FOOD: The Easy But Impressive Lunch: Spinach and Feta Pierogi by Tash South

Welcome to my first food post on this brand new section of my blog!

Inspired by the Polish origins of the Tatra range, in my collaborative post with LSA, I decided to cook Pierogi for the first time. Pierogi are traditional Polish dumplings, made from a pasta-like dough, usually filled with a savoury or a sweet fillings, like potato, vegetables, sauerkraut, cheese or fruit. I decided on spinach, garlic and feta, a favourite combo of mine.

Through my research, I found that these dumplings are usually either boiled OR fried. I decided to do both so that the dumplings were soft, but also had some colour and crunch – I hope I have not destroyed a centuries-old Polish recipe! They were very good anyway, and to me they tasted like a delicious cross between tortellini and gyoza.

Pierogi Dumplings Filled With Spinach, Garlic and Feta

Ingredients:
(makes about 30 dumplings)

For the dumpling dough

250g self-raising flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil

150ml warm water

For the

Filling

About 200g of baby leaf spinach

100g of Feta

1/2 cloves of garlic, crushed

a handful of grated cheddar

A pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper

crispy onions, chilli flakes, herbs and sour cream to serve

ONE

Place the self-raising flour in a bowl, make a well and add the salt and oil and warm water, mix to a dough with your hands.

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TWO

Kneadthe dough for 5-8 minutes, or until it is smooth, then wrap the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes while you make the filling.

THREE

Prep the filling. Put the spinach feta and garlic into a pan and season. Heat gently until the spinach has wilted.

FOUR

Stir in the grated cheddar and turn off the heat.

FIVE

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into 10cm rounds (approx.)

SIX

Put teaspoons of the filling on each round, brush the edges with water and seal by folding in half and pressing the edges together with your fingers.

SEVEN

Simmer in batches and drain on some paper towel, then transfer to a hot pan with a small amount of olive oil and fry gently until golden.

EIGHT

Arrange however you like to serve and sprinkle with toppings of your choice - I used crispy fried onlons, chilli flakes and mint. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.



This post contains gifted items. The serving board and the champagne glasses are from the
LSA Tatra range.


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Eva’s Whimsical Bedroom Reveal by Tash South

I fully admit that I struggle with kid’s bedrooms. I don’t use bright colours in my designs, or much pattern, and I definitely don’t love clutter – all the things that children’s bedrooms usually contain! So my daughter, Eva’s bedroom was a tricky one for me.

I bought the wooden name puzzle in Copenhagen.

We are not lucky enough to have the space for a play room, so this bedroom had to be able to accommodate ALL of her clothes, toys and books, as well as the usual 6-year-old-girl paraphernalia, you know… jewels, rocks, handbags, crafts etc. etc. etc. But at the same time, I wanted it to be a calm and relaxing space for evening stories and bedtime routines, as well as have an additional bed for her to have sleepovers. I was asking a lot of this 3x3m space!

The bed is the stackable UTÅKER bed from Ikea, it hides another full single bed underneath - perfect for sleepovers!

The Look

I decided on this gorgeous Cole & Son Woods and Stars wallpaper (not without consulting with my tiny 3ft 1’ client first of course) to set the whimsical scene. The wallpaper forms a perfect backdrop for my pale palette with accents of black, grey and gold, which I think will last well as she gets older.

The bones of the room came as part of the design I decided on for the of rest of the house, the pale wood herringbone flooring is used throughout, and the recessed LED casts a beautiful light down the wallpaper at night. We all love the light from the large floor to ceiling windows on this floor, the view of the trees is so calming, and we have regular squirrel visitors who run along the brick wall you can see here every day.

To soften things up, I added plain white washed linen bedding, flax linen curtains and a soft rug, but the absolute star of the show is the group of three Eos feather pendants from Umage (formerly Vita Copenhagen) which I got our electrician to hang at different cable lengths – they add so much texture and atmosphere.

The group of three Eos pendants steal the show.

The flax linen black-out curtains are from West Elm. The quirky print was bought at Covent Garden Market.

The hand-made wooden horse adds a special, vintage touch, we are the current guardians of it as it’s on loan to us from a family member.

The Storage

THE most important thing is a kid’s room is storage. If you have a couple (of kids, not storage), you’ll know that they come with an insane amount of stuff, and twice a year, every year, at birthdays and Christmas even more stuff arrives. 

Even with regular donations to charity shops, we still seem to have a huge amount, so I planned the wall of storage in this room very carefully, making sure there was a place for everything.

Behind the two doors on the left, is an Ikea Pax system with hanging space and drawers for clothes, an area for a huge toy basket and high shelves for the larger, less-used items. The door on the right hides more toys and boxes of games and crafts on floor to ceiling shelves. I had a joiner add the painted mdf doors and also construct the bookshelf, which I designed to be the correct size to hold every single size of storybook Eva has in her huge collection.

The dragonflies were a bargain find in Tiger stores a couple of years ago, I got the joiner to drill through them so that they could be used as unusual door pulls to compliment the whimsical style.

My client has given me the thumbs up, but I’d love to know what your thoughts on this pale and whimsical style for a kid’s bedroom - please do leave a comment below.

The Eos pendants were gifted.

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