A tale of two best friends on opposite sides of the world and their quest to cook everything from
Stephanie Alexander's 'The Cook's Companion'

Friday, June 4, 2010

Picnic Time

Bacon and Onion Quiche

The weather has warmed up a bit lately, so one afternoon I decided we should embrace the British way, and while we didn't sunbake in our underwear in a public place, which is apparently not at all weird, we went on a picnic in the local park. I went to the shops and picked up a picnic rug and other supplies and then went home to make our dinner. Being pregnant can make picnic food a little tricky, so I settled on a quiche which was still warm from the oven when we sat down on the new rug to devour it. We had the quiche with potato salad, green salad and some fresh fruit for dessert. This recipe is only very loosely based on a recipe from Stephanie, as I wasn't really sure where to start, but the ingredients are quite different.

Bacon and Onion Quiche (Printable Recipe)
adapted from Stephanie's Quiche Lorraine, pg 114
Serves 6

2 medium onions
olive oil
6 thick rashers bacon
375g puff pastry, thawed ready to use
6 eggs
2 tbsp milk

Slice onions into rings and fry over low heat in olive oil until nice and caramelised, about 30 mins. Allow to cool. Chop bacon into pieces and fry in same pan that the onions were fried in. Cool slightly on some kitchen paper to remove any excess fat.

Preheat oven to 170°C

Roll out pastry if needed to fit deep slice tin (20 x 30 x 5 cm). The roll of pastry I bought already fit the tin. Trim edges of pastry and ease pastry into tin. Scatter over cooled onions, then bacon.
Break eggs into a bowl and add milk and salt and pepper to taste. Eggs can be broken into a separate cup to check that they are good before adding to all the other eggs. Whisk until just combined. Pour over onion and bacon and bake in the oven for about 30 mins, until firm and golden. Cool for about 15 mins before cutting into 6 pieces and removing from tray.  

Squirrel in Holland Park

We found this little fella snacking on a berry he found somewhere. I wrapped each piece of quiche separately in foil for taking on the picnic. Served with a simple potato salad of boiled baby potatoes, chopped mint, chopped spring onions, and just enough mayo and olive oil to make it sticky.
Bacon and Onion Quiche

Hubby's words of wisdom: mmpmfpdmfpfmpf (that's the noise he made eating two pieces of the quiche in about 30 seconds). The above photo was taken approximately 9.6 seconds after plating up. So no words as such, but chomps of appreciation.

1 comment:

Hubby said...

I actually had 3 pieces. Ah, the memories!