Like many Aussies, I grew up watching Play School. Dora is old enough now to really enjoy it too. When she hears the theme song, she gets so excited. ‘Mum, Play School’s on.’ Usually that’s my cue to jump in the shower, as I know she’ll be transfixed for half an hour but today, we watched together.
The hosts, Justine and Alex, showed us how to make Greek spanakopita. As Alex went through the ingredients, I remembered having each in the fridge, so as soon as Play School ended, I had the ingredients out and the oven preheating. Dora had already expressed how delicious the spanakopita looked. I definitely wasn’t going to pass up a chance to get something other than her usual vegemite sandwich into her for lunch.
When I unfolded the the filo pastry, it crumbled into bits. Freezer burn I suspect… so we ended up making spanakopita triangles with puff pastry as a variation.
My recipe was slightly different to Play School’s (to make spanakopita, see the recipe).
To make our triangular version, we used:
1 handful of baby spinach (chopped)
100g low-fat ricotta
50g low fat feta
1 shallot (finely chopped)
2 sheets puff pastry
1 shake of ground nutmeg (to taste)
1 tbs melted margarine (to brush onto tops of triangles.)
Together, Dora and I mixed the egg, shallot, ricotta, feta, spinach and nutmeg together. We put a small scoop in the middle of each partially thawed puff pastry square (I cut one sheet into six) and folded them up to make a triangle. I pressed the sides together with a fork and Dora painted the tops with melted margarine. They cooked in the oven for 20 minutes. The result was a delicious hit!
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