Monday, 13 May 2013

foragers quiche

... i'm more than a little chuffed to announce that i'll be demo-cooking at this years Lincolnshire Show... this is the big one folks... for all the demo-cooking that i've done before has led me to this, the grand-daddy of all fairs, markets and shows in the county, this is the county show to be at.  The Lincolnshire Show is one of the UK's biggest county shows, it's heritage dating back to 1868, as popular for its displays of agricultural farm equipment and animals as its incredible stalls celebrating everything from Lincolnshire cheeses to local fashion designers and crafters.  As you can imagine the highlight for me every year is the Food Court and this is the place i'll be calling home for the 19th and 20th June...

...I reviewed the show last year so for me to actually be a part of the proceedings is an amazingly proud moment in my food life and to be counted amongst other local chefs such as Rachel Green and the Fanny to my Jonny, Amy Claridge also appearing in the Demonstration Kitchen just makes it all the more exciting and a little nerve wracking!... i've decided to make a foragers quiche using locally foraged vegetables, alongside local cheeses, eggs, flour and cream of course but as well as the quiche, in some moment of madness decision making, i'll also be showing the good folk of Lincolnshire my low-knead bread baking to try and encourage people to get bake their own...

wild garlic and nettle quiche with a lincolnshire poacher and ground elder pastry crust
this is a version of the quiche i'll be making - obviously by the end of June the wild garlic will be gone - but a visit to our local bluebell wood today to forage for wild garlic inspired me to use it in the quiche... if you've not used wild garlic before I urge you to hunt some down, even if it's not so wild, as it has the most incredible deep and sweet garlic flavour without being overbearing as garlic can often be... a word of waring though - if you do find a patch of wild garlic make sure you don't over pick from it... leave plenty in the site you found it, a little wild garlic will go a long way and you want to leave some behind for mother nature... as for the nettle and ground elder... feel free to go as crazy as you like but remember not to forage close to the side of a busy road or where you know dogs have been...

for the pastry
8oz flour
3oz butter
1oz lincolnshire poacher - finely grated
a handful of ground elder - finely chopped

for the quiche filling
a bunch of wild garlic - washed and spun dry
roughly 10 heads of nettle (just the top four leaves picked wearing rubber gloves!)
5 whole lengths of spring onion - finely sliced
half a bulb of fennel - finely sliced
4 eggs
300ml single cream
100ml soured cream
salt and pepper
butter and olive oil

start with the pastry by crumbling the butter into the flour in a large bowl with your finger tips - be light and quick - then add the cheese and ground elder and stir, then add a little cold water and bring it together into a dough with your hands.  Pat it out, wrap it in cling film and then pop it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

in a large pan that has a lid add a little olive oil and garlic and saute the onions and fennel gently for about 10 minutes until they're soft, then turn off the heat add the wild garlic and nettles, add a little salt and pepper then pop the lid on and let them sweat until they're soft, this should take about 5 minutes.

once the pastry has been chilled for 30 minutes roll it out on a floured surface and line your quiche dish or fluted tin.  Cover with some scrunched up baking parchment and some baking beans and bake the pastry on 160C for about 15 minutes, then remove the beans brush the pastry with a little beaten egg and bake again for a further 5 mins until golden... this method with insure you never have a soggy bottom!

the baked pastry case with no soggy bottom!

in a large bowl beat the 4 eggs with the creams, season and then add the soft vegetables and stir before pouring into the pastry case.  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and risen

eat and of course enjoy!


  1. Look forward to seeing you there :o) We will be selling our award winning preserves in the Food Court at the show and if you need anything just let us know :o)

  2. Congratulations Dom. I was recently listening to a podcast talking about how ground elder is edible and since we have a lot in our garden I have been meaning to try it. Thanks for reminding me. Sadly I don't think my creation will be anywhere near as good as this looks.

  3. Quiche looks sensational although the closest I have got to foraging is blackberry picking as a child. I would also like to go mushrooming but I am a little uncertain which are the right ones to pick! Could find myself hallucinating if I am not careful - maybe I should stick to the bought varieties when trying your quiche.

  4. What a beautifull quiche..
    the filling looks like a chinese pantings..
    fancy savouty pie!

  5. Dom, great minds think alike. You know, I also used local ingredients in my quiche, the beef is from my local rancher. I buy 1/2 an animal every year. Eggs are from the egg lady. It is way to dry for nettles hear and I have to warn my kids every time we visit Germany,where they also have nettles in abundance, to watch out when we go hiking.Have you ever made a nettle pesto? My best to your demo cooking! You will be great.

  6. That's so beautiful!!!
    Have a nice week

  7. congratulations Dom. Laaarvley looking quiche as well. I'm still on the hunt for some wild garlic round my area, no luck so far.

  8. Wow, this is foraging at its best Dom.

  9. Congrats Dom! Can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures of course. I do like a good quiche and this looks delicious! A slice please x

  10. I wish I could come and see you do your demo, but I think I may be reporting on the Highland Show instead, anyway we will hear all about your triumph (as I'm sure it will be)

  11. Congratulations! Sadly I will be chez nous in France when the show takes place otherwise I would have come along to see you doing your stuff.
    As it happens I gathered a good bunch of wild garlic this afternoon. I will be eternally grateful to you for introducing me to it - there are acres of it in the bluebell woods near home. I was actually thinking of freezing a bunch, just to see if it would work.

  12. A work of art here, Dom! This is such a gorgeous pie crust and lovely quiche! Love the swirls of green! Soooo cool!

  13. PS ... a photo of what wild garlic looks like in nature would be sooo helpful!

  14. Looks delicious, I'm loving cooking with nettles and wild garlic at the moment and this is a great way to use these lovely freebies. And ground elder is such a pest in the garden at the moment - how brilliant to devour your enemy in a particularly tasty way!

  15. I've never really done any foraging, your quiche looks amazing!

    I'm running a competition with Sainsburys over on my blog, you could win £50 for submitting your a recipe

    Ends today and not had too many entries so the chances of winning are goo!

  16. Oh, Dom, that's such great news! Congratulations to you! I wish I could just hop over the pond and come see you in action!! :)
    The quiche looks fantastic.. you're gonna knock their socks off!

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  18. This sounds amazing Dom! Good luck for your demo, hope you enjoy it!

  19. WELL DONE You Dom! And, I am a HUGE lover of all things foraged, and have just been commissioned to write about nettles! Your quiche looks simply divine! Karen xxx

  20. Ah, now that I have read this more carefully, I understand you are writing about Ground Elder, not ground elder. There's a big difference! I'm sure you know what elder is...
    I love the thought of this quiche made mostly with foraged ingredients, of which there are so many so readily available.

  21. I've got a bag of wild garlic in the fridge at the moment :-) It really is lovely! There's also loads of three cornered leek around at the moment, which is also edible, and a little bit milder than wild garlic. Lovely!

  22. I have quiche on my to-bake list and I hope it turns out as well as yours...although I'm not sure my filling will be quite so adventurous!! :-)

  23. wow this looks amazing and congrats so proud of you

  24. I love wild garlic, and I love this recipe. We have plenty growing around here and I have been using some but I definitely want to make this quiche.

  25. missed the blog post but saw all the photos over twitter when you did it. LOVED IT, the whole concept of it, the look, the flavours. good one!

  26. This looks really good, I like it. Actually, I just made something similar for my dinner just now. I like to add a lot of garlic and onions, also some ham and lot of cheese. It is delicious. :)

  27. Dom, what a delicious looking quiche! We're so pleased you'll be coming along to the Lincolnshire Show, and cooking up such yummy recipes. Love the #Showgirls!


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