Mini roasted veggie phyllo parcels

 

Today’s recipe is an updated version of a dish I put together six years ago and is a delight for all the veggie lovers out there – crispy phyllo pastry parcels filled with roasted veggies and topped with sesame seeds! Serve them as a starter, a side dish or even as the main event!

 

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Sweet potato, butternut and chevin Tarts

Sweet potato puff pastry tarts.

“Paddington thought for a moment. ‘I think I’ll start in the kitchen,’ he said. ‘I may make some pastry. Bears like pastry.’ “

Excerpt from Paddington and the Busy Day – Michael Bond

I cannot make anything pastry related without thinking of good old Paddington Bear. At the age of one my daughter decided he was the best thing ever – so much so that he was the theme for her second birthday party. (You may remember these marmalade sandwich cookies from a while back.) Her younger brother, now almost two, has followed suit, and we would not dream of tucking him in at night without at least one Paddington adventure to send him off to sleep.

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Brie, fennel and tomato tarts

A few weeks ago I started buying a weekly fruit and veggie bag from an organic shop close to home. This is something I have been intending to try out for a very long time. Having small children has made me more aware of what we as a family are eating and this has been my main motivating factor for giving the weekly organic bag a go. I love that we are getting seasonal, locally grown produce and enjoying food without any nasties in it.

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Baby marrow, sundried tomato and chevin tart

Life feels like a bit of a blur at the moment. I am sure many of you can relate – from the moment I open my eyes in the morning to the minute I collapse into bed each evening I am on the go, moving from one pressing task to the next. Sometimes you just really need to stop and smell the pastry.. err, I mean roses. Weekends are a good time for this when things are (sometimes) a little less frantic and rushed, and there is a bit more time for some leisurely cooking. 

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