The fates must have known that this weekend is a momentous one for me – I’m hosting #SundaySupper for the first time! And instead of welcoming you to join us around the table, I’m inviting you to sit around a picnic blanket for our Picnic #SundaySupper. And, after weeks of cold, grey, drizzly weather, the sun has finally come out! It seems like a good omen to me.
Being British, I have picnicked in every type of weather, including snow (my dad is one of those intrepid types who isn’t put off outdoor eating by a little adverse weather), but it makes for a much more pleasant experience when the sun is shining and you can relax after lunch by lying down on the grass and watching white clouds drift by above you.
Quiche is a favourite picnic dish in my family, because it is like a whole meal in one slice and is just as good cold (if not better) than it is hot. I like how versatile it is: once you have the basic pastry and egg-filling recipe, you can change the other ingredients to whatever takes your fancy, and add as many or as few different things as you like.
For the pastry, I used a Michel Roux recipe – his pastry book is one of the most beloved in my collection, because firstly he is a pastry genius and secondly, I have found the way he makes certain pastries works excellently when using gluten-free flour. For this quiche, I made his pâte à foncer, or flan pastry, which turned out to be crisp and light. It was easy to work with and didn’t fall to pieces when I rolled it out – which, as anyone who has worked with gluten-free flour will know, is quite the mark of success. The only ingredient I didn’t add was the caster sugar. Michel suggests it whether the pastry is being used for sweet or savoury dishes, but omitting it didn’t seem to adversely affect my pastry.
For the filling, I just added my favourite summertime ingredients: roasted pepper, fresh spinach and goat’s cheese. I also couldn’t resist adding some meli-melo baby tomatoes – a combination of yellow, orange and red cherry and plum tomatoes – which made it look like sunshine in a dish.
I’m so excited about the recipes my fellow #SundaySupper contributors are bringing to the picnic – have a look at what they have created!
Don’t forget, you can join the picnic discussion on Twitter throughout the day, where we’ll be tweeting and sharing the recipes. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. To join in, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets. You can also check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and photos.
Do you know about the Food & Wine Conference sponsored by Sunday Supper? It is Being held July 19th – 21st in beautiful, sunny Orlando, FL. It’s a must for food bloggers. Find out more here: Food & Wine Conference