Many years ago I traveled to Europe with my (then) family. I remembered waking up angry each morning then easing into the day slowly.
I loved Switzerland for the mountains and snow-caped rooftops . Black forest and all it’s scenery. The bus rides along the country. Eating lunch with the Matterhorn in the background.
Europe felt more like home than home did at that time.
Then we headed for France. I loved the architecture. The beauty of Paris and it’s surroundings – be it day or night. I admit, the Eiffel Tower is an amazing structure, most definitely. It just didn’t come off as romantic as what they make it out to be in the movies.
I have always been in love with France. The food, the architecture, the fashion, the music.
So, today I tried for the very first time, to make quiche.
I even made the crust from scratch.
- 400g all purpose flour
- 200g unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
- 100ml cold water
- 1 tspn salt
Method: Rub flour with cold butter till it gives a crumb consistency. Add water gradually till all comes together. Roll into ball and flatten to a small disc. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and start rolling out to suitable size to fit your pie tin. Blind back for about 15 minutes and set aside.
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 150gm frozen spinach
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup ham (i used chicken ham)
- 2 cups shredded cheese (i used cheddar)
- 1 cup cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper/paprika
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
Method: Cook spinach, onions and ham in a pan till onions are cooked through and spinach has thawed. In a bowl mix eggs, milk, seasonings and shredded cheese. Now, drop dollops of cream cheese onto crust and top with the cooked spinach. Lastly, pour egg mixture all over.
Bake for about 45 minutes in an 190 degree Celsius preheated oven. Cover during the last 15 minutes to avoid burning the crust.
I made one 9″ quiche, and 6 mini quiches.
Reminded me of Paris instantly!!