some egg, chick and rabbit cheesy biscuits.

Primula Cheesy Easter Biscuits

Primula Cheesy Easter Biscuits

Cheesy Easter Biscuits

Ingredients

200g plain flour
100g margarine
1/2 a tube of Primula with Chives
salt and pepper
marmite to decorate

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Sieve flour and seasoning.
Rub in margarine.
Mix in Primula to give a stiff dough.
Roll out to approx 3mm thickness.
Cut out biscuits with Easter biscuit cutters.
Place on greased baking sheet.
Bake in middle of oven for about 5-10 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire tray.
When cool, use a little marmite for rabbit and chick eyes.
Serve and enjoy.

Primula Easter cheesy biscuits


And I absolutely had to make the cute Easter chicks recipe from the Primula recipe email. You can see the original online here. I did find with a couple of the eggs that the yolk wasn’t visible at the recommended point of cutting the eggs ¼ from the top, so if neccessary cut another slice off to expose the yolk.
Primula Easter Chicks
Primula Easter Chicks

Ingredients

4 eggs
Half a carrot
8 black peppercorns
75g tube Primula Cheese with Chive

Method

Boil the eggs for 10 minutes until hard boiled.
Cool in cold water then remove their shells.
Slice open the eggs ¼ from the top and scoop out the yolks into a bowl.
Mash the yolks then mix with the Primula cheese.
Spoon mixture back into the eggs and pop the top of the egg back on top of the mixture.
Cut a small amount of carrot for feet and beak and arrange on the plate.
Use black peppercorns for the eyes.
Serve and enjoy.

Primula Easter chicks


I then used two varieties of the Primula to make some tasty Ham Puffs and Mushroom Puffs.
Primula & Oyster Mushroom Puffs
Primula & Smoked Ham Puffs
Ham and Mushroom Puffs

Ingredients (makes 20)

1 320g sheet of pre-rolled puff pastry
Approx 1/2 tube of Primula with Ham
Approx 1/3 tube of Primula Light
6 slices of smoked ham
8 – 16 Oyster mushrooms (depending on size)

Method

Preheat fan oven to 200deg C.
Wash mushrooms and allow to dry.
Remove pastry from fridge 10 minutes before use.
Unroll pastry onto a chopping board.
Cut into 20 squares, approx 6cm.
Cut slices of ham in half.
Fold each half slice of ham in half again and place on 12 of the pastry squares.
Squeeze a blob of Primula with Ham onto centre of each of these squares.
Place 1 large or 2 smaller oyster mushrooms on the other 8 pastry squares.
Squeeze a blob of Primula Light onto centre of each of these squares.
Place squares onto a greased baking sheet.
Bake in oven for about 10 minutes until Primula is melted and pastry is golden and puffed up.
Serve hot or cold and enjoy.

Ham and mushroom Primula Puffs


And to try out the Primula with prawns, I made some Prawn & Cheese Blinis, similar to the ones I did with smoked salmon at Christmas.

Primula Prawn Blinis

Prawn & Cheese Blinis

Ingredients

1 packet of blinis
Approx 1/2 tube of Primula with Prawns
Approx 75g prawns

Method

Spread Primula on each blini.
Top each with a prawn.
Serve and enjoy.

Primula prawn blinis


Then moving onto sweet treats. Cupcakes decorated with chocolate mini eggs.
Easter Cupcakes with Primula Icing
Easter Cupcakes with Primula Icing

Ingredients (makes 12)

150g self raising flour
100g margarine
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teasp vanilla essence
milk to mix
1/2 tube of Primula Light
200g icing sugar
12 chocolate mini eggs

Method

Preheat fan oven to 160 deg C.
Place cake cases in a 12 hole bun tin.
Cream margarine and sugar.
Beat eggs and mix in.
Add vanilla essence.
Fold in flour.
Add milk if needed, to give a dropping consistency.
Spoon into cake cases.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes on middle shelf of oven.
Cool on a wire rack.
Add Primula to a bowl.
Sieve in icing sugar.
Mix together.
Spread on top of cupcakes.
Decorate each with a mini egg.
Serve and enjoy.

Easter cupcakes with Primula frosting


And more chocolate mini eggs to decorate a cheesecake. It is best if you can make this in a serving dish, as it is difficult to transfer onto a plate whole. But my china dish got broken recently and I haven’t replaced it yet, so I had to make it in a silicone mould.
Primula Easter White Chocolate Cheesecake

Easter White Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

200g digestive biscuits
75g butter
100g white chocolate
150g thick cream
1 tube of Primula Original
50g caster sugar
9 chocolate mini eggs

Method

Place the digestives in a food bag.
Crush the digestives into crumbs with a rolling pin.
Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Mix in the digestive crumbs.
Spoon this mixture into the base of a 20cm round dish or tin.
Flatten with the back of the spoon.
Chill in the refrigerator.
Break the chocolate into pieces in a glass basin.
Melt over a small saucepan of boiling water.
Allow to cool without setting.
Mix cream into the chocolate.
Add Primula to another bowl.
Mix sugar into Primula.
Combine the contents of both bowls and mix together.
Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the digestive base.
Decorate with chocolate mini eggs.
Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.
Serve and enjoy.

Primula Easter white chocolate cheesecake

I then decorated all the serving plates with the food picks, made a jug of squash and laid out the serviettes and paper plates for our family Easter party. Apart from avoiding the mushroom puffs, the boys declared it all very yummy.
Primula Easter Party

Primula Easter Party

A 150g tube of Primula cheese currently retails at £1.45 at Tesco for all flavours which I believe is a fairly consistent price with other cheese spreads. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 4 tubes of Primula Cheese to 3 lucky winners. Each winner will receive 1 tube of each of the following flavours – Primula original, with chives, with prawn and with ham.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I hope you all like my Easter party recipes. And I’d love to hear your ideas for an Easter recipe using Primula.

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Cheese Soufflé

I’ve always previously made cauliflower soufflé, but as neither of the boys are keen on cauliflower, I decided to try making a cheese soufflé instead.

cheese soufflé

Ingredients (serves 4)

600ml milk
1 spring onion
6 peppercorns
1/2 teasp ground bayleaf
100g margarine
100g plain flour
4 large eggs
100g grated cheddar
1/2 teasp mustard powder
Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat fan oven to 170 deg C.
Top and tail the spring onion and cut into a couple of pieces.
Put the milk, shallot, peppercorns and bayleaf in a pan.
Slowly heat until it is just below boiling point.
Remove pan from heat and put to one side to allow flavours to infuse.
Grease a large soufflé dish.
Grate the cheese.
Separate the eggs, putting the whites into a mixing bowl and the yolks into a cup.
Beat the egg yolks slightly.
Whisk the egg whites until they stand in soft peaks.
Strain the milk into a jug.
Melt the margarine in pan.
Remove from heat and stir in the flour.
Gradually stir in the strained milk.
Return to the heat and bring sauce to the boil, stirring all the time.
Cook for a further minute or so until it thickens.
Stir in the cheese, mustard and seasoning.
Stir in the egg yolks.
Quickly fold in the egg whites using a metal spoon.
Tip the mixture into the soufflé dish.
Bake in centre of oven for about 35 minutes until the top of the soufflé is golden and well risen.
Serve immediately and enjoy.

cheese soufflé

Success. A soufflé which the boys were happy to eat. I served it with mashed potato and vegetables.

cheese soufflé

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Festive recipes using Primula cheese

I received 6 free tubes of Primula kids cheese to review. And as the Christmas season is fast approaching, I have come up with a selection of festive recipes, mostly my own but I have adapted one from the recipe sheet they emailed me.

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Last Christmas I remember seeing a cute photo on Facebook of Strawberry Santas. I couldn’t find the photo again and I don’t know what ingredients were used originally, but I thought this would work well with Primula. The boys loved these. But although they were tasty, I don’t think mine look as cute as I had hoped.

Strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santa Hats

Ingredients

1 punnet of strawberries
Approx 3/4 tube of Primula
A few raisins

Method

Cut the raisins into as small pieces as possible.
Cut the tip of each strawberry off for the hats and place aside.
Place the strawberries upside down.
Top with Primula.
Add 2 raisin pieces to front of Primula as eyes.
Place the strawberry tip on top.
Squeeze a small blob of Primula to top of tip for bobble.
Serve and enjoy.


And secondly something that I make occasionally, but have previously always used Philadelphia, worked a treat with Primula.

Smoked salmon blinis

Salmon & Cheese Blinis

Ingredients

1 packet of blinis
Approx 3/4 tube of Primula
4 slices of smoked salmon

Method

Cut salmon into blini size pieces.
Spread Primula on each blini.
Top with Smoked salmon.
Serve and enjoy.

And as I had some salmon left over, I also tried making pinwheels.


Smoked salmon pinwheels

Salmon & Cheese Pinwheels

Ingredients

1 seeded wrap
2 slices of smoked salmon
Approx 1/2 tube of Primula

Method

Spread the Primula on the wrap.
Top half the wrap with slices of smoked salmon.
Roll up the wrap, starting at the salmon side.
Cut into pinwheels, at approx 2cm apart.
Serve and enjoy.


The boys hate mushrooms, even the smell. So I had to wait until they were out to cook the next dish. Absolutely delicious. What a shame that the boys don’t like mushrooms as I do want to make these again.
Cheesy garlic mushrooms

Cheesy Garlic Mushrooms

Ingredients

200g Mushrooms
1 clove of garlic
Approx 3/4 tube of Primula
1 tbsp olive oil

Method

Remove stalks from the mushrooms, these can be reserved for another dish.
Press garlic through garlic press.
Heat oil in frying pan.
Gently fry mushrooms and garlic.
Spoon Primula into each mushroom.
Continue to fry for a couple more minutes.
Serve and enjoy.


I bought a pot of dip mix powder at a food fair, which I thought would work well mixed with Primula instead of the usual sour cream.
cheesy garlic & dill dip

Cheesy Garlic & Dill Dip

Ingredients

2 tsp Garlic & Dill dip mix
Approx 1/3 tube of Primula

Method

Mix dip and Primula together.
Allow to stand for 30 minutes for flavour to develop.
Serve with vegetable crudites or tortilla chips or pringles or breadsticks and enjoy.


We all love cheese scones in our household, but I’ve always traditionally used grated cheese. So I adapted my recipe to use Primula and also added some pesto for this mini variant. Yummy!
Cheese and Pesto Scones

Mini Cheese & Pesto Scones

Ingredients

100g self raising flour
25g margarine
25g Primula
Pinch of salt
1 tsp pesto
Approx 70ml milk
Approx 3/4 tube of Primula (for filling)

Method

Preheat fan oven to 200 deg C.
Sieve the flour.
Add the salt.
Rub the margarine into flour.
Mix in the Primula, pesto and sufficient milk to give a soft but not sticky dough.
Draw the mixture into a ball.
Dust a chopping board with flour.
Flatten mixture to approx 1.5cm high.
Use a 4cm circular cutter to cut out scones.
Place on a greased baking tray.
Brush tops with milk.
Bake for approx 10-15 minutes until well risen, firm and golden brown.
Allow to cool.
Cut scones in half and fill with more Primula.
Serve and enjoy.

Cheese and Pesto Scones

I’ve adapted the next recipe from the Primula recipe email. You can see the original online here. As well as making some cranberry parcels, I also tried some with apple chutney. A little fiddly to make but the end result was worth the effort in my opinion.
Cranberry Cheese Parcels

Cranberry Cheese Parcels / Apple Chutney Cheese Parcels

Ingredients

12 sheets of filo pastry
25g Lurpak cooking liquid (or melted butter)
Approx 3/4 tube of Primula
45g cranberry sauce
45g apple chutney

Method

Preheat fan oven to 200 deg C.
Brush sheets of filo pastry with cooking liquid.
Cut each sheet into rectangles, approx 10cm by 15cm.
Place one rectangle on top of another, slightly offset.
Repeat with 2 more rectangles, so you end up with 4 layers.
Place 1 tsp of cranberry sauce or apple chutney on centre of each.
Place a small squeeze of Primula on top of the sauce or chutney.
Bring the corners of the pastry up to a point and pinch together.
Place on a greased baking tray and brush with remainder of cooking liquid.
Cook in preheated oven for about 7-8 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy.

cranberry cheese parcels


A mini variant on a quiche next. Again this is something that I would have traditionally used grated cheese, but it worked fantastically with Primula.
cheese and chicken tartlets

Cheese and Chicken Tartlets

Ingredients

100g wholemeal flour
100g plain flour
pinch of salt
50g margarine
50g dripping
Approx 4 tbsp cold water
80g cooked chicken or turkey
Approx 3/4 tube of Primula
1 large egg

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Grease a mini-muffin tin.
Soften the dripping at room temperature.
Sieve the flour into a bowl and add salt.
Add margarine and dripping.
Rub the fat into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add enough water to make a soft dough.
Knead it for a minute or so.
Then cover bowl and put in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
Roll out the pastry to a thick block, approx 2cm high.
Cut pastry into cubes, approx 2.5cm.
Place each cube in a hole in the mini-muffin tin.
Press into a tartlet shape. (I have a gizmo from Pampered Chef for this but you can use your thumb)
Shred chicken into tiny pieces and share equally between all the tartlets.
Squeeze a large blob of Primula into each tartlet.
Whisk the egg.
Pour a little egg into each tartlet.
Bake in middle of preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve either hot or cold.
Enjoy.

Chicken and Cheese Tartlet

I did also try making some cheese straws, but they didn’t tasty cheesy enough to me, so I shall try again using a larger amount of Primula, before I blog the recipe.

A 100g tube of Primula kids cheese currently retails at £1.15 at both Tesco and Sainsburys which I believe is a fairly consistent price with other cheese spreads. I like how this is targetted at kids being mild with reduced salt and added calcium. It also has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. We have enjoyed this product previously in sandwiches or on toast, but it was good to see how versatile it is in cooking. I will certainly continue to experiment with Primula in my recipes.

Primula cheese also comes in a range of other flavours, some with ham, prawns or chives. And it was good to see the label on the tube that profits go to the Kavli Trust Charity.

I hope you all agree that these canapé dishes would make a lovely spread for a Christmas party buffet. And I’d love to hear your ideas for a festive recipe using Primula.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.