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I’m into making tarts at the moment. Dunno why. Call it a fad. I think I rather like the fact that, if you use pre made pastry, like lazybones here, it ends up being rather a simple meal, which is always good when you’ve come in from a tiring day with the kids!

Sweet Potato, butternut squash and Feta Tart

You will need:

1) One butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into half inch cubes.

2) 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped as above.

3) 1 red onion, peeled and cut into chunks.

4) 275g ready roll puff pastry. (If you choose to make your own, I salute you!)

5) 150g feta, crumbled.

6) olive oil.

7) 1 tsp ground cumin.

8) 1 tsp ground cinammon.

9) 1 tsp mild chilli powder.

10) splash of milk.

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How to make it:

1) Preheat the oven to 180c and chop those vegetables, if you haven’t already. Pop them in a roasting tin, add the oil and spices and mix well. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables have gone soft.

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2) Whilst the vegetables are roasting, on a lined baking tray, lay out your pastry. Roll up the sides to form an edge (about 2-3 cm in total). Brush some milk on the edging.

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3) When the vegetables are done, spread them in the pastry. Sprinkle the feta over it, then pop it all in the oven, to bake for around 15-20 minutes.

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4) Serve while hot, with side salad. Again, I am rueing the fact that I forgot the salad with last week’s shop…!

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Total Cost? £3.80, so 95p per person.

The Verdict? A very firm nod of approval for the boys, especially DB1, who scoffed a large amount. I thought it was very tasty…the sharp taste of the feta worked really nicely as a contrast to the mild flavours of the squash and the sweet potato. I perhaps would add a little more red onion next time.

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