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Spinach pie without the pie

Have you found yourself in a country where fyllo pastry is buttery, difficult to find, expensive or generally inconvenient? No worries, you can make a spinach pie without the pastry.

Spinach pie


  • 40 ml olive oil
  • 350 gr spinach
  • 2 onions, cut in small pieces
  • 120 gr multipurpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 cup dill, cut in small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 ml milk
  • feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt, pepper, soy sauce


In a bowl mix eggs, milk, baking powder, salt, pepper.

Continue stirring while you add flour, dill, onion.

Once homogeneous, add the spinach and feta cheese.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the mix and fry for 5 min until golden.

Invert the contents using a plate or the pan lid, and cook the other side for 5 min.

Ready to serve!


Sweet and sour tofu

Limited sugar/honey is sufficient for this to work well. The trick is to cook each ingredient just the right amount, by cooking separately. For example keep the carrots and broccoli crunchy.


Sweet and sour tofu

Limited sugar is sufficient for this to work well. The trick is to quick each ingredient just the right amount, by cooking separately.

Sweet and sour tofu



  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sugar) (*Footnote 1)


  • 1/2 head small broccoli , cut into bite size florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 500 gr firm tofu
  • 1/2 small onion , sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger , minced
  • Cornstarch

Tofu marinade

  • soy sauce
  • honey


Dry the tofu between paper towels. Cut in small pieces and marinate in the tofu mix in a bag. Just before use, drain liquid and coat in cornstarch.

Mix all the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce in a bowl and set aside.

Boil a bit of water in a pan and cook the brocolli until it reaches the desired texture (1 min). Set aside in the final serving bowl and dry and reuse the pan.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Spread the tofu and cook without disturbing until it runs golden (about 5 min). Flip and repeat on the other side. Set aside in plate.

Heat 1 Tbsp oill over medium heat and stir fry onion until golden (2 min).

Add garlic and ginger and stir a bit until fragnant.

Add the sweet and sour sauce and cooked tofu. Stir gently to mix well with the sauce.

Cook until the sauce thickens (2-3 min).

Pour the tofu and all the sauce on top of the brocoolin in the serving bowl. Serve with steamed rice or noodles on the side.


Although most recipes use quite a lot of sugar in this type of dish, I personally think 1 tablespoon of maple syrup creates a great sweet-sour profile with the tomato paste. Adjust the sweetness by adding another 1 to 3 tablespoons of syrup to suit your taste.

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