For me, food has always been something to be enjoyed with the people you love. Food and love come together so perfectly. I was raised to enjoy my food, to appreciate it and to be open minded and that’s something I am forever grateful for.
We come from generations of amazing cooks, and my grandmother, especially, pretty much spent her whole life in the kitchen and absolutely loved every minute. She had a need for feeding people and making others happy by cooking for them…and it made her so happy. I remember anyone who would visit her house would never leave with an empty stomach and she always made sure everyone was well fed and happy!
Any special occasions, family birthdays or big life events were always celebrated with a table full of homemade food. Some of my best memories as a child are watching everyone work together in the kitchen cooking or baking a big birthday cake, sitting round the table talking, eating and drinking delicious things, it’s the little things and those memories that really count. The summertime is a favourite of mine, when we all gather together round a big table outside just drinking in the sunshine surrounded by local produce always enjoying seasonal, fresh fruit and veg – for me that is perfection right there. I guess thats where I get my food bug from and cooking and enjoying food has always been such a massive part of my life. And now I have my own home I love more than anything to cook up something wonderful and take pleasure in others enjoying it – is that sad?
Anyways my point is, sometimes it’s great just to go back to basics and enjoy a meal at home round a table with those you love. This weekend was one of those times, and although sometimes I may portray a slight Gordon Ramsay vibe in the kitchen when I’m cooking a big meal (I’d much rather channel Nigella Lawson to be honest…) but the truth is I LOVE hosting, cooking and making the people that I love happy.
This weekend I made two puff pastry pies, both veggie and both so YUMMY. I put them with a few homemade salads and of course some wine and voila Saturday was sorted!
See below the recipe for the Spinach and Feta Pie, and theres a link to the Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Pie below…
1 white onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
520g fresh spinach
200g feta cheese diced into squares
1 tsp dried thyme
1 egg whisked
1 sheet of puff pastry ready bought
Salt and Pepper
- Preheat the oven at 180c or gas mark 4
- Get a 23cm diameter round cake tin and pour in a drizzle of olive oil and rub in all over so the pastry doesn’t stick
- In a big frying pan on a medium heat pour in some olive oil and cook off the onion and garlic for around 7 – 10 mins till they’re golden brown
- Than put in the spinach a bit at a time, stir each bit in till its combined and whittled down. Do this till all the spinach is combined with the onions and garlic. Add the thyme, salt and pepper.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the feta cheese and egg and mix well together.
- On a clean work surface sprinkle some flour down, and place the sheet of puff pastry on. With a rolling pin gently roll out the sheet to reduce the thickness and making sure it’ll cover the cake tin
- Then carefully place the pastry in the cake tin, trim any access bits round the edges with a knife. Carefully roll the edges from outside in round the pastry slightly so it creates a bit of a pattern.
- Pour the spinach mixture in to the cake tin in the pastry lining and even out the filling
- Place in the oven for around 25 – 30 mins or until the pastry goes golden brown
Enjoy! Lo xx
Get the recipe for the Mushroom & Caramelised Onion Pie here