It's cold, the schools are closed and the media are concocting a crisis. It's time to make gala snacks and sit by the fire scanning the Internet for signs of sudden movement. These cheese puffs are tasty, easy and require few ingredients. The recipe is a variant of Nigella Lawson's Cheesy Yorkshire Puddings and it makes 12 large puffs.
4 oz / 1 cup flour, 2 eggs, half a pint or 1 and 1/4 cups of milk and water mixed, 4 oz grated cheese (I used cheddar and parmesan, but other cheeses are fine too), some olive or sunflower oil
1. Heat the oven, with an oiled muffin-tin in it, to 240C/425F
2. Whizz all the ingredients except the cheese well in a blender. Add the cheese and give it another minor mix.
3. Pour into the very hot muffin tin, each compartment about half full, and return to the oven for 15 min until puffy and golden. Serve exquisitely, with red wine.