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Nothing quite beats a warm flaky pastry after a chilled day to myself. I bagged a cheap last minute ticket to the theatre to see Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which was awesome. I got home about 6pm and wanted a quick and tasty dinner. I’d defrosted a sheet of puff pastry that had been in the freezer for about 2 months and was reduced to 75p. 

1) lightly grease a baking tray and lay out the pastry.

2) melt a knob of butter and brush all over the pastry.

3) slice 3 leeks and sprinkle on the pastry, chop 3-4 broccoli florets and sprinkle over. Blob on some pesto. Grate over cheddar.

4) oven on 180 for half an hour or til golden brown. 

I served it with sweet potato wedges, which I put in the oven when I started prepping the tart so they were nice and crispy.

Mmmm pastry.


Found a solution to my previous risotto failures: bake it! I needed a dinner I could chuck in the oven whilst my friend and I were icing these Maltesers Cupcakes, this came out perfectly. I think my Netherton Foundry winning casserole pan helped with it’s success!

1) chop up bacon and fry in a pan.

2) add a bunch of chopped spring onions and fry for 4-5 mins. (I was meant to use leeks but they didn’t have any in Tesco!)

3) add 200g of risotto/arborio rice.

4) add 700ml of veg stock.

5) cook on the hob and stir for 5 min.

6) pop in the oven on 180 degrees c for 20 mins.

I topped mine with Parmesan. It was so scrummy!

I’m getting this food prep thing down. I’ve got a crazy busy weeking, home late 4/5 days so needed a go to lunch which was filling, tasty and would last a couple of days. Enter: leeky, cheesy,creamy, pasta goodness.

1) Boil pasta for 10 min.

2) Melt a small knob of butter in a pan and sweat leeks with lid on for 5 min.

3) Remove leeks from pan and add 2 big spoons of butter.

4) Melt butter, add 1 big spoon of flour and form a ‘roux’. Add milk slowly whilst on a medium heat and whisk like mad.

5) Chuck in a big handful of grated cheddar. (Cathedral City ftw).

6) Mix together leeks and pasta in the cheesy sauce.

Transfer to tuppawares (or a thermos flask in my case cuz I’ve lost all my tuppaware at work), and enjoy from the microwave to your colleagues saying ‘oooh that smells great’. Then I showed (not shared, lol) them my blueberry muffins and now I am a food prepping baking god.




It’s been years since I made a cottage pie. Followed the Hairy Bikers recipe vaguely although didn’t have a tin of tomatoes so went without and put more veg in and it tasted scrummy.

1) peel and chop potato, boil for 10 min, add chopped cauliflower at the last min.

2) sauté some chopped leeks with a tiddly bit of butter and leave to one side once soft.

3) brown the mince and add onion, after a 5 mins add diced carrots and peas. After 5 min add beef stock.

4) drain cauliflower and potatoes, mash together with some butter and stir in the leeks.

5) put mince mixture in a dish and spoon potato mixture on top.

6) oven for 20 mins.

Eat a healthy size portion and then go back for more.