One of the great things when growing your own vegetables is making things with them once they are ready. This recipe is typical of the things you can make.

These Beetroot Wedge’s are tasty and will melt in the mouth especially when you use your own home grown beetroots.

Ingredients

  • 500g beetroot
  • 200g spinach
  • 70g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 squares of puff pastry
  • 2tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • Ground black pepper
  • Sesame seeds

Method

  • Clean the beets and cut the ends away but DO NOT PEEL.
  • Cook them in lightly salted water until soft and tender then rinse under cold water.
  • Scrape away the peel.
  • Fry the spinach in olive oil until all the water in the spinach has dissipated then let the spinach cool.
  • Cut the beetroots into cubes and mix with the cheese and spinach. Season with black pepper and salt (if required)
  • Set the oven on 225C or gas mark 6.
  • Take the puff pastry and roll out into small squares. Remember you will be turning them into triangles so not too large.
  • Fill the squares with the mixture.
  • Take one edge of the pastry and fold creating a triangle. Firm the edges with a fork.
  • Brush with the egg and sprinkle sesame seeds liberally over the triangles.
  • Cook in the oven for 18-20 minutes depending on the type of oven you have, or until light brown.
  • Leave to cool before enjoying.

These beetroot wedges are great with honey baked red onions!

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Milk Chocolate Tart

Rich, creamy and chocolaty, that’s how you can explain how this lovely tart tastes. If you use a good quality chocolate then this chocolate tart will be so scrumptious everyone will be begging you for the recipe. Another great way of using that homemade shortcrust pastry you have just made!

Ingredients
Base

  • 300g white flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 150g butter cut into cubes
  • 1 egg

Filling

  • 300g milk chocolate. Either Galaxy of Dairy Milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50g sugar

Method

Base

  1. Mix the flour and sugar together in a mixing bowl then add the egg and butter, mixing until mixed together.
  2. Put the dough inside a freezer bag or clingfilm then leave to settle in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Take the dough and roll it out so it fits inside a large quiche or tart tin.
  4. Add baking beans to the base.
  5. Pre-bake the tart base in the oven on 200C or gas mark 6 for 10 minutes then remove. Remove the baking beans and cook for another 5 minutes before removing and allowing to cool.

Filling

  1. Melt chocolate over boiling water until soft and melted. Don’t overdo this step as the chocolate will go lumpy.
  2. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together then add the melted chocolate slowly to the mixture whisking as you pour the chocolate into the mix.
  3. Pour the mixture onto the pre-baked tart and spread evenly over the base.
  4. Allow the chocolate to cool and set in the fridge for about 2 hours

Serve with either whipped cream, ice cream or on it’s own for a rich and tasty chocolate taste.

Everyone loves apple pie, if you don’t then I will eat it as I love it, providing there’s no cinnamon in it!

What will make this pie taste even more delicious is to use your own, homegrown apples picked fresh from your own trees. I am beginning to slaver just thinking about that.

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 400g plain flour
  • 200g butter or 100g butter and 100g lard
  • 4 tbsp. ice cold water

Filling

  • 1.5-2.0kg apples preferably Bramley. Peeled, de-cored and cut into slices

    Use whatever apples you have grown

  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp. water

Ingredients Shortcrust Pastry

  • 400g Plain flour
  • 100g Lard at room temperature
  • 100g Butter at room temperature
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4tbsp. Ice cold water

Method Shortcrust Pastry

  1. Sieve the salt and flour into a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the lard and butter into small manageable pieces and add to the flour in the bowl.
  3. With a round edged knife (butter knife is good for this) mix the ingredients together until they are fairly mixed together. Then with your fingertips lightly rub the ingredients together until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Sprinkle 1tbsp. of cold water over the ingredients and rub in.
  5. Repeat until you have used the water then with the knife bring the ingredients together to make a dough. You want the dough that’s not to sticky or dry so you may have to add or reduce the water you use.
  6. Finally with your fingertips once more, bring the dough together to form a smooth dough. Add cold water if needed as you bring the dough together.
  7. Put the dough in a plastic bag or Clingfilm and leave to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. This is important as it gives the dough time to get more elastic, making it easier to roll out.
  8. After 30 minutes roll out to the desired size on a floured surface.

Method Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C or gas Mark 5.
  2. Put the apples and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. Get a large pie tin or ovenproof plate and grease.
  4. Take the dough out of the fridge and cut in half. Roll one half out on a floured surface. You want the pastry to be slightly bigger than the tin or

    Rolling out the shortcrust pastry

    plate.

  5. Gently put the pastry on the tin pressing down into all the nooks and crannies. Trim away the edges and brush the edge with milk.
  6. Take the apples and spread them all over the base leaving about 2cm’s free at the edge so you can seal the pie.
  7. Roll out the 2nd half of pastry. Again you want the pastry to be slightly bigger than the plate.
  8. Carefully put the pastry over a plate

    Place the lid over the apples and press it down at the edges making a seal. Trim away the edges then with your fingers finish it off by crimping the edges all way round sealing the apples in.

  9. Make 3 slits on top of the lid so steam can escape. Brush the finished pie with milk then put in the oven.

    With a knife, carefully remove any excess pastry

    Ready for the oven

  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the pastry is a golden colour. Remove and leave to cool before serving with ice cream, custard or cream.

 

 

 

 

 

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Are your strawberriesready yet? If not a well known supermarket in the UK are selling them for £1 for 227g. The strawberries are also grown in the UK so you will be eating our wonderful produce and keeping our farmers and growers in business. I won’t name the supermarket but the first letter is A. The name is also very short, 4 letters to be exact!!!

Strawberry’s and chocolate are the food of love so why not mix both and create a lovely dip to dip the strawberry’s in?

Ingredients

100g bar of chocolate like Dairy Milk or other quality chocolate

500g home-grown strawberries

1 carton of double cream

Method

1. Break the chocolate into smallish pieces.

2. Heat a pan of water on the cooker. As the water is heating up get a Pyrex or other ovenproof dish and place on top of the water.

3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put into the ovenproof dish and allow to melt. As the chocolate is almost melted add the cream and gently stir the ingredients together.

4. Stir both ingredients together until creamy. Don’t let the mixture boil or go lumpy.

5. Remove from the cooker and allow to cool for a few minutes. Don’t let the chocolate set!

6. Serve in a bowl with strawberry’s on the side to dip in.

Another way to use this recipe is if you have kids round and you want to give them something different. Or at the end of a dinner party strawberry’s and chocolate are a great way of finishing off the evening with friends. How about after a romantic meal for two? Now that would give you a few good points, need I say more chaps?!

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Before I go shopping I always write a list. I then check my shopping prices online to see how much my shopping is going to cost at my favourite supermarket. The list is an invaluable tool for me in that it does save me money. When I walk around the supermarket I only look what is on the list, not at all those tempting items on special offer conveniently placed around the isles. I have a copy to hand on my computer desk and add to it whenever I see I need something like toothpaste, soap, meats, bread etc.

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