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Back to the chopping board

Hi happy_eaters

It's a few years now since I started to say that my cooking days are over, unthanks to disability. I learned to love ready-made dishes. There are plenty of those available, these days, but I miss my days of cooking for a living. People used to queue out of the café door at lunchtime, wanting the food I'd made.

I'm still disabled but this week, I picked a good day and set out to make 'spinach pie' (not really a pie, more a quiche without crust) as I used to make in the café. Oops! No spinach in the shop! So I made this instead.

Line 2 1-lb loaf tins with greaseproof paper and oil the paper lightly
Preheat oven to 200 degC

Slice enough cold, cooked new potatoes to make a layer in the base of each tin
Cover with a thin layer of raw, sliced spring onions
Rinse and slice enough raw mushrooms to nearly-fill the tins
Grate a little mild cheddar and sprinkle it onto the veg
Season with salt and white pepper
Rinse and tear a generous handful of fresh basil, then spread it over the veg
Beat 12 medium eggs and divide between the tins

Bake for 40 minutes until firm and lightly browned
Serve with chips* and green peas

I was going to freeze some of this but a) the cooked spuds would go mushy in the freezer and b) it's so tasty that we'll scoff the lot. It had been too long since I saw (and heard) my partner getting greedy with food I'd cooked.

* Chips as we call them in Britain. Like the American 'French fries' but cut more coarsely. Not the finely-sliced American 'chips' which we call crisps.


Jul. 1st, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
I used to make similar pies when I could have eggs (damn but I miss them). We call them impossible pies.

Basically, load whatever you think will taste good into the bottom of the pan and then top with egg and flour mix. I'll pull out the recipe book where the idea came from and share them Sam.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
I didn't know that you've had to stop eating eggs. Ouch. I hope there are many good foods that you can still enjoy.

It never occurred to me to mix flour into the eggs for this pie - the eggs set firmly without any flour. Also, my own food intolerances lead me to avoid wheat flour. For starch in this meal, I included spuds in the pie and chips alongside it.