If I had an obsessive / compulsive tendency it would be about books.
I unpacked my books today.
When I packed them up 4 years ago I got rid of lots of them.
But not nearly as many as I should.
The problem I have with books, the obsessive bit, is that if I like an author I want all of their books.
Even when the author loses their edge and starts pumping out mindless drivel I still buy the books.
Once I have all of their books, I keep them.
I tell myself that I keep the bad ones so that I don't forget that they're rubbish and buy them again when I realize my collection isn't complete.
I'm not sure I believe me.
Wouldn't you think I would be capable of getting rid of books that I haven't read in years? That are so bad I would be embarrassed to have a stranger on a plane see me reading it?
I'll have another look tomorrow…. Maybe I'll be stronger.
I have them all unpacked, but not organized and put away yet.
That's the other problem I have with books: I can't just put them on a shelf. Once they're in my hands I have to open them and flip through the pages and read a sentence here, a paragraph there.
Time-consuming, but fun.
I did find 3 cook books I had totally forgotten about.
I need more cook books.
I also need more quiche….
Especially easy quiche with lots and lots of flavor.
1/2 cup brown rice
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese
1 cup milk
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
4oz (120gr) mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry-cured Greek olives, pitted and sliced
8oz (250gr) dry-cured sausage – salami, pepperoni, or similar, sliced
3oz (90gr) feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) Parmesan cheese
1 tbs capers
1 tsp marjoram
1 tbs olive oil, divided
The crust: Cook brown rice in stock according to package directions. Can be done ahead or even the night before. Lightly oil a 9" (22 cm) pie or quiche plate. Lightly whisk 1 egg. Add 1/4 cup cheese and the cooked rice. Mix well. Pat into the quiche plate, working it up the sides as best you can. Bake in 375F (185C) oven for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Note: If you cook rice just before using, spread it on a plate to cool a bit before adding it to the egg.
The filling: Heat remaining oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, mushrooms, garlic and sauté 7 – 8 minutes, until tender. When crust is done, spread mixture evenly over rice. Arrange sausage on top of vegetables. Sprinkle with herbs, olives, capers and feta cheese.
Whisk remaining 2 eggs well. Add milk and whisk to combine. Pour over all. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and bake for 45 minutes, until nicely browned and it barely 'wiggles' in the center. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Note: I put the quiche/pie plate on a pizza pan before pouring the egg/milk over. Makes it easier to get into the oven and catches any drips and spills – saving oven clean-up.
Now…. If I could magically convert all of my books to my Kindle, at no additional charge, do you think I'd get rid of them? (I'm only talking paperbacks, now)
I might think about it….