Goats Cheese, Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Quiche

20140202_184034I hate shop bought quiche, but I love my Grandma’s homemade quiche so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own. It’s sat in the oven now and it smells AWESOME! This is a jumble together of a few recipes, based on the contents of my fridge and cupboards – feel free to customize ingredients as you like!

You will need: 125g plain flour, 75g margarine, water, 2 small onions, balsamic vinegar, 125g soft goats cheese (cut off the rind if you have that variety), 100g mushrooms, 2 eggs, 150ml milk, olive oil, flan dish.

20140202_170312To make your pastry, pop the margarine and plain flour into a mixing bowl and rub together til it forms a breadcrumb like consistency Add 3 tablespoons of warm water and form the pastry into a ball. Put it in the fridge.20140202_173429Slice your onions into circles, fry in a little oil on a medium heat for 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the onions and cook for another 5 minutes. Slice your mushrooms and add them to the pan, cook for 10 minutes.20140202_174153While the onions are cooking preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the pastry so it will cover the flan dish and the edges. Bake this for 5 minutes in the oven.

20140202_173736Beat your eggs in a measuring jug, then add 150ml milk, mix it with a fork. Slice your goats cheese and then crumble it into the eggy milk mixture. Mix with a fork until it forms a thick creamy consistency. Take your onions and mushrooms off the heat and add to the mixture.20140202_174132

Take the flan dish out of the oven, pour the mixture into the pastry case and pop in the oven for 15  minutes. Turn down the heat and cook for another 30 minutes.20140202_174941Take your quiche out of the oven, slide a knife into the middle and check it comes out clean, it should be a golden brown colour on top. If the knife comes out wet, cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with a salad or just eat a slice for a nice lunch. This is a lovely dish, really nice flavours and a light texture.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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Kolokythokeftedes with Baked Goats Cheese

20140108_193137Me and Sam went to Zakynthos for our honeymoon, and the food and the hospitality were brilliant. We went to one traditional little taverna recommended to us and there were absolutely no vegetarian mains! So we ordered a couple of starters to share, and honestly, the food was amazing! These kolokythokeftedes (don’t worry I can’t pronounce it either) are fried balls of grated courgette (zucchini), and have a lovely subtle flavour and the most wonderful texture. When we got back to England I promised Sam I would make them and have only got round to it this evening (4 months later). I have had a look at a few different recipes and this is my version, served with baked goats cheese, olives and rocket. It takes a while to prepare, so give yourself an hour and a half.

You will need: 3 courgettes, 1 tomato, 1 small onion, 1 small carrot, 1 slice bread (turned into breadcrumbs), 1 egg, 100g plain flour, mixed herbs, salt, pepper, a handful of black olives, 100g goats cheese, olive oil (for frying), rocket and balsamic vinegar.

First of all place a large colander in a mixing bowl. Peel your carrot and courgettes and grate these into the colander. Then dice your tomato and onion and add these to your colander. 20140108_180402Now, I should have warned you, this is a messy recipe, make sure you have an apron on! Start to squish all the ingredients together in the colander over the bowl, squeezing all the excess water out of the veggies with your fists. 20140108_183520Throw away the liquid from the bowl and then place everything from the colander into your bowl. Now break your egg into the bowl and massage it into the veggie mix. These traditionally have feta in but we didn’t have any in, so if you want to and you are more organised than myself crumble in about 75g. Add your breadcrumbs and then slowly add your flour while still squidging the mixture together with your hands. Add two good pinches of mixed herbs, a pinch of salt and pepper and keep mixing it with your hands until it forms a thick paste. Don’t worry, it does look a bit gross at the moment but it is delicious!

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Put your bowl in the fridge and leave for about an hour. After your hour preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Chop your goats cheese into chunks, drizzle olive oil on a baking tray and pop in the oven.

20140108_191303Cover the bottom of a big frying pan in olive oil and turn your hob onto a full heat. With your hands divide the mixture in your bowl into small balls and shape them. Place them in the hot oil and fry each side for about 6 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides.20140108_191708

Slice your olives and place a big handful of rocket and the sliced olives on each plate, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Take the fried kolokythokeftedes out of the pan and pat them on some kitchen roll to take the excess oil off. Place them on the rocket and take the goats cheese out of the oven. 20140108_193004Sprinkle the cooked goats cheese on top of everything and that’s it!

These make a nice starter if you are having a Greek main, but I think they are great as a healthy main meal. This is one of my favourite dishes we had in Greece and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! It really is worth the effort.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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