Monday, 9 August 2010

Much Ado About Nothing

Last night we went to see Much Ado About Nothing at the Chester Open Air Theatre with some friends.  We took along a lovely picnic and the weather was kind and it stayed dry for the whole of the performance.  We arrived early so that we could spread out our feast and tuck in before the show commenced.  I made some small summer quiches which were very tasty plus some lavender cupcakes (courtesy of Nigella) with lavender straight from the garden. The quiche recipe is outlined at the bottom of this posting if you fancy giving it a try yourself and you can find the lavender cupcake recipe in Nigella's Domestic Goddess cookery book.

The play focuses on deception and the spread of gossip and rumour which causes disaster in one couple's life and brings love to another couple, yet it ends happily with a double wedding and of course dancing!  All in all, it was a perfect evening - great theatre, singing, dancing, sharing a picnic with friends and being able to enjoy all this in the great outdoors.

Summer Quiche Recipe
Batch of Shortcrust pastry - I used 280g plain flour and 140g of butter plus approximately 8 tablespoons of water to bind together the dough. 

Quiche Filling
3 eggs
300ml double cream
300g cherry tomatoes
1 courgette
Small pack of goats cheese
Grated Parmesan - enough for topping and dependent upon your cheese needs

Here's what I did
Make up the shortcrust pastry in the usual way and then leave to rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.  Once rested, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and fit into pastry dishes.  My batch of pastry made four smaller quiches and one larger one.  Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, line with greaseproof paper and add baking beans and then put in the oven at 200c. 

At the same time that the pastry goes into the oven, also roast 300g of cherry tomatoes.  Put the tomatoes into a small roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and season to your liking.  The pastry needs to cook blind for about 15/20 minutes.  While this is cooking,  thinly slice your courgette and cook in a little olive oil on the stovetop and leave to cool.  Also beat together the eggs and then add the cream and mix these together.  Plus chunk up the goats cheese (I find the creamer versions work better than the hard cheeses).  After the 15/20 minutes has passed, remove the greaseproof paper and put the cases back in the oven for about 5 minutes until they have browned a little.  You will probably find that the tomatoes are also cooked and these can be removed from the oven too.

Once the pastry is cooked, remove from the oven and then start filling with the goats cheese, slices of courgette and roasted tomatoes.  Pour over the egg and cream mixture and then top with the Parmesan.  Carefully put the quiches back into the oven and cook for about 20/25 minutes.

Serve with salad or some fresh new potatoes or enjoy as part of your picnic feast.


1 comment:

  1. They were really tasty! Why not try them yourself....