Butterbean, feta and spring onion burgers

Need a new veggie burger recipe that tastes great and quick to prepare (if you ignore the chilling time)? This is the recipe for you…
From The Guardian last year and meant for barbecues I made these recently. Whilst they do require a long chilling time, they were very easy to put together. And they didn’t fall apart when cooking – ideal! The recipe calls for cumin but I think whatever your preferred spice is that would also work. I’m already thinking a bit of ras el hanout would work well in them.
I used a large egg but might have been better using a medium sized one.

The picture isn’t great – I need to get better at this – and I can’t say they look amazing but here is a lonely one just before eating…

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Beetroot and goat’s cheese tart

OK, so in my last post I was already to hang up my blogging hat, but maybe not yet… Here’s a post of a recipe I made up myself! Not the most technically difficult but thought the taste was good I’d make again.
It requires:
3 ready cooked beetroots (not the ones in vinegar)
3 mini tubs of cream cheese (about 25g each – from those packs of 4 you cab buy)
1 pack ready rolled puff pastry
Goats cheese log
Nigella seeds (although caraway seeds would be good here also)

To make:
Grate the beetroot (best done wearing rubber gloves!) and mix with the cream cheese and nigella seeds.
Unroll your puff pastry onto a baking sheet and spread the cream cheese/beetroot mixture over, leaving a gap round the edge.
Slice the goat’s cheese into rounds (I sliced about 9 discs) and arrange on the beetroot mix.
Cook in the oven for about 20mins at 180 or until it looks cooked! I’m not sure I timed mine…

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Worked really well and good the next day as leftovers.

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Potato and cabbage curry

One quick post about this curry from Thomasina Miers in the Guardian. I had hoped it would become my staple curry recipe to defer to but alas, the quest on that continues. The flavour was good but just not what I had hoped. And I still always suffer from the problem with re-heating potato with it ending up tasting slightly odd…

Here is the pic!

Potato and cabbage curry

I am wondering that as it has become increasingly hard to find the time to blog, and to be inspired as what to write – it used to be about what I did differently in the recipe or perhaps what I found hardto do – whether I should end the blog for good. I won’t delete it but perhaps just leave it and revisit at a later date when inspiration comes back… Or my photography skills improve! I have read many other blogs and their pictures are far more professional so my amateur shots are hardly something people to aspire to making!

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Spinach and ricotta lasagne

Every now and again I have a craving for lasagne… well, who doesn’t? What is better than a combination of pasta, cheese and a white sauce all baked together? I re-visited my Delia Smith’s Vegetarian Collection and decided to make this lasagne. I often refer to Delia’s all-in-one white sauce recipe (so simple, just keep whisking!) but I don’t think I had never tried the whole recipe.

As always, lasagne takes longer than expected but this one was good. I liked the addition of the blue cheese to give it some tang and I love pine nuts. Wilting spinach did take ages – perhaps using defrosted frozen spinach would have been better without affecting the taste…

spinach mushroom lasagne

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Mushroom rice pilaf

In an effort to eat more brown rice than white rice, I went on a hunt for recipes… this one from savynaturalista was linked to from a Huffington Post article and I added to my Pinterest to keep for later.

This is a very easy recipe to make… what more I can I say. Recipe followed to the letter and at the end I added some frozen peas and topped with some cubed feta (just because feta makes so many things taste good!).

Mushroom rice pilaf

And done! Heated up very nicely for lunch the next day too…

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Cod wrapped in courgette

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately (seriously, how many of my posts start like this?). I’ve been pre-occupied with my new hobby of sewing clothes, inspired by Great British Sewing Bee and making my own PJs at a class by Sew Pretty last year. I’ve been spending a lot of free time reading about sewing (so many wonderful blogs to follow!) and looking at pictures of the clothes people have made. That has left me very little time to blog about my food… So now we have the Easter break, I have the time… so this (along with many of the posts) is one of something I made ages ago.

The cod wrapped in courgette recipe came from a Morrisons magazine, but for the life of me I can’t find it online (possibly because I don’t recall its name). But I kind of do remember the recipe…. you started (oddly) by grating some mushrooms and mixing this with some pesto. Top a piece of cod (or other white fish) with this mixture and then wrap thinly sliced courgettes around it all (I used a mandolin to slice the courgettes thinly and also blanched in hot water for a few seconds to soften).

Cod topped with mushrooms

And here is the cod wrapped:

Cod wrapped with courgette

This is then baked in the oven for (I think) about 20 mins…

And ta-da! Done! It took a fair bit of care to get this on the plate without all the courgette coming undone but it was really good. Very tasty. Made me think about using the pesto/mushroom mix for something else.

Cod wrapped courgette cooked

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Pancakes!

A quick post on the pancakes I made today… I have three recipes already, all with slightly varying quantities of flour, milk and eggs.
But today I used the recipe Jack Monroe posted by Allegra McEverdy… I made half quantity without the added melted butter.
Turned out well. I can’t say I can tell much between all the recipes I have but maybe that’s because I only make them once a year!
And here’s the pic:

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