St George’s Day, Homity Pie & Dessert
St George is the Patron Saint of England, and celebrated on 23rd April.
In Cyprus all the Saints are celebrated on their Name Day.
Neighbours will call out, and you’ll receive phone calls, text and internet messages all day. You’ll be wished a long life etc by literally anyone who knows your name.
Much better than birthdays! On the down side though, you are the one who buys the ‘treat’ and offers cake or sweets to co-workers, school friends and neighbours and family.
April 23rd, is my Name Day, being a Georgina. I’d like to wish a very Happy Name Day to all the George’s, Georgie’s, Georgia’s, Gina’s and Georgina’s!
To commemorate this St George’s Day, I thought I would share an English recipe with you that is NOT very well known. It’s only got a very few mentions online even, and that is Homity Pie.
Traditional Homity Pie
According to Wikipedia, Homity Pie is a traditional English pie but not much is certain about it’s origins.
Some people say that it originated with the Land Girls or probably just because of food rationing, during World War II.
As meat was scarce, everyone supplemented their food with what they could farm, or even grow for themselves.
Every ingredient in this dish could be either grown in your own garden, or bought at your local grocery shop, as all were thankfully, quite plentiful during the war.
Traditionally this was made as an open pie with a pastry base, but in this version (pinched from the Slimming World website) we concentrate on the cheesey potato filling, flavoured with onions and leeks, and skip the pastry shell – and I bet you won’t miss it!
A delicious dish with a cheesy potato filling, flavoured with onions and leeks!
- 340g potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 225g onions, chopped
- 225g leeks, thinly sliced
- 200g frozen peas
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- A handful of fresh parsley, chopped - optional
- A handful of fresh thyme, chopped - optional
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 85ml of vegetable stock
- 160g reduced-fat Cheddar cheese*, grated
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil spray
- Preheat your oven to 220°C/200°F/Gas 7.
- Spray a medium-sized, ovenproof dish with olive oil spray.
- Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.
- Drain return to the pan and mash. Set aside until needed.
- Spray a large frying pan with olive oil spray and stir-fry the onions, leeks and peas over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.
- Add the mashed potatoes, garlic, parsley, thyme, eggs, stock and half the cheese, season and stir to combine.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared ovenproof dish and scatter over the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
This recipe was taken and adapted from the Slimming World website. http://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/recipes/homity-pie.aspx
The perfect vegetarian meal, or Vegan if you use Vegan cheese of course.
Includes peas which offers you tons of protein, iron and fibre plus a whole load of other vitamins & minerals.
And cleverly combining (hiding) them with cheese and potatoes, means you feed the kids all these good for you vegetables without any effort. Yay!!
Lighter Baked Apples & Mincemeat
This perfect dessert is another English favourite, my Baked Apples with Mincemeat. A delicious low fat & budget friendly recipe. Pop over to the recipe post for the full recipe 🙂
Happy St George’s Day everyone, wherever in the world you may be.
Fly your Union Jack, just wish a George or a Georgina a Happy Name Day or enjoy some good old English cooking and ‘think of England!’ 🙂 (sigh!)
I know we will.
All my meal ideas include at least one third of salad/vegetables and/or fruit with it, (this is the way we at Slimming World eat less without going hungry).
N.B. Any item with a * is a Healthy Extra on the Slimming World plan, so these must be weighed or measured and not exceeded, if you want to maximise your weight loss. Eating at least one third of vegetables (superfree food) at each and every meal is also key to this plan.
Please note that I am in no way affiliated to Slimming World, nor am I a Slimming World consultant, and still believe that the best way to follow this plan is to join either online or better still with a group near you.