A different kind of birthday cake

Quiche

And a different kind of quiche! The word ‘quiche’ originally comes from a Lorraine word for cake, so though it might seem like an unusual choice for a birthday, it’s what I’ve had for the last few years (as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth). Mum stumbled upon this recipe which substitutes pastry for a hollowed-out boule loaf. It results in a bit of a chewy – not to mention hefty – crust, but aside from that is pretty marvellous. The depth of the loaf means you get a good, deep wedge of savoury custard, cheese and – in this case – Fry’s vegan polony (which I’ve mentioned before. Do you need another hint? Buy some already.) It’s a novel take on the traditional quiche, and has quite the rustic wow factor.