Friday, July 6, 2012

Brown sugar, vanilla and pear filo bites

Lately I've become almost obsessed with using up food I would normally throw out. It's a good habit to get into and I've always done it to a degree, but now it's getting ridiculous. Being poor really helps cement that practice in one's kitchen ways, but when I grew up and had more money I got complacent. Now I try to remind myself that just because I can buy some more, doesn't mean I should. Or it doesn't mean I should not try to make use of that which isn't perfect.

I've always made quick little apple pies out of puff pastry scraps, but when I went to make a veggie filo the other day, my filo had all broken into long strips and was probably only useful for making a mess. Although working with filo makes me want to rock silently in a corner and suck my thumb, I persevered and tried to salvage what I could.

I mixed one pear, diced very small, with a dash of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of brown sugar. I took the long pieces of filo, peeled a couple of layers off, and put a teaspoon of the mix at one end. I then folded the corner over, and kept folding the bundle until it made a reasonably neat little triangle at the other end.

You can brush these with whatever you like, or leave them unbrushed, but I used egg for some and milk for others. I baked at 180C until golden brown.

I totally then ate the lot, after dipping into a bowl of cream. Don't judge me.

Anyway, as far as salvaging that which would normally be discarded, this is one of my more delicious outcomes. No complaints here!


  1. It's fruit. Eat fruit, gain instant inability to be judged for it
    (Despite what it may be mixed with/wrapped in/DIPPED INTO)

    (Can you gain an inability...what an awkward jumble of a comment)

  2. Have I tooooold you lately that I love yoooooouuuuu

  3. Oh, me heart this. Frugal and seasonal. Love it.

  4. Oh yum! these look delicious! 

  5. Right, so that's tonight's little project sorted. 

  6. Doesn't it feel good when it ticks all the boxes?!

  7. Don't forget the bowl of cream. Just don't.

  8. yummo. love how poverty breeds creativity. some of my best dishes have been 'veggie bin surprise!' shame i can never remember how I made it! go the cream.

  9. Haha everything I've been making lately is veggie bin surprise! The curry l had last night could feed New York City.