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A few days ago I went out for a lunch treat with my daughter, there was a new cafe opened up not too far away called  ” The Block ” this was a reference to the name of the area that it was in.

It was owned by a young guy my daughter informed me, who had spent many years working in a burger bar. He had saved most of his wages to have his own place, good on him I thought he did well.

I didn’t want a big lunch so we had a quiche and a coffee….well my family know how I am usually disappointed with  eating out I am really hard to please. It annoys me that you pay for a meal that is supposed to be made by a professional cook/chef and I can usually dish up a better meal myself at home for a fraction of the cost. I expect better or at least as good as mine ! I’m not a cordon -bleu chef by any means but an everyday dish should be easy to get right. RIGHT ?

I was pleasantly surprised though because I actually enjoyed it, the quiche had a potato hash base and not the usual pastry. As a side note I hope they keep up their standards as I have also noticed that when a new place opens up the meals are good but they slip after a while.

I liked it so much that later I replicated the dish for my family, made a large dish yesterday to take for lunch at my son’s place. We had a side salad with it, and some bunny cookies that we had left from Easter Sunday. Do try my recipe and let me know how you like it.

The recipe below served about 8  portions.

10 all purpose potatoes

1 Tbl cornflour

4 Tbl oil

7 eggs

1 onion

200 – 250  grms grated cheese

1/4 cup milk

250 grm mixed vegies of your choice

Sea salt & pepper

1 tsp mixed dry herbs

Turn oven on to heat about 160

Peel and grate potatoes and onion and put them in a colander to drain, make sure to get as much liquid out as possible. Squeeze them out if need be and mix together with the oil 1 beaten egg and the cornflour.

Press the mixture into an oiled baking dish and place in the middle of your oven for 35-40 mins until the edges are browned.

Meanwhile cook the vegies lightly and drain well, beat the remaining 6 eggs with milk, season with herbs and salt & pepper [ here this is personal choice I use 1-1/2 tsp salt and 12-18 grinds of pepper ]

When the hash base is browned remove from oven, spread half the cheese over the base add the vegies pour on the beaten eggs and top with the rest of the cheese.

Cook for another 30 -40 mins until eggs are set and cheese is melted. Serve with your favourite  salad and dressing, I like sweet chillie sauce with mine 🙂

Hash brown quiche

Hash brown quiche

Hash brown quiche

Hash brown quiche

Hash brown quiche

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