I got all the ingredients from Iceland, for less than £3, and they are all either from the freezer or canned, so it makes an excellent “last days before payday” meal. Preparation time is about ten minutes, cooking about twenty, and there is plenty for a reasonably sensible small child to help with, and is easy enough for a student/rubbish chef. These amounts made enough for a family of four plus cold snacks for the adults later, although our children are quite small.
- Two thirds of a block of frozen puff pastry (you can use the whole block if you like, but then you wouldn’t be able to make lazy cheese twists with the leftovers)
- About 500g of frozen Mediterranean veg (either roast in batches and freeze, or buy ready frozen)
- A tin of chopped tomatoes
- A small block of cheese (I used strong cheddar, which I buy big blocks of, chop up and freeze the smaller blocks, and is excellent to have in for things like this)
Leave the pastry out to defrost for half a day, or overnight in the fridge.
Put the oven on to preheat to about 200 degrees C
Empty the tin of tomatoes into a small saucepan and simmer – add some oregano and/or basil if you have it.
Chop up and eat. You could serve this with chips and salad, or maybe garlic bread, and it is excellent cold. Or just eat slices like a lovely pastry pizza.