Chicken & Leek Filo Pie with White Wine Gravy
October 9, 2009

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Okay, so I got these recipes from Delicious Magazine but they don’t seem to have them on their website yet. Mr. Darcy raved so much about this dish however, that I will type them up anyway. I have to say, I modified them ever so slightly for my preferences so I’ll only write up what I did.

Now, this is a very slow-going and admittedly dedicated recipe…well, I should say 2 recipes. Hee hee. What can I say? Some days – like these cold, rainy horrid English days – it’s lovely to burrow into the kitchen for hours, sipping tea and pottering about with herbs and creamy sauces. So don’t bother whipping this recipe out for a quick dinner, rather devote your hard work to either a very appreciative and discerning partner, or a dinner party with friends. I don’t know how to host a dinner party, so it was all Mr. Darcy.

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Vegetarian Sausage & Potato Bake
September 26, 2009

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This is a dish a lot of vegetarians will be familiar with as the veggie alternative to a regular meat roast. I recently saw it featured with pork sausages in a foodie mag, and decided to post up my own version of this warm, healthy standby. You can of course use the herb of your choice as garnish, I just happened to have some sweet little leaves growing on my basil plant. Thyme and Sage would of fit for Thanksgiving; or for a flavoursome dinner party entree, try a delicious little leaf called Lovage that I only found in Waitrose the other day (more on that one later).

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Olive, Cheese & Onion Cake
August 23, 2009

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A fave on my new Recipezaar account – recipe here

Noting a few other users being a bit wary about the amount of milk, I used 150ml which was perfect for the 30min time recommended for a large loaf. And yes, I use whole milk (skinny people stay away). I tested this cake out for a visit from my best friend Julia – should the British weather hold out, I’m planning on picnics at a few of the many areas of natural beauty or stately homes in the area. Something light and slightly quiche-ey is called for on such occasions…perhaps with a trifle, if I can keep it chilled.

A little side note: doesn’t it look like there’s a frowny face on the top slice and a smiley face on the second slice? Maybe it’s just me.