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Toasted Summer Salad and Higgidy Happenings

July 15, 2013

Pish and tush to all of you saying it’s too hot – this evening was the PERFECT summer evening.

Tenderstem, green beands, almonds, butternut squash

Toasted Summer Salad

With the faintest of breezes in the probably-maple tree, the sound of a sprinkler pfft pffting in the background and cats playing with our toes it seemed like the right kind of evening for a warm salad and quiche.

This salad isn’t rocket science (there’s no rocket in it). It’s not even necessarily that cooking cliche – “perfectly balanced”, but it is filling without being stodgy, very quick to assemble and has a pleasing range of textures.

Here’s what you’ll need to make my take on a toasted summer salad: butternut squash, tenderstem broccoli, green beans, salad leaves, flaked almonds, olive oil, rosemary, seasoning, balsamic vinegar.

Cube and roast butternut squash with a drizzle of oil and some rosemary.
Toast the almonds.
Blanche the greens (leave crunchy), drizzle a little oil into a griddle pan, heat and griddle the greens until just starting to char.
Toss the greens, almonds, squash and salad leaves together and season to taste. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve with hot quiche….

higgidy quiche

Spinach, Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Crustless Quiche from Higgidy

If you shuddered at the thought of quiche, then bear in mind that this is a Higgidy crustless quiche so there’s none of that excess of tasteless cardboardy pastry that is often present in bought quiches.  It is a quiche sans-frontiers, if you will.

I was hoping to get the limited edition caramelised onion and mature cheddar quiche but couldn’t find it, so instead we had the spinach, feta and roasted red pepper one. The pastry has poppy seeds in it, which is a really nice addition and adds a little bite to an otherwise fairly smooth dish. It shows that even though the pastry is not visible, Higgidy have still thought about how it fits with the whole package. My only slight quibble might be that I would happily have had more feta cheese as the saltiness is particularly nice against what is a really creamy spinach filling and the sweet peppers. Sadly, the positive of the crustless-ness is a negative when it comes to taking photos, as it means it doesn’t slice as cleanly and is therefore less picture perfect. Tasted good though!

Quiche without boundaries.

Higgidy tell me that their quiches and pies are handmade every day and, all their eggs are free range and their main ingredients are all British which can only every be a plus. They makes slices, tarts, mini pies, big pies, quiches and crustless quiches. I’ve seen their little slices in boots actually, a good idea for a lunchtime. I have two more vouchers to use so I think I’ll maybe treat myself to a chorizo slice of those and also save one to try one of their pies when it gets cooler so I can give the pastry a proper test.

Thanks to higgidy for sending me vouchers to try their product. As usual no one told me I had to say anything, let alone anything nice but it’s only polite when I’ve enjoyed a lovely tea – so thankyou. 

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 17, 2013 3:02 pm

    The salad looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!!!

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