The Ultimate Veggie Pie Recipe

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?

Im x

The Best Food & Drink Spots in Birmingham

I’ve spent many of my student days in the city of Birmingham, the city that has become my second home, & I’ve learnt over time that Brum has plenty to offer, especially food & drink wise!

Food

No.1: Digbeth Dining Club – it’s pretty well known now, but Digbeth Dining caters for all with street vendors offering a huge range of different types of food. Last time I visited, I had the Halloumi Pitta (from the Greek stand) and Ferreor Rocher Waffle & it was incredible. Friday & Saturdays are typically really busy, so I would recommend going earlier in the day to get a table if you plan on staying throughout the evening. With live music/DJs in the different venues, it’s definitely a great night!

No.2: Pitcher & Piano – yes this is a chain, but being located right on Birmingham’s canal network, makes this one a winner in my book. The menu is always reasonably priced, catering for veggie & vegan (would definitely recommend the halloumi burger or mixed bean quesadillas). If you sign up to the newsletter, it’s very regular to get drinks offers!

No.3 Cherry Reds – this is an independent bar only a stones throw from Birmingham New Street and I’ve only visited for breakfast before, but it’s one that I keep telling myself I need to go back to! There is plenty to choose from, with lots of veggie & vegan options, so whatever time of the day you can’t go wrong!

No.4 Leverton & Halls – if you’re looking for somewhere a bit outside the city centre, Leverton & Halls is located in Bourneville. Veggie breakfast is great here too (are we sensing a theme yet?), and it’s a really cute deli and locally sourced ingredients are in the heart of this place!

Drink

Coffee deserves it’s own category really, because there is so many to choose from. I’ve narrowed it down to two of my favourites, which are Yorks Bakery, again just a stones throw away from Birmingham New Street and 200 Degrees, located near Birmingham Cathedral. Both have their own independent twist, but seem to be good for getting some work done! The interiors are really nice and have very relaxed atmospheres, which is perfect for getting your coffee fix!

Pubs wise, it is The British Oak in Stirchley for me. Further out of the City Centre, but it’s only a 10ish minute train ride to Bourneville station. The British Oak is a pretty iconic pub as a Grade II listed building, teamed with the great atmosphere, it’s great place for a catch up. Most Friday nights there is live music outside in the terraced area which never fails to disappoint, especially when you’ve got the outdoor heaters (or dancing) to keep you warm. The ‘Tiki’ bar is open some nights, so there is an extensive range of cocktails too!

And there you have it, a few food & drinks spots to check out in Birmingham if you haven’t already! I’m always open to recommendations though so let me know if there’s any places I should check out too!