Category Pastry

Mushroom, wild rice and ale wellington

This main course dish is delicious. It is really worth getting your hands on a good variety of mushrooms if you can. If you can’t get any interesting fresh varieties, just use more chestnut mushrooms in their place. Ingredients (8 portions) 300g wild (black) rice 30g butter 1 white onion 2 cloves of garlic 250g […]

Slow roasted tomato tart with watercress pesto

Tarts are great for picnics as all you need is a knife for cutting and your hands for eating. The polenta gives is a slightly ‘gritty’ texture which I think works well for a summer tart. Ingredients For the pastry base: 170g plain flour (plus a bit to dust) 50g polenta 20g finely grated vegetarian […]

Mini pear, stilton and honey tarts

These are really easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. The pears will caramelise in the honey while the stilton will provide a lovely tangy aftertaste. I used two different sized round pastry cutters, one smaller than the other. If you don’t have pastry cutters, you could simply improvise with different sized glasses. Ingredients […]

Creamy mixed mushroom pie

This is an incredibly rich and luxurious pie thanks to the silky mushrooms and the creamy cheese. I originally wanted to use Gorgonzola, but have recently discovered this is not suitable for vegetarians. A list of suitable alternatives to Gorgonzola can be found here. In its place for this meal, I have used dolcelatte cheese. […]

Spanakopita – Greek Pie

I really love Spanakopita, or Greek pie as well call it in our house. It is so easy to make for a quick mid-week dinner and is lovely for summer picnics or to accompany a BBQ. The main ingredients that make it a Spanakopita pie are the spinach and feta, but you can add your […]

Easy Veg Pie

Thank god for ready-rolled shop bought puff pastry! When I’m exhausted after a long day in the office or a busy weekend, there are very few dishes that can give such pleasure from such little effort. Below is a recipe that I made recently and may not be to everyone’s taste, but be brave and […]