Easy Leek and Bacon Quiche.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

During the festive period, I've indulged in making a lot of party foods. One of my favourites is this beautiful Leek and Bacon Quiche of which I made both a gluten containing, and a gluten free version. I didn't make my own pastry this time (I was too busy with work and preparing for Christmas) but I'll share my recipe with you.
For the filling:
• 4 cloves of garlic
• 150g unsmoked bacon, cut into lardons
• 2 leeks, washed and sliced thinly
• 1 large onion, diced
• 3 large eggs
• 200ml double cream
• 50g mature cheddar

For the pastry, I was cheeky and bought a ready-made case for this - and I made a 'crustless' version which of course, doesn't need pastry.

• I started by frying off the bacon in a pan, and putting it into a bowl to one side. I then did the same with the onion.
• Finely chop the garlic and add it to the onions as they cook, they need to be a soft golden brown.
• The leeks also need to be browned - this only takes a few moments and you only want a golden brown hint of colour otherwise they will taste too bitter.
• In a bowl, mix the eggs and cream together. You can season this mixture with a little black pepper if you wish.
• Add the bacon, leeks and onion to your pastry case before pouring the cream and egg mixture over. Fill the case to the top.
• Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of your quiche.
• Bake at 160°C for 25-30 minutes, or until the filling has just set.
• Leave to cool before slicing it into the required portions, and serve!
Of course, if you prefer to make a crustless version - just add your bacon, leek and onion to a silicone cake tin, before pouring over the mixture of egg and cream and sprinkling with cheese. The bake time is roughly the same!

Loadpit Beck, Yorkshire.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Loadpit Beck is a wonderful little spot not far from where I spent my childhood. I remember as a girl guide doing our river walking here, and when I had the chance to venture back there it was wonderfully nostalgic.

Chellow Dean, Yorkshire.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I'm going to share some photographs from a little bit of exploring I did around Chellow Dean reservoir in Yorkshire. Its an idyllic setting and the weather was just about perfect for some really great pictures. The walks around the area are quite easy going, and despite being full of cold when I visited I had no trouble having an amble around. Its a very popular dog walking spot, so you can even take your four legged friend.

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