02 May 2011

crustless savoury quiche

It was the wedding of the century.  Or was it?  Princess Di and Prince Charles' wedding was in the previous century, so I suppose Wills and Kate's wedding could make that claim.

That is, until Angelina agrees to marry Brad and make an honest man out of him.  I bet they'll get more coverage on the E-Channel.

Along with millions of people around the world, I just wanted to see commoner Kate marry her prince.  A real live one at that.

And I wasn't disappointed!  The pomp and ceremony.  The concentration of aristocrats, royalty and privileged all in one place.  The procession of women with their hats and fascinators - a procession of both the gorgeous and ridiculous.  The amazing abbey and its choir of prepubescent boys with voices that could make angels weep.  The Archbishop of Canterbury's voice...

What a voice.  Now that's  the sort of voice that could entice me back to church just so that he could preside over my wedding (if I ever was going to)...and maybe also dj at the reception after.  You know, as a favour.

And THAT wedding dress.  **Siiighhh**

MAJOR INTERRUPTION - as I'm typing this blog, news just broke all over international media, twitter, everywhere...that Osama bin Laden has finally been killed!

I've kinda lost my train of thought now after this news.  How about I just say this...

Here's wishing that the newly wedded Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stay happily married and be everything that Prince Charles and Princess Di's marriage was not. :-)

And here's what I made for our royal wedding-watch dinner - Crustless Savoury Quiche (inspired by Jeanette over at Poppytalk and Everybody Likes Sandwiches.  Followed by Orange and Poppy Seed Cake. - recipe post coming up soon!

(I did think about getting fish and chips instead - very British.  But felt that dinner needed to be a little bit more special than takeaways!)

I tweaked Jeanette's recipe a little - added slow cooked caramelised red onions, ham and more cheese (I added swiss cheese to the mix as well).  Oh, and a bit of cream. ;-)

Leftover quiche for next day's breakfast...love, love, love.

For my Kiwi friends - Rocket Sauce on the side made this even more spesh. :-))

Crustless Savoury Quiche
Inspired by and Adapted from Poppytalk and Everybody Likes Sandwiches

This recipe is very flexible and changeable. Substitute the broccoli with spinach and peas, omit the cream if you feel its too rich, use whatever cheese strikes your fancy and  use bacon bits instead of ham (or use not meat at all!).  The alternatives are endless.

Butter or light oil (like canola or rice bran oil), for greasing pie plate
2-4 tbsp of breadcrumbs (I used wholemeal ones)

1 head of broccoli
1 red onion, chopped
5 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
1 cup ham, chopped (I used shaved ham. If using ham steaks, chop into small cubes.)
a pinch of salt & good grind of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried dill (or your favourite herb)

1/4 cup swiss cheese, grated
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Preheat oven to 200C / 400F.  Prepare your pie plate/dish - butter or oil the bottom and sides, and then dust the dish liberally with breadcrumbs to coat.  Tip out excess breadcrumbs.  Set aside.
  2. Cut broccoli into small florets and chop the stem into small bitesize bits. Steam until cooked but still crisp (about 3 min with boiling water or 2 mins in the microwave on high). Drain out excess water well and leave to cool.
  3. Fry the chopped red onions over medium heat until caramelised, taking care not to burn them.  Pour out onto a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil and leave to cool.
  4. Beat the eggs, milk, cream and herbs together in a large bowl.  Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Stir in the cooled onions.
  6. Pour egg mixture into the prepared pie dish/plate and scatter the broccoli and ham evenly over the top.  Sprinkle the grated swiss cheese over the top.  Use the back of a spoon to gently press these into the egg mixture.
  7. Dot the top of the pie with the crumbled feta cheese. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until eggs are set.

Happy nommings!


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