Cooking mini quiche whilst summer reading

This is a recipe for educators who are on summer break and are reading hard out in between organising their family and getting head ready for returning to school.

I have seen variations of this recipe in so many recipe books.  Most recently, I saw a version of this recipe in Coffee Pen’s recipe book. I am inspired by coffee Pen cafe it has an unassuming vitality and a warm community.

Little pies with your summer reading

(makes 8)


Pastry (I use a delicious pre made Vegan pastry called flaky puff by New Way)

Feta (cubed)

Spinach (small leaves)

Bacon (totally optional)

The mixture

6 eggs

¼ cup of milk

¼ cup of cream

Whisk these up with a fork. Adding cracked pepper and salt


1. Oil muffin tins

2. Take two pastry sheets out and cut one square sheet into four smaller squares.

3. Gently push and pleat eight pastry squares into the muffin tins

4. Bake pastry for 6 mins then take out of the oven. (I was somewhat dubious about this action - however, a little bit of pastry baking will stop a soggy quiche base)

5. Place, spinach first, then feta, then bacon (optional) into each pastry cup6.

6. Pour the egg mixture into the pastry cups

7. Into the oven at 290 C 37 minutes or until them look and smell ready.


When these are in the oven, I have had a quick clean up, I have 30 minutes of reading time. I pour a cup of hot water and sit down with my book.

The book I keep reading and rereading is Imaging Decolonization. (BWB texts - I think this book is essential reading for all educators who work in Aotearoa, New Zealand. If your personal development and professional work does not connect to the Treaty of Waitangi then, the question I ask is why not? Educators believe in equity and talk about inclusion and designing for it.  Yet, if we are not immersing ourselves in personal and professional learning about Sovereignty, Tino rangatiratanga in education and schooling, conversations and actions about equity in education and schooling are like pushing water uphill with a rake. This is critical work.

After I have read half of Ocean Ripeka Mercier’s article “What is Decolonisation?” it is time to get the quiches out of the oven. They smell delicious. As I let them cool for a couple of minutes I think about her reference to ecological decoloniseation. I look over to our little garden and wonder about what would the garden look like and how might I feel if from this moment on I  plant plants that are native to this area? 

Note: I cook like I teach. A little of this a bit more of that. So, once you have a sense of the ingredients for what they do, own it and share it. Smash out the most delicious flavours, knowing you can feed the family and read at the same time.

Imagining Decolonisation

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