Summer flan

Vegetarian

Summer nights call for light scrumptious dishes and this meets the brief. This tomato and rocket flan throws fresh, vibrant flavours at you and treats you to a naughty pastry punch.

You can of course make your own pastry but in this case I didn’t…..hands slapped!

So all you need to do is:

  1. Put your pastry in your dish and blind bake for 10 minutes with baking beads, then bake for a further 5 minutes without the beads
  2. Whilst baking whisk 4 eggs with 150g chedder cheese, 150ml double cream, salt and pepper 
  3. Also roast 250g cherry tomatoes in olive oil
  4. When ready, fill your pastry case with as much rocket as you desire, plus the cooked tomatoes 
  5. Then fill the case with the egg mix and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden
  6. Serve with a simple side salad!


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Whisky burger

Beef, Hamburger gourmet

Last night I made a whisky burger and there was no mistaking the whisky. Boy did it pack a punch!

I used the Hamburger gourmet book and it stated to use bourbon but as Gav isn’t too fond of that type of whisky I used a really peaty Scottish whisky called Smokehead. It was flipping amazing, really powerful and smoky.

It’s a really straightforward pattie, literally just 125g mince, doused in whisky and shaped. Griddle it for 2 minutes each side and it’s done. It was served in a brioche bun with rocket and a simple cheese sauce (chedder, water, chopped pepper)

A great Saturday night plate of food.

Tatton park gardeners cottage 

Cake, Food, Food general, Foodie

As a belated birthday treat I met a friend at the Gardeners cottage at Tatton Park, Knutsford.

We enjoyed a scrummy afternoon tea and a much needed catch up.

For the second time now we each had the Gardeners tea: £10 for a choice of two bloomers, cake/scone and tea/coffee. For the second time, neither of us finished it due to the portion size. This place really is great value and top notch quality.

If ever you are around the area you should treat yourself to to a visit, not only is it great value and tasty, but the surroundings are truly beautiful.