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May 17, 2014 / mintcustard

Spinach, mushroom and mozzarella tart.

Cooked tart.

Cooked tart.

It is tough being a teenager, if you add on GCSE’s and a Mum who is a food blogger everything gets a million times worse. Not only do I insist on her eating a balanced diet but I also then take a photo of any meal she eats and I blog about it.

It is apparently, “like living on a reality TV show, everyone in the world knows what we eat!” Clearly she hasn’t seen the stats for Mintcustard’s reach and influence but a handful of people I’m sure are aware of her daily diet.

This then was her supper, midweek. I was rushing out as I had a presentation to give to Kingston Inner Wheel club. A really lovely and hard working group of ladies who raise lots for charity. This tea had to be tasty, filling and quick. A tart is what I came up with, following input from the teen herself.

Spinach, mushroom and mozzarella tart.

1 small bag young spinach leaves

6 to 8 medium mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1/2 a sheet ready rolled all butter puff pastry

1 ball mozzarella, sliced or torn into pieces

1 clove of garlic crushed to a purée with salt

knob of butter

glug of olive oil


How to …….

  • Preheat the oven to 200c.
  • Take half the sheet of puff pastry and roll out until just under the thickness of a pound coin. Place on a baking tray.
  • Score about 1.5 cm around the edge not all the way through the pastry, and then prick the middle of the pastry. The edge will rise more than the middle, giving you a large pastry shell or mega vol au vent!
Scored and pricked pastry case.

Scored and pricked pastry case.

  • Pop in the oven for 10 minutes to blind bake.
  • Put the knob of butter and glug of oil into a pan. Cook out the garlic gently and then add in the mushrooms, cook gently until softened and they have taken up the oily, buttery, goodness.
  • Add half the pack of spinach to the pan and wilt this down.
Garlicky spinach and mushrooms.

Garlicky spinach and mushrooms.

  • Take the pastry out from the oven and you may need to gently push the middle of the pastry down if it has risen  a great deal.
  • Arrange the mushrooms and wilted spinach onto the pastry. Top with a little uncooked spinach, lay on the mozzarella, give a good grind of pepper.
Ready to melt.

Ready to melt.

  • Put back in the oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Serve with a tomato salad and a side of sympathy over the Physics exam!

Feta, haloumi or a lovely goats cheese would work easily in this dish. Just use what your teen prefers to eat, or what happens to be in the fridge at the time!



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  1. Sally / May 17 2014 8:16 am

    Hilarious – my younger daughter is also taking her GCSEs right now. She complained the other day when she made a wrap and I refused to let her eat it until I’d taken a picture of it 🙂

    • mintcustard / May 17 2014 8:21 am

      I know, she is mostly OK with the blogging lark but the stress of GCSEs just tipped her over into teen fury i think. It was very funny!

  2. Keep Calm and Fanny On / May 17 2014 5:40 pm

    I love Spinach, bet it’s lovely with Mozarella too, mmmm! I’m glad you share your teenagers teas 😉

    • mintcustard / May 17 2014 5:42 pm

      It did look good, true to form teens don’t share their food either! Mind you I was going out to eat anyway.

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