Television personality and Celebrity Masterchef Liz McClarnon dishes up a weekly serving of foodie trivia including personal culinary experiences and fantastic recipes to try at home
Forget the pastry quiche
I love having the girls over for a few glasses of wine to watch Downton Abbey (can't believe it's not back on our screens until the autumn – yuck!). Our boyfriends aren't too keen on period dramas so we all congregate at mine every few episodes. Sometimes they get a bit hungry and I love a quiche (so quick and easy to make) so that's what I offered them. All four girls decided it was too late in the day for carbs (my answer to that is always – ‘It's never too late for carbs’) so I suggested that I forget the pastry and we just have the really tasty bit. It went down very well.
A few months later I started a campaign to urge shoppers to look for the British Lion mark on their Eggs. The reason for this is that they offer the highest standard of food quality. You may remember a few years ago I did a similar thing for British pork, and again that was because I believe the quality of your ingredients is paramount to good food and you should be aware of the standard of ingredients you use (partly for your own and your family's health) I came up with some great recipes for them – all low in calories and main meals.
The first one I thought to do was the now named 'Forget the Pastry Quiche' It's under 300 calories and tasty as hell. (So I've been told, many a time)
Check out the video below, it's so simple and quick to make!
Liz McClarnon’s Forget the pastry quiche
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 5 British Lion eggs
- 4 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 spring or red onions, trimmed and chopped
- 100g cherry tomatoes, halved 85g pack
- Parma ham, torn into pieces
- 100g feta cheese, crumbled
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 5. Put a 20cm oven-proof shallow dish in the oven on a baking tray whilst the oven heats up.
2. Beat the eggs with the milk. Remove the hot dish from the oven, swirl the oil over the base and sides. Add the onions, tomatoes and stir well. Add the ham and cheese, and then pour over the egg mixture. Season with black pepper.
3. Return to the top of the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the egg just set and the top is golden. Serve warm with salad.
For more recipe ideas visit www.eggrecipes.co.uk/mainmealsinminutes.
For more information, please contact the British Egg Information Service on 020 7052 8899.