Last weekend we were just deciding whether to eat al freco or not when the heavens opened and the decision was made for us. We had the most fantastic thunder storm. I have to admit that we are probably a little odd in as much as we love watching thunder storms.
This weekend we are back to beautiful blue skies.
As well as the usual red poppies
We have had some really unusual colours this summer
and they have been stunning.
All of these poppies are self seeded we haven't plant any of them they just seem to of found our little garden and decided to make it their home.
Last year we even had a poppy seed itself outside D's office door, so when this plant first appeared a few weeks ago I originally thought it must be another one this year. As it grew we soon realised it wasn't a poppy after all.
It soon became apparent that the Borage we had in a planter last year had left behind a few seeds and it soon became obvious that this was what was growing outside the office door.
D hasn't wanted to cut it back as he says the flowers are lovely and the bees love them. I know some people put them into their salads but I think we'll leave them to the bees.
These days I don't get to bake very often especially now the big kids have left home. This weekend I really got the urge to do some baking. Out came the cook books. I was looking for one particular recipe for a quiche that has a particular pastry.
It's a lovely savory pastry
The ingredients are
8oz plain flour
2tsp of Paprika
4oz Parmesan cheese grated
1 egg beaten
1 tbsp of chilled water
Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter/margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the Paprika and Parmesan cheese,
Bind into a soft dough with the egg and water.
Knead until smooth, wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes.
It makes enough to fit a 9" flan tin
You could use with any filling I made two different types but this is a basic Cheese and Onion filling
4 rindless streaky bacon roughly chopped (omit for a vegetarian version)
300mls single cream
3 1/2 oz of hard cheese such as cheddar grated
salt and pepper for seasoning
Nutmeg freshly grated.
Pre heat the oven at 180C/350F/Gas 4
Because you do not blind bake the pastry case first place a baking sheet in the oven whilst heating up.
Saute the onion and bacon for about 10 mins until the onion is soft.
Beat the eggs and cream together in a bowl. Add the grated nutmeg and season.
Spoon the onion and bacon mixture into the pastry case and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the flan dish on top this will start baking the pastry case.
Pour the egg and cream mixture slowly over the filling.
Return to the oven and bake in the oven for 35 - 40 mins or until filling is just set.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
Do have ago you won't be disappointed.
That just leaves me to say that I know I have been a little absent on the blog front. It's a really busy time at work and there's not much time for much else, but trust me I have read all your blogs even if I haven't had a chance to comment. Hopefully with some days off planned over the summer I may be able to visit here a little more often.
Enjoy the good weather whilst it lasts.