My dinner was all planned for last night.  There was parsley on the windowsill, cherry tomatoes in the veggie box, anchovies in the fridge and some juicy black olives in the cupboard all ready to be turned into a light and healthy pasta puttanesca.  Yet as I drove home from work through the wind and rain I could think of only one thing – cheese.

Must… Eat… Cheese…

It’s perhaps my most common craving, cheese, and it takes many forms.  Sometimes a chunk of cheddar is all I need to tame the beast.  Other times it’s a leafy Edam baguette or some Camembert on oatcakes or even some Dairylea on toast I need to be satisfied.  This time, last night, it had to be blue cheese and it had to be paired with pasta.

What follows is a bit vague in amounts as I don’t ever follow a recipe when I make this.  Sometimes I use onion or omit the garlic.  Often I eat it topped with a handful of rocket or mixed with some green beans.  Last night I made it in the following way and served it with some roasted asparagus (which I cannot get enough of right now). 

The cheese monster has been appeased.  For now.

P.S.  It was rather fortunate D was away camping in Alladale last night.  He loathes blue cheese and won’t come anywhere near me for hours after I’ve eaten it!

P.P.S.  Out of interest – what do you crave most often?


Creamy Blue Cheese Pasta

Serves 1

Splash of olive oil

1 small leek, white part only (reserve green bit for stock making)

1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped

75ml single cream

30 g stinky blue cheese (more or less to taste and dependant on strength of cheese)

A little chopped parsley


Pasta (whatever shape takes your fancy but it must be white as Whole-wheat just doesn’t work here

  • Chop the leek roughly and fry gently in the olive oil until silky soft.  Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.  Add the cream and heat through before adding the blue cheese and stirring until melted through the sauce.
  • Meanwhile, boil the pasta in plenty of salted water until cooked through.  Drain and toss with the creamy sauce and chopped parsley.

22 thoughts on “Craving

  1. Mmm, that looks delicious!

    Lately I’ve been craving scones with clotted cream and chunky strawberry jam, though my cravings are usually savoury. Soft boiled eggs on toast, chicken pie, cheese (esp fresh goat’s cheese), curries … ooh I could go on!

  2. I crave cheese, too. Or sometimes buttered pasta. Or really good bread spread with really good butter. Or a really crispy, juicy tart apple.

    It’s almost lunchtime here & I’m starting to crave food in general, lol.

  3. Chocolate – which to be honest I thought would be a boring answer but looks like it is less than usual. I have always had a sweet tooth, but generally don’t eat much, but just every now and again I just “need” it.

    Mind you after working 14hrs a day for the last 6 out of 9 on an exhibition build, at 3pm today it was a pint of bitter in my local, and by christ, it was good.

    There are some foods though that need to go with things. Like a rich tea with tea, but not coffee. Blue cheese needs an oatmeal biscuit, not a digestive (they are for coffee). There are no substitutes for a Tunnocks Caramel wafer, as my other half found out to their surprise, as I launched into a tirade… maybe I was a tad tetchy that day… I could go on… ;o)

  4. I will take cheese over chocolate any day of the week! It’s a staple for me! Your blue cheese pasta recipe looks delicious. And, I’ve got all the ingredients for the pasta puttanesca. That looks good too!! I am craving asparagus. Unfortunately, I have not found any good quality asparagus in my local grocery store, so I will not buy it. I keep dreaming about putting in an asparagus bed and I could harvest my own!! When I have cravings, it is usually for pizza. Pizza with a lot cheese! I guess I am a savory person!

  5. I’ve just discovered your blog while I was searching for a recipe and now I’ve been thoroughly diverted; your photography is wonderful, and your writing is great, too. Like many of your readers, I’ve lived in Scotland and your blog brings so many fantastic memories flooding back.

    There are several foods I crave, and almost all of them are salty. So, yes, cheese is one of them (with hebridean-style oatcakes, please!). Also bacon butties, and those all-too-trendy salted caramels. Strangely, I’m not a huge fan of crisps, though.

    Thanks for producing such a spiffy blog. I hope to visit often!

  6. Foods that my mum made when I was growing up – Denver chocolate pudding the most. Generally, I crave chocolate. but I do not think I can live without cheese!

  7. Sometimes I crave things because they are not here (like good bread) and sometimes I crave things because they are too available (fresh cake warm from the oven) but my latest heart’s desire is yoghurt with honey and cinnamon!

  8. Kavey – Great minds. 🙂

    Celia – For some odd reason I don’t like cheese on toast! It’s cheese. Good. It’s bread. Good. No idea what the problem is.

    Suzy – Chicken pie… (licking lips)

    Cherie – Though I usually buy Scottish Braeburns or such like, I do love a good Granny Smiths.

    Roo – Tunnocks Caramel Wafers should never be taken lightly. Tirade was entirely deserved I imagine.

    Pille – I thought there would be more chocolate folk…

    Gale – Pizza is my partner’s main craving. With double pepperoni.

    Heather – Thank you! 🙂

    Andrea – Very glad you’re enjoying the blog. 🙂 Salted caramels? Never heard of them but reckon I’d love them.

    Jane – Denver chocolate pudding? Off to look that up. 🙂

    Johanna – Ah yes. I suffer from the wanting what I haven’t got bug too. Am now just a little too far from the shops to make popping out to pick up one or two items worth it. A good thing, no doubt.

  9. Positively spooky… because guess what I craved and cooked last night? Yup, you got it. Using some fabulous gloopy gorgonzola for the ‘stinky blue cheese’ bit.

    Crave most often? Hmmm. Tricky – so many things. Cheese on toast? Black pudding? Chewy peanut cookies? Daal? I dunno. I crave most food, most of the time!

  10. Well, I see this morning that Nigel Slater has pipped me at the post somewhat with his Nam Pla love in The Guardian, but I crave salty, pungent stuff – complex saltiness like olives and crispy fried shallots and fish sauce.

    Great indulgence while on your own! Blue cheese I include in that pungency list. Beautiful – you’re making me also crave asparagus, I must say.

  11. Mmmmmm, lovely, that would be a lovely fix for me too! I often crave cheese also, although my cravings vary! iIcrave strawberries like mad just now and can’t get them anywhere. What is going on? It’s a conspiracy!

    ps that first photo is quite beautiful! It would be lovely framed in the kitchen actually!

  12. Looks divine. We made something similar in Japan quite often – but using gorgonzola. Oh, and to answer your question, since moving back to the States I crave sushi, but usually something seasoned with soy or a good bowl of homemade miso soup can easily curb that craving!

  13. Aforkfullofspaghetti – Great minds… 🙂

    Em – Ooooh, milkshake. I could go one of those right now.

    Roo – Indeed! Not that bothered about chocolately things but don’t like not knowing things!

    Holler – I’m in a strawberry mood just now too. Managed to get some decent ones a couple of weeks ago but all that’s available now are the supermarket tastes-like-nothing ones. A bit early still, I guess.

    Sylvie – I adore fresh bread too. All carbs, in fact!

    Susan – T’would be a shame to do so!

    Brianna – Do you know, sushi is one food I never properly got into. Had a fantastic kaitan sushi place next to my apartment in Japan and went a lot but I was always more interested in the conveyor belt than the food!

    Rosie – Pheasant perhaps?

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