This morning I picked some chards from the three pots that I grow. Aren't they beautiful? I had never seen them before (only seen the pictures) so when my eyes fell on them at the horticultural show, that was one of the first plants that I grabbed! This is only the third time that I picked the leaves. Apart from being so visually appealing, chards are supposed to be full of nutrients. From now on, like tomatoes, they will be a part of my home-grown produce every year.
I had the savoury pastry dough ready, left over from yesterday. I had used about two tbs grated cheddar, a quarter tsp pepper, 1 egg and 1 tbs of dried oregano to make the dough. I rolled it out and placed it on the lightly greased tin. The overhanging dough was folded inwards giving the crust a double edged border. Then I used a fork to prick all around the circle. A piece of foil was dutifully buttered and the buttered side was placed on the tin. I filled it up with baking beans and left it to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile I chopped up an onion and the chards. Then I fried them up in a bit of olive oil. The seasoning was pepper and salt. Went easy on the salt because of the cheese that I would add later. The chilled pastry shell was taken out and baked in a preheated oven at 180C for 10 minutes.
Then it was taken out and the foil/beans/were removed. The pastry was brushed with one beaten egg and it went back into the oven for another 12 minutes.
It came out looking like this and filling the house with the wonderful smells of baking. Looks like I'll be baking another one...soon!:)