Savoury treats

Brought these beauties in for my colleagues today – Feta, Spinach & Pine Nut Parcels. Recipe below 👇🏻

4 sheets filo pastry
2 tbsp butter, melted
75g feta, crumbled
150g baby spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 red chilli, de-seeded & finely chopped
25g parmesan, grated
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp fresh parsley
25g toasted pine nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease a large baking tray with butter.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onion, garlic and chilli until really soft.
  3. Add the paprika, oregano and cinnamon and cook out for a couple of minutes, then add the spinach and cook until wilted.
  4. Strain over a sieve to get rid of any excess moisture. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the lemon zest with the pine nuts, parsley, parmesan and feta. Tip in the spinach and onion mixture and combine everything thoroughly.
  6. One at a time, take a sheet of filo pastry and cut into two long strips. Keep the rest of the filo covered to avoid it drying out.
  7. Brush each with melted butter. Put 1 tbsp of filling at one end then fold over to form a neat parcel, tucking in the edges. Brush with more butter to seal everything in.
  8. Repeat with all of the filo until you have used all of the filling. Place the parcels on the baking tray and cook in the oven for around 20 minutes until golden and crisp. They will be a little soft due to the moist filling but will firm up once cooled. Cut each parcel in half to serve. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Spring Salmon Salad

Dinner this evening was a warm salad of sautéed spring greens, pepper, tomatoes, green beans & red onion, topped with a baked salmon fillet garnished with toasted garlic & parsley breadcrumbs and a wedge of lemon.

This was the perfect light meal that I was craving tonight, that made me believe it was actually Spring despite the cold and rainy weather outside!

Meze & More on the road

My younger sister is currently at university in Newcastle and I love coming to visit her at least a couple of times a year, so it was absolutely lovely for me to bring Meze & More up here and host a supper club for her in her flat with her uni friends last night.

The girls were such great guests and it was a pleasure to hear that they enjoyed the meal as much as I enjoyed preparing it!

Tuesday tea

I went on a bread making course at the weekend, and our head chef for the day told us a ‘review’ he had heard from his friend about a certain restaurant he’d visited. ‘’It wasn’t bad, it was alright, but it was just Tuesday tea’’ – so not exactly the best of reviews!

Sometimes our Tuesday (or other weekday) evening meal is just eggs & bacon on toast or a simple omelette, which are both absolutely brilliant meals when that’s what we are craving or we get in later than usual and need something quick and easy to fill us up, but tonight it’s something a bit more exciting.

Lamb Meatballs baked in a Rich Tomato Sauce with Feta & Pine Nuts, and some herby Roasted Potatoes & Veg with Wilted Spinach. Hopefully would be worth a better review!

Sunday leftovers

Monday dinner tonight is a Feta & Avocado Salad with Spanakopita portion number 3. (Portion 4 is lunch tomorrow!)

As is often the case when I’m trying recipes out, we end up with lots of leftovers… which is never a bad thing in my view!