Usually when I make quiche it’s as a main course, filled with both meat and vegetables.
For a change, I decided to have it as a side dish – well, a combination side dish, working as both the rice and the vegetable.
Also, for a change, I kept it simple, just using spring vegetables.
Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Quiche
Total time: 65 minutes
- The Crust:
- 1/2 cup Basmati rice
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- 1 egg
- The Filling:
- 18 – 20 asparagus spears, cut to fit a bit less than half the diameter of the quiche plate
- 9 – 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 4 green garlic, thinly sliced,m including green tops
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- The crust:
- Cook rice in stock according to package directions. Can be done ahead or the day before.
- If rice is just cooked, spread it on a plate to cool for 5 minutes before adding to egg.
- Oil a 9″ (22 cm) pie or quiche plate.
- Lightly whisk 1 egg.
- Add 1/4 cup of the cheese and the cooked rice. Mix well.
- Pat into the quiche plate, working it up the sides as best you can.
- Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove and set aside.
- The filling:
- Heat water in a saucepan over high heat.
- When boiling, add asparagus and blanch for 3 minutes.
- Drain and refresh under cold water.
- Dry on paper towels.
- Saute green garlic in oil until tender.
- In medium bowl whisk 3 eggs well.
- Add milk, yogurt and whisk to combine.
- To assemble:
- Spread green garlic on rice crust
- Arrange the asparagus spears like the spokes on a wheel, radiating out from the center
- Put a tomato half, cut side down, between each asparagus spear.
- Pour the egg mixture over all, sprinkle with cheese and bake for 30 minutes.
- 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.
Why is it, whenever I try to do things the easy way, it ends up being twice as difficult and takes three times longer than it would have had I done it the hard way?
That doesn’t make sense, does it?
Let me explain.
We had friends here last week. They were renting a car for a little driving adventure.
I offered mon mari’s mobile phone for them to take with them… just in case.
He has an old, pay-as-you go phone.
When they got back, my friend couldn’t find the phone.
As it was old and only had a week or so of time left on it I wasn’t upset.
Actually, it was just the kick I needed to upgrade my mobile.
I had recently gotten an email from the phone company, reminding me that I could upgrade my phone. I get to do that every 2 years for 1 euro. (No, the free phones don’t include the latest and greatest – it’s a Samsung Galaxy for those who care)
Anyway… Why not?
I discovered I could give mon mari my old phone (much newer than his old phone), get him a proper contract, get a new phone for me and save money over all.
That was when my friend found the phone….
Now I really didn’t care.
I placed my orders.
I had a choice of having my phone delivered to my house or the local Tabac (tobacco shop. Tobacco shops sell all sorts of things – books, magazines, fishing and hunting gear and licences, candy and, apparently, act as drop boxes)
I elected to have it delivered to the house.
It was delivered to the Tabac.
Still, all pretty easy so far.
Today I got the SIM card for mon mari.
Along with instructions to print out the contract from the internet, fill it out in triplicate, and send it, along with a copy of official identification, the last three months of my electric bill and the bank RIB to the designated address. Then, I wait for them to process it and send a letter back, with my copy of the contract, that they have now signed, and instructions on how to activate the SIM card.
I have to do all this, even though I have a contract with them for our internet, internet phone and my mobile.
I managed all this because it was easier to do it over the internet than to go into the Orange store and do it in person.
Tomorrow I go into the Orange store, with all my papers, and finish it in person.