I really love a good quiche (plus they make good baby led weaning food) but making crusts is tedious, especially when you are trying to wrangle a little person. When I spotted this idea on the Tesco website of using tortillas to make a crust I was skeptical. I figured the tortillas would go soggy and the filling would go everywhere. I was pleasantly surprised that they actually went lovely and crispy. I have already made it twice and Mr O and Little O are big fans.
Mr O is not really a big fan of sweet things but he is a big fan of breakfast so when he requested some savoury muffins to have for Sunday breakfast and to share with his co-workers at the Dungeon I went straight to my beloved Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for some inspiration. I have to admit that I’ve altered the quantities for some ingredients in this recipe because it really did not come together as expected, which is unusual for Hummingbird (possibly there was a mistake the print) but in the end I made it work and the result went down very well with both Mr O and his colleagues.
Ham, mushroom and spring onion muffins
3 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
80g mushrooms, finely chopped
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
250g grated cheese
275ml full fat milk
80g smoked ham, finely chopped
Preheat your oven 180 C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add the spring onions and mushrooms and saute until cooked through. Set aside.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and cheese in a large bowl with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
Beat together the eggs and the milk. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture a little at a time and stir together until well mixed. Stir in the ham.
Spoon the batter evenly into the paper cases until 2/3 full. You might have more than enough for 12. I managed to make 16.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool further. Eat warm. (They are also nice reheated in the microwave for about 20 seconds).
Makes 12 – 16 muffins
This is my go-to “big meat” recipe. Although it’s traditionally a Christmas dish, I recently made it for Easter with my family. I know most people’s immediate response to this recipe is, “Coke, really?” But trust me, it is deeeee-licious!
Ham boiled in Coke
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
2kg mild cure gammon
2 litres of full fat Coke (no diet here)
1 large onion, peeled and cut in half
3 bay leaves
A handful of cloves
A few tablespoons of black treacle
A few teaspoons of mustard powder
A few teaspoons of soft dark brown sugar
These days most gammons have been pre-soaked to get the excess salt out. Check the label though and if your gammon has not been soaked, pop it in a large pot, cover with water and simmer for 20 minutes.
Once you have a de-salted gammon, pop it in a large lidded pot, skin side down, and pour in the Coke. Add the onion and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently with the lid at an angle for two hours. If your ham is bigger than 2kg, boil an extra 30 minutes for every half a kilo. If you ham is not completely covered by the Coke, make sure to turn it a couple of times during the cooking process.
When the boiling process is done, heat your oven to 220 C (200 for a fan oven). Drain your ham and using a sharp knife carefully remove the skin, leaving a thin layer of fat. Put the gammon, fat side up into a foil lined roasting tray. Using your sharp knife, score the fat in a crisscross pattern. At every point where the cross meets, push in a clove. Once you have all your cloves in, spread a layer of treacle over the top of them, being careful not to dislodge any cloves. Sprinkle over a thin layer of mustard powder and then pack on a layer of sugar.
Put the ham into the oven for 10 minutes until the glaze is bubbling. Serve hot or cold.
You can do the boiling process in advance if you like and then glaze at a later stage, but if you have allowed the ham to cool down you will need to put it in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes to heat through.
Serves 8 – 10