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Spinach, Cheese and Herb Pasties

August 27th, 2010

Bubba and I went to LilliBop Festival last month. It was really fab!! We really hope that there will be another one next year.

Anyway, I decided to make some snacks that we could share with Lizzie and Baby Ivy… so when Sainsbury’s sent me an e-mail as I’m in their baby club, I thought… hmmmm… the pasties looks nice and doesn’t seem too difficult to make.

Ingredients:

200g young spinach leaf, chopped
1 courgette, grated
2 spring onions, finely sliced
100g ricotta cheese
50g edam cheese, grated
1tsp dried oregano
1 egg, beaten
500g shortcrust pastry
1 egg, beaten

> preheat oven at 180C or gas mark 4

> Put the spinach, courgette, spring onions, ricotta, edam, oregano and egg in a bowl and mix. Add a bit of freshly ground black pepper, if you like.

> I usually cut the shortcrust pastry block into nine little blocks and roll each at a time. Cut out a circle from each small block with a saucer.

> Pile the filling on to half of the circle and brush a little egg around the edge of the pastry, fold and crimp to seal the edge.

> Place the pasties onto a tray and brush them with the beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes until nice and golden.

IF: Star Gazing

August 19th, 2010

12 August 2010

I know I’m late… but it’s better to be late than never! I actually did this over the weekend… while I was having art session with my almost one year old child. In between of telling her not to eat her crayons and stop poking her hand in my water container, it was total chaos!

Anyway… the first thing that came to my head when I saw the title was stargazy pie. It’s a Cornish dish originated from the village of Mousehole. There is a legend attached to it, but I don’t know what it is to be honest… something to do with some fisherman going out to the stormy sea.

I’ve never tasted the dish as it contains bacon, plus… there’s just something about the head sticking out that doesn’t really appeal to me. Oh… don’t worry. I have no problem with eating things with eyes… as long as it’s lying down. I guess with the heads sticking up looking at the sky, they just seem eerily alive.