As I’ve got more time on my hands at the moment, I thought I’d recreate recipes from some of my favourite cookbooks (so expect more recipe reviews in the near future!).
For those of you who don’t know, The Hairy Dieters is the Hairy Bikers’ book full of the recipes they used to lose weight. Normally, I turn my nose up at any manifestation of a diet – quite frankly I’m too cynical (typical thoughts include: why would I eat diet cheese when I could have brie?). But, with this cook book what you get is reworkings of old favourites, useful tips for making things healthier and a host of yummy ideas for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even desserts. In other words: my kind of ‘diet’.
Today, I went for the ‘egg, bacon and asparagus flan’ (see picture below) – as you can probably guess I had no asparagus (seeing as it’s no longer in season!) so I plumped for mushrooms instead and swapped the onion for a leek.
I probably should’ve paid more attention to what size and type of dish the recipe stated… I used a larger sized glass one, without a removable base, so it was quite difficult to get it out (in fact, I gave up and just took a slice out!). The mixture also sunk down after it had cooled and the bottom wasn’t crispy (dare I say, I had a slight soggy bottom on my hands); this could have been because I brushed the pastry with too much oil, but I’m not sure. It’s not the best looking filo pie I’ve ever made but hey, you win some you lose some.
All in all, I like this recipe; it’s quick, easy, tasty (despite the soggy centre!) and pretty healthy – it’s really hard to believe there’s only 245 calories a slice (there’s six servings), but I’m not arguing! I think you could easily add a nice salad or steamed greens to make it into a proper lunch or dinner.
Handily, the recipe and instructions are available on the BBC website, so there’s no excuse to not give it a go! Let me know how you get on in the comments below.