I was planning to make potato farls anyway, because my vegetarian friend Pippa is pining for her Irish roots, hoho.
Then I saw a tweet from @fromhomage warning that the deadline was approaching for February’s Cheese! Please challenge, featuring cheesy romance.
And I have to say the two things have come together rather brilliantly. I know that because I just ate the outcome. So with no more ado, here’s my recipe …
Cheesy Potato Farls
250g cooked mashed potato
30g plain flour
A knob of butter
50g grated Cheddar cheese
Melt the butter and mix with the mashed potatoes. Fold in the flour, mixing well. Add the cheese and mix again.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth.
Roll out into a circle with the diameter of a dinner plate and about 0.5cm/1/4″ thick.
Normally you divide the farls into four at this point.
If you’re a romantic sap like me, or happen to be entering a Valentine-themed challenge, cut them into hearts.
Put a little oil into a frying pan and fry the farls for 3-4 minutes each side until golden.
Serve with a fried or poached egg on top. Lunch – sorted.
If you want to make plain farls, just skip the cheese. They’re traditionally eaten with a whopping great big fried breakfast.