This is a guide to creating that most sublime of snacks - the cheese toasty - an incomarpable source of fuel for those long hours in front of a keyboard, locked in literary combat (ideal for NaNoWriMo)!
There are many who would ask why such a simple dish would need a guide.
Well, my sceptical friends, whilst it is true that a cheese toasty is not a complex thing, there are layers of subtlety and techniques that turn a toasty into a work of culinary art.
Just follow these simple steps and you too can become a Da Vinci of the toasty world.
Step 1 - Requirements
Ideally, you will have a griddle pan (although a frying pan should suffice)
And, of course, the ingredients for the sandwich itself
I'm going with simple cheddar and some Sainsbury's Warm & Spicy Tomato Chutney
Step 2 - Making the sandwich
Construct a normal sandwich
At this point, the family pet may start to take an interest...
Step 3 - The important bit
Once you have constructed the sandwich in the normal fashion, you need to butter the outside of it
I know, mad isn't it?
Now, while you're doing that, start heating up the griddle. Should be on a medium heat, but be sure not to put any oil in (that's what the butter's for!)
Step 4 - Toasting the Toasty
Once the griddle has heated up, put the sandwich in, thusly...
Leave it sizzling away there for a minute or two, then carefully lift up a corner (I'd advise using a fish slice for this - there will be hotness) and see if the underside has toasted. If not then leave it for a bit longer, but if it looks done then turn it over
Now we just have to wait for the other side to toast and we'll be done.
Check it after a minute or two to see if it's toasted. If not, leave it a bit longer, but if it is done...
Step 5 - It's toasty time!
Remove from the griddle (not forgetting to turn the heat off) and serve with a beverage of your choice (I've gone with Sainsbury's Organic, Fair Trade coffee, because I am just that middle-class)