Love Pie

It’s been an emotional few weeks in our house…

Winter blues, illness, exhaustion, emotions fraught. So Elsie and me decided to make a love pie. A lot of love went into it, and fittingly it is heart shaped!

It was sooooo easy, and 2 people have asked me for the recipe since I posted a photo on instagram so here it is:

VEGAN LOVE PIE

Ingredients:

1/2 red onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 leek, 1 tin butter beans, 3 cubes frozen spinach, 1 large flat mushroom, vegetable gravy granules, water, dried sage, thyme, salt and pepper, shortcrust pastry and plant milk for glaze.

Method:

  • Slice the onion and leeks, and chop the garlic. Sauté in a saucepan in a little sunflower oil until soft and browning
  • Slice the mushroom and add to the onion mix, cooking until soft
  • Pick some thyme from the garden, or shake some from a jar into the pan, as well as a good shake of dried sage, plus salt and pepper
  • Drain and rinse the butter beans and add to the pan
  • Microwave the spinach cubes for 1-2 mins until defrosted and mix in
  • Boil the kettle, sprinkle 2-3 tsps of gravy granules onto the veg and add enough hot water to give a nice thick sauce over the beans and veg, not too much or it will be a very sloppy pie!
  • Heat the oven to 180c and allow the pan to gently cook on a low heat or cover and leave while you prepare the pastry.
  • Depending on the pastry you now need to either roll it out, flouring the side to prevent it from sticking, (or if it is ready rolled grease your tin and place the pastry inside). Elsie had so much fun rolling out the pastry and then pricking a heart shape into the lid when it was ready to bake…
  • Once the pastry is rolled out grease your chosen tin (ours was a heart-shaped cake tin, and I sprayed it with a little fry-light as I had run out of vegan marge!) and place it inside. Pour the bean and leek mixture on top and then add a lid of pastry. Remember to prick the pastry so it doesn’t burst! And glaze with a little plant milk (we used soy)
  • Bake in the 180c oven for about 20mins until golden brown like my picture 🙂
  • Serve with whatever delicious veggies you fancy; roast potatoes, mash or chips and some yummy broccoli, green beans, peas or kale!

We really really enjoyed eating this and making it. Elsie was so excited to show Steve what she’d helped cook for his tea and ate a massive portion of pie, saying it was her favourite! It made us smile when we really needed to, and our tummys smiled too 😉

I hope you enjoy it too ❤️

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Quick earring holder!

So on Tuesday night I was going out for a meal with Ruth. I wanted a pair of nice dangly earrings to wear… 

A while back the holder I had been using had reached its last legs and so I had thrown it away. I had dumped all my earrings into a box and subsequently only worn a few pairs because it was stressful trying to find anything!

On Tuesday I couldn’t seem to find a single paired pair in the box-y mess so I tipped them all out and managed to find some.

Then, on Wednesday it was bugging me again so I had a look around on Pinterest for some inspiration that would be cheap, quick and that I could make with what I could find in the house.

There were lots of beautiful photo frame holders of varying designs but that was not quick or cheap. Eventually I chanced across a bamboo table mat hung on the wall with some wire through the top and was INSPIRED!! Yay!

We have some rollable table mats that are beautiful but we never use, and we have wire for the garden so… I gave it a go and… I am ecstatic! It is so easy and I have now  found that so many of my earrings do have other halves 😝 they just needed to find each other!!! 

  
The actual assembly process took maybe 5 minutes!

 I found the place mat and wire, cut the wire to length and then threaded it through the top of the mat and wound it round itself to secure it in place.

I moved a picture hook that wasn’t being used to a free bit of wall behind our bedroom door and then hung it up!

The bit that took time (but by far the most satisfying part) was putting my earrings on to it in their pairs… What a sense of achievement, yay!

Super quick smiley face wrap pizza!

I had a day off with Elsie today and the sun has just started to peek its lovely head out from behind the clouds and bless us with warm sunny blue sky days!! YIPPEEEE!!!

So we made the most of it 🌞

After a visit to the dentist we cycled over to the park and spent 2 hours enjoying the sunshine: playing and pic-nicking. Then we cycled to the library and had a lovely hour reading stories, colouring (Elsie wrote her name, remembering what the letters should look like from memory-waaah!)

We bumped into our lovely friend Cat and shared a delicious veggie pally from a Tibetan street food stand and then headed home.

Elsie was overjoyed to find that her bike basket had finally arrived (I ordered it cheap from Hong Kong so it has been a few weeks…) so we attached that and went for a cycle around our road… Phew!! What a lovely sunny, full day out.

I am going out to celebrate joint birthdays with my gorgeous friend Ruth tonight so just needed something simple for Elsie for tea. I asked if she would like a pizza and she asked for an ‘up’ pizza… This has been her phrase for pizza for a while. There are ‘up’ pizzas and ‘down’ pizzas. And she only likes ‘up’ pizzas 😝

I explained that it would be a wrap pizza, but I’d make a sauce and put cheese on and she asked for olives too so… 5 minutes later 1 smiley-faced wrap pizza ready and being wolfed down happily in front of Little Princess (as a special treat after a tumble from her bike)…

Elsie is just polishing off her last slices now.  She was ecstatic about the smiley face made out of olives and this really was so simple!


Ingredients:

1 tortilla wrap
Tomato purée

Dried basil

Water

Olives

Cheese (or vegan cheese substitute)

Method:

Turn on the grill to max temp.

Squirt some tomato purée into a glass (about a dessert spoonful).

Add water to make as much sauce as you need (I was using an old Nutella glass and filled it about a quarter full) and mix together to make a sauce-y consistency.

Add a shake of dried basil and mix in.

Put the wrap on a baking tray and pour the sauce onto the wrap, spreading out to fill the wrap.

Cut up enough olives to make a smiley face and arrange them on top of the pizza in a smiley face pattern.

Grate cheese over the top and grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese is all melted.

Cut up and serve to your hungry 3 year old! Easy peasy 😊

Orange and Mango Ice Lollies!

Steve and I had 2 nights and a day off together this week, first time since Elsie was born, oh my, what luxury!

Quite apart from indulging ourselves with meals, drinks and comedy out (yay!) we also got to explore town without Elsie getting bored.  We recently got a Tiger shop in our city, and I have been desperate to explore all it has to offer. I got to spend a good half an hour taking it all in, so fun!

One of the purchases I made was for these amazing ice lolly moulds… They look just like Callipo ice lollies, which is one of Elsie’s favourites, but we can make whatever flavour we like and know exactly what’s inside, healthy AND fun…!

So this afternoon, with Elsie back home from her stay with Nana and Granddad, we made orange and mango ice lollies together, to test out the moulds… I think it is safe to say that they were a roaring success and I have one extremely happy daughter (photographic evidence below 😊 )

These are so simple, and remind me of the ice lollies of my childhood, mum and me would make together using old wooden lolly sticks (saved from when we’d had shop bought ice lollies) and plastic moulds with a little slot in. Childhood bliss, such a treat! They will work with any mould, but these really are so awesome, if you can find some it doubles the treat/fun factor!!

Recipe (makes 4, or as many as you have moulds for!)

Ingredients:

Orange juice

Frozen mango pieces (easily bought from any supermarket, ours are from Tesco)

Method:

Rinse out a lolly mould and then fill almost to the top with orange juice and pour into a jug. Do this as many times as you have moulds (so for us that was 4).

Add a handful of frozen mango pieces (fresh mango would work equally well, we just had this in the freezer already)

Using a hand blender whizz everything together to make a smoothie.

Pour into lolly moulds and put into freezer until frozen. Ours took from lunchtime until tea…

Remove from freezer and enjoy!

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As you can see Elsie absolutely loves these and they are super easy, delicious and healthy too! She is currently eating her second in a row, so one very happy girly 😊