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    Wednesday, May 08, 2013

    Beat Mumsy Meals - Comfort Food - So So Simple

    Ive been rushing around, 'Taking on Jamie' and decided that it was time for The World's Most simple meal.
    Steak for me, Fish for the Beloved.
    Potatoes and peas mashed together, and a little extra vege on the side. cause I had it, cooked beetroot tossed in oil and Tarragon leaves, that's a great pairing. Actually I adore this kind of meal. So Tasty and Normal
    Of course I cooked too much Potato and Pea Mixture so time for a superb leftover dish.

    I bought some spinach for the kids dinner the other night. It was on special.
    2 bunches, for cheap as chips
    Actually I'm not really rapt in spinach. Baby spinach yes, it's not so earthy
    So I've thought about how to use up the spinach I didn't use for the kids
    Now Creamed Spinach is another thing. Flavoured with garlic and nutmeg that is and excellent use of this earthy vege.
    Even better, I decided to join forces with the left over spuds and peas and make a quiche

    It was very successful
    I used 2 sheets of puff pastry, that made enough to make 4 little pies as well
    Waste no Want not.

    So Ingredients
    1 large cup mashed vege
    1 bunch spinach
    3 cloves garlic peeled
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Grind of nutmeg
    2 tablespoon of cream

    6 eggs
    1 cup cream 
    S & P
    50 gms grated cheese

    2 sheets puff pastry joined together to fit the quiche tin
    Use trimmings to make 4 little pies
    Line the greased quiche tin and little pie tins with rolled out pastry
    Set aside in fridge to rest

    Method
    In a large pot of boiling water
    Add garlic cloves and spinach
    Bring back to boil and blanch for about 2 minutes
    Drain
    Stick under cold water to keep the colour and cool down

    In your hands squeeze out as much water as possible
    Place in food processor
    Season with Salt pepper and nutmeg
    Whiz
    Add cream

    In another bowl
    Add eggs, cream and cheese
    Season with S & P
    Beat together
    Add to food processor
    Whiz

    Pour into prepared shells
    Have your oven pre-heated to 220 C
    Bake in hot oven for about 10 minutes
    Turn temperature down to 180C
    Cook for about another 15-20 minutes

    The bottom should be crisp and the filling set

    It was excellent, it would easily feed 4 people, with a salad
    The little pies took about 15 minutes, this would depend on you oven

    Now here's a little tip
    I also saved the water from the potatoes and peas
    Nice little vege stock
    How thrifty is that?
    So I was making a Japanese Curry for the kids for Dinner, to have with the spinach
    There were some meat trimmings
    I popped then into the vege stock in a pot
    Added trimmings from the carrots, celery and onions, that I was using for the
    curry
    Simmer away for about 15 minutes, longer if you have time


    Drain and you have a tasty little stock to add to any casserole/curry that you are making

    1 comment:

    Louise Van Weezel said...

    You have some delicious recipes! Think you would love the recipes on Tilda Basmati 's recipe page, i always get good inspiration from this site http://www.tilda.com/public-recipe-category/dry