Monday, 30 July 2012

Hummus Melts

I found these on Pinterest and our peckishness yesterday provided the perfect opportunity to try them out.

Here is the link to the original recipe.  I made a couple of tiny changes.  I added a basil leaf torn into two on top of each muffin and since I didn't have mozarella, I used cheddar.  Of course, cheddar is saltier than mozarella, so if you're using shop bought hummus, keep the salt quotient in mind and use mozarella instead.

These are very yummy and make a filling snack or mini meal.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Vegetable Quiche

This was my first attempt at quiche and I am pleased to say that it turned out awesome (well the pastry crust was a bit soggy but that didn't stop it from being awesome!)

Here's what you will need: -

2 peppers, sliced
3 large mushrooms, sliced
3 spring onions, both white and green parts sliced
Dried herbs (I used oregano and thyme) - a pinch
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
Bunch of fresh coriander, chopped (you can use parsley)
Ready rolled shortcrust pastry
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1. In a flan tin, lay the pastry out and cut off the excess.  (I saved these to make jam tarts with Lil Miss J - food doesn't get wasted in my house - no sirree!!).  Now I didn't do this, but you should probably brush the pastry with some egg and let it blind bake for about 5 minutes so that it hardens and doesn't get soggy from the filling you will put in later.  I put a layer of grated cheddar cheese on the base.

2. In a pan, heat the oil and saute your veggies until they are soft. Add the dried herbs, salt and pepper to season.  Then transfer this to the pastry base. Sprinkle with chopped coriander.

Look at all that gorgeous colour!

3.  Mix together the eggs, milk and melted butter.  Pour this mixture on to the base, sprinkle on some grated cheddar and bake at 190 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. 

And this is what you'll end up with! Now that is gorgeousness on a plate - even if I say so myself!

You don't have to stick with these veggies - use whatever you have lying about and if you don't want a veggie version, you can always chuck in some bacon or ham! 

Happy eating!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Cinnamon Toast Muffins

We've just moved house a couple of weeks ago and are slowly settling in to life outside of boxes again! I have some time on my hands now as I've yet to begin job hunting - so am making the most of this time with Lil Miss J!

We made these oh so yummy Cinnamon Toast Muffins that I found on Pinterest to donate to a bake sale this morning. Here is the link to the recipe.  They are super quick to make and taste very yummy for such little effort.

My kitchen was filled with the most gorgeous aroma as these were baking merrily in the oven :)

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