Crazy as it sounds, I found myself twiddling my thumbs in the kitchen on Christmas Day. Yes really. It was about 12.30 and I knew the turkey needed at least another hour, my husband was chattering on the phone to his folks and my dad had taken Ted to church. All the vegetables were chopped, my white sauce finished, cranberry sauce out of a bottle this year and so I was left with nothing to do. I decided to make a batch of pastry.
I didn’t get as far as rolling it out to make these quiches (that would be insane on Christmas Day, I concede) but when a plan was hatched the following day to visit my pregnant sister in law who has just moved house and hadn’t bargained for guests yet, I already had the pastry waiting to make these two tarts or quiches as I prefer to call them.
“Panto” in Montenegro, 2009 – but looks like Nuneaton Co-op 1985.
Staring at wall of cooked meat with Ted in trolley.
I am fond of the word “quiche” as my Grandma Kitty used to remind me of an occasion when I embarassed her in Nuneaton’s Attleborough Co-op in around 1985:
Grandma at deli counter: “I’ll have some of that quit-chee please”
My 11 year old self: “Grandma! It’s keeeesch!”
Well, red faced and corrected she never forgot how to say quiche after that. I never managed to set her straight on broccoli which was forever “brockle-aye”. Hmm I will have to do a broccoli quiche but called it Brockle-aye Quit-chee, that almost sounds Gaelic.
The recipe was based on Delia Smith’s Leek and Goat’s Cheese Tart from the How To Cook series and can found at Delia Online.
I actually made more pastry than she says, 4oz of fat to 8 oz of flour but omitted the cheese from the pastry. I had enough pastry and filling to do two 7″ tart cases.
I have been behaving myself with pastry lately. Instead of rushing to roll it out and wondering why it stays all tough sticking to the table I have allowed it to rest in the fridge, I rolled it out carefully, pricked the case with a fork to stop it shrinking and pre-cooked the case before pouring in the filling.
Here is the case loaded with beans (split yellow peas actually) and baking parchment. I had meant to photograph it again with the raw filling but being in a hurry I forgot.
Delia Smith’s Leek and Goat’s Cheese Tart recipe at: Delia Online
Great news and a great tart! Well done you!
Barbara Bakes says
Congratulations on your first award! We have a lot in common. I love bright long days, the cinema, and any food at the beach! Thanks for passing the award on to me!
The quiche looks scrumptious. Love the story about your grandma.
Heavenly Housewife says
Lovely quiche daaaaaahling. I've never made one, but its on my list of things to make… after I can make successful macs (which is top priority at the moment).
Thank you SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for the award. I loved reading your answers.Totally agree with 2, 4, 5, and 9!
p.s. looking forward to seeing the caterpillar!
Tracy @ Sugarcrafter says
That tart looks amazing! And I love the story about your grandma, haha.
Thanks so much for mentioning me – you are so sweet! 😀
Jessica @ How Sweet says
That tart looks terrific! Some of my favorite foods in there…yum!
Sarah, thanks very much for passing the award to me….very touched and encouraged. And….I love goat cheese. This tart looks very delicious. I have to learn to bake more this year. Thanks for sharing. Bloggers Connect again! I really hope I can join this time but just no too sure. Would really love to meet you and others. Keeping my fingers crossed.
dear Sarah! u're too kind to add me in this list. but thank you for the award! 🙂 and congrats to you too. I love no. 3,4, and 9 on your list of things that make you happy. 🙂 lovely moments! and thanks for sharing you Christmas day experience. lol, i found myself twiddling my thumbs for quite a bit until roast potatoes, turkey and yorkshire pud time. the kitchen started filling up with hungry family by then too. x
Mowie @ Mowielicious says
Yay for the award and on the food blogger connect banner – it really is very good! Your husband's prize for that could be the goodie bag you'll be getting at FBC! If you're willing to share, that is =)
As for the tart, even though I'm not a huge goat's cheese fan, it does look very yummy.
Kitchen Butterfly says
Oh Sarah, I am so glad that we met before FBC…..
Congrats on winning the logo comp and I insist the husband should get more…..He should come along!!!!!!!
And thanks for the shout-out. You're such a darling. Stay blessed….
Wow, well done on the FBC branding competition – it's a great design. What a cheerful post, altogether! Love the 10 things – fish and chips on the beach is such a good one. And am straight off to check out your nominations.
Oh, and last but not least, that quiche looks just amazing! Yum.
PS You're welcome in Cambridge any time! 😀
I enjoyed your post. My MIL calls it 'Queesh' and no amount of reminder makes any difference, so now we all call it queesh! Laughed at the 1985 Co-op references as well.
COngratulations on the branding competition and the award – both are so well deserved.
The tart/quiche looks great.
Sarah, Maison Cupcake says
@amuseboucheUK Thank you!
@barbarabakes, Well yes, any food tastes better out of doors as Enid Blyton used to say…
@sugarcrafter and @heavenlyh Can't wait to see who you pass it on to!
@janice and @jessica Thank you and welcome to Maison Cupcake!
@marymoh Yes you must come to FBC!
@diva You have yorkies with xmas dinner?!
@mowie Well it goes without saying he'll benefit from the goodies
@kitchenbutterfly Don't tell him that! He probably would as well! I am so glad to have met you too. xx
@nora Thanks so much for my first award! Hope to see you in the spring!
The Cooking Ninja says
ooh…I love leek quiche except goat cheese. If not for my no no goat cheese, my MIL would bake one with it. LOL!
Congrats on winning the contest! 🙂
Oh, how wonderful to discover your site and this amazing quiche! Sounds like you are going amazing places, sweet stuff!
Rambling Tart says
Oh my goodness! This looks and sounds FANTASTIC! I think I may just have to go home tonight and make it. 🙂
Congrats on your award!! I love the quiche, it sounds so inviting and the homemade pastry, well, its stellar!
faithy, the baker says
Congrats on winning the food blogger connect admission and also for the award! Thanks so much for passing the award to me! 🙂
I love your quiche! Quiche has been one of my 'to-bake' list but i haven't got round making it as yet.
I enjoyed the story of your grandma..it's so heartwarming.
Deeba PAB says
Oooooooh CONGRATS Sarah! I am so pleased for you. Poor hub gets a slice of quit-cheeeee!! How sweet is that!!
It is a fab logo & must make you feel so good! Congrats too on the Happy 101.That quiche is really good looking, rustic & moreish!! YUM!!
Congrats to you! The quiche looks wonderful!
That quiche looks beautiful! I want to be alone with it in a dark closet…
Asha @ FSK says
COngrats on the Double Whammy Sarah!!! So awesome to see great team work on the FBC branding ;-)))
quiche looks delicious…and congrats on the award…
Darius T. Williams says
That tarts looks amazing!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Congraulations that is great news and I'm sure you will get lots more awards 🙂 I remember a character on a TV show called a quiche a "quickie"! 😛