I haven't made a quiche in long time.
But I have so much chard in the garden and I wanted to do something different.
And I had 3 ripe tomatoes.
This is a 'side dish' quiche…. just the rice and vegetables. We had it with grilled chicken breasts.
Of course, you could just add a salad and call it dinner…..
I always use rice for the crust. It's much healthier than the traditional pastry… and easier too, especially if you cook the rice earlier. Use either brown or Basmati rice.
Chard and Tomato Quiche
Preparation and cooking time: 60 minutes
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking brown rice
- 1 cup chicken stock to yield 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
- 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 8oz (250gr) chard
- 1 red onion
- 2 – 3 tomatoes
- 2oz (60gr) cup Cheddar cheese, sliced
- 3 tbs snipped fresh chives
- 3 tbs snipped fresh basil
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) cup milk
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt
- The rice: Cook the rice in stock.
- When done, spread the rice on a plate to cool for 5 minutes before making crust.
- The crust: Lightly whisk 1 egg.
- Mix cooked rice, cheese and egg.
- Pat into a lightly oiled quiche or 10" (25cm) pie plate, working it up the sides a bit for the edges.
- Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes.
- The filling: Thinly slice tomato.
- Chop onion.
- Stack the leaves together and fold over, the long way. Slice into thin strips, using both leaves and stems, keeping stems separate.
- Heat oil in nonstick skillet, add onion, stems and sauté until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add chard leaves, stir to combine and get it all in the skillet, cover and remove from heat to wilt leaves.
- Whisk 3 eggs, yogurt and milk together.
- To assemble: When crust is done, remove from oven.
- Spread chard evenly over the crust.
- Top with the sliced cheese and tomatoes
- Sprinkle with herbs.
- Pour egg mixture over all and bake, 30 minutes, 400F (200C). When done the center should be firm or with a very slight jiggle.
- Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before cutting.
Note: I usually put the quiche dish on a baking sheet to make it easier to handle – it gets kind of full.
Mon mari has been doing trim.
The floor is done, varnished several times and ready for furniture.
Now he just has to finish the trim….
And the fireplace.
Then we get to move furniture again….
What? Never seen a stag beetle?
He's there, on the tree…. where he landed after mon mari knocked him off the hose.
You surely didn't think I would get near it, did you?
Here's a closeup of it.
The stag beetle is about 3 inches (7 – 8cm) long and about an inch (2.5cm) wide.
And they are the slowest, clumsiest bug I've ever seen.
On the ground they move at the pace of a snail.
If they get flipped on their back they just lie there, slowly waving their legs.
When they are in the air they are so big, and so slow, they can just barely avoid the snapping jaws of a puppy.
As far as I can tell the only thing that keeps them alive is that they're too big to step on and too creepy to swat.
Here are our geraniums.