Many months ago my friend Charlotte requested Spanakopita (Greek spinach and feta pie) for a blog post and finally the weather and veg box glut of spinach have aligned and her wish has come true. A while ago I saw a great post for Spanakopita on one of my favourite blogs Souvlaki for the Soul and mentally stored it away for later. I have cheated by buying filo pastry and also wilting the spinach in a pan.
These mini crustless vegetable quiches came to be after I needed a quick lunch last week. My impending homelessness has made me be a bit more frugal with my food shopping and that means getting inventive with left overs so I set about seeing what else was lurking in the fridge after I finally used up the left over mincemeat and rustled these up. They fit the bill of a healthy lunch that would provide packed lunch left overs for the following day. You could use any leftover bits for these and omit the pesto if you don’t have Mediterranean style veg to hand.
This apple & walnut chutney was a hit last Christmas and I am very behind with the edible gift preperations this year so it’s making its second appearance in the hampers! I’m not really getting into my usual Christmas spirit but had to get a wriggle on with chutney making so that it had time to mature before the festive season hits. This one is great with cheeses and cold meats too. I will bring you the recipe for the savoury biscuits shortly.
I would like to claim this salad as my own creation however many moons ago when I first moved to London my German housemate Sandra used to make this salad a lot. I would come along and pick at the left overs with glee and right before I moved out, managed to get her to write down what loosely qualifies as a recipe. This halloumi, carrot and rocket salad is a great side dish for a BBQ and the sticky honey and mustard glaze is to die for when combined with the halloumi.
I’m still not feeling 100% and the surprise cold spell this week prompted me to cook something comforting and decidedly autumnal so apologies, it’s not entirely in keeping with the season but it’s what I needed this week. I found this oven roasted roots frittata recipe whilst thumbing through my colleagues copy of River Cottage Veg.
I am also trying to be more inventive with left overs/lunches and this is great for using up leftover bits of veg. The original recipe suggests a combination any of the following but to definitely include some sort of onion:
shallots/onions, squash/pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, celeriac, beetroot, potatoes. I ended up using carrots, parsnip, sweet potato and red onion.