Friday, July 18, 2008

Camping : Quiche.

Finally we got the chance to go camping this year!! :)

We decided that the big meals will be typical camping meals - of course, one of the fun things going camping is all those meals over firepit, grill, and such. Surely though, 'I' have to cook/bake something!! Everybody kinda give in with that thoughts already, dessert and sweet stuff, sure. As long as I don't try to drag the entire kitchen with me. Heehee.

Plus, we are the only one that has next to zero camping equipment. The few camping things we took with us from KY were the tent and 1 sleeping bag. So, I feel like we have to contribute in something, yes? Since everything else will be borrowed from everyone else' stuff. :D

So..Light quiche and cold cucumber salad as Friday night meal. Few nibbles: Lemon Bars and Mexican Wedding Cookies. Peach Coffee-cake. Lemon Blueberry sponge cake. And fruit cocktail with almond pudding.

- 1 pie shell (store bought or home-made)
- 2 eggs
- handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tbs parsley, chopped
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- pinch of nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- 1 box of spinach
- broccolis, chopped/ cut to small florets
- 1 carrots, shred
- 1/2 onion, cut to thin rings (optional)

- Whisk together cheese, parsley, oregano, milk, half and half, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Give it a taste (whether need extra cheese, etc), before adding eggs to it. Mix in eggs, whisk.
- Bake empty pie shell in preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes.
- Heat 2 tbs olive oil in pan and cook onions until it caramelizes. Let cool for a little bit.
- Assemble quiche by pouring caramelized onions to the shell. Spread it thinly to cover the base of shell.
- Scatter the spinach, then broccoli, shredded carrots, to fill up the quiche shell.
- Gently pour the liquid ingredients on top of vegetables. Add some shredded swiss on top of it.
- Slide it back to oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the eggs/liquid part is set.

Typical quiche is richer, denser and creamier, due to more eggs, cheese (swiss/gruyere) and using whole milk and/or cream. Very tempted to make it that way, but imagining that we'd be eating burgers, sausages, chicken, peameal bacon, eggs breakfast for the next two days camping - I thought better and made less guilt quiche. Wishful thinking. We were hungry and exhausted after putting up tent in heavy rain that after we had quiche, we fired up the grill and ate some more!!

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