week four – filo pastry à la gioia

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they say you should try something new every day. or is it every week? does anyone actually say anything like that? regardless, i did try something new today: cooking with filo pastry.

both rahel and i decided not to make the actual pastry ourselves. generally, i’m all for cooking from scratch. but apparently not even mary berry makes her own filo (unless you lied to me, julien). and if the queen of baking doesn’t, i most certainly won’t.

with uni starting again and places to go and people to see i had a rather busy week. i chose my recipe bearing in mind that it would probably end up being my sunday lunch. despite baklava and other sweet delicious things seeming to incorporate filo pastry in a really scrumptious manner, i ultimately decided on the savoury approach. after some research (very intense, multiple touch screens and dimmed light all csi style) i stumbled upon a recipe on the good ol’ bbc for salmon and leek parcels (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5607/salmon-and-leek-parcels for those who are interested). this is basically the recipe i followed, refining the filling with some lemon zest and lemon pepper). for the sides, i made use of the oven being on anyway by dicing some potatoes and butternut squash and roasting those below the parcels. luckily i was skyping with rahel as i cooked, for she kindly let me know that one should not only put melted butter (which i somehow managed to make bloody explode in my microwave) in between the individual layers of the by the way very satisfyingly thing pastry sheets and brushing the finished parcels with it, but to also lightly cover it in butter again as it bakes. phew. longest sentence ever. the parcels and roasties were served with greek yogurt and a baby gem lettuce salad on a strawberry-balasmic-vinaigrette.

filo, i feel low no more. yeah. i should probably take a nap now.

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