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Chorizo and Pancetta Parcels

Summer holidays mean hazy sunny days in the garden and hungry boys!

I have a deep love affair with ready to roll puff pastry and it's always handy to keep a roll in the freezer. You can whip up all sorts in minutes and make a meal stretch a little further if you suddenly have extra guests.

Try these chorizo and pancetta parcels for a simple brunch or tea idea. And if you are not a chorizo fan just substitute it for ham or prosciutto.


  • I roll puff pastry
  • Sliced chorizo
  • Cubed pancetta
  • Eggs
  • Oregano, pepper and salt to season
  • Olive oil
puff pastry parcels

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4.

Roll out your puff pastry (Preferably onto the baking tray as once filled they are tricky to move. You only find that out after you've tried it on a board!) and cut into 4 inch squares. You will need a base and a lid for each parcel.

Fold the corner of the pastry sheet over to create a triangle to give you an accurate square shape for cutting. A 4 inch square parcel will feed 2 small children.

Tease up the edges of your base to create a lip around the base, this will stop the egg from leaking before it's cooked.

Layer your slices of chorizo and sprinkle your pancetta, herbs and top with an egg. 

puff pastry parcels

Place the pastry lid on the top and using the back of a fork press down the rim of your lid to the base. Brush with olive oil.

how to cook puff pastry

Bake in the oven for approximately 15 mins until the pastry has puffed and is golden brown.

Slice and eat. I served the boys with baked beans and they loved it.

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And if you are thinking of what do do with the left over pastry, why not try these ideas?!

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Pancake Day Recipe • Anemone dreams

When I started blogging about food a good while ago, my inspiration was flowers. And nothing has changed.

The house is full of anemones (my favourite hint hint) after stumbling on a sweet gardener in Cheddar who sells his home grown flowers for £1 a bunch! There are 16 stems in each bunch. 16 anemone stems people! 16!

And the stunning vibrant red ones have inspired today's post.

Strawberry Pancakes

The ultimate pancake recipe.

To make your batter mix you need flour, eggs, milk and salt. You can find a master recipe here or use a pre made mix that you just add water to like this one. Yes it's cheating but who cares?!

My tip is to pour your mix from a height into a hot oiled pan. Form your shape then turn the heat down to medium. Last year we made hearts :)

Pancake batter recipe

This year it's all about the anemone inspired recipe, so as your pancake mix is cooking toss in a sprinkle of chopped strawberries and desiccated coconut and then drizzle with balsamic glaze. I topped mine with a light dusting of icing sugar too.

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I love the pops of red in the pancake and the richness of the dark black balsamic. Just like the centre of the anemone.

What are you making today?!