Asparagus and chervil quiche - plus two courses for £10 from Seasalt of Seaford

I must admit I had to ask what chervil was, though, as I'd never come across that before - have you?! Apparently it looks a bit like parsley and has a mild, sweet aniseed flavour.

With asparagus just coming into season, this sounds worth a try.

Below is to how make it – but first, Seasalt are offering two courses for £10 between 2 and 4pm, Sundays to Thursdays throughout April - for anyone requesting a valuation from us. AND, you can win a meal for two with a drink. Just ask us for a valuation before the end of April to be in the draw.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Asparagus and chervil quiche filling
1kg of asparagus, peeled and cut into 6-8 cm lengths
145g of Parma ham
1 handful of chopped chervil
1 pinch of chopped chives
95g of spring onions, chopped
355g of mascarpone
2 eggs
4 egg yolks
1/2 tsp of salt
1 pinch of black pepper

Short crust pastry
405g of plain flour, plus extra for dusting
205g of butter, cold and diced, plus extra for greasing
1 pinch of salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk, for brushing the pastry


WHAT TO DO

1. Place the flour into a bowl with the salt and the diced butter. Transfer into a food mixer set to a low setting and mix until like fine breadcrumbs - about 1 minute. Alternatively, you could rub the mixture between your thumb and forefinger until it resembles breadcrumbs.

2. Add the egg and then add the iced water, little by little, until the dough comes together (it should not be too dry, otherwise it will just crumble when you roll it out). Place the dough in cling film and transfer to the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.

3. When the dough is ready to roll out, preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4, and grease and flour your quiche tin. Roll out the pastry to a 0.5cm thickness and lay this into the tin. Line the pastry with a sheet of foil and fill with baking beans.

4. Blind bake the pastry with the baking beans in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry achieves a light golden colour. Remove the baking beans and foil, and brush the base of the tart case with egg yolk. Bake for a further 5 minutes, then remove from the oven. Allow the pastry to cool while you make the filling.

5. Reduce the oven temperature to 170ºC/gas mark 3.

6. Blanch the asparagus in boiling salted water for 3 minutes and then refresh in iced water for two minutes. Drain and dry well.

7. Mix the chervil, chives, mascarpone, spring onion, eggs, egg yolks, salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.

8. Lay the asparagus spears in the cooled pastry tart, pointing outwards in a circular pattern, then lay the ham in between the asparagus. Pour on the chervil and mascarpone mix.

9. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until it is light brown and firm to touch in the centre. Allow to cool to room temperature, slice and then serve.

It all sound great to us – can’t wait to give it a go.

Don't forget that you can get two courses for £10 at Seasalt between 2 and 4pm, Sundays to Thursdays throughout April - just by booking a valuation with us. And you can win a meal for two with a drink. Just ask us for a valuation before the end of April to be in the draw.

Seasalt are at 2 Dane Road, Seaford (next to our office).

Valuing your property: a common mistake

When thinking about the value of a property before putting it on the market, many sellers understandably look at the asking price of other properties currently on the market locally, and draw pricing conclusions based on this. 

Whilst this is not an unreasonable way of determining value, there are some traps….

First, if a property is on the market, it is by definition ‘unsold’, and therefore quite possibly over-priced, and may well only sell if the price is reduced. So if you have a similar property and you price it at about the same level as the unsold property, then the chances are that yours will remain unsold as well. 

We know that purchasers buy by comparison. So your property has to compare favourably alongside others on the market. If your property is similar to another on the market nearby, then yours only becomes readily saleable when it is priced favourably and offers better value for money. 

Additionally, if you feel that your property is slightly better than a neighbouring property for sale (as you are bound to as you chose the décor and furnishings!) then surely it makes sense to quote a similar price, rather than attempting to offset the extra features with a higher price.

Ultimately, correct pricing is all about seeing the world through the eyes of the buyer and making responsible and effective pricing decisions which always point to offering better value than that offered by competing properties available locally.

As experienced agents, part of our job is to look objectively at each property, and to try to see it through a buyer’s eyes – which is much easier for us as we don’t have any of the emotional attachment to a property that its seller does. Plus of course we have  a vast depth of knowledge having seen, sold and let every type of property imaginable, and can offer a realistic judgement of the right price to achieve a sale.

So if you’d like an up to date view of  your property’s value, please get in touch with one of our offices.

 

New branding rolls out

Have you seen our new sales and lettings boards and our new company cars? As a company that likes to stay current, we thought it was time we updated our ‘look’ a little, ensuring we keep our appeal for sellers and buyers, landlords and tenants alike. (After all, people update the décor of their properties, so why can’t we do the same with our brand identity?!)

We’ve kept our blue ('for sale' or 'to let', on the boards) and orange ('sold' or 'let') but toned them down a bit, making it a bit more ‘pastel’ to represent the shades seen at the seaside.

 

But we’re also changing things in ways that are more than just a new look.

  • We’ve completely revamped our property details, with a great new design befitting of many of our clients' properties.
  • We've also taken on a brilliant new copywriter to write warmer, less clinical property descriptions which will bring your property to life in words.
  • And we also have a stunning new website on the way soon too.

Together this revamp of our marketing will ensure our clients’ homes are marketed better than ever.

if you'd like to know more about how we can help you achieve your ambitions for your property sale or let, please give us a call or drop me a line at phillip@phillipmann.com

 

What's on in Seaford this April

Thanks to the brilliant Seaford Town website for these listings. Click here to find out more details on each event.

Seaford Community Garden General Meeting
Date: Wednesday 02 April
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Crouch Gardens, East Street, Seaford
www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/scg/index.html

Sixty-Plus Club – Choir
Date: Wednesday 02 April (and every Wednesday)
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Where: Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, BN25 4QW
Come and sing Cole Porter, Kinks, Burt Bacharach and Beatles to name but a few followed by a spot of lunch.
Call: 01323 696422

Downs Leisure Centre Guest Day
Date: Thursday 03 April
Time: 7am – 10am
Where: Sutton Road, BN25 4QW
Come for free as a guest of an existing member!

Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors – ‘Grease’
Date: Friday 04 April – Sunday 06 April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford
Tickets available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre

Lunchtime Concert with Maeve Jenkinson (violin) & Rachel Fryer (piano)
Date: Saturday 05 April
Time: 1pm-2pm
Where: St Leonard’s Church, Church St, Seaford
www.Seafordparish.org.uk

Seaford Town Football Club 1st XI

Date: Saturday 05 April
Time: 3pm
Where: The Crouch, Seaford

Wave Leisure Gymnastics Competition
Date: Sunday 06 April
Time: 8am (all day)
Where: Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford
Call: 01323 490011

Newhaven and Seaford Shore Angling Club: Open Competition
Date: Sunday 06 April
Time: 9am – 2pm
Where: Seaford Beach
Call: 01273 512186 for full details

Seaford Town Football Club – under 18s
Date: Sunday 06 April
Time: 11am
Where: The Crouch, Seaford

Seaford Town Council Meeting

Date: Thursday 10 April
Time: 7pm
Where: Town Offices, 37 Church St, Seaford
Call: 01323 894870
See the agenda here: www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/pdf/agenda/2014:04:10-06.13.pdf

Seaford Community Cinema presents ‘Philomena’ Cert 12A
Date: Friday 11 April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford
Tickets £5/£6 available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre
www.seafordcinema.org

Martello WI Spring Fayre
Date: Saturday 12 April
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Where: St Leonards Church Hall, Church Lane, Seaford

Seaford Community Cinema presents ‘The Third Man’ cert 12A

Date: Saturday 12 April
Time: 2.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford
Tickets £5/£6 available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre
www.seafordcinema.org

Rugby – Seaford RFC 1st XV v. Lewes II
Date: Saturday 12 April
Time: 3pm
Where: Salts Recreation Ground, Richmond Road, BN25 1DR
www.pitchero.com/clubs/seaford

Seaford Silver Band Spring Concert
Date: Saturday 12 April
Time: Doors open at 6.45pm. Concert begins at 7pm
Where: Seaford Head Upper School Theatre Hall, Arundel Road, Seaford
Music from the silver screen.
www.seafordsilverband.co.uk

Vintage Radios – a talk by Brian McAlly
Date: Wednesday 16 April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Martello Tower on the seafront, Seaford
www.seafordmuseum.co.uk

Almost Instant Come and Sing
Date: Friday 18 April
Time: 7pm
Where: St Leonards Church, Church Street, Seaford
Open to anyone who can sing. Email: maryandian@sky.com
www.seaford-choral-society.com see website for rehearsal dates

Seaford Town Football Club – 1st XI
Date: Monday 21 April
Time: 11am
Where: The Crouch, Seaford

Easter Holiday event for children

Date: Wednesday 23 April
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Where: Martello Tower on the Seafront, Seaford
www.seafordmuseum.co.uk

Retro Market
Date: Friday 25 April
Time: 11am – 6pm
Where: Clinton Centre, Clinton Place, Seaford
Call: 07956 555688
Top quality vintage clothes, collectibles and crafts. Free glass of Pimms between 5pm-6pm! 50p entrance and kids go free.

Seaford Community Cinema presents ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’ cert. 18
Date: Friday 25 April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford
Tickets £5/£6 available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre
www.seafordcinema.org

Seaford Community Cinema presents ‘Philomena’ Cert 12A

Date: Saturday 26 April
Time: 2.30pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford
Tickets £5/£6 available from Seaford Tourist Information Centre
www.seafordcinema.org

Seaford Rotary Club Boot, Craft & Produce Fair
Date: Sunday 27 April
Time: 9am
Where: Martello Field, Seaford
Email: mike.j.roper@googlemail.com call: 01323 873988

Seaford Town Council – Town Forum
Date: Tuesday 29 April
Time: 7pm
Where: Council Chamber, 37 Church Street, Seaford
www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/pdf/agenda/2014:04:29-06.13.pdf

What’s on in Newhaven and Peacehaven this April

Thanks to the brilliant Newhaven Town and Peacehaven Town website and the Newhaven Town Council and Peacehaven Town Council website for these listings.

Peacehaven Cinema presents – ‘Saving Mr Banks’
Date: Wednesday 02 April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Community House, Meridian Centre, Peacehaven
Email: info@peacehavencouncil.co.uk call: 01273 585493

Newhaven and Peacehaven U3A
Date: Thursday -3 April
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Where: Baptist Church Hall, Church Hill, Newhaven
Email: adadyscribe_one@hotmail.co.uk call: 01273 515333

Bingo
Date: Friday 11 April 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Main Hall Community House, Peacehaven

Blood Donation
Date: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Main Hall Community House, Peacehaven

Hillcrest Film Society – ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ cert.15
Date: Saturday 19 April
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Hillcrest Community Centre, Hillcrest Road, BN9 9EA
Email: film@hillcrestcentre.co.uk call: 01273 512376

Seaford tennis club: three months' free membership

Seaford Tennis club are looking for new members and are exclusively offering three months' free membership to anyone requesting a valuation with us before the end of April.

The offer is worth up to £115 depending on what class of membership is taken up.

The club boasts a modern clubhouse with seven courts all fully flood light, four porous acrylic all weather courts and three all-weather astro courts.

There is a full programme of tennis events, competitions and social events, and in 2012 the club was voted East Sussex Tennis Club of the Year due to the tremendous job done in encouraging Juniors. The Club coach, Dan Stoner, has a full programme of LTA mini tennis and the club welcomes players of any age or ability.


For full details of the club go to www.seafordtennis.com.

To take up the offer, please show your valuation letter from Phillip Mann to the club on joining.

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