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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.


Whilst I detest the Daily Mail, I did use this lovely recipe by Eric Lanlard for a delicious roasted red pepper and goats cheese tart. I cheated and bought ready made pastry, but who has time to actually make pastry these days. It was delicious and I had leftovers warmed up for lunch the next day.

1) roughly chop 2 red peppers, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 180 degrees C for 20 mins.

2) in that time, chop a red onion and fry in a pan on the hob. After 5 mins, add some balsamic vinegar and cook on a low heat for 10 more mins til it caramelises.

3) grease and line a baking tin and place the pastry in it, chopping off the excess.

4) spread the onion on the bottom and place the roasted red pepper next. Then crumble over a generous helping of goats cheese.

5) in a jug whisk up 200ml of Greek yoghurt and 4 eggs. Use some of this as a wash for the edges of the tart.

6) place the tart in the oven and carefully pour over the egg/yog mixture.

7) bake at 180 degrees C for 20 mins.


In honour of National Pie Week I made this scrummy filo pie. Or is it a tart? Who knows. Either way, it was so good I may have scoffed half of it to myself for dinner last night. It’s based on this recipe, I added broccoli to pad it out a bit, and to use up my broccoli 

1) boil up 4-5 florets of broccoli and set aside.

2) put a bag of spinach in a colander in the sink and pour over a freshly boiled kettle of water. Once wilted, run cold water over it. Then squeeze out the water with your hands and transfer to a bowl.

3) add to the bowl: 1/2 block of crumbled feta, 1 whisked egg, 1 clove of minced garlic, and the broccoli. Mix it all up.

4) lay 4-6 sheets of filo pastry (ready made) in a Pyrex dish and pile the spinach mixture on top. Fold in and scrunch the pastry.

5) melt some butter in a pan and brush any bits of pastry on show with melted butter.

6) sprinkle over pine nuts.

7) oven at 180 degrees c for 20-25 mins until pastry is golden brown.

I served mine with roasted sweet potato. I’ve got the leftovers for lunch today 🙂 


OMG tart. This was a Friday night bomb of a dinner. Sod takeaway.

1) Peel and chop red onions. Melt knob of butter in pan. Cook onions on mid heat for 5 min to soften. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar. Turn heat down and sweat with a lid on for 5 more mins.

2) Open Jusrol puff pastry sheet (yes I cheated but I’m working on pastry. That actually involves measuring stuff out).

3) Egg-wash 2cm around the edges.

4) Put onions on puff pastry, then spinach (raw), finish with feta.

5) Bake at 180-200 degrees C for 15-20 mins or until golden brown round the edges.

Sweet potato fries

1) Peel and chop sweet potato.

2) Add to large bowl, roll in olive oil, ground pepper and salt.

3) Bake for 40 mins at 180-200 degress.

Green beans – steam for 5 min

Brocolli – boil for 5 min

Man sweet potato fries are the best ever ever.