A veggie rice pita

Filo is easy to work with and not that hard to make! But if you want to buy some, go for Greek of Turkish if you can. Failing that, there are standard varieties available. You may have noticed there’s more than one type. Experiment with them all and you will find what suits you best and for which type of filling. Also whether you roll or stack.

For this pita, because the filling is heavy, I have gone with a packet of eight large sheets, using two sheets per roll of filling, bending each roll in a circular fashion around the tevsija.

You will need:

A large oven dish, ideally round and enamel

Packet of 8 large filo sheets

For the filling:

Cooked brown rice

Half an onion, 1 courgette, half a squash, half a red pepper, half a carrot, 1 celery stick – all chopped. You could add feta if you like.

Olive oil, 1 tsp of good no-salt veggie stock, ground black pepper, fennel seeds, thyme

Put the filling ingredients on a pan on the stove top with  a lid on, low heat, until the veg have softened.

Let the filling cool a little then spoon along two sheets on top of each other then roll over, repeat until all sheets are used.

Put olive oil in the oven dish and lay the rolls on top.

Place parchment paper on top and bake slowly for 45 mins to 1 hour. Serve with Mexican bean salad!

 

 

 

Mexican bean salad

Summer days are almost here. The season of colours has already arrived after a long, slow  spring. It’s humid though. A strange ill wind blows, haar has come in from the east coast on some days. Cool buildings are enticing, as is the grocery in the village. I took a walk over and came back with a medley of veg and fruit. As supermarkets start to bag everything in plastic for fear of people stealing from self-serve checkouts, the small shop has its appeal when all you need is one or two of everything, or prefer brown paper bags! So when you have all your fresh fruit and veg in your basket,  it’s time to quickly turn it into delicious summer salads.

One of my favourite salads is Mexican bean. There are variations on this recipe, this is my interpretation.

You will need:

A medium-sized clay bowl, preferably round and deep, ideally Mexican in style! Look at these! Talavera from http://www.lafuente.com/Mexican-Decor/Talavera-Pottery/

Serves 2 generously:

Red kidney beans – a large tin of

Half a red onion  – chopped

One corn on the cob – its kernels

1 large tomato – diced

Half a red pepper – diced

Fresh coriander leaves – chopped

Half a courgette – grated

Half a large carrot – grated

Hot chilli sauce – make some!

A glug of olive oil, some ground black pepper, splash of cider vinegar, juice from half a lime.

Put all the ingredients in the bowl and fold gently with a large spoon. Eat immediately. It does save well in the fridge for a couple of days. I had some today with falafel, brown pitta bread, green lettuce leaves, a little yoghurt.

Layers

Lazy rolls of thunder, sheets of silver and pounding water on sills late at night finally burst the brief heat bubble. Everyone was out. The bus which goes every ten minutes between two old wool towns was full, stopping at every sign, we eventually reached our destination.

The difference between the two towns and their approach to regeneration is apparent. One is achieving the other is flailing. How so, when they share a common history, heritage. What does it say about visionaries in town planning and investment. Both have relied heavily on grants, with some mill owners investing in their own properties to enhance new uses of vast mills, both towns have such places.

Färben mit Pflanzen via pinterest

But vision isn’t about money, it’s about love. I can’t help but compare to cities of Italy. Small is beautiful. The artisan is appreciated, local produce desired, and from such visions of love have come a world-wide reputation.

Färben mit Pflanzen via pinterest 2

Today I did a little experiment with layering. The usual way to make filling for a pita or gibanica is to place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. This time I layered with out mixing. Two sheets of filo for the base, the fresh spinach leaves followed by cracking eggs directly on top, then grating the courgette. Finally a layer of filo. The result was an enticing picture of colours and flavours, brought to life. Like winter in to spring. Am loving greens and yellows right now.