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Possibly…the best meal in the world

April 14, 2012

Every now and then Arlo likes to cook a meal. Usually it’s not something simple befitting his age – like beans on toast or scrambled egg – it’s something from a recipe book involving ingredients that we have to go out and shop for. Today, after spending half the morning bouncing on the trampoline, Arlo came inside, got a pile of cookery books and then spent the other half of the morning deciding on dinner. He chose filo and spinach tarts – followed by an exotic pudding  (which will be the subject of another post).

We had to go and buy feta cheese, and filo pastry – not that bad a list considering.

First he greased the muffin tins – it took a while to find the pastry brush – and then he put the frozen spinach (he had about 12 lumps – the recipe called for a bag of fresh) in a pan on the side of the aga to defrost.  After that he crumbled a pack of  feta cheese with a fork into a bowl, and then went to find the filo pastry. This needed to be cut into squares, brushed with oil and then pushed gently into the muffin tins  – 4 squares of pastry for each tart and he was making 8. There was just enough pastry left over to put a top on each tart, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The next thing was to stir the spinach (which had miraculously cooked itself) into the feta and to add some pepper and an egg and mix it all up.

 Then Arlo spooned the mixture  evenly into each pastry case, cut a square of filo for each top and brushed it with the last bits of olive oil and then cooked them  in a reasonably hot oven for about 25 minutes.

While they were in the oven, Arlo made a pasta salad (using yesterday’s left over pasta some lettuce and other salad leaves) and a salad dressing with oil, vinegar honey and mustard and made a potato salad – watched over by Grannie (fresh from making marmalade out of a tin of ready prepared Seville oranges).

That’s him cooked out for a while. Lovely dinner though – really lovely.

All that was left was the washing up – and finding a suitable title for the blog post…

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