Recipe for the 10th day of Christmas

…and just in time!  Whew – I made it just in time for the 12 days of Christmas to actually begin. Here is the 10 Lord’s a Leaping recipe.

Day 10 – 10 lords a leaping…hmm, tricky.  In fact I think this was the most difficult one for me, and yet I ended up with three suggestions.

I made a Quiche loosely based on a Quiche Lorraine, but I added little smokies (chippolatas) in pairs to represent lord’s legs…the girls loved the Quiche, but were less than impressed by my attempt at representing leaping lords.   Maybe I should have stuck with Poor Knights of Windsor.  They are lords after all and Windsor is the town I was born in, so I have a fondness for the place.  Or, my favorite, the cocktail I found called – wait for it – Lord’s a Leaping, not one for the girls though!

Here are the three recipes – you pick…

More like a clock than lords leaping...

Lord’s a Leaping Quiche

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie
  • 12 slices bacon (I used bacon bits)
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (I used cheddar)
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    2. Place bacon in a large skillet, and fry over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then chop coarsely. Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion into pastry shell.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
    4. Place little smokies in pairs around the edge of the Quiche to represent lord’s legs…….or not.
    5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake an extra 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Allow Quiche to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.

    Lord’s a Leaping Cocktail (haven’t tried this – want to…)

    Method:  Dry shake (no ice!)                          
    50ml Merlot red wine
    15ml Martell VS cognac
    15ml Chocolate liqueur (white)
    10ml Grand Marnier
    5ml cinnamon syrup
    Garnish: Orange zest with cloves
    Served in a wine glass

    Inebriated Poor Knights of Windsor Gone Bananas from Stock Your Pantry.

    – 4 slices of stale bread, crust removed and sliced into triangular halves
    – 2 egg yolks
    – 1 tablespoon of unrefined sugar (OK, refined sugar works too.)
    – 70 ml of white wine (Red wine should be fine too.)
    – 1 banana, cut into 1/2 inch slices.
    – 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of a neutral vegetable oil (e.g., canola oil or grapeseed oil)
    – 2 shallow dishes
    – 2 frying pans or pots
    – 1 turner
    1. Pour the wine into one shallow dish.
    2. Beat the egg yolks together with the sugar and pour the mixture into another shallow dish.
    3. Dip a triangular slice of bread into the wine and then into the egg mixture. Repeat for all the bread slices.
    4. Heat up the 2 frying pans, one on low heat and one on medium heat.
    5. Place the sliced bananas into the frying pan on low heat and let the natural sugars in the bananas do their work in peace for about a few minutes before flipping the bananas to the other side. There is no need to add sugar or butter to aid the caramelisation unless you feel very decadent or just had an amazing workout and need extra calories.
    6. Add the butter and vegetable oil to the frying pan on medium heat, let the mixture heat up, then start frying your inebriated poor knights. Just a couple of minutes on each side. It’s ok to peek at the underside to check that Mr. Golden Brown has arrived. Really. 
    7. Serve with the caramelised bananas.

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