chilli cheese straws

chilli cheese straws


Ingredients for Cheese Straws Recipe

  1. Butter – 14 tsp at room temperature
  2. All purpose flour – 2 cups
  3. Worcestershire sauce – 1 tsp
  4. Cheddar cheese – 3 cups
  5. hot chilli powder – a good helping!
  6. Salt – a little pinch, or to taste
  1. Take the butter and cheese in container of a food processor and a add flour, red chilli powder, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and blend thoroughly.
  2. If a food processor is not available, then put the flour, salt and the chilli powder in a bowl add cheese, butter, and Worcestershire sauce. Blend these thoroughly with the help of two knives or a pastry blender
  3. Wrap the above prepared dough in a waxed paper or a plastic sheet and let it chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  4. After one hour, take the chilled dough out of refrigerator and Sprinkle the flour on a flat surface and roll the dough on this flat surface to about 1 mm thickness.
  5. Cut into strips, and gently twist to make it look like straws. Arrange the strips on 1 or 2 ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Now preheat the oven to 300° and bake the straws in preheated 300° oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the straws are crisp and lightly browned.
  7. When done, take the cheese straws out of oven and let them cool.
  8. Your crispy cheese straws are ready, serve with your favorite sauce. It makes about 5 to 6 dozens of cheese straws.

Stuffed peppers

As the nights are drawing in here is a great tasty stuffed pepper recipe to eat in front of the fire.
Stuffed peppers
  • 6-7 bell peppers of various colors, 1¾ to 2 pounds (I went ALL RED.
  • 2-4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • chilli to taste, any will do
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound sweet or hot italian sausage, casings removed
  • 3 cups cooked rice (Julia used basic white rice and it was fabulous. I used a rice blend of Texmati, brown and wild rice and it was soooo yummy.)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 8-oz. cans tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut tops from peppers and remove seeds and ribs. If your peppers don’t want to stand up nicely, cut off part of the bottom as well to level the base of the pepper. Try not to cut through to the inside, but if you do it’s not the end of the world. Brush outside of peppers with olive oil.
  3. In a medium frying pan, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 2-4 minutes, or until softened. Crumble sausage meat into pan and cook, stirring to break up lumps, until it begins to lose its pinkness, 5-7 minutes. Drain the fat (use a slotted spoon or pat with papertowels).
  4. Slightly beat egg in a large-ish mixing bowl. Add rice, parsley, cheese, chilli,salt, pepper and sausage/onion mixture. Mix well.
  5. Stuff the bell peppers with rice filling, mounding top slightly. Place peppers in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Mix tomato sauce with water and pour into dish around peppers. Bake 45 minutes.

Chatsworth Christmas market 13th – 23rd November

13 – 23 November 2014

Monday – Friday: open 10.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: open 10.00am – 5.00pm

Free event. Parking fees do apply.

Join in the festive spirit, with:

  • Live seasonal musical entertainment from brass bands to string quartets.
  • Enjoy mulled cider and German beers in our bavarian beer tent.
  • Find the perfect presents for all the family from our wide range of stalls including toiletries, clothes and things for your home.
  • Enjoy delicious food, with gourmet burgers, hotdogs, pancakes, churros, fudge and chocolate and treats galore.
  • See our own stunning ranges of items in the Chatsworth gift, interiors and garden shops, up in the Stables.

Chatsworth Christmas market 13th   23rd November

Finding Us

DE45 1PP

Chatsworth is in the middle of the country, in the Peak District. It is north of Derby, and South of Sheffield. If you are travelling using a sat nav system, please use the post code DE45 1PN.

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Arriving by car

  • From the M1 take Junction 29, Chesterfield, and follow the brown signs – 16 miles
  • From Matlock, take the A6, then the B6012 – 8 miles
  • We are 30 minutes drive from Chesterfield railway station and 40 minutes from Sheffield railway station

If travelling through Baslow, you will see the Golden Gates into Chatsworth. These are for authorised access only, except in the case of some special events. Please follow the brown signs for the public entrance to Chatsworth on the B6012.

Car parks

  • The house car park - open every day until 7pm, £3 per car or free with tickets booked online (blue badge holders also park for free). Please note parking on Christmas market weekends (November 15, 16, 22 & 23) is £10 per car (includes entry to the market and £5 redeemable against the price of entry to the house, garden and farmyard on these days)
  • Calton Lees car park - at the southern end of the park, open every day until 7pm, £2 per car

Arriving by bus

A number of buses to Chatsworth stop close to the house just a short walk from the house, garden and farmyard entrances.

Passengers arriving by bus into Baslow village are able to access the park via a public footpath. From the bus stop at Goose Green, walk over the bridge and follow the path to your right. It is then a pleasant 2km walk to the House and attractions from here.

For up to date bus information, please visit Derbyshire County Council’s journey planner.

If you travel on TM Travel bus to Chatsworth you will receive  £2 discount on house and garden admission. Visitors will receive the discount at the entrance on production of their TM Travel ticket and discount voucher – available in the bus timetable leaflet from tourism information centres, bus stations and the Chatsworth information room.

National public transport links

  • Service 440 National Express – London-Derby-Matlock-Bakewell-Buxton
  • Transpeak Service – Manchester-Stockport-Buxton-Bakewell-Matlock-Derby- Nottingham
  • National Express Coaches – Coach times and tickets

Arriving by train

The closest train station to Chatsworth is Chesterfield. However buses from Chesterfield do not come all the way into to Chatsworth, the closest bus stop is Baslow (2km by foot).

It is possible to take the train to Sheffield then take a bus from the Sheffield Interchange (across the road) directly to Chatsworth. Buses run approximately every hour.

East Midlands Trains operate regular trains to and from Chesterfield and Sheffield via Derby. Chesterfield station is approximately 2 hours journey from London St Pancras.

To plan your journey, please visit East Midlands Trains and National Rail.

Tattoo jam 10-12th October

What is Tattoo Jam?

Tattoo Jam is a World Record Breaking Annual Tattoo Convention.

Taking place between the 10th and 12th of October, Tattoo Jam is the most exciting, most anticipated and most talked about tattoo event of the year.  It’s run professionally by the publishers of Skin Deep, Skin Shots International, Tattoo Master Magazines, Tattoo Vixens, The Tattoo Bible, Tattoo Dynamite bookazines and event organisers of the first convention of the year, Tattoo Freeze, as well as The Great British Tattoo Show in London and The Manchester International Tattoo Show.

This year’s Tattoo Jam is once again taking place at Doncaster Racecourse. Following a recent £34 million development, this venue provides a perfect, state-of-the-art location for our three-day event.

With 300+ working artists, a day devoted specifically to those in the industry (ARTIST friDAY), seminars, workshops, the Tattoo Masters’ Ball, trade stands, vendors and lots of live entertainment, Tattoo Jam is an unmissable event for anyone with an interest in ink.

After the success of previous Tattoo Jam events, our aim is to keep growing and improving each year. To this effect we have listened and acted on comments made by artists, vendors and public alike over the years, and wish to thank you for the many positive comments made.

The main room, the Lazarus Exhibition Hall, is large enough to comfortably hold the majority of the UK and International tattoo artists and traders, with separate function rooms available so that we can provide you with plenty of musical entertainment and a food hall that caters for all tastes.

Also, with the demand for Tattoo Jam growing, we wanted to find a site with plenty of open space and parking that is easily accessible nationwide. Doncaster Racecourse proved perfect, as it provides parking for up to 3,000 vehicles, and its location in the heart of the country means that there are good road and rail links from both the North and South.

If you want to be part of something a little different this autumn, come join us for a mischievous weekend at the races.

Tickets can be bought here:

Opening & Closing Times

Day & Weekend Visitors


1:30pm – Show Open to pre-booked ticket holders
2pm – Show & Box Office Open
8pm- Tattoo Masters Ball Open
9pm – Tattoo Masters Ball – Industry Awards Presentation
10pm – Tattoo and Trade Area Closed (Important – for security reasons these areas will be locked at 10pm prompt)
midnight – Show Closed


11:30am – Show Open to pre-booked ticket holders
noon – Show & Box Office Open
midnight – Show Closed


10:30am – Show Open to pre-booked ticket holders
11am – Show Open to public
6pm – Show Closed


Melton Mowbray food festival 4/5th October

Melton Mowbray Food Festival is one of the largest regional food festivals in the country, set in the heart of the traditional market town known as the UK’s Rural Capital of Food.

2014 is the 11th annual Melton Mowbray Food Festival and once again, visitors will enjoy a huge selection of edible delights from some of the country’s finest producers, many from the East Midlands.

Over 150 exhibitors will be showcasing their produce at the Festival and this year, visitors can sample not only the local, traditional Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, but also a range of delicious foods such as stunning new alcoholic ice creams, artisan cheeses, gold-infused bubbly, steamed puddings, chocolate kebabs, gourmet British game, locally-brewed ales and many, many more.

With places to pause, eat and drink, the Festival is just the perfect day out for everyone from the serious foodie to the happy browser!

Better still, why not make a weekend of it and explore the many places of interest and things to see and do in the area.

Fantastic value at £6 per person or just £5 for pre-booked tickets and children under 16 go FREE! 

Pre booked tickets available at Dickinsons and morris, Melton Mowbray or online from

Melton Mowbray food festival 4/5th October

The Cattle Market
Scalford Road
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1JY

By Road
From the M1
At Junction 21a take the exit onto the A46 (Signposted Leicester, New’k). Continue for 8 miles and at the roundabout, take the first exit and stay on the A46 heading to Melton Mowbray for 0.8 miles. Take the A607 exit towards Melton Mowbray.
There is ample free parking onsite, with dedicated disabled parking. The Festival has full disabled access and disabled facilities. Guide dogs only will be permitted.

Satellite Navigation
If you are using a Satellite Navigation System, please set your destination postcode to LE13 1JY.
By Rail
Melton Mowbray Railway Station is a short distance from the cattle market (walking directions).

1. Head northeast toward Burton St/A606
463 ft

2. Turn left at Burton St/A606
0.2 mi

3. Turn left at the Market Place
302 ft

4. Continue onto Nottingham St
0.2 mi

5. Continue onto Scalford Rd

By Bus
A regular bus service operates between Leicester and Melton Mowbray.

By Air
Melton Mowbray is located within easy reach of a number of popular international and regional airports. East Midlands International Airport is only 30 minutes away by car.
International Airports at Birmingham and Stansted are around an hour’s drive, Luton an hour and a half and Heathrow and Manchester International Airports are both approximately two hours by road.