Cheese Straws – Ina Paarman

Cheese-StrawsCheese Straws – Ina Paarman

Ina Paarman is the Queen of the South African kitchen. Her fabulous products have been with us for years helping us in our kitchens and offering sauces, seasons, pestos, and and and…

You will need
250 g flour
pinch of mustard powder
Ina Paarman’s Chilli & Garlic Seasoning
150 g butter
1 cup (250 ml) grated Cheddar cheese
1 egg yolk
¼ cup (60 ml) cold water, enough for a pliable dough

Sift the dry ingredients together twice with ½ t (2,5 ml) Garlic & Chilli Seasoning. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, or sharp knife. Add the cheese. Whisk the egg yolk and cold water together. Add and mix to a firm but pliable dough.
Knead dough lightly, flatten into a disk and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Adjust oven shelf to middle position. Preheat oven to 200°C.

Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Roll dough out as thinly as a R1 coin. Cut into long strips (about 1cm wide and 8cm long).
Twist the strips to form a corkscrew shape. Place on baking paper. Sprinkle lightly with Chilli & Garlic Seasoning. Bake for about 10 minutes until straw-coloured and crisp.

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Inspired by her grandmother’s cooking, Ina decided to study as a home economics teacher. She worked in London and travelled extensively, soaking up everything she could about the cuisines of other cultures. This she combined with our uniquely South African style and, after a successful teaching and lecturing career, started Ina’s Kitchen, a cookery school, in a converted garage at her home in Constantia.

She became food editor for Femina magazine, wrote a regular column for Die Burger, hosted many TV cookery programmes and published the first of her cookbooks, Cook with Ina Paarman.

Paarman Foods, the manufacturing arm of the business, was born when Ina’s son, Graham, joined the business. Soon the fledgling business managed to secure a foothold in the major supermarkets and in the catering industry. From what was a rather obscure home based industry, Paarman Foods, nurtured and managed by Ina and her son Graham, is today a significant food business servicing a wide spread of markets, local and overseas, with a diverse product offering.

Click here for Ina’s Website and do subscribe to her monthly newsletter.

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