Broccoli and walnut quiche

I’m a Pig!


Well, actually I’m a monkey, but that was what Nikky announced during our Butler & Wilson show last night when we were talking about the Chinese New Year. I did mention that the alternative name for the pig in Chinese astrology is the boar but of course you can’t see the spelling when you say it out loud (as she did) so boar could be misinterpreted as bore! It was an amusing interlude in the show which I hope you enjoyed if you watched it despite Simon Wilson being unable to guest – hopefully he will be back for the next shows, in March.
Butler & Wilson

We were talking about the Chinese New Year because it starts today and, for those of you who are interested, it is the year of the Earth Dog. I had a quick look at how monkeys will fare this year and I kind of wish I hadn’t! Apparently, overall, it will be a testing year but, as seemingly we love nothing more than a challenge, it will benefit monkeys and set them on the road to success!! Am I up for the challenge? Well, I guess I’ll have to be. At least one thing is in my favour, decorating your home in grey and yellow will help with changing luck for the better… where’s the yellow paint, or maybe just cushions or flowers!

Speaking of flowers, these were my lovely Valentine flowers from ‘im indoors (pictured below). I like that they included a few red roses but prefer the variety of the mixed bunch rather than the traditional dozen red roses. The sharp-eyed among you might have spotted the vase. It was from one of the Peony TSVs last year and is now my favourite vase whenever I’m treated to real flowers and, when they die off, out come the Peony ones again. I wonder how many of you signed up to the Auto Delivery on yesterday’s TSV – a different bouquet to put in the fishbowl vase for every season of the year. Actually, come to think of it, I have a yellow vase, perhaps I should make more use of that in the Year of the Dog.Valentine's DayTo dwell on Valentine’s Day for a moment longer, I just had to share the card I bought for Chris – it is perfect!! I love you just the way you are, made me instantly think of the Billy Joel song (how funny that the hero in the short story on my website was called Joel – I only just made the connection) but it was the line at the bottom that really resonated; ‘but don’t get any worse!’ Fortunately, Chris saw the funny side of it too. I’ve also been meaning to share a picture of the little gift he gave me for our 40th anniversary which would actually have made a perfect Valentine present, even in the early stages of a relationship.

40th Anniversary gift

So, back to flowers, as that is the theme of the Liz Earle Your Time to Shine TSV on Sunday. As well as the basics: Cleanse & Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic & Skin Repair moisturiser in full sizes, there is also a limited edition 200ml Cleanse & Polish in Grapefruit & Patchouli fragrance and limited edition shampoo and conditioner – those last three won’t be available to purchase elsewhere. The Liz Earle shampoo and conditioner just happens to be my mum’s favourite so this collection will be perfect for her Mother’s Day present, although I may keep the bag for myself! It is already available to order if you can’t wait until Sunday.

Liz Earle 6 Piece Your Time To Shine Skin & Hair Collection

I’ve mentioned before I am a huge fan of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, in fact I’ve just ordered another duo along with a duo of the Gentle Face Exfoliator and we’re never without Cleanse & Polish in our house. I wonder what your favourite Liz Earle product is?

I’m actually on the evening shows with Caroline Archer on Sunday, 8pm and 10pm, so hope to see you there. I’m also on in the evening tomorrow for two hours of Diamonique from 9pm.

Well, almost finished, but I did ask you a couple of weeks ago if you would like a monthly recipe from me on here – positive response, and I was also reminded that I had promised to put up the recipe for my Broccoli and Walnut Quiche so here goes:

Broccoli and walnut quiche

Broccoli and Walnut Quiche (serves 6)

For the pastry:

  • 4oz plain wholemeal flour
  • 4oz self-raising flour
  • 2oz butter
  • 2oz Trex
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

For the filling:

  • 1 onion
  • 4 eggs
  • Broccoli (approx. quarter of a head)
  • 2oz walnuts
  • 4oz cheddar
  • Half a teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
  • Black pepper (if desired)


1. Rub the fats into the flours until it resembles breadcrumbs then with a knife add the water to combine to form a stiff mixture.

2. Roll out on a floured surface and line an 8 inch flan dish.

3. Bake blind for 10 mins at 180C (I use foil to weight it down rather than greaseproof and beans) then remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes to allow pastry to dry out a bit on the base.

4. Chop and soften the onion in a little oil over a low heat.

5. Chop the broccoli in to small pieces and steam for 5 minutes.

6. Grate the cheese and chop the walnuts quite finely.

7. Beat the eggs with a little skimmed milk, mixed herbs and pepper to taste.

8. To assemble; put half the cheese in the bottom of the quiche, then the onion, broccoli pieces and walnuts topped with the rest of the cheese, then pour over the egg mixture.

9. It will take 25-30 minutes in the middle of the oven.


Julia xx


  1. Jill jennings February 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Wow ! That look’s delicious….?

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jill, it is! X

  2. Linda Ryan February 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Julia, I have benn looking forward to making and eating this delicious looking quiche – yum. Much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed your tomato soup recipe, let’s hope you manage to slot in a monthly recipe what will be next…..

  3. Linda Ryan February 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Many thanks Julia, what a delicious combination, delighted you took the time to post this, we thoroughly enjoyed your tomato soup recipe really yummy. I do hope you do post a monthly recipe as I’m sure many of us do, look forward to the next post……

  4. Linda Ryan February 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Am delighted you posted this delicious looking quiche recipe Julia, many thanks, we enjoyed your tomato soup recipe posted a couple of weeks ago yummy. I do hope you manage to fit into your busy schedule a monthly recipe posting what will it be next……

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      Thanks for your posts (all of them ?) – so pleased you enjoyed the tomato soup – I made it again earlier in the week. Hope you will enjoy the quiche too if you make it. I’ll have a think about what to post next
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth keenan February 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia,
    Watched the Butler & Wilson show with you and Nikky, yeah had a wee smile quite amusing. Love the cleanse & Polish as well.
    Thanks for the quiche recipe looks lovely and I will definately try it, really enjoying your recipes Julia.
    Funny how your card was the song of Billy Joel and it was Joel in your short story, spooky.
    Gung hey fat choy. Happy Chinese New Year.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      It was a shame Simon couldn’t do the show but Nikky is fab!
      Happy Chinese New Year to you too – hope you have a better prognosis for the year of the dog than monkeys have ?
      I’ll have a think about what recipe to post next month
      Julia x

  6. Linda Ryan February 16, 2018 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    I’m not a crazy person, I kept getting an error message from qvc and rewriting the message!

  7. Allyson Howden February 16, 2018 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I always love your vegetarian recipes when you post them. How about bringing out a veggie cookbook? I’m sure it would be a bestseller!

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Allyson
      The recipes wouldn’t be a problem but I think there is a lot involved in the photographing of the food – never say never though!
      I’m glad you enjoy my recipes
      Julia x

  8. Brenda fiet February 16, 2018 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Looks lovely doing a month vegan so hope its nice

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Brenda,
      This wouldn’t be suitable for a vegan diet as it has eggs, cheese, butter & a little milk in it. I will post a vegan recipe as some point though.
      Good luck with your vegan month
      Julia x

  9. Judith Draper February 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Made the quiche for our meal tonight. I followed your instructions and it turned our perfect. It was absolutely delicious and the walnuts gave it a nice bite. Will be making again in the near future. Thanks for the recipie Julia.

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Judith
      So pleased to hear that your quiche turned out so well & that you are planning to make it again.
      Keep an eye out on here for more recipes
      Julia x

  10. Josephine Jennings February 18, 2018 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    ‘Great recipe Julia. Love the card.

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine – the card was just perfect!! ???

  11. Sue February 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    For some reason im not recieving your blogs Julia on my e mail page lately ?

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue,
      I’ll report that back to our blog moderator – I’m not sure what the process is
      Julia x

  12. Carole Maidment February 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Way too fattening !!!!??

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carole,
      Only if you have too much of it in one sitting – served with two portions of vegetables (obviously not potato or sweet potato) it would give a good balance of protein, carbs and fat. Everything in moderation is ok
      Julia x

  13. Linda Finch,, February 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, loving the recipes I love baking the only trouble is you have to eat it lol ,love the gift Chris got for your anniversary I must have a weird sense of humour but I thought it was lovely, to me something like that can meen more than something sentimental it mens just as much ,hope you had a good valantines day, keep the recipes coming ,lots of love Linda F xxx

    • Julia Roberts February 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      I know what you mean but as I said to Carole in my previous reply ‘moderation’ is the key, so keep the portion sizes small.
      Chris has a weird sense of humour too – probably why he has been able to put up with me for forty years!
      More recipes to come
      Julia x

  14. Tracy Witty April 8, 2018 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Just made this for my family, absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe x

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