‘Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche’

My dad always says ‘real men don’t eat quiche’. I’ve never totally understood what this means but I feel compelled to disagree. What’s wrong with quiche?! Anyway – this isn’t your regular egg and bacon quiche from the bakery, this one is vegan, and it’s lovely 🙂

Lots of healthy fats from coconut oil and cashews, and a good dose of fibre from the buckwheat and wholemeal flours too. I had planned on making the pastry entirely out of buckwheat to make it gluten free, but i ran out so had to substitute wholemeal flour. If anyone has ever given buckwheat pastry a go let me now how it turned out!

You can use any vegetable you like for the filling. Spinach and leek would be good, or mushroom.

And if you’re wondering what the hell agar agar is (I don’t blame you) it’s a type of seaweed. It’s used as a gelling agent instead of gelatine (if you’re unsure of why I avoid gelatine, read this – apologies in advance :P). Agar agar is a bit of a tricky one to find, you’ll have to go to a health food store, it’s a fine white tasteless powder and you have to measure it vey carefully! But it worked beautifully in this recipe.

 

Recipe inspired from YumUniverse.

 

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I’m really proud of this baby because I made my own pastry and it turned out pretty damn good.

Broccoli and Capsicum Quiche

PASTRY

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup wholemeal plain flour

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup water

FILLING

1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours

1 TBS lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 TBS nutritional yeast

2 cups water

3 tsp of agar agar

1 cup broccoli florets

1/2 cup capsicum slices

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

Preheat oven to 180 C

Mix the flours and salt in a large bowl

Rub the coconut oil in with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs

Add water and combine to form a firm dough

Wrap in cling film and leave it in the fridge while you make the filling

Blend cashews, water, salt, lemon juice, agar agar and nutritional yeast in a food processor until smooth

Roll out the dough and place in a pie dish, because of the buckwheat the dough will be a bit difficult to work with so expect it to break a little, just patch it up with your fingers

Blind bake for 10 minutes

Take pastry out of the oven, sprinkle over quinoa, then veggies, then pour over cashew mixture

Put back in the oven and bake for another 45 minutes.

Leave it to cool in the fridge before you slice!

Serve hot or cold.

Just to re-iterate once more I’m not against guys eating quiche. Especially vegan quiche. Just quietly i would be very impressed 😉

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