A quick and healthy lunch wrap


We are still appalled at the idea of Veganuary and Dry January – why inflict such punishment on your poor old wintery body during the darkest and coldest months of the year?

So, for the sake of sanity we are definitely not denying ourselves a chilled glass of wine or a slab of fresh bread and butter – especially when it’s balanced by brisk walks and cycles (although usually with the glass of wine at the end…).  But, there is still room for improvement so we have revived our resolution this month – to cook everything from scratch and try new and preferably colourful recipes using some of our herbs and spices which have been lurking in the depths.

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A quick and healthy lunch wrap

Gorgeous recipe to combine your winter greens


Local Sussex Winter greens pan fried with nuts and butter….Easy and bursting with nutritious minerals and vitamins to boost immune systems over winter.

Combining greens also gives a variety of texture and flavour to the dish and the nuttiness brings out the sweetness of the veg. Continue reading “Gorgeous recipe to combine your winter greens”

Gorgeous recipe to combine your winter greens

Lavish Veggie Wellington

Even this picture conjours up everything that is totally delicious in terms of veggie food.  A rich mix of herbs, robust veg and delicate pastry gives that right amount of chewiness you need from a vegetarian main…and a variety of taste.


It’s the crunch that breaks most veggie resolves – delicious satisfying textures that are hard to achieve in non-raw vegetarian cooking.

It’s also a great alternative to a goat’s cheese based dish as you can load this with gravy – and not knocking tomato sauces, but sometimes nothing but gravy will do.

Anyway, this recipe is a lavish Wellington rich in seasonal ingredients that will be growing richer and leafier on the Sussex farms all winter long…using kale, spinach, potatoes and good servings of herbs that are all at their prime.

Serving 10 it’s a good group recipe and taken from the Great British Chefs blog, as been well tried and tested.


Veggie Wellington

Ingredients: Serves 10

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked
  • 1 sprig thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 100g chestnuts, peeled and chopped, optional
  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 10g butter
  • 250g button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 200g curly kale
  • 200g spinach
  • 50g opine nuts
  • 500g puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

Herby mash

  • 10 large Maris piper potatoes
  • 175g half fat crème fraîche
  • 25g butter
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
2. Add the sweet potato to a large roasting tray with a good splash of olive oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil
3. Using a pestle and mortar, bash the rosemary and thyme lightly for 1-2 minutes to release the flavour. Scatter over the sweet potato with
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves picked
  • 1 sprig of thyme, leaves picked
4. Cover the tray with tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 45 minutes until soft. Remove and allow to cool.
5. Meanwhile, place a saucepan over a medium heat and add a dash of olive oil. Once hot, add the onions along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
6. Gently cook the onions, stirring occasionally until softened and lightly browned
7. Add the crumbled chestnuts to the pan and cook for further 2 minutes
  • 100g of chestnuts, peeled and chopped, optional
8. Toast the bread until dark and golden and drizzle with a small dash of olive oil. Tear into small chunks and set aside
  • 2 slices of sourdough bread
  • 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil
9. Add the torn toast to the pan with the onions, stir to combine. Stir in the lemon zest and remove the pan from the heat
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
10. For the mushrooms, melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until all the liquid from the mushrooms has cooked off and they are soft
  • 10g of butter
  • 250g of button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
11. Squeeze in a little lemon juice. Remove the pan from the heat, pour the contents into a blender and blitz into a paste
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
12. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Tear the kale into small pieces and cook for 2 minutes, then add the spinach and cook for another 30 seconds. Drain and set aside
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200g of curly kale
  • 200g of spinach
13. In a bowl, mix the kale and spinach with the pine nuts, a dash of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 50g of pine nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
14. Now assemble your Wellington. Roll out the puff pastry on a sheet of baking parchment until approximately 30cm x 40cm, then spread the mushroom mixture on top
  • 500g of puff pastry
15. Toss together the spinach, squash and onion-bread mixture. Spoon it in a thick line down the middle of the pastry, leaving a gap at either side so you can join up the edges of the Wellington
16. Hold one side of the baking parchment and lift it, with the pastry, towards the centre of the Wellington so the filling is half covered
17. Peel the baking parchment back, leaving the pastry in place, then repeat with the other side. The pastry should overlap in the middle
18. Beat the egg with the milk and brush it over the pastry to seal the join
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of milk
19. Fold up the ends so the filling doesn’t leak out, then carefully roll the Wellington onto a baking sheet, with the seal underneath. Brush all over with the remainder of the egg mix
20. Bake for 45 minutes until puffed up, golden brown and hot through the middle
21. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for approximately 12-15 minutes or until tender
  • 10 large Maris piper potatoes
22. Strain and allow to steam for 5 minutes. Tip back into the pot and mash together with the light crème fraîche, butter, salt and pepper
  • 175g of half fat crème fraîche
  • 25g of butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper
23. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the chives and parsley
  • 2 tbsp of parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of chives, chopped
24. To serve, slice up the Wellington and serve on a bed of the herby mash and your preferred vegetarian gravy
Lavish Veggie Wellington