Sunday, November 26, 2006

More Fish!

Well it was tuna from a can but I'm sure that still counts as fish!

As some of you may have noticed I have been working my way through my Quiches and Flans cookbook. I have always liked this little cookbook but generally made the same things over and over, like Quiche Lorraine and Vegetable Slice - both firm family favourites. One of the reasons I started my blog was because of Paula aka The Cookbook Junkie, who has so many cookbooks that she decided she should put them to good use and cooks something different just about every single day. I thought I should take a leaf out of her book and start trying some of the other recipes that I had always said, "I'd like to make that one day" or "that looks nice".

I made this Tuna Flan a couple of nights ago and I have to admit that I quite enjoyed it. Hubby thought it was great (gee, it's nice to cook for someone who loves just about everything I make) and #2 polished hers off in record time although #1 was a more difficult critic. Hubby won him over by telling him it was tuna in a pie so this has now been dubbed Tuna Pie!

Tuna Flan (AKA Tuna Pie)
from Family Circle Delicious Quiches and Flans

6 sheets filo pastry
60g butter, melted

425g can tuna, drained
½ cup mayonnaise
4 spring onions, finely chopped Didn't have any so about 12 chives
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cream
½ cup grated cheddar cheese I used closer to 1 cup
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Preheat oven to moderate 180˚C. Lay out oshe sheet of filo, brush with melted butter. Place another sheet of filo over the first, brushw ith butter. Repeat until all sheets are used.
Brush a 21 x 29cm oblong flan tin (I used my round flan dish instead) with melted butter or oil. Place the prepared pastry sheets in the tin, tucking in the edges.
To make filling: Combine ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Pour the filling into the prepared tin, bake for 35 minutes or until ightly browned and set.

PS: It is stinking hot up here. Last night it was still 35˚C (that's 95˚F) at 11pm!


The Cookbook Junkie said...

Hmmm. What is the difference between a flan and a quiche? This looks good no matter what you call it. I love quiche but rarely make it. I have a pie crust in the fridge, maybe I'll use it for quiche.

JenTX said...

OMG! That looks devine! Your oven must cook wonderfully. Mine isn't level so one side would be higher than the other! (have I mentioned how I hate my oven?)

I'm lucky too in that my DH isn't picky either. I've never been a big fan of hot tuna but this looks great. Tuna Pie~~what's not to like? LOL

red dirt mummy said...

Paula I tried to find the difference between a flan and a quiche and ended up somewhat confused. Basically a quiche is a quiche all over the world but the different ideas of what a flan is come down to the American or English versions of the word/product. Since Australian cooking is traditionally more English we go with the English version. Some of the (American)sites I looked at said a flan had to be sweet but ours aren't always, although they certainly can be! Clear as mud, I think LOL.

Jen, this oven isn't too bad - it's gas and I do love a gas oven! It does have one hot spot so I make sure to turn whatever's cooking halfway through so it gets an even cook. Hey, ask DH for a new oven for Christmas - or not LOL.