Category Archives: Eggs

New Year Cooking!

The last time I wrote on this blog was September 2015!!!  I hadn’t even realised that it was that long.  I’m lucky enough to still get views of my old posts after all this time but it’s about time I put something new up here!

With the new year arriving, it was the perfect excuse to get a bit more serious about cooking again.  I’d missed it

This post has a lot of random dishes in it but maybe if I get better at my categories and tags, some people will find the dishes and get to enjoy them a bit.

I’ll write it in the random order the photos have appeared here so starting with the New Year’s Day omelette!

The inspiration for this dish (and many things in my life) was my boys!  Our year started with a fight about eggs.  You see we only had 5 and odd numbers and 2 year old twins do not mix!  Who SHOULD get that 3rd egg; it’s the big questions in life that matter the most.

Once the fight was over, we had 5 eggs spread across a bowl and a cup so when the boys weren’t looking, I snuck them into the kitchen and decided to make an omelette of courgette, asparagus, tomato, chorizo, cheese which I spiced with cumin and coriander; my top spices I think!  Well and chilli but the chorizo was already spicy so that was enough to give that flavour.

Turned out pretty well and led to 4 happy bellies in this house.  A small crisis when Martí realised his cup of eggs had disappeared but he was appeased with orange juice until the omelette was ready.

The next dish was prawns (from Palamós).  We had this as the last dish in last night’s new year’s eve meal.  Montse had requested big prawns (“not like the small ones you eat in the UK”!) so that’s what we had!  I should say thanks at this point to Montse for taking 10 mins to explain to me what big prawns are 😛  “yes, I know the difference between big and small”…”yes but you only have small prawns in the UK”…”no, we don’t but anyway, I get it”…”no but get the big ones”…”yes, the big ones.  I’ve lived here 8 years now, let’s see if I can master the buying of the big ones”  Mission accomplished with the ever thorough and patient Montse 🙂

The recipe was buttery chilli prawns.  Super simple; melted butter with some olive oil, added garlic, 1 red chilli, paprika, juice of a lemon, fried for a couple of minutes before adding the prawns and cooked them for a few minutes, stirring them.

Really tasty!

This dish was cooked for New Year’s Eve also.  Scallops in a sweet chilli sauce and it was the winner of the night!  I fried some garlic and onion in 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.  I added 1 tablespoon of water also and simmered for 5 mins.  Meanwhile I fried the scallops for 90 seconds on each side, added them back into the (clean) shells and poured over the sauce and some fresh coriander.  So good, I could have eaten another 2 for sure!!!

The next dish was how we started New Year’s Eve.  Guacamole with tortilla chips; a dish suitable for the boys also!  The biggest challenge here was to find ripe avocados which is no mean fete.  I think I did it so another moment of happiness from that!  I mixed two avocados with lime juice, chopped chilli, a little bit of onion and fresh coriander.  Another super, simple, tasty dish!

To get me motivated and in the mood for the New Year cook-off and party a huge glass of this helped!

Finally I finish with how it started; on New Year’s Eve Eve when I prepared hummus and and aubergine and red pepper dip.  These actually took much longer to prepare than any of the other dishes so maybe good that I did them ahead of time.  I’ve featured both of these on the blog before so linking to the recipes here:

Simple hummus

Assorted tapas

So, all in all, a great combination of dishes.  We could combine the dips while the boys were still awake and save the more fine dining pieces when it was just the grown ups 🙂  And for me, to focus on cooking again was a real luxury!  Writing this has taken a long time, is probably a bit random but also a good therapy and message to start the year as you mean to go on.  To anyone, still reading to this point, thank you for spending these minutes with me!!!

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Eggs, Healthy, Herbs, Hummus, Moroccan, Simple, Uncategorized

Quiche with ham, leek, mushroom and cheese

IMG_4175

In my recent quest to do relatively simple recipes that are favourite dishes but I’ve never made myself before, I decided upon quiche.  The timing worked quite well as we bought a replacement motor for our blender so this saved me some mixing of the pastry.

I found inspiration in one of my favourite cooking books; Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo.  She has a nice recipe for Quiche Lorraine which this was intended to be until I found I had no lardons or bacon in the fridge!  This item is a usual staple in our fridge so an indicator of time to go shopping!

I started the recipe by mixing 90g of butter with 1 teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt in the blender until it was quite creamy.

IMG_4153

Then I added in 180g of plain flour followed by 2 eggs yolks and 2 tablespoons of ice cold water.

IMG_4154

IMG_4155

I blended this mixture some more until the dough came together.  I then took it out of the blender and rolled into a ball with my hands, wrapped in cling film and put in the fridge for about 1.5 hours (you can do this from 1 hour – overnight though).

IMG_4156

IMG_4158
Then, upon the discovery of the lack of lardons/bacon, I chopped some cheddar cheese and tore up the remaining piece of ham I had in the fridge.

IMG_4159

I also softened a leek with a few mushrooms to supplement the ingredients.

IMG_4160

I took the dough from the fridge and placed between two pieces of baking paper and rolled out as close to the size of the baking tray as I could (25cm).

IMG_4164

IMG_4165

For the remainder of the filling, I beat 4 eggs with 2 egg yolks, adding about 100ml of creme fraiche and 200ml of double cream and mixed together with a teaspoon of salt and a little bit of ground pepper.

IMG_4161
IMG_4162

I then lined the baking tin as best I could and used the remaining 2 egg whites to coat the pastry.  If I’d rolled the pastry for longer I suspect I could have filled the sides a little bit better (it is also quite a high baking tin!) but I was getting quite tired and my hope was that the filling would cover the sides well….

IMG_4166

I then added my improvised ingredients before pouring the egg and cream mixture over the top and putting in the oven for 35 mins on 180 degrees.
IMG_4168

IMG_4171

IMG_4172

Having just eaten a sample I can say the taste is good; nice and simple!  I like the combinations of ingredients and the thing I’m most pleased with is the pastry.  I hardly ever make it, it’s something that always scares me a little but it turned out well cooked and thin 🙂

I think if I would change one thing it would be to add more herbs or maybe some more black pepper to give it a bit more flavour.  Otherwise more cheese!  Everything tastes better with more cheese!!!

IMG_4173

IMG_4175

IMG_4177

5 Comments

Filed under Cheese, Eggs, Ham, Quiche, Simple, Vegetables