V is for… Vegetable Pie
Summer time and the garden and my friends’ allotments and patches spill over with vegetables; there is a constant exchange of green beans, lettuces and handfuls of fresh spinach, little potatoes and all sorts.
This pie uses a short crust pastry and is from Rachel Allen’s book Bake. For some reason I couldn’t roll out properly as it was so ‘short’ and crumbly. So I gave up, chilled it again and then grated it into the buttered pie dish and gently pressed it into place. Not my invention of course; I’m pretty sure I saw Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall do it on TV. The original recipe can be found here and we made it pretty much as it is written apart from using creme fraiche instead of cream and leaving out the nutmeg.
Into my crust went a layer of freshly boiled and sliced new potatoes, lemon zest, some milky slivers of goat cheese and a mixture of two large eggs and a 250 g tub of creme fraiche, all mixed up with some freshly steamed and chopped spinach, a good handful of grated parmasan and loads of seasoning as the potato is quite bland if you don’t season it well and spice it up a bit.
We made a second pie which had pieces of freshly boiled beetroot and some of the beetroot leaves chopped into the eggy/creme fraiche mix, and some sauteed red onions and little beans, but I haven’t got a picture of that one as it has been put in the freezer for next week.
V is for Vegetables in a big way and we eat loads of them most days of the week. I read somewhere that the secret is to have vegetables of different colours on your plate. Lately I have been very keen on purple vegetables and I just wanted to show you these potatoes. Nipitinthebud very kindly sent me some purple Peruvian potatoes from her stock to try growing this Spring. We grew them in tubs and lifted them this week. I haven’t cooked them yet but am really looking forward to seeing what they are like. I am thinking of a purple potato bread as Nipitinthebud thought they were a bit dry in texture. All suggestions welcome!
Other Alphabet in August bloggers you might like to visit are:
Nipitinthebud visit her allotment
Plot 52 Lovely illustrations and jokes
Sincerely, Emily read the Adventures of Toad
Misk Cooks has some fabulous tips in the kitchen