Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My Fav & Vegetarian (again) Ricotta, Spinach & Pea Filo Pastry Pie

Ricotta - big tub
1 x mug full of frozen peas
1 x big bunch of fresh spinach- it won't wilt down to nothing this way and stays crisp (cook for 1/2 mins no more)
Salt & Pepper- loads of fresh blk pepper
Big sprinkle (x2 tsp) of nutmeg
1 x white onion
1 x whole zest of a lemon
1 x handful of grated cheese

Fry up the onion for 5 mins until they soften then add the frozen peas so they can defrost slightly, then add the thoroughly washed spinach and cook for 1/2 mins until it wilts down but not loads- season with salt and pepper then take off the heat and drain off all excess water, you can use a sieve to do this.

Mix in the ricotta and spices, season more if need be- keep having a little taste to make sure it's spot on.
Add the lemon zest  then oil your pan or pie dish and layer up about x6 sheets of filo pastry and add in your mixture. Cover with another 4/5 sheets of filo and cover with melted butter- you can also add butter between each layer but up to you. I then grated cheese over the top so it went all crispy and golden.

Cash & Ted hanging out...


Our American friends...Cash having a little shot!! :-) 

The coolest bubbas I know :-)

Cook this and you'll be just as great as these two....

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Big VEGGIE FEAST...another!!

2 x white onions- finely slices
4/5 x Courgettes (I combined both yellow and green)- Finely slices- use a food processor if you have or madalin
2 x mugs of rice- 
3 x mugs of vegetable of chicken stock
1/3 of a large pot of creme fraiche or a big generous dollop
Salt & Black Pepper
Mature cheddar  or Gruyere grated on top

Heat the oven to 180 and melt butter and a dash of oil in a frying pan, add the white onions and cook until transparent and sticky.
Rinse your rice under cold water to remove starch- water should run clear when done. When the onions are ready, add the courgettes along with the rice. Stir and pour over hot stock. Turn up the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat and gently stir in the creme fraiche and big handful of grated cheese- Make sure you salt and pepper it well.
Add it all to a baking dish. Keeping the majority of the courgette on the top- it the rice moist. Sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and bake for 40 minutes until golden and bubbling and all the stock has been absorbed.

I did a bit of a weird veggie buffet here... Cavelo nero with garlic and butter- Steam/cook in about 1cm of boiling water on a medium heat add a lid and let it half cook/steam for 4mins. It stay crispy this way.

Avocado /guacamole...3 x very rip avocados with yellow cherry tomatoes (you can use whatever you can find-choose a deep red version so they're nice and ripe and sweet) add 1 x red chilli- medium sized and remove the seeds so it's not too spicy or keep if you like the kick! Add a big handful of coriander and a glug of red wine vinegar. Season with Salt and pepper.

Roast up some slices of aubergine in olive oil with salt- they take about 30/40 mins in the oven on 200. Slice them about 1/2cm thick so they don't fall to pieces. Roasted red pepper is yum too and can be done the same way but just takes less time- 20/25mins.

Mmmmmmmm a veggie lesbian meal just like that...that's un PC right!! Eeekkkkkk!!!

So good :-) Love the veggie lesbian dins

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

So I Cooked In A Cupbard..

Imagine a really small cupboard...then having to cook in it...apparently this is classed as a kitchenette!! We decided to stay near Ronda right out in the sticks, amongst fields in Spain- the pictures were gorgeous and Mr & Mrs Smith recommended it but the one room we ended up with was the one they'd forget to describe! It was still lovely but the 360 views of the fields and greenery didn't exist for us and the fancy casitas with the 'designer' bathrooms weren't available.
Despite the disappointment (there was storms and torrential rain) we camped in for the night, cooked in a cupboard and would go back again (just to the bigger apartments!)

So here's my one hob cooking in a cupboard meal for 2 (rekon I could have stretched it to 4 people)

Wanting to keep it Spanish but incorporate some fresh produce, this is what I went with.Also bare in mind the cooking restrictions!!

Potatoes 'bravas' style- I only had cayenne pepper
1/2 Onion finely sliced
1 x tin of good tomatoes
Big sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Loads of salt and pepper

Cook the onions in olive oil first then add the tomatoes and cayenne pepper, cook for 10 minutes then set to one side-

Slice the new potatoes into small cubes- it take less time to cook them if they're smaller and rinse the starch off them then fry in oil for about 15mins, turning every now and then. I added cubed courgettes 5 mins before the potatoes were done then half mixed in the tomato sauce and half left the crispy potatoes out and layered them on top of the sauce,.

I then reheated the tomato sauce in the pan with the potatoes and courgettes...cooked for a few more mins.

Prepared the salad, ripe avocado, tomatoes and little gem lettuces- big dash of good quality olive oil and salt and pepper.

I also added Queso de Oveja (black sheeps cheese) cheese over the top of the potatoes...FIT

Here's the peppers I fried up (only option with the one hob)

And here's how it turned out :-)

And we washed it up in the bathroom sink..

All the 'Spanish' food we ate in a week!

Gambas Pil-Pil- Little prawns cooked in olive oil, loads of garlic (3 cloves) dried chilli flakes (1/2 tsp) and (1/2 tsp)  paprika. 

This was fit and a good veggie option- Avocado, Spinach, Tomatoes in a warm honey balsamic and walnut dressing.

This was mental...2 types of potato on 1 plate!!!! Lamb cutlets -cooked on the grill, with potato wedges, a shit tonne of creamy mash and some carrots and courgettes. It was yum but think I managed about 2 mouthfuls of mash and the meat...nothing compared to what I'm capable of an obvious off day!!

A sweets pit stop!!

Cheese Omelette 

A sunny day (probably 1 of the 2...still cross about lack of sun)

This was that same sunny day...this looked so promising, we were by the sea, he looked like he was cooking fresh fish but when my calamari came it definitely hadn't been near this :-( FAIL

Potas a lo pobre- Boiled potatoes sliced, 1 x onion finely sliced, small handful of parsley finely chopped, 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 lemon juice, salt and pepper- serve hot (or cold).

Chilled redders...Rioja

Iberico Ham

This is how it starts out...some are hung for years and years...the longer the better.

So they do have fresh fruit and veg...where is it in the food??

This looks good to me! Less so for the veggie.

This is where the food got really good...down the Italian (3rd best restaurant in Seville!!) Mozzarella, tomato and home made SOOOOO good! I knew I always loved Italian food more!!

Melanzane Parmigiana - The best one I've ever had- loads of tomato sauce, mozzarella and aubergine in batter- THE BEST!!! And am I being converted to all things veggie without even realising it??!!

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli in crispy sage and butter sauce.


Blue cheese...a little car snack!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


So this is it...we're doing a pop up!!! Me and house mate / amazing cook Mikey plus 2 Mums and a dog!!! To book or attempt to (we're pretty much fully booked on the Friday & Saturday but defo worth an email if you're up for it)-email

The menu- To request a reservation email
We will then confirm the reservation and request your menu choices and forward you payment details.

We'll also be doing a charity donation of 1GBP per bottle of wine- It's BYO on the booze front.