Sunday, 15 June 2014


     Why, whenever I try to do "rustic"  does my food just end up looking a bit of  a mess?

The weather has been so beautiful lately - everything looks so green & lush, I love it! Kia (whippet) loves the summer too -she doesn't have to wear her coat when we go out or have her muddy paws wiped when we come back in and at this time of year we go for lots of walks on Ashdown forest. last week i took her to Stanmer Park in Brighton to meet friends -this is our favourite walk of all! - the views are amazing.
Although, actually we are lucky enough to have the most beautiful area of fields, woods & lakes behind our house, so we mostly walk there.

I made this dish the other day after a long walk with friends. We came back starving with one exhausted whippet & i had to be inventive with what i had left in the fridge.

When i was deciding what to make, i was thinking of using wild rice or quinoa , but when I went to the cupboard i realised that I'd run out of both, so I served it on GF toast instead. Such an easy & delicious lunch (if I do say so myself), that I had to share it with you. A sort of summer version of beans on toast, although you could also serve the bean/veg dish with rice, quinoa, pasta, or as a side dish with chicken or fish.

this served 4 of us.
100g sugar snap peas
3 leeks
1 head chicory
light olive oil (or other cooking oil)
1 400g can of butter beans (drained & rinsed with cold water)
2 handfuls peas
100g Brie
GF toast to serve

preheat oven to 220c

chop up the chicory & the leeks (white parts only, discard any tough/dried up outer skin)
and along with the sugar snap peas put into an oven proof dish. Drizzle with light olive oil (I used 1 capful) & season to taste.
pop into the oven for 30 mins.
After 25 mins remove the veg, add in 2 handfuls of frozen peas, the drained butter beans & dot with small pieces of Brie
return to the oven for the last 5 mins. The peas will cook, the butter beans will warm through & the brie will melt. yum!
Serve on Gf toast as shown! 

The bread shown is made from the Teff seeded bread flour mix available from 
I've had very limited success making GF bread from ready mixed flours, but this one works brilliantly & couldn't be easier.

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