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Spring Greens Quiche

I know!  I know!  A recipe for quiche…. crazy or what?

Let’s not talk about how long I’ve been making quiches for.

We love quiche.  It is something I’d make when I want to clear out bits and pieces from the fridge.  It’s also a wonderful thing to whip up if you suddenly have un-announced guests as we’re lucky to generally always have our own eggs to hand.

Quiche was on the menu on Wednesday evening this week.  I have no idea why I decided to ‘google’ a recipe for quiche.  Come on, I’ve been making it for donkeys years!  But I did.

I did one of those list of ingredient type searches…. you know… I’ve got spinach, cheese, etc. etc.

Top of the results was Jamie Oliver’s Spring Greens Quiche.

And, yes, if you are a regular reader you’ll know that, of course I didn’t have all the ingredients… our asparagus and chives are long way from being ready to harvest ….. but hey, I’m the queen of improvisation.

I think Jamie himself will be impressed with the result…. we sure were and will definitely be doing something like this again.

As usual I made my pastry using my Mum’s recipe in the morning and stuck it in the fridge to chill.

Spring Greens Quiche

Spring Greens Quiche

My filling ingredients:

  • Small onion, chopped finely and fried.
  • 100 gr. frozen peas
  • 100 gr. fresh baby spinach.
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 slices lomo (dried pork), chopped – optional.  I only used these cos they were in fridge.
  • 2 duck eggs
  • 3 hen eggs
  • 2 extra egg whites
  • 50 gr. Brie cheese – sliced.

Method:

Cook your frozen peas for about 3 minutes, adding your washed spinach for the last minute.  Drain and rinse under cold water for a few minutes to retain the ‘greenness’.  Set aside.

Grease your quiche dish.  Roll out your pastry and line your quiche dish.

Sprinkle in your cooked onion onto the base.  Add your peas and spinach spreading out as evenly as possible.  Add in your scallions and meat (if you are using it)

Whisk your eggs together and pour into dish.

Top with sliced Brie.

Slice of Spring Greens Quiche

Slice of Spring Greens Quiche

(As an aside the only reason I was using 2 egg whites was that they were in the fridge… but they really did add a lightness to the dish, so do use them.)

We shared with an unexpected visit from a neighbour – served with baked potato and salad.  And even had a slice each left for lunch the next day.

It was still as delicious.

Try it and enjoy!

Friday photo

Thank goodness for a bit of light at the end of  a very grey day.

 

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Friday Photo

You may have noticed that we’ve been doing a lot of moaning about rain lately…. here are 2 photos to show you just how much rain we’ve had.

We put a 1,000 litre tank in place on Wednesday lunchtime.

This is it 24 hours later.

Water tank

And this is it 48 hours later.

Rainwater tank

Being a curator

I am willing to admit to being a bit of a nerd, and enjoying most social media platforms.  The latest addition – Snapchat, has left me a bit cold – I just can’t seem to get into it at all…..

However, I do enjoy Twitter and Instagram immensely.  Do you have favourite ones?

For my sins over the past 18 months I’ve volunteered and acted as ‘curator’ on some national accounts. Have you ever done this?  It is all a bit daunting initially but then once you get into the swing of it, it can be lots of fun.  And you do get to ‘meet’ lots of generally nice people.

The first account I was curator on was ‘TweetingFarmers’, which subsequently evolved into @IrelandsFarmers.  ‘TweetingFarmers” was a fun account.  It’s purpose was to introduce the customer to what farming is all about, so that they would know how much work goes into producing the food that is going into their weekly shopping cart.  I think I was among the first to curate on that account.  I really hadn’t a clue what to expect. I needn’t have worried.  It went really well.

Last year I also did a week tweeting on @IrelandsFarmers account.  That was best described as ‘interesting’.  When I brought up the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms, I opened such a can of worms!  Let’s just say that the majority of the followers on the account (mostly farmers) did not agree with my stance against gmo’s.  It would seem that most farmers believe gmo’s will save the planet!  A bit scary really.

Possibly the hardest curating was doing a week in December on the Instagram account of @FarmsnotFactories. As you know Instagram is very visual and all photographs.  The only reason it was difficult was the weather!  Oh my lord, the weather.  It was wet and muddy and not really conducive to taking photographs!  I got through the week, but had to be creative and use some old photos.

Smallholders Ireland

Smallholders Ireland

The latest week I did was on @SmallholderIrl.  This is a very new account, and I was privileged to be the first to curate on the account.  Again, it was great to ‘meet’ some new people, most of whom were again really nice and chatty – there was just one exception – but we shall not go there.

Curating on each of these accounts has definitely increased our own profile.  We have picked up new followers every time.  Of course, there are rules – or more ‘dos and don’ts’ – when you are running the account.  It is not about self-promotion.  It is acceptable to promote your product, but a ‘hard sell’ would not be appropriate.

The folks at Smallholders Ireland are actively seeking people to commit to a week. They would love to have artisan food producers; those who aspire to be self-sufficiency; in fact anyone who is passionate about doing what they can to grow their own food.   You don’t have to have huge acreage… just a passion for growing and talking :)

Go on give them a shout – the email address is in the photo above, or at the very least give them a follow.

 

 

 

Friday Photo

Spring is springing or is sprung :)  Just the one but it is a start.

  1. First snowdrop of 2016

    First snowdrop of 2016

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If you read last night’s post you’ll know that the ducks refused to vacate the pond.  I was sure we were going to find devastation this morning, as on my last late night patrol I spotted a fox patroling the edge of the pond.

Thankfully, they were all fine and well (if extremely tired) when I found them this morning.

Ducks survived the coldest night

Ducks survived the coldest night

NOT!!

Thursday, 14th January – 5.15 pm and the ducks are not in bed.  I can see them swimming about on the pond in our neighbours field.

Usually they are in bed at this stage.

Back into the house and gave them another 10 minutes.  5.30 pm still not in.

5.40 pm don the wellies again, and discover half of the ducks are still swimming about in the pond, the other half are huddled in a tight  group at the edge.

Back to the kitchen to call in help.

Time to go and try to herd them back to their respective sheds.  Climb over fences to, plod through our stream – this is the moment I discover one of my wellies is leaking![when else] – over another fence and into a sodden field.

We get 5 of the muscovy babies (teenagers now) back on the right side of the fence.  So I’m left guarding them to make sure they don’t head back to pond while Alfie tries to get the remainder out of the pond.  By the way, I’m standing in the stream at this stage… yes, still in the leaking wellington. And in total darkness as Alfie has the torch.

And then it starts to snow!

Can it get any worse?

Alfie makes valiant attempts to get the swimming ducks out of the pond but to no avail.  He’s on one side, they on the other.  He moves around, they move to the other side several times.  In fact … stalemate.

Meanwhile I try to ‘herd’ the 5 charges I have back towards their shed.  Pitch dark, uneven ground…. yes, I end up falling into stream.

At least I am now uniformly wet on my lower half.

My 5 charges who normally duck under the fence (excuse the pun!) at the edge of our lawn, have no intention of doing this now.  So one by one I had to lift them and practically throw them over the fence.

Finally we are making progress towards the shed as the front house light is on.  Then we hit another stumbling block …. the yard is dark.  Why does the sensor light never come on when you want it?  Eventually the light comes on, and we manage to walk them extremely slowly up the yard to their shed.

We’ve had to abandon efforts 6.45 pm of trying to get the others off the pond.

So folks it is now time for prayers that they survive the night.

Needless to say there are no illuminating photos of this.