Butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust

Butternut and brie tartlets with cranberries and shortcrust pastry

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (hint hint) and this week I am teaming up with Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts to bring you two brand new recipes to spoil your mum with this Sunday. Today we are starting off with something savoury in the form of these rustic butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust pastry… ooh la la!

 

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Cheesy roasted vegetable quiche (with video)

Crustless quiche recipe

 

Another Easter holiday has come and gone and I hope you had a lovely one! We managed to escape up the coast for a few days of beach bliss but it’s back to business now and the never ending lunch boxes, laundry and loaded inbox. (Take me back to the beach!) This is a wonderful, easy recipe if, like me, you are craving veggies and healthier meals after enjoying all of those Easter holiday treats! May I present my crustless roasted vegetable quiche.

 

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Spring vegetable and red pesto tart

A slice of vegetable and tomato pesto tart.

I do enjoy a cooking challenge, and when I was contacted by the team at Faithful to Nature and invited to participate in their recent blogger competition I was immediately interested. The challenge was this – to create one seasonal, organic, vegetarian family meal using pantry products from Faithful to Nature as well as fresh organic produce. Each blogger received a voucher to purchase their choice of products from the thousands and thousands of products on the Faithful to Nature website, ordered their goodies online and then used them to create a delicious dish.

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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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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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Roasted Thai vegetable pie

If you’ve been onto my Facebook page recently you have probably heard about the competition I’m participating in. It’s week 1 of the Pick ‘n Pay Freshly Blogged challenge! 40 local food bloggers, including myself, were given a shopping list and a few days to create and photograph an original recipe using those ingredients. We were told that we could omit one of the ingredients on the list and add one of our own, as well as use ingredients from an “approved” pantry list which included standard items like olive oil, eggs, flour and the like.

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