• Recipe: Occu-Pie (Get it?)

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    Could be awesomed up with more butter

    Just because there is going to be a lot of recipe posts in a row doesn’t mean we have to skimp on the biting social commentary.

    This recipe is lifted from the aforementioned Veg Every Day cookbook which you should all buy.

    I’m slightly annoyed that the book version of the recipe -allegedly created in response to a challenge to make something based only on what you can find in a corner store- is startlingly less sophisticated than the one he used to promote his book in the Guardian, especially as I have been experimenting with filo pastry quite a bit of late. (Always on the lookout for the most effective butter delivery systems.)

    Whatever. Mine is the corner store version. With more cheese.


    • 1kg bag frozen spinach. You could use fresh if you like but do you have any idea how much fresh spinach is required to cook down to 1 kilogram? Besides, Frozen spinach comes in manageable pellet size, like it’s been helpfully shat out by a fifteen foot rabbit.
    • Pine nuts. At least 100 grams. I’m painfully addicted to pine nuts so I put in as many as I could afford without going bankrupt as they’re fucking expensive.
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and nigella seeds. The nigella seeds really gave it a lift although the original recipe called for caraway seeds.
    • 1 large finely sliced onion.
    • Sprinkling of dried thyme. You can use fresh if you have it. I have used both now.
    • Squeeze of lemon juice. Don’t skip this. I’m always tempted to skip ‘squeeze of lemon juice’. But don’t.
    • 2 large beaten eggs.
    • 200g feta cheese. The recipe gave the option to use goat’s cheese but I am so sick of seeing goat’s cheese everywhere. It’s usually way too goaty.
    • Ready rolled puff pastry.

    Let’s cook.


    1. Preheat the oven while you put the frozen spinach/giant rabbit feces in a large pan with a splash of water to defrost. Stir regularly and then drain in a colander.

    2. “Meanwhile” (we’re almost in octopus playing the drums territory here)Heat the cumin and nigella seeds in some olive oil then gently fry the onions for five to ten minutes. Add the thyme at the end.

    3. When the spinach is cool enough (and it never is), squeeze out as much of the water as possible then tip into a large bowl with the spiced onions, pine nuts, chopped/crumbled feta and most of the beaten egg. Season with salt and pepper and mix together.

    4. Tip this into an oiled baking tray, roll out the puff pastry and place on the top so that it covers the whole area. Brush with the rest of the beaten egg.

    5. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden.

    Why ‘occu-pie’? Well it’s Greek-inspired innit? And very austerity conscious. So consider it delicious solidarity. Enjoy a nice hot meal while you plot the righteous overthrow of the global corporate villains that are ruining the planet and all our lives.

    Get in.

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