“Where the **** have you been?” I hear you ask in my guilt ridden dreams just before morning.
So I promise myself over and over again that today will be the day that I actually blog some of the recipes that I have been developing, cooking and selling (Yes actually selling) over the past few months. But then life takes over again and I run out of time.
Forgive me Father for I have sinned. It has been seven weeks since my last blog. Seven weeks! It feels terrible just typing it.
My explanation is as follows:
We have set up a small catering company called “Fresh To Go” supplying naturally delicious & healthy prepared foods, in our local area. It is for people who really want to eat healthily but don’t have the time, skills or inclination to cook for themselves every day.
We send out a newsletter every Friday detailing the dishes (with photographs obviously) on the following week’s menu. It is just an extension of this blog really. I go to the farmer’s market in Coin on Sunday and look at which natural fruit and vegetables are in season and looking gorgeous and create recipes using them. The only difference being is that now we make food for other people too. Sounds simple doesn’t it?
And it is, sort of. The thing is that it doesn’t leave much time for blogging, so I apologise for neglecting you and hope that this beautiful little quiche, made with the best of this season’s produce, will go someway towards making it up to you.
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Courgette, Leek & Courgette Flower Quiche with Goat’s Ricotta & Parsley
Makes 1 large or 3-4 small quiches, vegetarian
For the pastry crust:
- 150 g wholemeal spelt (or normal) flour
- 50 g oats
- 50 g walnuts, blended to a course powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 80-100 ml cold water
- 1 egg white for glazing (save yolk for filling)
Mix together the flour, oats, walnuts, salt, pepper & thyme in a large bowl with a fork. Then add the olive oil and, using the fork, mix it into the dry ingredients, mashing it together so it is evenly distributed and resembles crumble.
Then slowly drizzle in the water (you may not need all of it) mixing it with the fork until it starts coming together. Using your hands bring it together into a ball and knead gently just until it holds, don’t overwork it. It will be slightly crumbly.
Preheat oven to 200C. Oil and flour a 9 or 10 inch tart tin/dish or 3 or 4, 4-5 inch tart cases and line the base with a circle of baking paper.Flour you work surface and rolling-pin and roll out your pastry to a flat disc about 3-4 mm thick and big enough to line your tart case(s).
Using your fingertips and heel of your hand press it into and up the sides of the tin. A flat-bottomed mug can be quite useful too. When you have the base reasonably even, trim off any bits hanging over the edge and use them to fill any holes. Put in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to firm up.
Place a sheet of baking paper in the tin, fill with baking beans and bake for 8-10 mins. Remove from the oven, brush the base with the egg white and put back in for two minutes – this should stop it getting a soggy base. Leave to cool while you make the filling.
For the filling:
- 1 courgette, thinly sliced on the slight diagonal
- 1 leek, trimmed, halved lengthways, rinsed & sliced
- 1 green spring garlic (or clove), trimmed and sliced
- 4 courgette flowers (stamens snipped out) if baby courgettes still attached slice them too
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- salt & black pepper
- a pinch of dried chilli flakes
- 1 egg yolk (saved from above)
- 2 eggs
- 1 pot (125 ml) goat’s or Greek yoghurt
- rice milk (or your choice of milk)
- about 100 gr goat’s ricotta (or Greek Feta)
- a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
Preheat oven to 190 C. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a pan and saute the leeks, courgettes (and baby courgettes if you have them) & spring garlic with a good pinch of salt, black pepper, thyme, chilli flakes. Stir occasionally until the courgettes are well softened. Taste for seasoning and drain for a few minutes on kitchen paper to get rid of any liquid.
Cover the pastry base with an even layer of the courgette & leeks then crumble over the ricotta/feta. In a measuring jug whisk together the egg yolk, eggs and yoghurt. Add in enough milk to take it up to about 400 ml (more if your tin is deep), season well with salt & black pepper, throw in the chopped parsley and whisk again.
Place the quiche on the middle shelf of the oven then whisk and quickly pour in the liquid up to a few mm below the edge. Slide in the tray carefully to avoid spillage and shut the oven door.
Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, check how it is cooking and add the flowers to the top when it is nearly cooked. Put back in for another 5 or so minutes until the flowers have wilted slightly and the quiche is browned and set in the middle.
My apologies again for the extended absence but cross your fingers for us that this is a success!