Real Men Make Quiche!


Kate, from Hills and Plains Seedsavers is coming to visit tomorrow, so to mark the occasion, Kim stepped me through the process on how to make a quiche. I made it all myself!

First of all I made the shortcrust pastry and blind-baked it with some special ceramic balls. The pastry was quite simple. Here are the ingredients.

  • 225gm Plain Flour
  • quarter tspn Salt
  • 100 gm Butter
  • Water

I sifted the flour and salt, added the butter and, with my hands, made the mixture into a breadcrumb consistency. Then I added just enough water to make it into a dough. On a well floured benchtop, I rolled it out and put it in the pie dish. The finished product is shown below.


I baked it at 200C for about 15min. The crust was golden brown.

Next I made the filling. I sautéed one brown onion, finely chopped, added about 100gm short cut bacon and cooked for about 10 minutes. Once the onion is translucent, I added about 200 gm of chopped spinach (from the garden), which when raw looks like quite a lot, but when it cooks, it reduces down to about quarter of its original size. I then turned off the heat and let the spinach cook just from the heat of the pan. I let it cool down, and by this time the pastry was cooked and cooling as well.

After about 30 min, everything was cool so I transfered the mixture into a large stainless steel bowl, added two cups of light chedar cheese, and mixed well. I added a small bunch of chopped parsley to the mixture from the garden. This is what it looks like at this stage.

Then I transfered the mixture to the pre-baked pastry and then whisked three eggs that were kindly donated by the chooks, and poured it over the quiche to bind it all together. I topped it with some crumbled fetta, with a little freshly cracked pepper and salt.

It was then into the oven @ 160 degrees C, for 25 minutes. The result was a nicely cooked quiche. About 50% home grown, and 100% home made. You can’t get much better than that! We will have it for lunch tomorrow with a garden salad and some potatoes. Very nice.

Kim and I are looking forward to meeting Kate and her hubby. It will be good fun to catch up for the day.

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Comments

  1. says

    And thanks Gavin, it was delicious! We had a great time and it was so nice to meet 2 such lovely people. You have done wonders with your garden and home and you are an inspiration to lots of people.

    See you again soon, I hope!

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