Is it Spring?

Is it Spring?  Who knows?  The weather is certainly a mixed bag of goodies at this time of the year.

This week on special there are spring carrots, pineapples, avocadoes, kumara and courgettes in the vege department.

It looks like a lot of rain tomorrow (Saturday) as I type this, and a little bit cooler. Im going to have a dinner party so I'm going to make good use of those specials.

There'll be a vegie bake using the spring carrots, courgettes and kumara, I'll add mushrooms and some capsicum, onion and olives.  Using moroccan flavours of sumac and cumin and oregano.  This is loosley based on Jamie Olivers Satisfying Veggie Bake - that recipe is below, so easy to change up if you want to.......

Jamie Oliver's Satisfying Veggie Bake




We all need extraordinarily tasty ways to get in the good stuff, and with five of your 5-a-day per portion, this dish makes me happy.


3 onions
3 cloves of garlic
3 level tsp ground coriander
3 tsp olive tapenade
3 mixed-colour peppers
3 sweet potatoes
3 large portobello mushrooms
3 courgettes
3 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
3 large eggs
500g Greek-style yoghurt
100g feta cheese
1 bunch of oregano (20g)
1 packet of filo pastry (270g)
1 mug of basmati rice (300g)
1 x 400g tin of butter beans

Essential kit

You will need: a large casserole pan.


Get ahead: You can prep this on the day, if you prefer. Peel and finely slice the onions and garlic, and place in a large casserole pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the ground coriander and tapenade, stirring regularly. Alongside, we’re going to lightly char our veg in a large dry non-stick pan on a high heat to intensify the flavour, so deseed the peppers, scrub the sweet potatoes, then chop into 3cm chunks with the mushrooms and courgettes. One veg at a time, lightly char all over, moving them into the casserole pan as they’re done. Add the tomatoes to the mix, breaking them up with a spoon, along with 2 tin’s worth of water. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Season to perfection, tasting and tweaking, leave to cool, then cover. Meanwhile, beat the eggs into the yoghurt, roughly crumble and mix in the feta, then cover. Refrigerate both overnight.

On the day: Assemble the bake as your last prep job. Use half the oregano as a brush to coat the inside of a large roasting tray or baking dish with oil. Layer in all but one of the filo sheets, leaving an overhang and brushing with oil as you go. Evenly sprinkle in the rice, drain and scatter over the beans, then pour in your veggie stew. Scrunch over the remaining sheet of filo and fold in the overhang, brush the top with oil, then cover, until needed.

To serve: Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cook the bake on the bottom of the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and use the back of a spoon to crack the top of the pastry, then spoon over the creamy topping. Pick the remaining oregano, rub in a little oil and sprinkle over, then return to the middle of the oven for another 40 minutes, or until golden. Great with a simple salad.

CALORIES 580kcal FAT 13.7g SAT FAT 5.3g PROTEIN 24g CARBS 96.2g SUGAR 21.3g SALT 1.3g FIBRE 11.2g -

I'll insert a photo and more notes when Ive made my version in the weekend.

Have a great weekend everyone.



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