Here’s a wonderful spring time recipe from Lucy Tweed that’s full of goodness. It’s from Lucy’s new book Every Night of the Week (Murdoch Books). Lucy’s certainly on a mission in her colourful new book which boasts a host of “sanity solutions for the daily dinner grind.” Give it a try!
An aggressive level of greens at the start of the week is a good way to dictate how the rest will play out.
1 bunch rainbow chard, leaves removed and torn, stalks chopped into 1 cm (½ inch) pieces
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons ghee (olive oil is fine)
1 bunch kale, chopped into 4 cm (1½ inch) pieces
250 g (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed, drained
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) fresh ricotta
2 eggs, lightly beaten (reserve 1 teaspoon for the egg wash)
handful of dill, chopped
handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
handful of mint leaves, chopped
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
250 g (9 oz) haloumi, grated
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 rectangular sheet (or 2 squares) good-quality shortcrust pastry
1 rectangular sheet (or 2 squares) good-quality puff pastry
1 tablespoon black and white sesame seeds
lemon wedges and, while it defies tradition, this pie coexists very well with sriracha and kewpie mayonnaise
This is an absolute beauty. It occasionally flares up virally… in a good way… on my Insta feed, because once you learn it you’ll make it often. You’ll adapt it and make it your own. It will become a staple.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
In a large frying pan over medium heat, fry the chard stalks, garlic and onion in the ghee for 10 minutes.
Turn the heat to high, add the chard and kale leaves and fry for a further 5 minutes.
Add the spinach and season, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, beaten egg (except the teaspoon you’ve remembered to keep back), dill, parsley, mint, lemon zest and juice, haloumi and dried oregano. Stir in the chard mixture.
On a large (50 cm x 30 cm/20 inch x 12 inch) baking tray lined with baking paper, place one rectangular sheet of shortcrust pastry, or overlap two square sheets and seal at the centre.
Spoon the ricotta and chard mixture on top.
Top with the sheet of puff pastry, crimp the edges to seal completely and score using long diagonal slashes.
Whisk together the reserved egg and 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Brush over the pastry and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 40 minutes until golden and puffed.
Images and text from Every Night of the Week by Lucy Tweed; photography by Lucy Tweed. Murdoch Books RRP $35.00