On a winter’s night: a Quiche.
Whether to call these creations that are not Quiche Lorraine, Quiches, or as perhaps the French would: Tartes. Or indeed, as Elizabeth David denominates: Galettes, Fiouses, Tourtes, Flons, Flans to describe "a flat open tart". Whether one term demands Lardons, another Gruyère, one Pâte Feuilletée another Pâte Brisée, I’m unsure. Mrs David seems to suggest that the variations are likely regional. (French Provincial Cooking, Elizabeth David).
Either way, this one is something of a Roasted Pumpkin and Onion Tart, with Cumin Pastry.
Pastry: Wholemeal Wheat and Spelt, 2 tsp ground Cumin, 2tsp whole Cumin, 50g Butter, 1 Egg, a splash of cold water. Left for twenty minutes in the cool, then rolled out.
Meanwhile roasting in the oven; Pumpkin chunks, added to these, an Onion, cut large, a sprinkling of Paprika. When just roast, these are laid in the pastry with some cloves of garlic, and Oven-Dried Norfolk Tomatoes, stored in Olive Oil, ‘til the depths of winter. Need I say ‘tis a joy to have these sweet salty tomatoes at this time of year.
The Egg Mix, on this occasion, was made of: six Eggs, 1 tbsp Yogurt, 100ml Milk, Salt, Pepper. Poured over the veg until near reaching the rim of the pastry. The pastry was folded over the top, as in the picture. (Is it then a Pie?)
Then cooked in the oven at about 180C for 40 mins until browning and rising. Eaten with a Winter Slaw and steamed Purple Sprouting Brocolli doused in Lemon Juice.
Winter Slaw: Red Cabbage, Endive, Lacto-Fermented Cucumber, Lacto-Fermented Radish, Pickled Beetroot. Vinaigrette: Apple Juice, Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, grated Ginger, Garlic
I ate this one winter’s eve when a sudden bout of eggs were sent my way. It’s also makes a nice low key Sunday meal, fitting between pruning of the Apple Trees, the turning of the compost, the planting out of Broad Beans…
Other seasonal Quiches might include: Leeks, Sea-Beet, Brassicas, Sorrel, Salsify, Jerusalem Artichokes. If there are enough Nettles around you could try this Quiche: Turkey Egg and Nettle Quiche. If you fancy something slightly extravagant: Endive, Blue Cheese and Walnut is a delicious combination, especially with a few slices of Pear. That or Boudin noir, Apple and Chestnut for something sustaining, French and all the more extravagant.