I’m not really a sandwich person, all that bread, so actually I’m not really a bread person. I’d rather have the rice than the naan. Anyway weekend lunches ofter revolve around bread and some sort of a filling and you know what every now and again some crusty fresh bread, tangy cheese, luscious ripe tomato and sprinkling of salt and pepper do taste delicious. However the other Saturday I knew that a sandwich was not going to do. Gardening was on the cards and if I was going to put my back into it I wanted a just reward come lunch time.
Simple a tart I thought, and actually it is really simple. With ready rolled pasty this will take you 5 minutes to prepare plus cooking time and I mean 5 minutes not a Jamie Oliver style, 5,15 or 30 minutes.So here goes set your stop watch……
Pea & Mint Tart
1 x pack of ready rolled short crust pastry
4 x eggs
100g of frozen peas
100g of grated cheddar cheese
handful of chopped mint
Salt and Pepper
- Heat the oven to 180C/ Gas mark 5.
- Grease a 20cm/8″ circular flan tin.
- If the pastry requires roll out a little to ensure it covers the whole tin.
- press the pastry into the tin and slice off the over hanging pastry.
- lightly beat the eggs, season and add the mint.
- Place the peas into pastry base and pour over the egg mixture.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese on the top.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is light golden in colour. To test poke a skewer into the centre, when it’s done it will come out clean.
So there you have it an easy lunch time tart, flan, quiche, call it what you want but it makes a great alternative to a sandwich. Oh and don’t forget to use the excess pastry. We made jam tarts with marshmallows melted on top. Not that attractive looking but they taste like heaven, transporting me back to my grandma’s kitchen. Grandma’s pastry, now that’s a post for another day.
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