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Puff Pizza Pies From Living on the Veg – Review & Giveaway

Puff Pizza Pies

Jacqueline Meldrum was one of the first food bloggers I got to know when I started blogging all those years ago, back in 2009. So I’m absolutely delighted to introduce you to her first book, Living on the Veg: A kid’s guide to life without meat – that’s assuming you haven’t come across it already of course. I’ve made one of the recipes from the book already, puff pizza pies and you can find it further down in the post. I’m also able to offer a copy of the book as a giveaway.

Living on the Veg: A kid’s guide to life without meat

I just adore the title of this book, Living on the Veg. It makes me chuckle every time I see it. Jac is a Scottish vegetarian food blogger at Tinned Tomatoes where she blogs about the recipes she creates for herself, her vegan husband and vegetarian son.

Living on the Veg

While I say this is Jac’s book, that’s how I think of it, but it’s actually co-authored by children’s author Clive Gifford. Clive covers all the facts about being vegetarian and why it’s a good thing to be, whilst Jac provides the recipes.

Living on the Veg is aimed at 9-11 year olds, though I reckon most adults toying with vegetarianism or with children who want to stop eating meat would find the book useful and enjoy the food too. I enjoyed reading the book and I’m certainly keen to make most of the recipes. The puff pizza pies were a tasty quick meal and a real hit with CT. I’m now thinking I’d like to try making them in mini galette form using my favourite wholemeal spelt flaky pastry as featured in this gooseberry galette or these vegetarian pasties.

The book is a mine of information and helpful advice about vegetarianism and how to give up eating meat. In simple accessible text, it covers such topics as: what a vegetarian is or is not; why people are or want to become vegetarians; environmental concerns, world hunger, healthy living, dietary requirements, special ingredients and most importantly, how to go about becoming a vegetarian. I reckon its colourful and well illustrated content will appeal to any 9-11 year olds with an interest in vegetarianism or cooking.

Living on the Veg

Get Cooking, is the final section of the book. It contains twelve simple to make recipes ranging from cloud eggs for breakfast, to sweet potato and carrot soup for lunch, to 10-minute bean burgers for supper, to strawberry cheesecake no-churn ice cream for dessert. It also includes these gorgeous puff pizza pies. I found the recipes to be diverse, interesting and probably the sorts of food kids would be keen to eat.

Living on the Veg

The only thing that slightly niggled me with the book was that the photos didn’t always match the recipe. The picture of puff pastry pies, for instance, features a basil plant with basil leaves sitting on top of the pizzas rather than the oregano stated in the recipe.

If you have kids, Living on the Veg is a great way to introduce them to the concept of being vegetarian, get them cooking and eating their vegetables. Jac has a young son, who is already well versed in the ways of the kitchen and understands what being a vegetarian is all about. 

Living on the Veg is a hardcover book published by Wayland in 2018 with an RRP of £12.99. 

Puff Pizza Pies

If you’re in a hurry and need something quick for supper, these puff pizza pies will do the trick nicely. As Jac says in her book, “making your own pizza is so satisfying, but kneading the dough and waiting for it to rise can take hours”. Using ready-rolled puff pastry is a brilliant cheat. Once you’ve made them, you just need a nice green salad and you’re away. It was the easiest meal I’ve cooked in a very long time.

Puff Pizza Pies

I wasn’t quite sure what size bowl to use, so I used a 9.5 cm cutter, which made twelve mini ‘pizza’ bases. 

The puff pizza pies were tasty and satisfying. Crisp pastry and melting cheese with a good tomato flavour to cut through the richness. We had three each for supper and the rest served as a very satisfying lunch the next day. Unlike pizza, they were almost as delicious cold as they were hot from the oven. I’m thinking they’d be just perfect for a summer party .

Puff Pizza Pies – The Recipe

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Puff Pastry Pies

Using ready rolled puff pastry instead of kneading dough and waiting for it to rise makes for an easy and almost instant pizza base. The herbed tomato and cheese topping is simple, but delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: pizza, tarts, tomatoes
Servings: 12 mini pizzas
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum

Ingredients

  • 320 g ready-rolled puff pastry I used all butter puff pastry
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato puree I used organic
  • 125 ball soft mozzarella - sliced I used two balls
  • 8 cherry tomatoes - sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano I used thyme sprigs

Instructions

  • Take the puff pastry out of the fridge and leave it for 10 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Turn the oven on to 200℃.
  • Carefully unroll the pastry. Use a small bowl to cut circles out of the pastry. I used a 9.5 cm cutter and re-rolled until I'd used all the pastry (made 12 circles). Place circles onto two a floured baking trays, leaving a bit of space between each one.
  • Top each circle with a dollop of tomato puree. Spread it with the back of a teaspoon leaving a small border around the edge (at this point I laid a small sprig of thyme over the puree).
  • Top with a slice of mozzarella, followed by slices of tomato.
  • Sprinkle each pizza with a little oregano (unless you've already added thyme sprigs).
  • Bake for 15 mins until the pastry is golden and the cheese has melted.
  • Serve with some salad.

Notes

Recipe from the book 'Living on the Veg: a kids' guide to life without meat.

 

#CookBlogShareI’m sharing this recipe for puff pizza pies with #CookBlogShare which is being hosted over at Easy Peasy Foodie this week.

 

 

 

 

Cook Once Eat TwiceThese puff pizza pies also go to #CookOnceEatTwice with Searching for Spice.

 

 

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Living on the Veg Giveaway

Wayland Books is offering one Tin and Thyme reader a copy of Living on the Veg; a kids’ guide to life without meat. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. 
 
Prizes are offered and provided by Wayland Books and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
 
Closing date is Monday 9 July 2018 
 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.
 

Living on the Veg

I was sent a copy of Living on the Veg to review. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging.
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53 Comments

  1. Maxine G

    9th June 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I think it mainly involved trying to make ‘secret’ chocolate cornflake cakes before my mum came home!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th June 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Ooh chocolate cornflake cakes. Now you’re talking. I’m thinking I might have to dash out and get some cornflakes right now.

      Reply
  2. Kim M

    9th June 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Used to love going to my friends house – we’d raid the pantry for jelly cubes and crisps, she had much more freedom in the kitchen and could make Macaroni Cheese!

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    • Choclette

      9th June 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Gosh yes, jelly cubes. I’d completely forgotten about those. I think I might have done the odd raid for those too.

      Reply
  3. angiesrecipes

    9th June 2018 at 6:47 pm

    These puffy pizza bites are definitely crowd pleasing and delicious!

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    • Choclette

      9th June 2018 at 7:34 pm

      They’d be great for a party as they are really good cold as well as hot. Works better than pizza in that respect.

      Reply
  4. Rebecca Sutton

    9th June 2018 at 9:57 pm

    We made toffee mallow cakes, basically toffee, marshmallows and rice crispies, yum!!

    Reply
  5. Corina Blum

    9th June 2018 at 10:44 pm

    These look brilliant! I know my husband and I would love them and probably one of my children. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

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    • Choclette

      10th June 2018 at 11:38 am

      Only one of your children Corina? They are a great pizza cheat.

      Reply
  6. Kavita Favelle

    10th June 2018 at 10:56 am

    Love the look of these puff pizza pies. Jacqueline’s book looks like such a good resource for those considering a vegetarian diet, not only the recipes but simple straightforward answers to common questions, very informative. Love the design of it too.

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    • Choclette

      10th June 2018 at 11:39 am

      They are a great pizza cheat and really delicious. I’m really impressed by the book and just wish it had been available to me when I was a kid.

      Reply
  7. Jacqueline Meldrum

    10th June 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the lovely review Choclette. Actually the basil on the pizzas was just to make them look bonnie and as a visual suggestion. They have oregano sprinkled on them. My boy doesn’t like the basil on them, I do, but it shrivels as it cooks, so I sometimes add it after they cook but didn’t include it in the recipe.

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  8. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    10th June 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book and a great recipe. I’m sure my kids would love these! Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare. Eb x

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    • Choclette

      24th June 2018 at 4:50 pm

      I think these are absolutely perfect for kids and actually they were pretty popular with the adults in this household too 🙂

      Reply
  9. Natalie Crossan

    10th June 2018 at 8:48 pm

    We all seemed to have a pretty serious obsession with conkers – half the fun was collecting and then bashing them around all playtime!

    Reply
  10. Jared @ Matcha Me

    11th June 2018 at 2:45 am

    Interesting, will have to make these mini pizzas for myself!

    Reply
  11. Tracy Nixon

    11th June 2018 at 5:03 am

    I had a mam who liked to bake loads (and still does) and she taught me how to bake and cook! I always remember making jam tarts with her lemon curd were my favourite and didn’t last long!

    Reply
  12. Donna

    11th June 2018 at 7:09 am

    My 11 year old vegetarian son would love this book!

    Reply
  13. Ruth Harwood

    11th June 2018 at 10:14 am

    we used to bake cinnamon scones with my mum, and apple pie with my grandma (I remember making that when we found out my mum had my baby brother when I was 9!), funny that now we have a cat called cinnamon!

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    • Choclette

      12th June 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Cinnamon scones sound divine and I bet your cat is a beautiful cinnamon colour.

      Reply
  14. DAWN WINSKILL

    11th June 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I loved to make cakes when I was young, my favourite being carrot cake with a yummy frosting topping

    Reply
  15. Solange

    11th June 2018 at 6:35 pm

    We used to bake cookies, flapjacks and cupcakes when we were in the Brownies.

    Reply
  16. Alison Johnson

    11th June 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I learnt to make cakes with my Nan. I still make cakes the same way today & have taught my Granddaughter the same.

    Reply
  17. Jen

    11th June 2018 at 8:26 pm

    One of my earliest memories is making flapjacks with my mum as a little girl!

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    • Choclette

      12th June 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Flapjacks are a great bake to make when you’re little. So easy and so delicious.

      Reply
  18. A.E. ADKINS

    12th June 2018 at 10:44 am

    Used to bake fairy cakes generally, only made strudel once though – oh the mess in Mums kitchen

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  19. Kim Styles

    12th June 2018 at 3:09 pm

    we used to make Barm Brack with mum. and enjoyed soaking the drien fruit in cold tea the night before. then chucking all the ingredients into a big bowl to make up a big mixture -enough for 6 loafs to last a couple of weeks

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    • Choclette

      12th June 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Wow, that is baking on a big scale. Bet that Barm Brack was delicious.

      Reply
  20. Claire Jessiman

    12th June 2018 at 9:39 pm

    These sounds fab! I think even my picky daughter could be tempted by them.

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    • Choclette

      24th June 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Oh no! I didn’t realise you had a picky daughter Claire. Have you tried them on her?

      Reply
  21. johanna @ green gourmet giraffe

    13th June 2018 at 10:44 am

    I must try these – sad I live too far away for your giveaway but I like the sound of the book so may end up purchasing it.

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    • Choclette

      24th June 2018 at 4:45 pm

      It’s a really good book Johanna irrespective of Jac having created the recipes for it. Though that does, of course, make it extra special.

      Reply
  22. Lisa

    15th June 2018 at 10:08 am

    It’s a great book for kids! I too made the puff pizzas soooo easy and tasty!!

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    • Choclette

      24th June 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Aren’t they just Lisa. Sometimes you need something that’s just quick and easy to put together.

      Reply
  23. Keri Jones

    17th June 2018 at 2:57 pm

    When I was a kid I was always cooking with my Gran in the kitchen. We would make eggy bread, cakes, biscuits and more. She even did baking at my infants school so lots of my friends baked with her too 🙂 x

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    • Choclette

      24th June 2018 at 4:30 pm

      That sounds wonderful. I bet your Gran was a very popular woman.

      Reply
  24. Claire Woods

    24th June 2018 at 11:36 am

    I can remember baking with Mum..cakes mostly.

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    • Choclette

      24th June 2018 at 4:12 pm

      That’s surely the best kind of baking 😀

      Reply
  25. Lynn Neal

    25th June 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I remember cookery lessons at school, we had so much fun!

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    • Choclette

      27th June 2018 at 9:46 pm

      It seems a bit sad they don’t do these anymore. I learnt quite a bit when we had them.

      Reply
  26. Craig Havery

    26th June 2018 at 4:33 pm

    watching grandma making traditional sunday lunch with proper yorkshire puds and a cloth steamed pudding for afters

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    • Choclette

      27th June 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Ah yes, cloth covered steam puddings were the best 🙂

      Reply
  27. Laura Jones

    30th June 2018 at 12:29 pm

    baking with mum was always a treat; bits of leftover pastry were turned into jam tarts filled with mums home made preserves; mini sponge cakes turned into butterfly cakes with delicate sponge wings and lots of sugar strands in multi colours and helping mum decorate a cake was always a treat lots of silver sugar balls turned it into a crunchy treat!

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    • Choclette

      1st July 2018 at 5:55 pm

      Jam tarts are my abiding memory too – always with homemade jam.

      Reply
  28. Carolyn E

    7th July 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Making ‘rusks’ with my nan. I have never seen rusks for sale anywhere and don’t know anyone that has eaten them outside of my family. They are savory scone type things, served with a dab of butter. Anyone know a recipe?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th July 2018 at 9:46 am

      Rusks. Gosh yes, I’d completely forgotten about those. I have had them way back when. A recipe would be good.

      Reply
  29. Lisa Pond

    8th July 2018 at 10:04 am

    Me and my brother used to make cake mixture if there was nothing snacky to eat and eat it raw! All of it! I cringe now

    Reply
  30. greig alan james spencer

    8th July 2018 at 10:08 am

    deffo going to make these next time my nieces stay round- great review

    Reply
  31. janine atkin

    8th July 2018 at 3:37 pm

    we used to make vanilla flaoured biscuits and they were the most delicious biscuits ever

    Reply
  32. Chris Hobbs

    9th July 2018 at 10:55 am

    My brother and me used to make Welsh cakes. Mum would turn the griddle on and help us weigh and we spent ages mixing it all up and rolling it out. They used to taste lovely with butter especially warm x

    Reply
  33. Angela Kelly

    9th July 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I always used to bake with my Mum, using recipes from the ‘Bero Book.’

    Reply
  34. Adrian Bold

    9th July 2018 at 9:25 pm

    My Mum used to love baking at the weekends, and I always got to lick the spoon which I *LOVED*!

    Reply
  35. Natalie Jones

    9th July 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Mum used to make the most amazing scones, I can always remember helping measure everything out and managing to make such a mess for her lol

    Reply

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