Every time I’m in Birmingham New Street station, the swinging chairs in the window of Mowgli catch my eye. Unfortunately there wasn’t one free when I visited, a missed instagram opportunity, but not the end of the world. For someone who’s pretty clumsy, it was probably a good thing that I was sat in a stable chair!Read More »
When I decided to become a vegetarian, I found myself loving all the new recipes I could try & all the Linda McCartney treats available. But I found myself lacking a ‘go-to’ option for a roast dinner. Pretty much a Sunday staple during winters in the UK, especially Christmas Day.
For this pie, you can use whatever veg you like, whatever veg you’ve got left in the fridge – it’s completely up to you!
I’m all for simple & easy cooking so here I present the ‘ultimate veggie pie’ recipe…
Veggie Pie Recipe (makes 4 portions typically)
Core Ingredients: 1 Onion (red or white), Tin of Tomatoes, Sprinkle of garlic powder (or add a clove of garlic), 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of oregano & 1 Pack of Shortcrust pastry (I used Just Rol)
The Veg I used this time: 1 courgette, pepper & leek, 1/2 aubergine & 1/2 tub of mushrooms.
Start by chopping up all of your chosen veg into medium sized chunks, before starting to fry the onion on a medium heat for around five mins. Add the chopped veg to the pan & stir for around another five minutes.
Then, pour the tin of tomatoes into the pan, mixing with the veg. Add the seasoning (sprinkle of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of oregano & paprika). Leave the mixture on a low heat for around 15 minutes, whilst prepping the pastry.
If you’re like me & want for a quick recipe, then using shortcrust pastry from the packet is easiest. But if you want to make your own pastry, then I take my hat off to you!!
Using a sprinkle of flour on the surface (if it’s a student kitchen, hopefully you’ve got some clear surface left?) & on the rolling pin, splitting the pastry into two squares & rolling to fit the dish you are using. Line the bottom of your dish with one of the pastry squares, making sure there is enough to hang over the edges & scoop the mixture into the dish.
All you’ve got left to do is cover the top of the pie with the second pastry square. Pierce the top of the pie just in-case your mixture decides it wants to try & escape in the oven. Briefly brush egg or milk (vegan option) over the pastry for a golden crisp pastry.
Cook for 30 minutes at 200 degrees & ta-da, you’re sorted for a veggie roast dinner!
Do you have a favourite ‘go-to’ veggie recipe?
To make the most of the Christmas break from work, I headed to Bath the day after Boxing Day with my family, for time to explore and relax in the gorgeous city. As one of England’s most historical cities, there was more than enough to explore so I’ve complied a quick city guide in-case you need some inspiration of wheres best to head to!
Arriving at around lunch-time, the independent cafe’s were well and truly in full swing. There were plenty to choose from but at prime-time for lunch with 7 of us in total, we had to do a bit of a cafe tour before residing at Good Day Cafe, where there was a huge table in the middle of a very aesthetically pleasing cafe. Good Day Cafe cater for pretty much everyone and are more than willing to do so, I loved the ‘Beetroot & Feta’ wrap for a veggie food option and paired it with a Beetroot Matcha Latte to try something different.
The weather in Bath was pretty beautiful to say it was December, but even if the weather isn’t great, one of the best places to visit in Bath is the Royal Crescent. It may be a major tourist attraction, but it is definitely one of the iconic landmarks in Bath as there are thirty Grade I listed terrace houses formed in a sweeping crescent overlooking Royal Victoria Park. Perfect to walk around and admire the Georgian architecture.
To continue the walking tour, it is worth popping into the Botanical Gardens as it is very close-by to Royal Crescent. Although I can imagine spring and summer would be a much better time to visit the Botanical Gardens, it is incredibly tranquil in this neck of the woods and wandering through gives the impression that you are miles away from the city.
As it was approaching late afternoon, we headed back into the centre and visited Bath Abbey. It is a stunning piece of architecture and definitely worth walking round to admire.
It was time for a quick pit-stop cocktail at The Cosy Club, before heading back to the apartment for the evening. The Cosy Club is located in SouthGate, which is so easy to access and is very close to lots of shops in case you fancy popping in! The Cosy Club has a huge balcony with outdoor heaters, perfect for an evening drink, especially as Bath was looking very christmassy with all the lights.
We begun our second day in Bath with a visit to one of the most popular tourist attractions, The Roman Baths. Steeped in history, there is plenty to learn here and your ticket price (£14.50 for a student) includes an audio guide which will tell you pretty much everything you could ever want to know about the Roman Baths. There are plenty of exhibits as you walk through the Roman Baths, so more than enough information to choose from!
After pretty much two hours spent at the Roman Baths, it was time for a pit-stop so we headed to Sally Lunns for a late lunch. I’d heard that this was one of the best places to check out in Bath and it definitely is. Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum is located just off York Street, around the back of Bath Abbey. The very traditional English tea-room is in the oldest house in Bath, home to the famous ‘Sally Lunn’ bun in 1680. The buns have been made with the same recipe for centuries, so it is worth noting that the recipe includes milk and eggs as a heads up, but the menu is extensive with all the savoury and sweet toppings that you can have on the bun, as well as many other options. Pesto and roasted vegetables was my choice for the bun and it was so delicious.
To finish our trip in Bath, it was one last walk around the city, down to Pulteney Bridge. There’s plenty of independent shops and cafes along the bridge, along with the views of the River Avon, so it is definitely a good place to stretch your legs before a long car journey!
Bath is a beautiful city, steeped in gorgeous architecture and history, it’s hard not to learn about this city’s past as you walk through. There’s plenty to see in the city, but I’ll have to be back to visit the Thermae Spa!