Friday, 31 July 2015

Easy Homemade Sausage Rolls




Ingredients:

250g readymade shop bought puff pastry (OR make your own using the recipe - Easy Puff Pastry)
8 sausages
thyme
ground pepper
1 egg, beaten









Method:

  1. Preheat oven to Gas 6/200C.
  2. Roll out the pastry onto a lightly floured surface, ideally into a rectangle, about <0.5cm thick & the width of 2 sausages end to end. Cut the pastry into 2 long strips the width of each sausage.
  3. Brush the beaten egg onto the pastry and sprinkle some of the thyme & ground black pepper over it.
  4. Place a sausage to the edge of the pastry and roll, cutting the pastry when you have approximately 1cm overlap of pastry around the sausage.
  5. Place the rolled sausage on a baking tray and make some slits with a knife in the top.
  6. Brush with beaten egg.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have used all the pastry or sausages (I found this was the perfect ratio of sausages to pastry but it depends on how thinly/thickly you roll your pastry and how fat your sausages are!).
  8. Place in the oven for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.

Great to take on a packed lunch or for a buffet or summer picnic.




Friday, 24 July 2015

Pea, Spinach & Pesto Lasagne


Ingredients:

White sauce:

500ml milk
25g butter
1 heaped tbsp plain flour

Lasagne sheets
Pesto - half jar
200g frozen or fresh peas
200g spinach
Cheese, grated
Few leaves of fresh basil
Few leaves of fresh mint

Method:


  1. Preheat oven to 170C.
  2. Melt butter in a pan on a low heat.
  3. Remove from heat & mix in the flour to make a thick paste.
  4. Whisk in a small amount of the milk to make a smooth paste and return to a low/medium heat. As it's heating continue stirring & gradually add more & more of milk to the pan. Eventually the sauce will begin thickening.
  5. Stir in the spinach, peas, pesto & herbs and heat until the spinach leaves have wilted.
  6. In a lasagne dish layer: the lasagne sheets, pesto, pea & spinach sauce & a sprinkling of grated cheese. Continue layering until you have used all the sauce, top with cheese. 
  7. Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy with some fresh green salad or garlic bread. We also had some grilled sausages with the lasagne for all you meat lovers.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Peas in a Pod

My pea harvest has began, they're so beautifully sweet and succulent...





Also you remember the photos of the basil I posted a month ago What Is Wrong With My Basil? well . . . after moving the plants outside, removing the browned leaves and repotting them, the plants have sprouted some beautiful healthy green leaves which I am looking forward to using soon in my kitchen.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Celebration cake



Yesterday we were celebrating with family & friends a year with our little one, who adores "doggies" so here is the cake we made. 


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