Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Smoked Salmon and British Asparagus Mini Crustless Quiches #picnicwithmercure

This week is National Picnic Week although I suspect someone may have forgotten to tell the weather. It's been somewhat soggy and driech, certainly in my wee corner of Aberdeenshire. If things are looking brighter where you are it's a great opportunity to fill a flask, dig out the wicker picnic basket and tartan travel rug and set out on an edible adventure. If the weather really doesn't want to play ball the recipe that I'm sharing today for Smoked Salmon and British Asparagus Mini Crustless Quiches makes a perfect packed lunch or light supper. And for anyone following Slimming World these tasty morsels just happen to be Syn Free.





Its nearing towards the end of the short but sweet British Asparagus season and I've been indulging in the tasty green spears on a very regular basis. Alongside salmon and egg they really are the most perfect of flavour combinations. To line my mini quiches I've used squares of smoked salmon which are sold as sandwich slices.These are the perfect size for a muffin tin but if you can't track any down you can instead jigsaw together regular smoked salmon to do the same job. I cook these in a very simple bain marie which stops the edges overcooking before the centre of your mini crustless quiche sets.


Smoked Salmon and British Asparagus Mini Crustless Quiches

Fry Light Spray Oil
100g Pack of 6 Scottish Smoked Salmon Sandwich Slices
12 British Asparagus Spears
2 Free Range Eggs
4 Tbsp Quark
Salt & Pepper

Preheat your oven to 180c
Spray the indentations of a 6 hole muffin pan with Oil and line each hole with Smoked Salmon.
Cut the tips off your Asparagus Spears and set them aside.
Slice the stems of the Asparagus into 1cm lengths and saute them in a frying pan with a squirt of spray oil for 5 minutes.
Whisk together the Eggs and Quark and season with freshly ground Salt & Pepper.
Divide the sauted Asparagus equally between the 6 mini quiches and pour over the egg mixture.
Top each quiche with two of the Asparagus Tips and fold in any overhanging salmon.
Use a roasting tin, large enough to sit your muffin tray in, as your Bain Marie. Half fill it with boiling water and place the muffin tin into it.
Cook for 20 minutes or until the egg is set.
Serve warm or chilled.


If you fancy a picture perfect picnic without the hassle of creating it yourself, the three hampers being launched this week by Mercure Hotels will be right up your street. The classic British pastime of picnicking is brought slap bang up to date with a bespoke range of ‘Pre-Instagrammed Picnic Hampers’ combining our modern obsession with uploading foodie phots to social media, with the age old passion for al fresco dining. There have been almost 300 million (and counting) food posts on Instagram since its launch in 2010. At the moment I'm responsible for 2612 of them! The three hampers, created in partnership with contemporary food designers, Bompas & Parr, have been designed to fit the style, shade, and colouring of the UK’s favourite Instagram filters - Mayfair, Hudson and Juno. 


The vibrantly coloured hampers feature beautifully created, totally bespoke food, with locally inspired ingredients from selected by Mercure hotels, including Ardoe House Hotel just down the road from me in Aberdeen. The “Pre-Instagrammed” picnic baskets will allow you to snap a perfect picture shot that doesn’t need to be filtered or adjusted; tapping in to the growing trend for #nofilter food photography. You'll be sure to get maximum likes, shares, comments and taste!

Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa Hamper designed with the Mayfair filter in mind. The yellow colour palate, supported by undertones of green, creates a relaxed, hazy look and feel, perfect for those wanting their shots to reflect lazy summer days. Bursting with flavour, the Ardoe Hamper features tea pastel sandwiches, sumptuous shortbread and crumbling scones

Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel Hamper features a slight blue hue, mimicking the Hudson filter. A secondary filter of pink further brings out the clean feel of the hamper, which is stocked with blue cheese with apple and cider chutney, and a deceptively tasty blue loaf

Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel and Spa Hamper brings photography to life with a colour-pop indicative of the Juno filter. The delicate pinks and yellows used in the clotted cream and jam scones and Melton Mowbray Pork Pie



The “Pre-Instagrammed” picnic baskets will be on display at Mercure Hotels free #picnicwithmercure event at Somerset House, London, on Friday 17th June. As a sponsor of Picnic Week, Mercure Hotels will offer a fun-filled day out for families and friends of all ages – offering visitors a chance to relax in the sunshine (fingers crossed!) enjoy an alfresco bite to eat or take part in a range of activities from wine tasting to giant sized board games. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics along with them to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House. Alternatively, there will be a fantastic range of delicious Mercure Picnic Hampers available to purchase.





Disclosure : I have received compensation from Mercure by way of a hotel stay in return for this post. All views expressed are my own.

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19 comments :

  1. My daughter loves smoked salmon and eggs so I'm definitely going to make these for her for our next picnic. Great idea!!

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    1. Don't save them just for a picnic - would make a great weekend breakfast too.

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  2. Oh wow - how fab are these! I love the idea of using smoked salmon as the 'crust' - genius idea! :-) Eb x

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    1. It works so well! I've also done similar with wafer thing ham. I wonder what else I could use?

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  3. Looks delicious and quite creative! I will definitely have to try this.

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  4. These hampers look great , I love all the colours perfect to brighten any picnic.

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    1. They are gorgeous aren't they? I'd happily forgo the food and just have the gorgeous coloured hampers!

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  5. Oh My these look great - just my knida food Cx #cookBlogShare

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  6. Yummy - I love the look of your little quiches. There really isn't much better than egg / asparagus / smoked salmon is there?

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    1. Yup, I'm totally with you on this being the perfect flavour combo.

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  7. These look really tasty - I love how you've managed to get the asparagus to sit on top so perfectly.

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    1. Thanks! I think the perfect placement was more luck than good judgement.

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  8. Yes please!! These are some of my most favourite flavours, they look and sound amazing! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. The combination of egg, salmon and asparagus flavours is such a winner. They really don't need anything else to shine.

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  9. These are so cute and I love the idea of using smoked salmon instead of the pastry.

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    1. The smoked salmon works really was as a 'pastry case'. For a less indulgent version I've also made similar using slices of wafer thin ham.

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  10. Ooo these look quite fabulous :-)Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

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