Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Dreams - A Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese Quiche

the lovely Vanessa Kimbell over at Prepped has asked us all to consider our dreams... our dreams for our future... are we already living the dream... what would we love to be doing with our lives...? Vanessa has spent the last year writing a cookbook and now she's a published author with her own radio show and further contracts to work with the BBC... she's been such an inspiration to me, it was Vanessa who suggested I write to BBC Radio Lincolnshire and it was Vanessa who suggested that I speak to my local paper, both ideas have become reality and now the BBC are planning to ask me back as a regular feature... and as you know, my plans for world domination don't end there...

... this year I have started consultancy work at Gunby Hall as their event manager, planning all sorts of wonderful events, weddings, parties and fairs... (many food related of course) and I have also helped them set-up their tea-room, advising them on menu's and providing them with recipes... I even cook cakes for them on occasion... we also have a Gunby recipe book in the pipe-line, which of course i'm so excited about...

... it's all small steps at the moment and I still have my event production company The Persuaders which I'm not neglecting... I see Gunby as another string in the bow for The Viking and myself, to build a better life, in a new direction... living the dream is not so far away!

... next Monday we have an open day at Gunby Hall where we've invited local businesses to see what we're up to and to promote the venue.  I'm going to be there as the event manager but I'm also helping with catering the day by providing some of these very delightful quiches...

Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese Quiche

This is my mothers classic quiche recipe, it's divine.

for the pastry
8oz plain flour (i used 4oz white and 4oz wholemeal)
4oz butter or margarine (i've been using Flora White, which has the texture and cooking quality of lard but none of the nasty fat or animal derivatives)
1 tsp salt
cold water to mix

for the filling
4 large onions - finely sliced
1 tub of British Goats Cheese300ml double cream
150ml soured cream
4 eggs
- first make the pastry by crumbling the butter into the salted flour and then adding the water to bring the dough together - pop it into the fridge for 30 minutes

- in plenty of butter and olive oil, saute the onions with a teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of rosemary and a pinch of salt for a good 40 minutes until the onions have turned a wonderful nutty golden brown... watch them so they don't burn.

- roll out the pastry, line your quiche tin and blind bake until golden. (about 20 minutes on 180)

- whisk the eggs, add the cream and soured cream and whisk again

- once the pastry is cooked, tip in the onions, spread them out on the base and pour on the egg and cream mix and then crumble the goats cheese on the top

- bake in a hot oven (190) for 25 - 30 minutes until golden and risen

what are your dreams?  tell Vanessa and she'll add a link on her blog 

eat and of course, enjoy!



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