Vegetarian Cheese and Tomato Tart

Cheese and Tomato Tart 09-04-2014

375g (13oz) gluten free pastry mixture (if you follow the link it leads to another recipe which shows you how to make gluten free pastry).
1 tablespoon of almond milk (or you could use coconut milk or soya milk)
1 large onion
1 medium courgette
3 tablespoons of olive oil
half a teaspoon of dried oregano
225g (8oz) cherry tomatoes
225g (8oz) goats cheese (or you could use soya cheese)


1. Turn on your oven to 220C, 425F, Gas mark 7. Unroll the pastry, put it on a baking sheet. Trim one end off, if you need to. (The onion and courgette will soften).

2. Put the milk into a cup, use a pastry brush to brush the milk around the edge of the pastry, to make a 1cm (1/2 in) border.

3. Cut the ends off the onion and peel it. Cut it finely, cut the ends off the courgette and cut it into 1cm (1/2 in) slices.

4. Heat the oil over a lowish heat and add the onion. Cook it for five minutes, add the courgette and cook it for five minutes more.

5. Stir in the oregano and add some salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture over the pastry, but do not cover the milky border.

6. Use a serrated knife to cut the tomatoes in half. Arrange the tomatoes on top of the mixture, with their cut-side upwards.

7. Open the cheese and cut the cheese into 1cm (1/2 in) cubes. Scatter them evenly over the tomatoes.

8. Put the tart on the middle shelf of the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the pastry rises around the edges and turns brownish.

9. Leave the tart on the baking sheet for three minutes. Cut the tart into eight pieces, use a fish slice to lift each piece.

Recipe taken from The Usborne Beginner’s Cookbook by Fiona Watt but I adapted it so that it is free from gluten and dairy.

Haddock Flan

Haddock Flan

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Serves 6

400g/14 oz undyed smoked haddock or cod fillet, rinsed and dried.

300ml/10 fl oz dairy free milk

150g/5 1/2 oz cooked peeled prawns

200g/7 oz vegan cheese or Goats cheese

3 eggs, beaten

3 tbsp snipped fresh chives



200g/7 oz gluten-free plain flour

100g/3 1/2 oz dairy-free spread, diced, plus extra for greasing

1 egg yolk

3 tbsp ice-cold water


Preheat the oven to 200 C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Lightly grease a 26cm/10 1/2 inch flan dish.

To make the pastry, sift the flour into a mixing bowl, then rub in the spread with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg yolk, followed by the water, then bring the dough together into a ball. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the fish into a shallow saucepan with the milk. Heat gently until simmering and simmer for 10 minutes, or until cooked and opaque. Remove the fish with a slotted spoon, leave to cool a little, then peel away the skin and discard any bones. Flake the fish into large chunks and set aside. Reserve 125ml/4 fl oz of the cooking liquid.

Roll out the pastry and use to line the prepared flan dish. Line the pastry case with baking paper and dried beans and bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes.

Arrange the fish and prawns in the pastry case. Beat together the cheese, reserved cooking liquid, eggs, chives and pepper to taste in a bowl, then pour over the seafood. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the filling is set and golden brown.

Taken from Wheat, Gluten and Dairy Free Cooking by Love Food

Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary - Jan & Phil Nagel 29th (1) Wedding Anniversary - Jan & Phil Nagel 29th (2)

Happy Anniversary

I made this card for my in-laws wedding anniversary.

I used a piece of A5 card and some paper to draw the little birds, one with the hat and some flowers and attached to the card.

I used some tracing paper as the veil and some gold metal thread for the tiara. I used some green wool for the stalks of the flowers and a white ribbon.

I finished with some Anita’s outline stickers.


Pearl Necklace Top

I bought a Pearl Necklace from New Look over a year ago and unfortunately it broke twice in different places and so I decided to sew it to a top I have from Marks and Spencer.

The first repair I made was from the beads which broke and this happened whilst I was out of the house but luckily I managed to catch the beads, and last week the chain broke so I decided I wanted it to be more secure.

Whenever I wore it it would move about a lot so now it is attached to my top it will look perfect :-)

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What do you think with it attached to my top?