Leek and cheese pie recipe

Fairly quick and cheap to make, there’s enough for 6!


1kg leeks, washed and chopped into inch long pieces

2 free range eggs

100g of extra mature cheddar cheese, grated

150ml single cream

Freshly ground black pepper

Pastry, puff, shortcrust, whatever you like. Make your own or buy the ready rolled stuff.


Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the leeks to it, simmer for around 10 minutes until the leeks are just cooked.

In a large bowl add the eggs, cream, cheese and as much black pepper as you like, give it all a stir to mix in the eggs.

Pre-heat your oven to 180C.

Once the leeks are cooked, drain them in a colander and press them lightly to remove any excess water.

Add them to the eggy, cheesy, creamy mixture and give it all a stir.

Pour the mixture into a pie dish and cover with pastry, place in the oven for around 20 minutes.

(The most amazing) Veggie stir fry recipe

We were cooked this by one of our friends and this is mostly how the recipe was written down for me, it makes a lot, so plenty left over to pick at a few hours after you’ve eaten (it’s that good) or the next day.


Olive oil

1 bag of frozen quorn pieces

2 bundles of spring onions, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

3 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

1 courgette, sliced

1 leek, sliced

1 big handful of green beans, chopped into inch long pieces

2 red peppers, thinly sliced

1 pack of asparagus, chopped into inch long pieces

5-6 vegetable stock cubes

1 pack of egg noodles, rice noodles would work equally well!


Place a pan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Add the spring onions, quorn pieces and a clove or two of minced garlic. Give it all a good stir and let it cook for a minute. Crumble over a stock cube, stir and let the quorn pieces brown. Put to one side, try not to eat it all.

Over a high heat add another splash of oil to a wok or big open pan. Add the rest of the veg apart from the courgette and asparagus, the last 2 cloves of minced garlic and crumble another stock cube over it all. Give it all a good stir and keep stirring until it all looks a bit limp. Add the asparagus and courgette and give it another stir. Check it all tastes nice, add another stock cube if you want!

It’s now time for wine if you haven’t started on it already…

Boil a pan of water with 2 or 3 stock cubes and add the noodles, they’ll only take a few minutes so let’s get everything else sorted.

Add the chicken and spring onion goodness to the wok but keep it at a low heat because by god it loves to burn.

When the asparagus and courgette is cooked (you should know this by having eaten most of it whilst no one was looking), check the noodles are cooked, drain and add them to the stir fry. Stir it all up and serve it only to lovely people, no one else deserves it.

Vegetable and lentil stew recipe

Probably better on a cold, winter night, but it was delicious in July anyway!

Ingredients – Makes enough for 4-5

Olive oil

750ml of vegetable stock

2 onions, peeled and chopped

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 parsnips, peeled and diced

2 beetroot, peeled and diced

1 sweet potato, as big as your fist, peeled and diced

1 leek, sliced

2 sticks of celery, sliced

180g of red split lentils

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

227g tin of chopped tomatoes

Freshly ground black pepper

1 heaped teaspoon of ground coriander

1 heaped teaspoon of ground cumin

Juice of half a lemon


Add a little oil to a big pan over a medium heat

Add half of the onion, all of the carrot, parsnip, beetroot, sweet potato, leek and celery.

Keep stirring and fry for about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and the lentils, stir and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and stock, give it a stir and put a lid on the pan.

Let it simmer for about half an hour, until the veg is just about cooked.

In another pan, over a medium heat add a little more oil and add the remaining onion.

Add the ground coriander and cumin and fry for 10 minutes, don’t let the onion brown you just want to flavour it with the spices.

When soft, add the fried onion to the stew with the lemon juice, season with ground black pepper and give it a final stir.

Serve and nom!