"No love sincerer than the love of food"

1 Comment

2013 Recipe Challenge – Courgette and Feta Pie

innerdsI thought as it was the fist week of my challenge it was worthy of a blog.  Most weeks however I will just pop my progress onto the Challenge Page of the site.

This first week’s recipe was taken from a book called “The Best Traditional Recipes of Greek Cooking”. This particular book has been chilling out on the book shelf for no  less than ten years.  It was actually bought by BC when he visited Santorini with my predecessor (pulls childish petulant face).  I do love Greek food but flicking through this book has been the furthest I have got …  until now.

My original intention was to cook a lamb mince-pie but the method was a bit vague and to be honest I couldn’t work out what the hell to do with the semolina!  So decided instead to embark on a simple Courgette and Feta pie, made even more simple by the fact that it is not really a pie – no pastry involved.  This would be more accurately be described as a baked  fritatta. It was very simple – easy as pie you might say.

This is how simple it was:  saute  a few sliced courgettes and a few chopped up spring onions in a ludicrous amount of olive oil ( I know olive oil is healthy … but that much of any oil is questionable! ). Beat up three eggs and mix in a pack of feta (crumbled) and a whole bunch of chopped parsley.  Mix in the courgettes and onions, pour into a non stick tin and pop in a medium oven for about an hour.finished pie

I was nervous and there was a nice pizza lined up on the subs bench, but thankfully that was not necessary as the ‘non’ pie was delicious. As I mentioned, it is similar to a fritatta,  however baking really intensifies the flavours and the feta oozes beautifully through the egg.  I served it with olives, rocket, Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall’s Roast Honey Tomatoes and some simple roasted peppers. It was a resounding success and is now on the rota of  “cheap n’ simple meals” that make it into my weekly meal plans.

The last slice was popped into  a Tupperware tub with some salad and taken with me to work for lunch the following day. Served cold this pie was even better, making it a brilliant option for lunch boxes and picnics.

I know that on week one Nicola from cooked up Pheasant, what did you do?  It’s not to late to join in.

In week 2 BC chooses the dish from Jamie’s American book.  More on that next week but I am praying to God it is not the Beer Butt Chicken!!


Launch of the 2013 Recipe Book Challenge

medium_360603368 (1)How many recipe books do you own?  10, 20, 30, 40 or more?  I have 75 recipe books languishing on my bookshelf and a few on active service in the kitchen.  I only recently got the collection down to 75 following the ruthless cull of 2011 when a number of books were re-homed.   I love recipe books and despite telling myself every year that I do not need more, by Christmas time I crumble and another recipe book hits the shelf.  This year it was Jamie’s 15 minute meals.

Another question for you.  How many recipe books do you regularly use?  For sometime I have been using only two books with any regularity  – ‘Everyday Veg’ from the wonderful Hugh Fearnley Whittingstal and Nigel Slater’s ‘The 30 Minute Cook’.  These books are well-thumbed and splattered with a good variety of ingredients.  However far too many recipe books on my shelf could be removed, wrapped and gifted with the recipient being none the wiser, so pristine and untouched are they.  Jamie’s Dinners, Jamie’s Italy and Rick Stein’s French Odyssey are just a few examples of my collection of unsullied books.

It’s not only celebrity chefs who make it onto my bookshelves.  There are books dedicated to Greek, Italian, French, Scottish, Moroccan and Indian food; speciality books for the healthy heart, the follower of the low GI diet (rather too many of them!) and the detox enthusiast; books with ideas for your organic veg box; baking books (despite the fact that I don’t really bake), chutney books and the list goes on, and on, and on….


I have decided to make these recipe books work for their space on my shelf and have set myself a challenge.  In 2013 I will choose a different recipe book every single week and cook a recipe from that book that I have never attempted before. In a day or two there will be a new page on this blog dedicated to the challenge so you can see what I am cooking up each week.

52 weeks, 52 cookbooks, 52 new recipes  – I am up for the challenge.  How about you?

After telling my good friend Nicola at she has decided to join in as has the mum of another friend.  Why don’t you try it too.  I would genuinely be interested to hear about the new recipes that you try out.

I have just randomly picked out the book which will feature in week one of the challenge.  It is called ‘The Best Traditional Recipes of Greek Cooking’. The recipe I will attempt is Pita me Kyma – translated as Minced Meat Pie.  How hard can it be?

Have a fantastic New Year and if you do accept the challenge I wish you luck.