Sweet potato & feta rolls

For Meatless Monday dinner this week I made these delicious sweet potato and feta rolls. They are like sausage rolls but obviously without the “sausage”. They were really yummy and I think you will want to make them too. These rolls are really easy to whip up and have a delicious flavour. I think the feta makes them super tasty.

Sweet potato and feta rolls

I was inspired by this Gluten-free, egg-free version in the latest Coles magazine. You can find that recipe over here.

I made up my own version with what I had on hand. It is not gluten-free or egg-free but our family don’t have those dietary requirements.

Here is my version:

Sweet potato & feta rolls

Sweet potato & feta rolls

Ingredients

  • 3 small sweet potatoes, chopped in to small chunks
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 400g chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  2. Line baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Cook sweet potato in pot of boiling water until soft.
  4. Drain sweet potato and mash with potato masher. Set aside to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, heat oil in small pan and cook the onion, garlic, turmeric and cumin until onion is soft and spices are fragrant.
  6. Add the spinach to the pan and let it wilt.
  7. Once spinach is wilted, add the mixture to a bowl along with chickpeas, feta and sweet potato.
  8. Mix to combine.
  9. Cut each piece of pastry in half and shape the mixture into logs along the pastry strips.
  10. Roll up the pastry to enclose the filling.
  11. Cut into small slices and place on prepared tray.
  12. Brush with beaten egg.
  13. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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These sweet potato and feta rolls would make a delicious lunch and can be eaten cold the next day in the school lunch or teamed with a great salad for a bigger meal. I made a brown rice salad to eat with these rolls this week. I roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with tomatoes too and added that to the rice along with some nuts and seeds. For the dressing I mixed up some balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice. This simple salad is the perfect compliment to the rolls, but you can add anything you like.

Another great accompaniment salad is my TMH Broccoli and Apple Salad. Get the recipe from over here.

If you are having a party, these sweet potato and feta rolls would be an ideal finger food. Serve with a tomato chutney and your guests will think you are amazing. You can make them ahead of time and freeze them until required. Then simply reheat in the oven.

sweet potato & feta rolls

Give these rolls a go at your place. Make them for a Christmas gathering or for a really yummy lunch or even team it with a salad and have it for “Meatless Monday” like we did!

Trina xx

 

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“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield

I have just finished reading “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield and I LOVED IT! This book had me hooked right from the start and I didn’t want it to end.

"The Thirteenth Tale"

It is about a young woman called Margaret Lea. Margaret works with her father in his quiet little book store, Lea’s Antiquarian Booksellers near Cambridge, England. Over the years, Margaret has discovered that she enjoys reading almanacs and old diaries and piecing together history to write biographies of people who were once notable for something but have since been forgotten. Another thing, Margaret is a twin. She was born joined to her twin but her twin did not survive the separation. Her parents never talk about it but Margaret has a scar down her side to prove that it is true. She feels the loss of her twin every day.

Book quote

One evening, Margaret receives a letter from England’s most popular current author, Vida Winter. Vida has a story to tell. The media have tried to get her story in the past, but she would not divulge the truth. Finally, now that her life is nearing an end, she is ready to tell her story. For real this time. And she would like Margaret to be the one to hear it and record it. Vida’s letter was inviting Margaret to come to her house in Yorkshire and stay with her until the story has been told.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

After much thought and consideration, Margaret takes Vida up on her offer and goes to stay with her and starts to hear Vida’s story. They sit together in Vida’s extensive library in her huge house and Margaret hears the story. When she returns to her room she writes it all down and ponders the twists and turns of Vida’s life.

"The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield novel

As the story evolves, things are not what they seem. Margaret starts to question her assumptions and as a reader, I realised that I had also made some assumptions.

Vida understands the bond of twins and Margaret is intrigued with this part of Vida’s story in particular. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I will stop telling you any more about the story.

I love the way this book had me thinking and excited about reading the next chapter.

The Thirteenth Tale review

If you can get your hands on this book, READ IT!!

Trina xx

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Choosing a new pillow

I recently made a purchase that changed my life, so I’ve decided to take you on my journey of choosing a new pillow!

For a while now, my sleep has been poor due to waking up during the night and then in the morning feeling lots of bodily aches and pains. I had put these down to getting older and started to dread going to bed at night due to such discomfort. Should we invest in a new mattress? Is this how life is going to be from now on? After many months, I was at my wits’ end. Something needed to change! I was getting very tired!

Before going down the drastic (and expensive) path of purchasing a new mattress, I decided to do a bit of an experiment. I had a contour memory foam pillow (had it for many years) which I thought I loved because of the support it offers and how it aligns your spine as you lie on your side. I wondered whether my beloved memory foam pillow was perhaps getting a bit old and hard. For a week I swapped this pillow with a standard polyester pillow from the spare room. Even from the very first night, I slept better and woke without ANY aches or pains in my body. Maybe just a fluke?? Well, after the week was up, I didn’t have a single aching night. I felt so much better. So I decided I needed to go out and buy a decent new pillow.

Because I have had my contour memory foam pillow for so long, I thought it would be good for a change to go back to a standard shape pillow like my trial polyester pillow from the spare room. (There is nothing wrong with contour memory foam pillows. I will probably go back to having one again one day) Then I determined my list of requirements for my new pillow:

  • not too high, but not too low either
  • not hard, but softness that will last (I don’t want it going flat after two weeks)
  • ideally I’d like to be able to wash in the summer time when it can dry well
  • made in Australia if possible

Australian wool pillow

After much research, I decided on this wool/polyester combination pillow. It is made in Australia from Aussie wool and the wool content should make it last longer than full polyester pillows. The label says you can spot clean it and dry it flat so I intend to wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and dry flat on a very hot day in summer to ensure that it dries fully inside.

I have had my new pillow for over a month now and I am very happy with it. No aches or pains in bed anymore. Maybe old age isn’t here just yet after all!

New pillow

I realise that choosing the right pillow is a very individual thing and what might be comfortable and just right for me, may not suit you at all. I’m not trying to sell you this pillow, I’m just telling you my story and how the right pillow can make a big difference to your sleep. Good night!

Trina xx

NOTE: This post is not sponsored. All opinions and suggestions are my own.

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Asian inspired meatballs and noodles

Today I’m going to share with you my Asian inspired meatballs and noodles. This recipe is really yummy and is one of the few meals that we don’t have leftovers of! We.eat.the.whole.lot. And I reckon you might too.

My favourite thing about the meatballs is that they are cooked in the oven and then thrown into a pan to be coated in glaze. The meatballs are sealed nicely from being in the oven so they don’t stick to the pan and it’s an easy way to glaze them. I find it really difficult trying to fry meatballs in a pan when they stick and come apart during the browning process. This way is so much better. The glazing process is really easy. No time-consuming brushing, just roll them around and they glaze up beautifully.

Asian inspired meatballs and noodles

Asian inspired meatballs and noodles

Ingredients

    The meatballs
  • 500g pork & veal mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp yellow curry paste
    Meatball glaze
  • 2 Tbsp cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    Noodles
  • 4 noodle cakes (I use 3 minute Asian noodles)
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • broccoli & cauliflower, steamed (enough for your family, cut into small florets)

Instructions

    The meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  2. Line a pan with baking paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients.
  4. Form around 15 small meatballs.
  5. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until brown and cooked through.
  6. Set aside.
    Glaze
  1. Add ingredients to pan.
  2. Cook over medium high heat until bubbly.
  3. Add meatballs and move them around to coat with glaze.
    Noodles
  1. Place the noodles in a large saucepan.
  2. Add boiling water to cover and cook for 3 minutes or until they separate easily and are cooked.
  3. Drain well.
  4. In the same saucepan, add sesame oil, olive oil and garlic.
  5. Cook for one minute.
  6. Add honey, soy sauce, steamed vegetables and noodles. Toss to coat.
  7. Serve the vegetables and noodles with meatballs on top.
  8. Serve
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Of course you could substitute different vegetables into the noodles. You can also use chicken mince, turkey mince or beef mince in the meatballs. You can also substitute different types of noodles (eg rice noodles or egg noodles) and you can also use rice instead of noodles if you wish.

This recipe is very versatile and can adapt to whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Just chop them small and steam them before adding them to the noodles. A garnish of chopped fresh coriander added at the end would be a great addition to this recipe.

Asian inspired meatballs & noodles

The flavours in the glaze and the noodles are delicious and give this dish a lovely Asian flare. The curry paste in the meatballs is also a great addition and not something I usually do (but must remember to do in the future!).

Have fun with these yummy Asian inspired meatballs and noodles. The kids will love it and you’ll be making it again and again.

Trina xx

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TMH weekly menu 2

I haven’t given you a menu for a while so I thought it was time to put together the TMH weekly menu 2. You can find the TMH weekly menu 1 over here.

There is now quite a varied selection of recipes here at trinamichellehouse.com and they can be mixed and matched to suit so many different occasions as well as for every day cooking.

As you probably already know, I love to meal plan. You can read my blog post about it over here. It really does make life easier and I feel so much more organised. I think it also helps me to use my freezer effectively too. I can deliberately use things that need to be used up.

The menu below includes links to all the recipes (or links to my blog posts which will have the recipe linked if it’s not one of my own recipes).

Meatless Monday

Curried lentil lasagne

This is a winner. It doesn’t taste too “lentilish” (I’m not usually a huge fan of lentils) and the kids really loved this one.

Curried Lentil Lasagne in dish

Tuesday

One pan Spanish chicken and rice

It’s a one pan wonder that’s for sure!

One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe review

 

Wednesday

Tasty Shepherd’s Pie

This has delicious flavours that make you want to keep some leftovers for lunch the next day!

Tasty Shepherd's Pie in dish

 

Thursday

Baked fish with lemon cream sauce with crunchy popcorn veggiesย 

Baken fish with popcorn veggies

You can even use frozen fish fillets for this recipe. It was really easy and tasted amazing.

Friday

TMH Yum Yum Bowls

These are great for a Friday night. Everyone can get in and create their own meal.

TMH Yum Yum Bowls on table

 

Extras

Here are a few things for the school lunches and for tasty snacks:

Crispy date and choc chip slice

Crispy date and choc chip slice

Anzac biscuits – the easy way

Anzac Biscuits - the easy way

And now for dessert…..

Gingerbread with caramel sauce

This is irresistible!

Gingerbread with caramel sauce

I hope you find some recipe inspiration in this blog post. Sometimes I forget the things that I have made in the past and need reminding. These are all family favourites in this house so I hope some of these dishes find their way to your kitchen table.

Trina xx

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