|Egg and Bacon Tarts
So Sainsbury's contacts me.
They say, "Next month is Organic September - a month long promotion of organic food by the Soil Association - and to celebrate this, we'd love to send you a box of our seasonal goods from our SO Organic range for you to come up with some recipes".
I think, "Meh, I do like a cookery challenge. All right then".
The allotted time and date arrives. There's a knock at the door, and a cheerful driver says, "Here's the delivery for Miss Bunty Fairweather*".
I think, "Eh?" and say, "Um, I am expecting a delivery, but my name's MiMi, not Bunty". He looks perplexed and shrugs.
I say, "Are they all organic products?" and he says, "Yes", and hands the goods over since the address is right and he doesn't really give a monkey's what my name is.
I put the bag on the kitchen table and empty its contents excitedly. So. There's milk, butter, bread, cheese, eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, strawberries, and, erm, hummus.
|Miss Bunty's Shopping
There are two things of particular note here:
- The strawberries have a fine layer of green fur all over them (in the compost they go).
- Each slice of wholemeal bread is the same size as the palm of my hand. My hands are small.
I get in touch with Sainsbury's and say, "I think there's been some mistake - I appear to have the household shop of a Miss Bunty Fairweather".
"Oh no, that's right. Bunty is just the person who ordered the food for you. Can't wait to see your recipes!"
I lie down on the floor and mutter obscenities to myself, as all I can think of is making an enormous fry-up.
About an hour later, I'm hit with some kind of inspiration (or it might be desperation, or maybe pins and needles) and limp into the kitchen on a mission. Here's the result.
Bacon and Egg Bread Tarts
- 12 cup muffin tin
- Rolling pin
- Pastry brush
(ironic, isn't it, that I own all these items despite professing to hate baking?)
- 12 slices of bread (wholemeal is fine, though white is nicer)
- 100g melted butter
- 200g cheese, grated
- 6 eggs
- 200ml milk
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped into small bits
Whisk the eggs with the milk and season. Cut the crusts off the bread and then roll out the slices as thinly as you can (whilst wishing they weren't the size of a gnat's tea-towel) and then brush one side with the melted butter.
With the buttered side on the outside, curve each slice round into a bowl shape and place in the muffin tin so they look like tart cases. Now brush the insides of each tart with the melted butter.
Preheat the oven to 180C and then bake the tarts for 10 minutes. Remove and leave them to cool.
When the tarts are cool (they should crisp up), pour the egg mix evenly into each one. Sprinkle the cheese into each tart and then top with the bacon bits. Preheat the oven to 200C and then bake the egg and bacon tarts for 15 minutes - till the egg mix puffs up and the surface browns slightly.
Eat the bacon and egg tarts hot or cold. Vow never to reply to a PR email again.
|My niece said the bread tarts were better than quiche. So that's you told then.
By the way, if you're wondering, the SO Organics bacon is really good - no white muck comes out when it fries, it holds its size and shape, and it tastes much better than most I've tried. The rest of the stuff they sent me was much of a muchness - plus it seemed to go off right before my eyes ...
*not her actual name
*not her actual name