turkey puff pastry turnovers

Recently I was in a BritMums hangout with the guru of cuisine Marco Pierre White and we were talking about how to use turkey over the summer.

My question to Marco was around picnic/lunchbox options, I wanted to make turkey puff pastry turnovers which I could pop into the girls lunch boxes or take to the beach as a picnic option. If I am 100% honest, I wasn’t very impressed with his answer ‘add some chopped carrot’ – I thought to myself, ‘Blimey Marco even I can come up with something better than that!’ So I did and here’s my recipe tried and tested and using ready to roll puff pastry to make life simple.

turkey puff pastry parcelsTurkey puff parcels bites

Makes 8 turkey puffs –  I made 4 small and 1 large see photo above

1 chopped onion
1 clove of chopped garlic
500g minced turkey thighs
salt, pepper and mixed herbs 
125g of frozen mixed veg – I used carrots peas and sweetcorn
1 tbsp of mayonnaise to bind together (can be substituted with brown sauce for more of a kick)
1 tsp English mustard – omit if you don’t like it.
For the pastry
1 pack of ready to roll puff pastry
flour for surface
1 beaten egg


1. Put the onion and garlic in a casserole, place on base of oven and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 mins.

2. Add the turkey mince, and all the other ingredients mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 10 minutes, then MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked. Allow to cool.

3. Flour your surface to prevent the pastry sticking to the work top and rub a bit on your rolling pin as well. Cut the pastry in half for more manageable rolling and roll out to 0.5 cms thick (15cms x 15cms), trying to keep it as square as possible. Cut into four squares and place a spoonful or two of the turkey mixture on to one triangle of the square

how to make turkey puff pastry parcels

4. brush a bit of beaten egg along the two sides which will be your base and fold over the pastry over the top of the mixture and press to close your puff. Use a fork to seal and make a pattern along the sealing edge and then brush egg over the top too.

5. Cook on CONVECTION 220C for 20 – 25 minutes

We ate them hot first night and cold as picnic bites at the weekend, both ways delicious.

Turkey puff pastry roll

Other picnic ideas

Cheeseboard quiche

Quattro formaggi and chorizo quiche

Liz Burton - me and my shadow

Liz Burton – Me and My Shadow at Aunt Bessie’s cookery morning

You’ve heard of Aunt Bessie’s before haven’t you? What’s the first product that comes to mind?

For me it’s the roast potatoes, the fluffy, perfect roast potatoes that are just as an important part of the Sunday roast as the meat in my humble opinion.

Well on Friday last week I was invited up to London to the Food at 52 cookery school to spend a few hours with the Aunt Bessie’s team in the company of a some other great bloggers. (Hats off to the PR team working on this event you pulled off an amazing event.)

Food at 52 is set out with a  long table where working stations had been set out for us and Emma the home economics lady at Aunt Bessie’s ran us through a stuffed mushroom recipe and roast duck breasts too. Then it was our turn, I  paired up with Liz from Me and My Shadow who I ably bossed about to get our Spicy Mince and lentil stew cooked on time – can you believe this recipe is a meal for under £1 a head! Mind you my other half would eat at least double the portion of meat so he would be £2.00.

Following these recipes we were introduced to many of Aunt Bessie’s products, the frozen gravy being a fabulous back up to have in your freezer and can be used as stock in casseroles too. Liz and I used the Roasting vegetable mix with our recipe too.

aunt bessie's frozen gravy

I found out that Aunt Bessie started when Billy Butlins approached them back in 1974 as he needed a frozen yorkshire pudding for his Sunday roasts in his resorts. The Aunt Bessie frozen yorkshire pudding was born and today Aunt Bessie holds the majority of the Yorkshire pudding sales across the country and they are delicious too, we tried them ;)

Aunt bessies history

Nowadays Aunt Bessie has over 50 products on the market, all to make life easier for us and BritMums is holding a great #HalfTermFood Linky challenging bloggers to use the products and come up with quick and easy to prepare meals so even if you’re not a blogger you have an inspirational recipe book  waiting for you.

I shall leave you with Liz’s and mine Aunt Bessie’s meal which we knocked up in no time at all and tasted even quicker

Aunt Bessie's Spicy mince and lentil stewAunt Bessie’s spicy mince and lentil stew

– meal for under £1 a head – serves 6 (I say 4)

Olive oil for frying and greasing the tin
250 g Aunt Bessie’s Roasting Vegetable Mix
1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 tbsps curry paste
250 g lean minced beef
50 g red lentils
50 g long grain rice
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
1 small apple, grated
salt and pepper
1 pod Aunt Bessie’s Classic Gravy
100 g spinach
coriander, natural yoghurt and crusty bread to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan oven/gas mark 7. Lightly oil a roasting tin and tip the roast vegetable mix into it, roast for around 35 minutes until golden
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and cook the onion for about 10 minutes until it’s soft, stir in the curry paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the minced beef and continue to cook until golden. Stir in the lentils, rice, chopped tomatoes and apple. Season well.
  3. Put the gravy in a jug and add 450 ml boiling water. Stir into a pan. cover and simmer.Cook for 20 minutes over a low heat until the lentils have softened and the rice is cooked. If the stew is very thick, add another 150 ml boiling water at this stage
  4. Add the roasted vegetables and stir into the stew, continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Spoon into bowls, top with fresh spinach and serve with coriander, a dollop of natural yoghurt and crusty bread.

Aunt Bessie's Spicy mince and lentil stew

lasagne al fornoFor those that may have missed the news I have my daughter Megan over from Italy this week along with her daughter (my granddaughter) Gracey. I’m beside myself with joy as they haven’t been to visit in over a year and my visit in February was so rushed it felt I hardly had time to be with them.

When Megan left home her recipe collection was made up of Pasta in bianco (ie. no sauce just pasta with a bit of butter) Nutella on toast and she could knock up a mean microwave porridge with golden syrup drizzled on top for decoration.

Over the past few years I have received phone calls like this

‘Hi Mum, I’ve got all the ingredients for a steak pie here, can you tell me how to make it?’

‘What now?’


Naturally I had to drop everything I was doing and start running her through the recipe. Trust me she knew nothing so it was quite a lengthy phone call.

So this holiday we’re putting her to the test and today we’re offering you her Lasagne which she cooked this afternoon and I must say were delicious

Le lasagne al forno di Megan

don't take my photo!

Go away, don’t take my photo!


1 onion
2 carrots diced 
1/2 stick of celery
minced beef
1 jar of passato
3 fresh plum tomatoes or a tin of tomatoes
2/3 ladles of beef stock
salt and pepper
olive oil
lasagne sheets
grated parmesan cheese
bechamel sauce
For Princesses
Sliced cheese and Crown cutters

Fry off the onions until golden in the olive oil, add your mince and brown off, add the carrots and the celery to the mix and a ladle or two of stock.

mince, onion, carrot and celery for lasagne

Add the bottle of passata and the tin of chopped tomatoes, season and leave on a low heat to cook for about two hours, stiring occasionally

lasagne layers

Prepare the base of your lasagne dish with a smattering of bechamel sauce and then cover with a light layer of ragu.

lasagne pasta layer

Cover with lasagna sheets and repeat the process taking care to not fill each layer with too much meat, the more pasta layers there they better the finished product. Go easy on the meat.

lasagne bechamel

lasagne meat layer

We counted six layers of pasta in this lasagne

lasagne pronte per il forno

Top layer sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook in the oven at 180C for 30 minutes.

Princess Crowns

Take one cheese slice and one crown food cutter

cheese crowns

princess cheese crowns

Perfect for all princesses in town

whilst you’re waiting for the lasagne to cook try forming your own tower

forming a tower