As soon as I tell anybody my boyfriend is vegetarian, I’m always met with sneers and “how do you cope?!”-s.
But it really isn’t so bad, promise.
(Whilst reading, pop this on in the background, all will be explained later!)
Not only has J’s vegetarianism given me a wonderful insight into the world of quorn which I had previously overlooked entirely (it’s healthier, cheaper and quicker!)
But it’s also given me a reason to try out various recipes and foods I previously never would have gone near.
Really now, how often do you see meat dishes this colourful, healthy (mostly..) and packed with flavours?
And it’s so, so easy to make. Win win.
All you’ll need is:
160g Ready Rolled Puff Pastry (Or make your own if you’re adventurous)
Handful Cherry Tomatoes
Large handful of Spinach
2 Tbsp Ricotta Cheese
Handful Grated Cheddar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 200°c. Chop some of the tomatoes in half and leave some whole. Place them in a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and pop them in the oven
After 5-7 minutes (or until they begin to shrivel in size) remove from the oven
Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to the boil and pop the spinach in until it’s wilted.
Drain and refresh under cold water, then squeeze out any excess moisture with your hands
Roll your pastry out onto a baking tray, and pop into the oven until slightly golden brown (5-7 minutes should do the trick)
Take out the oven, and get to decorating!
Arrange the cherry toms on the pastry, scatter the spinach, dollop the ricotta, sprinkle the cheddar, drizzle some olive oil and finally grind some black pepper. Phew.
Bake in the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the pastry looks cooked.
Cut up into smaller pieces for some tasty picnic food, party snacks, or cut in half and gobble it up between the two of you.
Rarely will being vegetarian get this good (I’m lying, veggies have a better time than you think, but this is pretty damn tasty)
And if you simply can’t resist those carnivorous urges, how about laying some prosciutto over the top before putting it in the oven?
Our dreamy herbivorous soirée was cut short however, as we had to rush off to a wonderful soirée of a totally different kind, in the form of Sofar Sounds, something you’ve been listening to throughout this blogpost if you followed my instructions!
If not, here’s a reminder..
Sofar is totally unique, bringing emerging artists into the spotlight in a totally new way.
You sign up to their newsletter, and a week before the gig you get an email telling you the gig’s top secret location, which often turns out to be someone’s cosy living room.
Two or three acts then bring the most magical, touching musical experience to you in a really intimate way, meaning every listener is able to truly connect with the music. Songs are initially written packed full of emotions and meaning, every line thought out meticulously, and it’s so easy to overlook all of this when you’re in a crowded concert, distracted by the blazing lights and blaring bass.
When it’s just you, some fruit cider and the musician you find yourself finding true meanings in the lyrics of songs you’ve never come across before, or discovering new meanings in already well loved songs.
The night was kicked off (and hosted by) Mat Hunsley, a folk musician (and close friend of Jake’s).
He’s an undeniably phenomenal musician, you can find some of his music here (and he’s the one in the youtube vid above).
Beautiful lyrics, captivating voice, and an outstanding talent with the ol’ guitar, especially considering he only learnt it for a year in high school and came back to it because he felt like it when coming to uni (to study Medicine, may I add. Jealous? Nope not at all, not me… ahem.)
Followed by the incredible Nathaniel Rateliff who travelled all the way from Denver Colorado to start their European tour right in a little old Newcastle living room. Absolutely amazing stuff. He has such a powerful, beautiful voice and I was so captivated by all his songs; lay back into the sofa, closed my eyes and absorbed it all.
So if you’re a fan of acoustic music you must sign up to Sofar Sounds‘ newsletter and they’ll take care of you from there!
I couldn’t resist sharing this little treasure with you, I hope you take up my suggestion and enjoy it as much as I did.
Until next time kiddos xx