Wednesday 5 November 2014

Cold Weather Stodge

Yesterday was freezing, and although I've been eating lots of salads recently and really enjoying them I was in the mood last night for some 'cold weather stodge'.

It worked out really well as I had a bag of spinach leaves that need using up, some out of date goats cheese, a bag of carrots in the fridge and to wrap it all up in ... a pack of ready made pastry that I got a couple of weeks back on a 'yellow stickered' reduction, so two weeks out of date.  So this was a brilliant use it up before I need to throw it all away meal .... as if I would thrown food away ;-)

Simple recipe for those of you who like recipes.

Spinach and Goats Cheese Pasties

Wilt your spinach in a pan.
Drain in a sieve and then squeeze all the excess moisture out.

While this cools grate the carrot and then mix into spinach.
Roll out your pastry to the shape and thickness you want.

Top with slices of goats cheese (or any cheese you have to hand).
Brush around half of the outside edge of pastry and fold over, crimp to seal.

Brush with beaten egg or milk.

Make a couple of slits to allow steam to escape.
Cook for around 30 minutes in a moderately hot oven.

(I started mine off on the floor of the Aga top oven to stop me getting a soggy bottom and then placed on the shelf in the mid position for the final 20 minutes.)

Ta Da ..... Goats Cheese and Spinach Pasties.

Served with a quickly cobbled together salad, I just couldn't go a whole meal without any salad now could I.  Mum phoned half way through me eating this and after half an hours chat it had gone cold on me  ....... and guess what, it was even more delicious cold!!  Thanks Mum :-)

And proof that I'm still here after a night of pyromania with the wood burner.

Thank you for all the warnings, but I am sensible and do check the wood stacked around the wood burner.  The wood at the back heats up more quickly than that at the front so that is always used first.  Everything is always checked carefully before we retire for the night and we do have regularly checked, fully functioning smoke detectors AND a Jack Russell who beats any smoke detector in letting us know immediately if there is a chance of any smoldering .... she would have made a perfect fire detection dog.  She doesn't even like the toast being in the toaster for more than enough time to lightly brown it, and comes and sits by our side as if to say 'your toast's done' before it even pops up!!

Does that set your mind at rest Mum ;-)

Sue xx


  1. Nice crimping, do you have some Cornish blood in you? I used some 12 month out of date chickpea flour the other day, still here to tell the tale, like you I wasn't going to throw it out!!

    1. No Cornish blood, but I have JUST mastered the art of three finger crimping and the double folded edge, it's only taken me about 20 years of pasty making ;-)

  2. I have just seen your comment at the end of your blog ; You Know me so well SUE

  3. They look divine. You can't beat a good homemade pasty, beats greggs any day!

    That fire looks toasty warm, good to know your nice and safe and do as mom tells you. Moms always know best, I know that cause my mom tells me it. lol

    X x

    1. They are bossy b*ggers Moms aren't they ..... I know I AM one!! :-)

  4. Gorgeous pasties; must try! But as the child of a safety officer, I just cannot condone your wood stacking near the fire, LOL!

    1. As the wife of a Safety Consultant I go along with it ...... as it is what he wants to do :-)

  5. Those look yummy. It's turned very cold up here (snow not far from us apparently) and we were in the mood for some warming stodge so I got some of the stewed apple out of the freezer and made a crumble. The brown sugar was half price in Aldi with a voucher, the apples were free from a neighbour's garden, and the custard was on offer at half price and I cooked it in the mini over, so a very thrifty pudding. I had the rest for my lunch yesterday x

    1. There's snow on our distant hills too .... Winter is approaching.

      Your crumble sounds delicious, you've made me want to dig one of mine out of the freezer .... I'm so easily tempted. Lol ;-)

  6. Lovely grub!
    One should never have a soggy bottom.........:-)

  7. Smart doggie, and I love the picture of the firebox glowing. Not so sold on the pastry, but I see that I could use a different cheese than goats cheese, so might give it a try.

    1. I just made it up as I went along. I'm not good with recipes, my real version would be -

      Get some pastry, slap something on it , stick it in the oven, when it's cooked eat it.

      I just like to take ideas from other peoples recipes and just hope that my readers can do the same from mine. xx

  8. Goodness- your goat cheese pasties too tasty !!
    And personally, having had wood heaters for forever, I thought your hearth arrangement looked safe as well as convenient. Always have put damper wood where it has a chance to dry a bit and kept all the "fixins" close at hand...
    (Which of your girlies is the smoke dector ? ;-) )

  9. I love a bit of stodhe in the winter and cold nights. Sorry if I'm a nag about the logs!

  10. Mmmm, they look yummy. Might just find themselves on my menu this weekend :}

    As for the woodburner, I sympathise :} I'm looking at a huge basket of large logs, an equally big basket of smaller cuts, the basket with all the tools in, another one containing kindling, firelighters and gloves ..... I don't use newspaper so that's one less than you have to accommodate.

  11. Loved the look of your pasties, but hubby hates cheese, what a sad life we lead!

  12. At a family do this weekend
    But I think we should organize a pre Christmas wine fest at Osborne's
    What do you think? X

  13. The pasties look wonderful Sue!

  14. Mmm, those pasties look lovely, I love a good pie me. Froogs was talking about impulsive behaviour and our inner Chimp recently. I think mine must say 'eat it'!


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