Whether it’s a Skype chat with grandma or Friday night wine with the girls on the House Party app – now is the most important time to be connected to friends and family. Easter this year is going to very different to the Easters we’ve celebrated before, but we’ve teamed up with Laura Jackson with the aim to unite friends and family around the virtual dining table, to make sure it’s still a fun and memorable event.
Laura Jackson, founder of Hoste supper club, will be going live on Instagram @habitatuk and @iamlaurajackson on Tuesday 7 April, giving inspiration and tips on how to create a virtual dinner party with friends and family over Easter. With many of us unable to entertain in our homes, Laura will be answering questions on the importance of creating virtual social occasions, giving advice on creating easy recipes using store cupboard essentials and sharing her ideas for uplifting and inspiring tablescapes. And on top of this she’ll be sharing her secret recipe to making the ultimate green filo pie that will leave you wanting more (and more).
We’d love to see as many of you as possible joining in, so don’t forget to share your green pie creations and tablescapes with us using #makeamealofit and #OriginalHabitat.
Fancy a cookalong with Laura? The ingredients you’ll need are listed below. First up, Laura will be showing us how to make this mouth-wateringly good spinach, courgette and pine nut filo pie with a side of chive new potatoes. And to accompany your meal, Laura will be shaking up a refreshing gin and elderflower fizz. Take it away Laura…
SPINACH, COURGETTE AND PINE NUT FILO PIE
As far as ingredients go feel free to use what you have in the fridge. You can use spring greens, chard or kale. If you want to leave out the courgette add in more greens. You can use a variation of herbs from chives, parsley and dill. Omit the pine nuts for any nuts you have in the cupboard, from walnuts to hazelnuts.
- 2 x grated courgette
- 300g spinach
- 100g feta cheese
- 2 x eggs
- 1 x onion chopped
- Lemon zest
- Grating of nutmeg
- 1 x pack of filo pastry
- Pine nuts
- Pre heat the oven to fan 200c – put a baking tray in the oven.
- Salt the grated courgette, put in a sieve over a bowl to remove the excess water.
- Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with some butter, add the onions to soften for a few minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted down.
- Add the strained grated courgette to the spinach and onion mix – season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
- In another bowl crack the eggs, add the herbs, lemon zest and a grating of nutmeg.
- Melt some butter in a pan over a low heat. Remove when the butter is melted.
- Mix the cooled courgette and spinach mix into the egg mix.
- With your melted butter, brush a loose bottomed tart tin and add your first layer or filo pastry. Let the sheet hang over the edge – its fine if this isn’t neat. Brush with butter and add another sheet of pastry. Repeat this with one more layer of filo – totalling three layers of pastry.
- Transfer the tart filling into the pastry lined tart tin.
- Place the tart on the pre heated backing tray and cook for about 25-30 minutes. If the pastry is browning too quickly cover the tart with foil.
- Whilst the tart is in the oven lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan over a low heat – keep your eye on them so they don’t burn.
- To serve, sprinkle the pine nuts over the top
CHIVE NEW POTATOES
- New potatoes
- Chopped mint
- Chopped chives
- Boil your new potatoes in salty water until tender.
- Drain and put back in the pan with the butter and herbs.
- Serve on a platter and sprinkle with salt.
GIN & ELDERFLOWER FIZZ
I have been serving variations of this drink for as long as I can remember – it’s a perfect summer cocktail that everyone loves!
- 1 part gin
- 1 part elderflower cordial
- 2 parts prosecco
Serve over ice with cucumber and/or mint.
Laura Jackson’s Top Tablescaping Ideas
While your pie is cooking in the oven, it’s the perfect time to lay your table. To help you out with some ideas, Laura shares some of her top tips she follows when creating her tablescape.
Lighting is so important – it’s best not to have bright overhead lighting, so go for low level lamps instead. A candle on the table makes things really atmospheric and by having a collection of coloured candles at home you can change your tablescape every time but just changing the candle colour.
A table is all about layering, if you feel overwhelmed by pattern and colour just layer up one colour; a neutral tablecloth, neutral napkins and a neutral candle.
I collect vintage crockery and it’s usually mismatched. Don’t worry about everything being match-matchy – it’s great to have tableware that tells a story.
I used to drink wine out of tumblers but recently I have gone back to a stem wine glasses – fancy eh?! I love glassware, it’s the once piece of tablescape I have lots of. You can be really playful with coloured water tumblers and glasses have so many uses – from tea light holders, cocktails or dessert coups.
I do love a table cloth – I think it really can pull a whole table together. Having a neutral table cloth in maybe a forest green can be used so many ways – with red for a festive table, pinks for a summer table and mustard for an autumnal table.
Make it personal
Even though we are only hosting the people in our household for the foreseeable, it doesn’t mean me can’t put on a full tablescape. Hand write place names, illustrate menus and if you have a paper table cloth maybe get the kids to make it their own. I say we turn our dining tables into our very own little ‘restaurants’.
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WE’RE SORRY, BUT THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED!
Win Laura’s #makeamealofit tableware edit plus a £500 Habitat Gift Card
Be the (virtual) host with the most with a £500 gift card to put towards tableware, dining furniture and accessories. On top of this, Laura Jackson herself is selecting a personal edit of tableware that you’ll also be sent to decorate your dining table. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the questions below:
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