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My two eldest boys challenged me to start a cooking blog with simple recipes that we can cook together - and my youngest one has now joined in. I am hoping they pick up some cooking and photograph skills... or that at least they learn to design and run a blog.


This is a simple starter or a main course if you serve it with a salad.
You need:
- a sheet of puff pastry (all butter is best)
- chargrilled aubergine or roast peppers or sundried tomatoes (we used left over aubergines, but all this is optional)
- basil or oregano ( we used Greek basil)
- a block of goats cheese (the hard kind that has a white rim)
- a beaten egg
- olive oil

Preheat the oven at 200 degrees. Cut the puff pastry in squares. Put them on top of an oven tray lined with baking parchment. Top each square with the aubergine (or pepper of tomato) the goat's cheese and the basil. Paint the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg  - we forgot to do this but they turned out fine. Drizzle some olive oil on top. Bake for 20 minutes until they become golden and crispy.

The colour of the aubergine proved to be a challenge for the kids. So did the acidic flavour of the goats's cheese. After lots of pleading from my side they tried a minuscule portion of cheese but they spitted it up. They ended up eating only the pastry, which they thought was great, but it was shop bought so it had no merit...