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Whether you’re planning picnics or already thinking about packed lunches these are your new best friend. Crispy little filo parcels stuffed with sweet peas, creamy, salty feta and fresh mint – they’re absolutely delicious and very easy to make.
You can fold the parcels into any shape you like but I find it easiest to wrap long strips of filo pastry into triangles, which also makes the finished parcels extremely portable.
makes about eight (depending on size)
35g butter (melted)
200g filo pastry (approx 12 sheets)
200g frozen peas, thawed
2 spring onions
1 heaped tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
big pinch freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
sprinkling of sesame seeds (optional)
Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
Use a fork to crush the peas before crumbling in the feta. Finely slice the spring onion and then lightly mash all of the filling ingredients together.
Brush the filo sheets with a little of the melted butter before layering them up. I find that three layers is about right. Cut the pastry into lengths that will allow you to fold the parcels (you can make them any shape you like – I find triangles easiest). Spoon a heap of the filling mixture onto the pastry and then fold it into a parcel, making sure that the filling is fully encased by the pastry. Repeat until all of the filling and pastry has been used and then arrange the parcels on the baking sheet. Brush the outsides with a little melted butter and sprinkle on a few sesame seeds. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until crisp and golden. Enjoy whilst still warm or leave to cool for picnic treats.
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I am not a mushroom fan. The fact that they are so often the go-to veggie option actually makes me a little mad. Seriously, who decided that whacking a portobello mushroom in a bap made for a decent veggie burger? Yuk!
It’s not the flavour that bothers me though, it’s the texture. If you cut up a mushroom small enough there’s a chance that I will actually enjoy it. And I know that they’re really good for me so I’ve been trying to sneak more of them into my diet, disguising them in bolognese and the like. This is a recipe that I actually really enjoy and will happily tuck into any night of the week. Lots of lovely, chewy, nutty grains and rich flavours from the marsala, mushrooms and miso. Nutritious and delicious!
This requires a lot less babysitting than a traditional risotto, there’s a lot less stirring for a start! I’ve used wheatberries but use whatever quick cook grains you like…
serves 2 generously
1 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
200g mushrooms, diced
200g quick cook wheatberries (like Ebly)
2 tbsp marsala
1/2 tbsp shiro (white) miso
500ml vegetable stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
70g grated parmesan
2 tbsp creme fraiche
Heat the oil in a large lidded pan and gently fry the shallots, carrots and mushrooms until the shallots are just starting to take on a little colour. Add the garlic and the wheatberries and cook for a minute or two longer before pouring over the marsala.
Add the herbs, stock and miso paste and bring the pot to boiling point. Reduce the heat a little, pop the lid on the pan and let it simmer until the wheatberries are tender and the stock has been absorbed.
Stir in the creme fraiche and most of the parmesan (keep a little back for serving) and season with black pepper to taste. Serve whilst piping hot, topped with a little sprinkle of cheese and perhaps a few freshly chopped herbs.
Something about the onset of the cold grey weather makes me want to eat cheese. ALL THE TIME! Toasty, golden, melted cheese is my favourite and these scones, warm from the oven, fit the bill perfectly. They have a lovely combination of flavours. The rich nutty Gruyère paired with slightly tart, sweet cranberries and the crunch from the pecans is just delicious. I’ve added some wholemeal flour to the dough too, to add even more rich nutty flavour.
They’re very nice cold but absolutely delicious when eaten warm.
Makes approx 14 depending on size
150g plain flour
80g wholemeal flour
3 tsp baking powder
100g Gruyère cheese, grated
80g dried cranberries
80g pecans, roughly chopped
splash of milk
Pre-heat the oven to 220°c and place a large baking sheet in there to pre-heat.
Sift the flours together with the baking powder into a large bowl. Cut the butter into small chunks and rub into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add most of the cheese (keep some for the tops) and mix well so that it’s evenly distributed. Stir through the pecans and cranberries.
Lightly beat the egg and gradually incorporate this into the dry ingredients. You may find that you need to add a splash of milk to the mixture in order to get a nice soft ball of scone dough but it shouldn’t be sticky.
Gently pat the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1 inch thick and stamp out your scones using a cutter, being careful not to twist it. Carefully grease the hot tray or line it with a silicone mat and spread the scones out on it. Brush with a little more milk and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake the scones for 10-15 minutes, allow the cheese on top to bubble and brown a bit. Leave to cool a little and enjoy whilst warm, spread with butter.