Enjoying good company (18/11/14)

Yesterday I enjoyed a very relaxing 4 hours at the house of my friend Jo. We always have so much to talk about with topics ranging from grandchildren, health and wellbeing, state of the nation etc. but we always come back to our passion, preparing nutritious food. Jo is an expert on this subject and her latest book “How to Eat Well for Next to Nothing” by Jo Marty, is available on Amazon.

Jo served the most delicious quiche for lunch and has kindly given me permission to reproduce her recipe here for you all to enjoy. Instead of pastry she has used breadcrumbs as the base thereby reducing calorie/fat content.


1/3 cup bread crumbs
Cooking oil spray
125g frozen spinach, (1/2 box), thawed
1 onions, chopped
500g pumpkin, ½ small pumpkin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil for baking and frying
150g cheddar cheese, grated
4 eggs
300ml buttermilk or skim yoghurt (can substitute cream)*
2 tablespoons plain flour

Preheat oven 200 degrees. Peel and seed pumpkin then chop into cubes. Place pumpkin on a roasting tin. Drizzle oil over and toss through. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
While pumpkin is baking prepare the remaining ingredients. Heat frypan with 1 tablespoon of oil, add onion and stir until just browned about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
Whisk eggs, add buttermilk* then whisk in flour until smooth.
Grease a large pie dish then pour the breadcrumbs into the dish. Move dish around so that breadcrumbs coat the base and sides like a crust. Layer 1/3 the spinach, 1/3 pumpkin, 1/3 onions, 1/3 egg/buttermilk* mixture and 1/3 cheese. Repeat twice ending with the cheese.
Reduce oven to 180 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool in pie dish for 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6


I hope to catch up with Jo again very soon as I always come away from her house enthusiastic about our respective ideas.

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About Janice Graham

I was born in England in 1938 and migrated to Australia in 1976. During my working years, along with my husband Ken, I managed a goat dairy and distribution business supplying health food products. At the same time I took up the challenge of helping build a mud brick home and lived a somewhat 'alternative' lifestyle. Since retirement I have published three e-books, two on vegetarian cookery and a collection of short stories from my younger years. My pastimes are studying the Spanish language, volunteering as a Crisis Counsellor and Community Visiting. I have been married for 54 years, have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren plus a little terrier called Sophia.

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