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Easy salmon and nettle quiche + dairy free version too!

Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version So finally I made something using stinging nettles. I've wanted to do this for so long because in spring time we have plenty of them in the garden. I heard that you can use this "weed" in place of spinach, so I was eager to try it out. I instinctively thought quiche is where it could work best. I usually match salmon with broccoli, but nettle seems to work really well too.

Generally I like foraging and sometimes taste different plants if I am not sure if they are what I think they are(I don't recommend doing it though as you might consume poisonous plants by accident). However I rarely bring it home and make something out of it. While in Devon I found some wild garlic leaves, which was really exciting, and I wish I had brought some of that  home.

One more thing I would like to add is that I recently started trying out recipes dairy free. We currently testing whether Tomas eczema is related to a possible milk allergy and while I hope he isn't allergic I am secretly enjoying the challenge. So I also made the quiche in a dairy free version too! It turned out very close to regular quiche, yey! If you would like to try these quiches then scroll down for the recipe.Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version EASY SALMON AND NETTLE QUICHE

Its easy because you don't need to blind bake the pastry ;-)

(for the pastry)

  • 90g softened butter (replace it with sunflower spread for dairy free version)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 180g plain flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ice-cold water (you will find you don't need this for dairy free version)

(for the filling)

  • 180g hot-smoked salmon fillets, flaked
  • a handful of stinging nettle leaves (pick young leaves from the plant that's not flowering yet)
  • 4 eggs plus 2 egg yolk (save the whites to brush the pastry)
  • 300g creme fraiche (I used oatly creme fraiche and single cream mix for dairy free version)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper

1. To make the pastry place all the ingredients (except the water) into the mixer. While mixing for few minuted gradually and slowly add water till it sticks into a ball. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for an hour or till when you are ready to use it.Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version The dairy free version came out more moist (which is why you probably don't need to add water into it) and did not solidify in the fridge.Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version 2. Remove the pastry from the fridge 30min before using. Roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper to avoid until it is 5 mm thick. Line the baking tin or quiche dish with the pastry, brush it with egg white. Scatter salmon and nettle leaves in the pastry case. Refrigerate while preparing the egg mixture.Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version 3. To make the egg mixture lightly beat the eggs in a bowl, add the creme fraiche (and cream if using) and seasoning and continue to beat until mixed well. Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version 4. Pour the egg mix into the pastry case. Bake the quiche for 30-45min in 180C preheated oven or until the filling is golden brown and set.Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free version Can you guess which quiche is in the pics? I will give you a clue, it has oat milk in it! Yes, there were not many differences between these two quiches other that the texture and slight taste differences. Joni preferred the dairy one, I liked both. Tomas loved non-dairy one for all I care.Easy salmon and nettle quiche recipe + dairy free versionHope you like it too!

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Devon in spring

Devon in spring A week or so ago we had a pleasure of visiting Devon again. This time in spring! This is one of the benefits of having family somewhere far and dreamy (many negative aspects as well unfortunately). Like everywhere else in spring outdoors are filled with many bright coloured flowers like daffodils and bluebells, however here I found primroses as well (strangely it reminds me of Teletubbies scenery... hmm). Devon in spring: full of primroses Devon in spring Although we stayed in Honiton we have been lucky to explore further in Devon. We took a tramway to Seaton through dreamy marshes...Devon in spring: on the way to Seaton by Tramway Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring ...and explored the seaside :).Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring: Seaton Devon in spring: Seaton We also had a chance to visit Escot Park that happen to have this lovely cafe.Devon in spring: cafe at the Escot park Devon in spring Devon in spring: Escot Park Devon in spring: Escot Park Devon in springHope you all had a lovely Easter break too ;-)

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Temporary Easter wall decorations

Temporary Easter wall decorationsTemporary Easter wall decorations Last weekend we hosted Lukas dedication in our house which was stressful to begin with but we all enjoyed it at the end. I decorated walls with bird/leaves "garland" which has been inspired by this one. I really liked the outcome and I thought this could be suitable for Easter as well! Except the fresh leaves have already dried up :-(. But if you hosting Easter at your place, I think this is a fab idea ;-). Just make sure you decorate it the day before or on the day, because it last around 3 days depending on the leaves you are using. I think what would look even more amazing is using branches with about to pop leaf buds, which should last even longer!Temporary Easter wall decorationsBecause majority of our walls in the house are not decorated the way we want yet, I used stapler to attach the leaves. In your case you probably would not want to damage your walls, so I suggest using a tape? Or attach all the leaves on the string and tie the ends of that string on something that sticks out (such as nails perhaps?). Let me know if you come up with something else ;-). Temporary Easter wall decorations Temporary Easter wall decorations Temporary Easter wall decorations Once the leaves are up it is super easy to tie the hanging birds on them. I made the birds almost the same way as these!Temporary Easter wall decorations Temporary Easter wall decorations Temporary Easter wall decorationsHappy Easter everyone!

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La la la… spring is coming!!!

La la la... spring is coming! Vicki's early artworkThis is how I feel these days when the days are getting longer and brighter with occasional glimpse of sunshine(btw, this is Vicki's early artwork and I am so lucky to have it!). Maybe it's a little early to think about spring, but I am sooooo excited and can't wait until blooming season will begin! For now I get easily pleased with anything flowers related such as these roses from Joni...La la la... spring is coming! Roses from JoniOr these flowers made of wire (it was Joni's idea to make them). We made them last weekend and here are the step by step instructions for this lovely project. They are now decorating our windowsill :-). La la la... spring is coming! painted wire flowers DIYI must warn you though, this project can be messy! So have nail varnish and some cotton buds ready to use!  La la la... spring is coming! painted wire flowers DIYLa la la... spring is coming! painted wire flowers DIYLa la la... spring is coming! painted wire flowers DIYI hope this post brought some sunshine into your day ;-)

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