Sunday, 28 April 2013

Tasty Baked Camembert with Garlic & Rosemary

I spent the first 3 months of 2013 travelling around Australia and New Zealand having the time of my life - making new friends, enjoying the sea and the sun, learning to surf, exploring the big cities, and getting very overexcited when I saw my first kangeroos and koalas. During my trip I also discovered my love of double coat TimTams, Vegemite and Fergburger (a burger place in Queenstown, New Zealand), despite trying to stick to a tight budget!

Whilst in Brisbane I was lucky enough to stay with an Australian friend for a week - and I got completely spoilt! Not only was it amazing to have a comfortable double bed in my own room (which was greatly appreciated after 2 months of sleeping on lumpy mattresses in noisy shared hostel dorms), but I was so well fed! My friend Nic cooked some fantastic food whilst I was there, including tasty stuffed peppers, melt-in-the-mouth slow cooked pulled pork and lots of amazing home-baked bread. On one occasion we had the latter with a beautiful baked brie, which Nicola had cooked in a cheese baker. I knew I wanted to buy one as soon as I was back in the UK.

I absolutely love cheese, and so does my dad - so for his birthday last week I decided I would get him his own cheese baker. He's not the world's most domesticated man so whether he'll actually use it himself is yet to be determined! But I thought he would enjoy a baked camembert for his birthday lunch so I used his new present to cook for him.

I bought the cheese baker from Amazon:

Recipe: Baked Camembert with Garlic and Rosemary


1 boxed camembert
1 clove of garlic
A large sprig of rosemary
Fresh bread to dip in!


  • Preheat the oven to 200ÂșC
  • Slice a clove of garlic into thin slithers
  • Strip the rosemary sprig of its leaves, so you have only the tips.
  • Using a sharp knife poke slits into the top rind of the camembert in several places.
  • Push half the slices of garlic and half the rosemary into the slits.
  • Turn the cheese over, make several more slits with a knife and poke the remaining garlic and rosemary into these holes.
  • Ensure all plastic packaging has been removed from the camembert and place it into the cheese baker. 
  • Place the lid on the cheese baker and put it in the preheated oven.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is lovely and gooey inside!


 Enjoying the gooey camembert with bread:

The one camembert was enough for 3 people for lunch - served with a crusty loaf and some carrot sticks for dipping in. My dad seemed to really enjoy it (as did I!) so I think the cheese baker was a success!

Lisa x
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A couple of years ago I discovered the world of blogging. Since then I have followed and enjoyed reading numerous blogs about food, beauty, travel, lifestyle etc. 
Despite constantly thinking how much I'd love to write myself, I've never had the confidence and (admittedly) the motivation to really get started.  However, I have finally plucked up the courage to get my creative juices flowing and have a go at blogging for myself as a fun new hobby. 

I grew up in South West London and have lived here all my life (apart from the 3 years I spent living in the Midlands for Uni which was great, but completely different to my London life). I feel so lucky to live in London - there are unlimited opportunities for adventure here, and for as long as I remember I have loved jumping on the tube and heading into central London for a fun day out! 

As well as my love of London and its range of enjoyable attractions & activities, I also have a passion for food. I love cooking and baking - and I'm definitely a 'Live to Eat' rather than 'Eating to Live' kind of girl! I first got into cooking at university when I was 18, but it has only been in the past couple of years that I have become really interested in cookery and the pleasure and gratification it brings me when I see friends and family enjoying the food I have cooked for them.

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