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Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Around the World in 30 Weekends" -Weekend 1-France

Dish name: Spinach and mushrooms ‘Quiche’
Though Tokyo and London has unseated Paris as the world’s culinary capital, for all practical purposes, ‘French cuisine’ is still considered as the ultimate cuisine.
What better place could I start my culinary journey of ‘Around the world in 30 weekends’ other than France?
I decided to make ‘Quiche’. In French cuisine, a quiche is a baked dish that is based on a custard made from eggs and milk or cream in a pastry crust. Other ingredients such as cooked chopped meat, vegetables, or cheese are often added to the egg mixture before the quiche is baked. Quiche is generally an open pie (i.e. does not contain a pastry covering), but may include an arrangement of tomato slices or pastry off-cuts for a decorative finish. Quiche can be eaten warm but is more commonly eaten cold, making it a suitable component of the food served in a typical summer picnic.

I have baked quiches several times before and this one is my favorite vegetable combo. It is a great way to get kids to eat vegetables and eggs. ‘E’ loves to eat this quiche with ….what else???…Ketchup! Its ‘M’s favorite dish too. Whenever we go grocery shopping to Wegmans, he wants to pick one up from the eatery section. I always promise him to bake one myself .....yes..I do!

So here we go to France…

1 Ready to bake frozen pie crust
6 eggs
1 bag baby spinach finely chopped
1&1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
¾ cup pepper jack cheese
½ cup mozzarella/cheddar cheese
1tbsp whole milk/heavy cream
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1/8tsp black pepper
1tsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1) Preheat oven to 375
2) Bake the empty pie crust for about 8 mins.
3) Heat 1tsp olive oil; add the finely chopped spinach and 1/2 of the mushrooms. Saute for 3-5 mins. Add salt, black pepper. Turn down the heat. Keep the pan in slanting position to drain all the excess liquid. Gently press the vegetables and get out all the excess liquid. This can be used in soup later.
3) Whisk 6 eggs and milk. Add the cooked vegetables and half of the pepper jack and cheddar cheese.
4) Pour into the half baked pie crust, top with remaining cheese, red pepper flakes, arrange remaining mushrooms in circles and bake for about 45-50 mins till the eggs set and top turns golden brown.
5) Cut into wedges and serve (with Ketchup if you like!)


  1. Yummmm........this looks amazing..
    Can you make your photos a little bigger. I think the pics are so nice, that they should stand out.

  2. Arre I haven't still gotten good at editing here in blogspot.If I have to upload more than 1 picture..it cannot do it as I want.So I am posting either 'small' or medium' size.
    Any suggestion on how to do that?

  3. This looks intresting......I have made Fritta - Quiche minus the pie base with spinach & mushroom (veggies in very moderate qty though)should try this out sometime..........