Friday, 25 May 2012

Mini picnic quiche

The sun is shining, summer is here ….and it’s BBQ time!

Sunshine always gives me the feel good factor, but today just didn’t feel quite right. You know sometimes you just get those days when you feel a bit bummed out, sometimes there’s a logical reason and sometimes there’s not.

Sometimes I just feel lonely. There have been a few things playing on my mind recently, and at times like that I am reminded of the downside to ‘doing things differently’ and not simply following the crowd without questioning.  I haven’t got anyone to turn to in the same way as I did before and I have no-one that truly understands me anymore, I mean I’ve barely begun to understand myself yet!

I will never regret going down the paths I have taken, and the ways in which my life has changed, but sometimes I wish, just for a few moments, I didn’t have to think, I could just be and go with the flow and not worry about the consequences or what will become. I sometimes wish someone else could make the decisions and just tell me what to do…working it all out for yourself is mighty hard! But I also know it’s the only way to truly live the life you want.

Well, that’s enough of all that philosophical talk. That’s what happens when it’s silly late at night and I’m tired…but determined to get the post written up before going to sleep!

It’s been a hot sunny day…happy happy happy. And I am happy, really, life is good. I’m just having a silly moment.

So let’s talk BBQ’s, since this evening’s dinner was a cosy little BBQ at my friend’s house. I took along a couple of things to add to the food collection.

Guess which one was mine?

If you read this post you may have guessed!  Yep it was the black bean beet burger towards the back. Looks pretty authentic though, right?

I also made a few mini quiches to share. These mini's are perfect for BBQ's or picnics. The recipe was prety much identical to this quiche recipe, but this time without a crust and served cold as mini snack bites, so they seemed totally different; the perfect light bite. This is such a simple recipe and I have provided it again below. I would strongly recommend silicone mini muffin pans as this will make it easier to pop the quiches out. Also allow the quiches to fully cool before handling them as I also found it a little more difficult to remove from the pan whilst still warm (I was in a rush to get to the BBQ so couldn't wait for as long!)

In typical Bristish style the sun began to set and the breeze got up just as we sat own to eat. It was a little on the chilly side, after having been so hot all day, so as soon as we’d eaten we cosied up inside for an evening of girlie chat.

Recipe: Mini picnic quiche


½ tsp garlic powder
½ cup chickpea flour
1 tbs potato starch (or other starch)
3 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ tsp mixed herbs
pinch paprika
Large pinch baking powder
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup water
Veggies- I used ½ grated courgette, 1 small pepper diced, 1/3 cup  each sweetcorn and soy beans. Feel free to use whatever other veggies you have to hand, ensuring you chop the pieces small enough.


In a medium bowl whisk together the ingredients, other than the water. Once a smooth paste is achieved add the water and whisk again until smooth. It should be about the consistency of pancake batter and have no lumps.

Pour the batter into mini muffin pans filling them  half way. Add the vegies equally between each muffin pan.

Bake for approx. 30 minutes, until the filling appears well set and pulls away from the side of the muffin tray. Let cool in tray before removing.

For tips and info on recipe measurement conversions, ingredients, substitutions and the methods behind how I do things.... check out my 'baking tips' tab at the top of the page.


  1. you totally sold me on "soy-free" quiche, considering i don't eat or cook with tofu! i love chickpea flour, too. it's so versatile and the texture is awesome! i love your mini quiches and can't wait to make my own ;)

    1. yay, thank you! i really need to do more with chickpea flour as it is very versatile indeed!

  2. I've made these last night and we enjoyed them so much I had to make them again today for lunch. I just have two questions though: What temperature did you bake them at and what size muffin tray did you use? I made mine in X-Large muffin cups (silicone tray) which may have been why mine took so long to bake.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm going to send my Mom a link to this recipe because I know her and my Dad will it. Thanks again for sharing!!!

  3. Hey Holly, I made them in mini muffin pans which were only about 4 to 5 cm in diameter so they take less time to cook. I baked them at appox. 180C apologies for not stating that. Glad you enjoyed them and I hope your mum and dad do too!

  4. YES! I've been wondering how vegan quiche would work out minus soy, sub chickpea flour, but haven't gotten around to the experiment yet. Thanks for posting!

  5. Hi Christine, you are very welcome...I hope you enjoy it when you do try!

  6. Hi Christine, You are very welcome, I hope you enjoy it when you do try!


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