Welcome to my blog!

Savvy shopping, seasonal eating and thrifty recipes. Spend less on groceries and enjoy better tasting, easy to prepare meals your friends and family will love – all on a budget.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Allotment Picnic Slice


I was sent a gorgeous picnic hamper by the lovelies at Unilever and challenged to come up with a picnic recipe.  We are sharing an allotment and a friends large vegetable garden so I decided to take inspiration from the produce we are growing on both plots.  My friend Lucy also has 3 chooks in her garden which lay the most delicious eggs so of course I had to use some of those too.  I baked this for dinner on a busy weeknight then we took the leftovers to our allotment and had a picnic the next evening.  


Allotment Picnic Slice

Serves 8 - 10

200g ham or leftover cooked meat/sausages, diced (optional)
1 large carrot, grated
2 peppers, diced (any colour will do)
4 spring onions, green and white parts finely chopped
1 handful frozen peas or corn
375ml milk, I used semi skimmed
50g self-raising flour
150ml pot soured cream, use reduced fat if you want
8 free range eggs
100g grated cheese, I used mature cheddar
2 tsp wholegrain mustard, I used Colman's
2 Tblsp fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan.  Grease a large rectangular ovenproof dish, a large lasagne style dish is ideal.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour with 100ml of milk until smooth and lumpfree.  Gradually add the rest of the milk, whisking all the time.  Once all the milk has been added whisk in the eggs, on at a time, then the soured cream until you have a smooth mixture. 

Add all the prepared vegetables and grated cheese to the egg mixture and stir through.  Pour the mixture into your greased ovenproof dish, grate a little extra cheese over the top, and bake for 45 – 50 minutes until the top is golden and the slice is completely set.  You can serve this slice hot or cold.  We served ours with cherry tomatoes, homegrown salad greens and homemade pitta bread.



4 comments:

  1. Good Evening Michelle, Gosh you are lucky to have fresh eggs. The first time I had them was when I lived in Cyprus. My friend had her own chickens and she brought some for me to try. The yolks were so yellow and they were like nothing else I had ever tasted.
    I can see your picnic slice is a gorgeous yellow in colour. You have created a lovely meal.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Daphne :o) It was indeed a delicious supper for two nights.

      Delete
  2. This looks fab, I want some! My husband's relatives in Serbia had their own chickens and I was staggered by how yellow the yolks were in them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sarah :o) I adore the eggs from my friends chooks, the yolks are indeed bright yellow and the taste is much better then the free range supermarket variety.

      Delete