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Spinach, olive & feta filling, lettuce & blood orange salad bites



4 cloves of garlic olive oil

10 black olives (stone in)

1 bunch of fresh oregano (30g) 500g baby spinach

1 x 250g jar of roasted red peppers in brine

½ x 280g jar of artichoke hearts 2 tablespoon­s couscous

6 sheets of filo pastry

100g feta cheese

2 large free-range eggs

3 baby gems

3 regular or blood oranges

Peel and finely slice the onion and garlic, then place in a large casserole pan over a medium heat with 2 tablespoon­s of oil. Destone and tear in the olives and pick in the oregano leaves, then fry for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the spinach and tear in the peppers and artichokes, then fry for a further 10 minutes or until all of the juices have cooked away. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then stir in the couscous and leave aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas 5. Lay out 3 sheets of filo side by side on an oiled work surface, overlappin­g each one and brushing between the overlaps with water to create one long sheet, then rub lightly all over with oil. Lay the remaining sheets on top in the same way to create a double layer. Crumble the feta into the spinach mixture, beat and mix in the eggs, then spoon evenly along the bottom edge. Roll up into a long snake (be confident and don’t worry about cracks and tears – it cooks into a beautiful thing), then slowly and loosely wind up like a Catherine wheel. Quickly and carefully slide on to a lightly oiled baking tray and bake at the bottom of the oven for 50 minutes or until golden and crisp.

Trim and click apart the lettuce leaves, peel and segment the oranges, then buddy up and serve alongside the filo bake. Bloomin’ delicious!


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