Mushroom tarte tatin

I know that’s a fancy way of saying mushroom open pie or tart but I like the word tarte tatin and it conjures up images of homely cooked food….I had a roll of puff pastry, herbs, garlic and bought some mushrooms and shallots to make this tarte tatin which was super easy and quick.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Melt some butter and oil in a pan, add mushrooms and cook for at least 10-15 minutes until all the liquid is gone. Add garlic and herbs and simmer for a few more minutes. Roll out the pastry and place on an open baking tray. Spoon the mushrooms onto the pastry leaving an inch at the edges and sprinkle cheese. Pop in the oven and once brown take out to eat.


Autumnal Honeyed Penne with Smoked Gouda

As mentioned in the last post, I had a fantastic delivery from Hello Fresh who sent ingredients and a recipe for Autumnal Honeyed Penne with Smoked Gouda.

So here we go:


  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 chopped red onion – 10 pieces in total
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cooked penne
  • Tomato puree
  • Smoked gouda cheese, freshly grated
  • Handful panko bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Toss the chopped veggies in olive oil and honey,  and sprinkle with salt and pepper before placing on  baking tray. Roast the veggies for 25 to 30 minutes until everything is crispy. At the same time cook the penne .

Peel and dice the garlic. Heat 2 tsps of olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and cook before adding tinned tomotoes, salt and pepper. Add 1/4 tin of water and the tomato puree to the tomoato mixture and gently boil. Don’t let it dry out though.

Add the paste and roasted veg to the tomato sauce. Grate gouda and mix into the sauce before transferring to an oven-proof dish. Finish the top off with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake  until the cheese is golden and top is crispy!

Bon appetit!

Hello Fresh – fresh ingredients and new recipes delivered

December has been a whirlwind month – from planning and organising Reya’s first birthday party – more to come on that later to Christmas lunches, work and packing for Kenya, I haven’t had a chance to sit down! All fun and games prepping for quiet time in January and a well-deserve break!

I’ve also run out of inspiration for new recipes, flicking through recipe books trying to find something that appeals is hard when you don’t know what it will taste like!! One of my closest friends told me about HelloFresh – a new and revolutionary way to cook: the company sends weekly boxes of fresh vegetables (or meat), condiments, seasoning and recipes to make something new. It’s such a clever idea and with the discount our box of three meals was only £11.

The recipes I made were:

  • WIld mushrooom risotto
  • Honey Roasted Autumnal Penne with Smoked Gouda

They were really easy to follow with clear instructions of how to make them and how long it will take. I have to say my recipes took longer but maybe I was cooking them slower than meant to. I’d say it’s a great Sunday afternoon lazy cooking session – the meals came out well and I’d say it’s worth having the boxes delivered. I was able to try out new recipes easily with all the ingredients at my fingertips.

Can’t wait to try another box in the new year!