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Sabine Schneider
Sabine Schneider

As you will soon be able to see from my avatar - drawn by the incredibly talented Margaret Tolland - my universe is filled with food. If it was up to me this blog would be an edible one filled with gooey chocolate, freshly baked bread and home made pizza. Mind you, not all at the same time.

Sadly cyberspace is taste- and odourless (unless you dribble onion dip over your keyboard). So you'll have to make do with cookbook reviews, tips and tricks around the house, easy-to-follow recipes and any oddity remotely foodish.


Tonight, I'll have vegetarian friends for dinner, so I dreamed all day about a lovely dish that can be prepared in advance, covered and put in the oven when needed. Leafing through a pile of cookbooks a friend gave me last weekend, I found a recipe for pastizio, which I fiddled with until it was free of everything that once had eyes. 

At about 2pm I made a cheese sauce, then a tomato sauce. I thawed some ground seitan and buttered a square ovenproof dish. Finally, I sliced a carrot, an aubergine and a couple of zucchini. Starting with some of the vegie slices, I layered all ingredients, finishing with a layer of cheese sauce. After cooling it off for half an hour I mixed some bread crumbs and grated parmesan and sprinkled it over. I covered the dish with clingfilm and put it in the fridge. It could have stayed there for a couple of days, but it's best cooked withing 24 hours.  A few minutes ago, I chucked it in the oven (Without the clingfilm! Don't laugh, I have spent a lot of time scraping clingfilm off ceramic dishes.) 180deg, 40 minutes. I'll serve that with the salad leaves I'm gonna pick now. Cheerio.

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