Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Friday, 19 October 2012

On my needles ...

Made a start on a woolly hat this afternoon, with Radio 4 Extra playing in the background.  The hat is from a free Erika Knight pattern in Making magazine, last year.  Made with Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky, it can be a bit itchy but is extremely warm.  I made a similar one last year but whilst culling my magazine collection threw the pattern out, only be reunited with it after a search on the Internet.  Fortunately I took a screen shot, because I can no longer find it otherwise I would share the link with you.  

I love Radio 4 Extra and make the most of the BBC Radio iPlayer, with my current favourites being Doris Lessing - The Grass is Singing, Ruth Rendell - The Keys to the Street and a wonderful production of Wind in the Willows which is dramatised and narrated by Alan Bennett with Ratty played by Richard Briers.
Even though I love reading for pleasure, after a long day at work my ability to relax and concentrate on the written word is seriously impeded so I rarely read a book but instead listen to plays and unabridged audio books.   This way I don't miss out  and can knit, drive, cook, rest or just generally potter around whilst enjoying a good read.

In my kitchen today I have a recipe for Christmas Quiche.  Yes I know it is two months away but I think you will find a slice of this is worth the Christmas mention. 

I am unable to recall where this recipe originated from but I vaguely remember it was linked to using up Christmas leftovers.  A couple of slices also accompanied me when I drove through the snow to Surrey last year to collect relatives who were due to stay with us over the Christmas period.  I can be quite brave and adventurous with my trusty Tupperware by my side.  As well as instilling bravery or foolhardiness, this quiche is the only one that is welcomed in our house, with others such as broccoli likened to something from an episode of Doctor Who, restaurant critics all of them!  

Christmas Quiche
375g pre rolled shortcrust pastry*
3 eggs
150ml single cream
50g Cheddar cheese - grated
100g ham - shredded
50g Stilton
Preheat Oven to Gas Mark 4
Line a 20cm tin with the pastry
and place in freezer for one hour**
Blind bake for 15 minutes
Remove baking beans and bake for a further five minutes
Beat the eggs with the single cream
Sprinkle in the grated Cheddar, Ham & crumbled Stilton.
At this stage you can snip in some Sage leaves if you wish.
Season with salt & pepper
Bake for 25 minutes until golden
* I make my own shortcrust so I can alter the amount of pastry depending on the size of my quiche dish. 
** I don't do this because I have already chilled my pastry before lining the quiche dish and blind baking

Enjoy xxx

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  1. LOVE the grey wool. Sounds like you had some true quality time. YUMMY recipe, thanks :)

    1. Glad you like it, purchased prior to Stoptober I might add.

  2. The hat looks just the thing for cold winter mornings, lovely and snuggly.
    I love listening to Radio 4 when I'm at home alone.
    Lisa x

    1. Yes my one is very warm, although it can slip over my eyes and I then haven't clue if I am coming or going!

  3. Ohhhh divine recipe....
    thank you..

    Daisy j

  4. Ooh, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    I'm a huge Radio 4 fan, I listen half the day. Even put it on to settle the whippets if they're restless, like right now when some idiot is setting fireworks off!

    Loving the look of the hat!

    1. I did smile when you mentioned the whippets, certainly not at the fact that the fireworks are upsetting them but that I must also need the calming nature of Radio 4!

  5. That hat's going to be lovely & cosy warm! I've just recently discovered Erika Knight's patterns & yarns and am loving them too. I like to pop an audio book in my car when I've driving a long distance, but having a tupperware of quiche too would be just perfect :-)

    1. I tried to finish the hat last night but forgot that I had reduced the number of stitches cast on, so to fit a smaller head than my own. I now need to think this out so it doesn't end up looking like a pixie hat!

  6. I'm also admiring your applique'd cushion in the background! Lovely blog... will be following ;)

    1. You are most welcome. The cushion is a bargain Jan Constantine, picked up in TK Maxx. I have always liked her designs but they are a little on the expensive side so I was delighted to find this cushion further reduced after I had passed it over on a previous visit to the store.

  7. The quiche looks good, was planning on making one for supper.......

    Gill in Canada

  8. I wish I could knit! your hat looks lovely. I love the 'four o'clock show' on Radio 4 extra.