… well I guess it’s time I came clean and told you that we’re off for our annual pilgrimage to California… we usually go after Christmas to visit family and get a little winter sunshine but this year we’ve decided to go for the big day itself. If we’re entirely honest The Viking and I have mixed feelings about being away from Belleau for Christmas but I’m sure once we get to the sunshine we’ll soon forget it! As you know, I adore Christmas, mainly for the food but I just love the whole twinkly lights spectacle of it all and i’m sure California will deliver this in heaps, albeit with added sunshine but one of the things that has been interesting about planning to be away this year has been how freeing it is not to have to plan for the big day… we’ve barely done any Christmas shopping… and even though i’ve been developing festive recipes for the blog just the idea that I don’t have to think about cooking for the next two weeks is making me feel a little bit giddy. It’s like a proper holiday for me and I cannot wait… and whilst I hate to make you all feel thoroughly sick I will be sending blog postcards from the sunshine, so watch this space…
spinach and mushroom cottage cheese quiche
it can all become a little too much at this time of year can’t it? All the rich food and alcohol… it’s nice to take a break once in a while and have something a little lighter. I’d always seen quiche as the ultimate summer food but actually it’s so lovely to take a break from the turkey sandwiches and have something that feels a little less like winter on a plate. The addition of cottage cheese in the quiche helps cut through the richness of the cream but you can still be a little naughty with a cheese shortcrust and plenty of butter… i’ve gone for a classic spinach and mushroom but you could easily replace the mushrooms or spinach with shredded sprouts which I think would be delightful…
1/ teaspoon english mustard powder
150ml cottage cheese
I’ve used a 25cm fluted quiche tin which is 3cm deep… which I buttered well into all the grooves
eat and of course, enjoy!