A BIT OF YOU AND A BIT OF I:
SPINACH PIE (recipe and story)
They left us that day and I sat up in bed holding you to my chest, kissing the top of your head. I whispered “hey, I am your mum! hello little baby,”. Thinking
“wow amazing she is here, she is a girl, she is Coco! crap I am going to mess up! I love you! Who are you? Crap I am going to mess up! I love you…”
I had you to myself again last night, you are 8 now. You told me you can’t wait to start guitar lessons while we had pedicures, you asked for blue, its your favorite color. You told me you are going to try out for your drama performance at school, that no you don’t really need to practice…” it’s the weekend mum! Les not work!”. You tell me that the Easter Bunny is most likely the size of your five-year-old brother Felix and “Mum I think there is more then one Easter Bunny! What do you think?”
We discuss the likely hood of a world wide Easter Bunny government and we go home. We watch the Cinderella movie, we sleep in the big bed and cuddle.
In the morning we hold hands, we walk around the park, the ocean cliffs and back to the car again, “what would you like for dinner Coco?”
“I would like spinach pie and a little more time just you and I”
For the crust
500 g of flour
ml extra virgin olive oil
200 ml white whine or champagne or beer.
For the filling:
800 grams of fresh spinach (about a bunch) washed, steamed and chopped)
a dash of salt
300g fresh ricotta
100g of Parmigiano or Grana Padano
a bit of lemon rind.
Mozzarella to finish
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, bring them together into a ball using your hands. On a work surface kneed the dough until it comes together for 2 minutes. Split it in 2, push it down to create 2 round disks and put one in the fridge for at leas 30 minutes and one in the freezer for another time.
Turn the oven on to 180.
Clean, steam, drain and chop the spinach finely (if you want put it in a blender and give it a wiz go for it!). Put the spinach in a bowl, beat the eggs separately with a fork add them to the spinach and add all the remaining ingredients, mix.
Take the pastry out of the fridge and role it out thinly and evenly into any shape you like (round, oval, square or simply what comes out comes out!)
Once you have your shape put the filling over the pastry and fold the edges of the pastry over the filling to stop the filling from falling out. If you have extra pastry you can role it out and cut out strips to go over the pie.
Cook in the oven for about 30 add dots of mozzarella, cook another 5/10 minutes, let cool 5 minutes and enjoy!