Monday 2 July 2012

Zucchini and tomato quiche with wild garlic

It is my winter of pastry.  Today I discovered the reason.  Jamie Oliver suggests that one of the best ways of making pastry is to run your hands under the cold water tap so they are as cold as possible.  It is a cold winter and I am often finding myself with icy fingertips.  Perfect for pastry.  Serendipitous you might say.  Like this quiche.  I only made it to save scraps around the kitchen from the compost heap and to use the leftover ball of pastry in the fridge.

The quiche was also an excellent reason to open my packet of dried wild garlic that Kath of My Funny Little Life kindly sent me after I expressed a interest in it.  You can see that the box above looks a bit battered.  That is because the Australian Customs are very wary of any package containing food.  They had to open the package and play football with my wild garlic for a while until they got tired and put it in the post to send on to me.  Can you believe they would be so suspicious of such a generous blogger!

All jokes aside, I am enamoured of the wild garlic and have been using it in soups, roast veg, flatbreads and anything else I can think of.  Every time I open the box, I enjoy a whiff of the heady herby garlicky aroma.  I love it all the more because it is something I have never had the chance to use before.  It was lovely in the roasted veg that went into the quiche.  I think I am right in saying it does quite nicely as a substitute for garlic even though it has a far greener, herbier taste.  I am just sorry that I was a bit unsure of it and took a while to start using it.

The recipe for the quiche is from one of my cookbooks that got me through my student days.  Alison Holst is a reliable person to turn to when I am feeling unsure of pastry.  She calls this a vegetable flan but that just sounded too eggy and milky.  So I called mine quiche and adapted it to use up whatever was lurking in the fridge.  I served it with corn, brussels sprouts and (on the second night) with an amazing orange salad that I can't wait to share.  The quiche sliced up so neatly and tasted ever so good.

I am sending this quiche to Vardhini of Cook's Joy for the Veggie/Fruit a Month event which highlights Zucchini this month. 

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: CC Orange, Lavender and Almond Syrup Cake
Two years ago: Lemon Slice and some Nostalgia
Three years ago: A Tale of Carrot and Feta Dip
Four years ago: Sparkles the Rabbit Cake
Five years ago: The Worcestershire Sauce Puzzle

Zucchini and tomato quiche
Adapted from Alison Holst's Meal without Meat

1 x 20cm unbaked shortcrust pie shell (in a greased dish) - see below
2 tsp olive oil
1 large zucchini, diced
1 tsp dried wild garlic (or a crushed garlic clove)
pinch salt (I used wild garlic salt)
125g cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of baby spinach, chopped
2 eggs
1/2 cup yoghurt
1 tbsp milk
1 cup grated cheese
2-3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Toss zucchini with olive oil, dried wild garlic and a generous pinch of salt for about 30 minutes at 220 C.  Add tomatoes and continue roasting for about 20 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and zucchini is slightly charred.  Mix in spinach.  Cool slightly (well I take so long it cooled but I am not sure if it really had to).

While vegies are roasting, pop the pastry shell in the oven to bake for about 10 minutes.  (Technically I think you should blind bake it but I didn't.  Too much hassle.)

Meanwhile, lightly whisk yoghurt, milk and cheeses in a small bowl or jug.

Scatter vegies over the pastry shell.  Pour the cheesy mixture over it.  Bake for 20 minutes at 220 C and another 20 minutes at 180 C.  The quiche is ready when it is golden brown and firm in the middle.  Sit for 10-15 minutes before eating.

Shortcrust pastry
Adapted from Delia Online and King Arthur Flour

2 cups flour
125g butter
2-4 tbsp cold water
pinch salt

Place flour and butter in food processor and process until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add water a tablespoon at a time until the pastry forms a ball.  Wrap in clingwrap and chill for 30 minutes.  I made 12 mince pies and one 20cm quiche.  I baked the mince tarts for about 30 minutes at 200 C.

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  1. Now I am intrigued - what is the difference between regular and wild garlic? I am not a big fan of regular garlic, even though I can appreciate the difference it makes in dishes (I just prefer it to be a secondary rather than primary flavour!). I am glad you've had fun with it at any rate, and this looks like a very professional quiche - must be the cold hands!

    1. Thanks Kari - I don't really know - in fact I was so ignorant of the stuff that when Kath first said she was sending wild garlic I thought she might be sending a fresh bunch (and worried about customs) because I had never heard of the dried stuff. I think the wild garlic is herbier - but am not good at explaining - it doesn't seem to leave such a strong taste as the bulbs but gives some of the same flavour

  2. I have never heard of or seen wild garlic before but I really hope I stumble across it because it sounds delicious! What a great quiche.

    1. Thanks Joanne - I have only heard of wild garlic in the last year or two (esp through Allotment to Kitchen blog where Shaheen forages wild garlic) - I have a feeling it might go by another name in the US but can't think of it right now

  3. I've got "hot" hands that aren't ideal for making chocolate or pastry so I've often got to run my hands under cold water! :P

    1. Thanks Lorraine - actually I am using food processor more and more for pastry now - which I think means it doesn't matter how cold your hands are :-) though there is always a bit of handling

  4. Wow, this quiche sounds so good! One of the few benefits of the winter cold is that it makes pastry and biscuit making so much easier - in summer it all melts.

    1. Thanks Cakelaw - pastry is far far easier in winter - cold hands, cold kitchen (heater permitting!) and I love having the oven on when it is cold

  5. Wow .. interesting and tasty quiche. I have made a galette once with zucchini. Thx for linking the yummy dish to the event. I have changed the name to the name of the dish.

    Event: Kid's Delight


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