When we go out for the day and stop off somewhere for a snack, quite often I have a cheese toastie. It's not a brilliant for me as someone that usually avoids milk and products containing, milk but an acceptable and manageable choice once in a while when the vegetarian choices can be limited to something mushroomy (I hate mushrooms) or the ubiquitous jacket potato, which yes, usually comes with either a cheese or tuna mayo topping, and yes lots of restaurants and cafes in this neck of the woods have tuna based things on the vegetarian part of the menu!!
I really enjoy the cheese toasties that are served just up the road from us at Tal Goed that come with a freshly made salad, and usually have one while Lovely Hubby tucks into a roast dinner ... it might look odd to outsiders us each having such different meals, but as this is what we like and if we are there we're there for a treat it's not odd to us.
But eating out is expensive, and we don't do it anywhere near as much as we used to, so I like to find a way to replicate our favourite meals from our favourite places at home. Now I've not had a sandwich maker for years, they were all the rage once upon a time, so to copy the cheese toastie meal I use my Aga toast maker.
To the non-Aga owner it looks like a stainless steel tennis racquet, indeed even to the Aga owner it looks like a stainless steel tennis racquet, but to those in the know it's the best toast maker there is. Your toast cooks quickly and evenly squished between the two sides and with the lid of the hotplate down it is ready in a minute or so.
If like me you use it to make a toasted sandwich, a good tip is to use a sheet of non-stick reusable baking tray liner around your sandwich, then any leaking filling won't needs scraping off your hot plate.
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