Whipped feta & avocado on toast

Whipped feta and avocado dip

This is a recipe I have stolen from my dearest friend and ex-housemate Isabelle – aka my wife. I lived with her longer than any of my previous boyfriends, so feel she deserves ‘wife’ status. She peeled me off the floor when I was drunk, made me many a jacket potato with cheese and beans and hid a small plastic head amongst my possessions on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. (See images below.)
Although our marriage had to end after I met a boy and moved in with him, we did have three wonderful years together in a very awful flat in Camden – the day we moved in, we both cried – good times. Anyway, nowadays you can still find me dossing around her new house in my pyjamas, necking wine and eating everything in her cupboards – some things never change. However, she has started making this rather tasty breakfast for me after heavy nights of horror films and Grease 2 singalongs. This whipped feta and avocado on toast is so delicious, I may have to invite her to come live with us again. The more the merrier ,right? Just me, Jamie, Isabelle and ‘the head’ – which is currently in my possession after she planted it on me during my last visit – watch out Isabelle, he’s coming for you…


Whipped feta and avocado on toast
Serves 2 / Hands on time 5 mins / Total time 5 mins / V Gf*
You’ll need: A food processor
1 ripe avocado, skin and stone removed
100g vegetarain feta
2 sprigs of mint, leaves removed
Salt and pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, extra for drizzling
Toast to serve


Method
1. Start by adding the feta to a blender and blitzing until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the mint leaves and blitz again until combined. Finally add the avocado, extra virgin olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Blitz again until you have a smooth creamy consistency.
2. Serve immediately spread generously on toast and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Breakfast of kings!

Whipped feta and avocado dip

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V – Vegetarian.    Gf – Gluten free: Serve with gluten free bread.



Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

I went to an insanely overpriced but beautiful health food shop today in Finsbury Park. Sometimes, I like to swish around this shop and pretend I’m a regular customer. I even put three large avocados in my basket knowing they’re £2.50 each without so much as a small grimace on my face – I’m such a good actress. (I quickly put two back without anyone noticing.)
I spend a good 20 minutes picking items off the shelves, pretending to read the labels before returning them to their place – God, I’m having a great time. I eventually reach the counter with a mere five items in my basket all carefully plucked and examined ready for purchase.
“That will be fifteen pounds and twenty nine pence, please,” says the smug man behind the counter with long greasy hair. Shit – he knows! He knows I think this shop is ridiculously overpriced and that I usually shop at Tesco. The bastard! Two can play at this game. I smile sweetly and tap my bank card on the card reader as if I don’t have a care in the world.
I turn to leave, still smiling like a slightly deranged mental patient.
“Would you like a date?” the greasy haired man calls after me. Feeling slightly flattered, but mostly awkward, I turn to say, “Sorry, I have a boyfr….” when I realise he is elbow deep in a giant glass jar of what looks like crusty old turds. My neck is suddenly very hot as I realise my error.
“Err, yes please,” I say quickly, as he drops a large date into my open palm. I take a bite, thinking I can always chuck it away when I get outside, but to my surprise it’s soft, sweet and delicious. I then burst into tears – it’s been a hard month.

Back home, I spread the expensive bread I just bought with the expensive feta and top with baked expensive tomatoes and you know what? When you feel like utter shit, there’s nothing better than glorified cheese on toast to make everything okay again… That and a big juicy date. So weird.


Baked tomatoes & feta on toast
Serves 2 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 25 mins / V
Extra virgin olive oil
4 large tomatoes or 6 medium tomatoes on the vine
6 thyme sprigs
100g vegetarian feta
1 small garlic clove, peeled
2 large sliced sourdough bread, toasted
2 poached eggs to serve eggs (optional) 


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas mark 7. Leaving the tomatoes on the vine, place on a non stick baking tray and spear each tomato with a fresh thyme sprig. Drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
2. Once the tomatoes are baked, turn the oven off and leave the tomatoes inside to keep warm. If you’re poaching eggs, now is a good time to get them on. Toast the bread and rub each slice with a peeled garlic clove. Split the feta between the 2 slices and squish down roughly with the back of a fork.
3. Remove the warm tomatoes from the oven, discard the thyme sprigs and evenly distribute the tomatoes on top of the feta. Press the tomatoes down using the back of a fork releasing some of the juice. Serve immediately drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, a good crack of salt and pepper and top each with a poached egg (optional).

Baked tomatoes & feta on toast

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Courgette Feta Fritters with Cucumber Pickle

Courgette Feta Fritters with Cucumber Pickle
Courgette Feta Fritters with Cucumber Pickle

“But I thought you liked roasted vegetables?” Jamie said brandishing a whole bag of courgettes at me.
“Yeah I do” (I don’t)
“No you don’t I can tell you don’t” He said getting increasingly upset.
“Well I do, I just don’t like courgettes”
“What do you mean you don’t like courgettes?! We eat courgettes all the time!”
Jamie’s right, we do eat courgettes all the time but rarely in their natural slimy state, barf. I grate the little buggers to avoid ‘soggy courgette syndrome’. Grated, cooked and tossed in garlicky pasta can make courgettes a very pleasing thing, see my Courgette & Spring Green Lumaconi recipe. But we had pasta yesterday so had to come up with something else. FRITTERS! Oh wait, I’m not a huge fan of fritters either, oh dear… Fuck it, lets make them away, haven’t had a fritter for years. Fritters, along with the ‘vegetable stack’ and the ‘stuffed pepper’ were a rubbish vegetarian mealtime staple. But I’m going to reinvent this sad starter and make it into a delightful midweek main by cramming them full of feta and serving them with a homemade pickle. Lets do this thing.

Courgette Feta Fritters with Cucumber Pickle
Makes 6 fritters / Takes 30 minutes
Pickled cucumbers:
3 tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
Half tsp caster sugar
1 garlic clove
Few leaves of fresh mint chopped
Half a red onion Roughly chopped
Half a cucumber peeled into ribbons
Sesame seeds
Pinch of salt
Fritters:
2 courgettes grated
2 medium eggs beaten
Pack of feta (200g)
60g plain flour
Handful chopped fresh mint
2 handful frozen peas
3 spring onion finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Spray oil for frying
Shop bought zatziki to serve
1 lime cut into wedges

Method:
1. Pop vinegar and sugar in a pan on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the oil, crushed garlic and give it a good mix. Incorporate the chopped onions, cucumber, mint, and a pinch of salt and mix well. Leave to one side.

2. Put the oven on at 70C (50C fan) and place a large plate inside to warm up.

3. Finely chop the spring onions and pop in a large bowl along with the peas, crumbled feta and fresh mint. Give it a good stir and add the grated courgette and season with salt and pepper. Give it another mix and start incorporating the flour bit by bit. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then gradually add them to the mixture until fully combined.

4. Spray a large saucepan with spray oil and pop on a medium to high heat. Load up a spoon with the mixture and drop it into the pan then flatten the fritters out with the back of the spoon (I made my fritters roughly the size of a burger). I can normally fit three in a pan but if you’re unsure do 2 at a time. After a couple of minutes flip the fritters over and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

5. Carefully remove your warm plate from the oven and transfer your cooked fritters onto it. Pop back in the oven to keep your fritters warm and repeat stage 4 until you’re out of mixture.  I managed to make 6 which is plenty to feed two hungry people.

6. Siv your pickle to get rid of any excess liquid and serve topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Plate up your hot fritters with a dollop of zatziki and serve with a couple of lime wedges.

Courgette Feta Fritters with Cucumber Pickle
Courgette Feta Fritters with Cucumber Pickle

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Herb & rocket couscous with feta

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First of all, couscous is nothing like quinoa so stop that! Couscous is semolina granules made from crushed durum wheat. No one knows what quinoa is.
Anyway, I LOVE couscous, especially for lunch so I make this recipe quite a lot. It’s also cheap which is good because I appear to have misplaced all of my money. I swear I used to have some.
Right I won’t bang on, it’s Friday night and we should all be out frolocking and getting jolly drunk. However, I’m the sado who stayed in to write her blog, watch The Office and drink hot chocolate like a reclusive old bint – my evening was actually rather pleasant until I thought the apron hanging up on the kitchen door was a ghost.


Herb & rocket couscous with feta
Serves 4 / Hands on time 20-25 mins / Total time 20-25 mins / V
You’ll need: Food processor or a NutriBullet
150g couscous
250ml vegetable stock – I use ½ a Knorr stock pot
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp rapeseed oil
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp salt
2 handfuls walnut pieces
3 spring onions, finely chopped
60g rocket
200g feta cheese, crumbled
60g fresh coriander
20g fresh mint leaves
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil + extra for drizzling


Method
1. Put the couscous into a large bowl, pour over the vegetable stock and give it a mix with a fork – make sure all the couscous fully covered. Cover with cling film and put to one side.
2. In a small frying pan, fry the onions in a tsp of oil over a medium to low heat for a few minutes – add a dash of water to help the onions steam and to prevent them catching. Once a little softened, sprinkle over the cumin and salt and stir. Cover with a lid and leave them to sweat on a low heat until cooked – around 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, squash the coriander (including stalks ) into a find processor along with the mint leaves (stalks removed). Add 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and blitz until you have a rough paste.
4. Remove the cling film from the couscous and start raking the top layer of it  with a fork to loosen the couscous grains. Continue to rake your way down until you have a light fluffy bowl of couscous. Add the herb paste and incorporate into the couscous still using the fork to distribute the herbs evenly.
5. Add the onions, walnuts and spring onions to the couscous and give it a good mix before incorporating the rocket a handful at a time. Finally crumble in the feta, season well with salt and pepper and serve drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.


Herb & Rocket Couscous with Feta

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V – Vegetarian