Sausage and Broccoli Quiche; credit cards

I decided it was time to make a quiche.

I haven’t been making them lately…. partly because I wasn’t buying any suitable vegetables.

I wasn’t buying any suitable vegetables because I had a plethora of spaghetti squash to get through.

I like that word…. plethora. I think I’ll use it more often.

I’ve noticed a dearth of imaginative, intelligent words in the news recently. I shall wage my own, minuscule battle against the trend.

And whilst we do it – we’ll eat quiche.

Sausage and Broccoli Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes


  • Crust:
  • 2 medium potatoes, 12oz (360gr) total, shredded (not peeled)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Filling:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10oz (300gr) sausage, removed from casing or thinly sliced
  • 6oz (180gr) broccoli, cut into florets, including stem
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 4oz (120gr) Gruyere, sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil, plus a bit for the dish
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek or plain yogurt

Sausage & Broccoli Quiche


  • Crust:
  • Mix shredded potato, salt 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 15 minutes.
  • Filling:
  • Put broccoli in a saucepan with an inch of water.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Remove and drain.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in skillet. Add onions and sauté until tender.
  • Add sausage and sauté until cooked through.
  • Add paprika, herbs, and remove from heat.
  • Whisk eggs, yogurt, mustard, and milk together.
  • To assemble:
  • Spread the onion / sausage over the baked crust.
  • Add the broccoli, tucking it in to lie flat.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over all.
  • Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until center has set.
  • Remove and let rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

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We left the US just as the easy credit boom was starting. Between the 2 of us we had personal credit lines and credit cards that would have allowed us to borrow / spend close to a million dollars. It really was getting to be a game to see just how much available credit we could get. Most of our credit cards, and we both had many of them, had credit limits of between $15,000 – $25,000.

As tempting as it was, we did not see how much we could buy.

We moved to Ireland. We applied for a credit card with our new bank. They were happy to give us one.

One, for the two of us…. Not one each.

And the credit limit was $450.

No, I did not misplace the decimal point.

Flash forward 20 years.

We’ve gotten used to living without credit. Our bank-issued Visa or Mastercard is a debit card, not a credit card.

Most big purchases, like lawn mowers, washers, dryers, etc. offer interest free payment plans for 3 or 5 or 7 months so that is all easy and cheaper than putting it on a credit card.

We ran into our first snag this week.

We decided to put in a swimming pool.

We hadn’t been interested in having a pool because, while we have lots of space for one, we really didn’t have a good place for it. We didn’t just want to plop a pool down in the middle of the field.

Mon mari came up with the great idea of putting an above-ground pool off of our balcony. With a deck around it will be a ‘walk-out’ from the main part of the house.

They’re not terribly expensive…. something I wouldn’t have thought twice about putting on a credit card – or just using the line of credit that comes with US checking accounts (or did).

So I went to our bank to ask what was available as the company wasn’t offering any financing.

No, the bank didn’t offer such a thing as a ‘revolving line of credit’ (gasp!), but they were happy to do a proper loan with a really low interest rate.


Life is still different here.

Did I mention we’re getting a pool?

Last update on March 7, 2018

6 thoughts on “Sausage and Broccoli Quiche; credit cards”

  1. I know what you mean about easy credit. I don’t remember having a credit card in Australia. I had a debit card. Once we moved to London in 1997 and got a steady job I got a credit card. The initial limit was £5000 I think. Every six months I was offered a higher limit. I could have gone up to probably £30K. Every time they offered I declined. Every time I declined they informed me that it would harm my credit rating! Anyway, I still have that credit card, for emergencies. Every so often I ring up the nice people in India who manage it and remind them that I have it for emergencies only. It works fine these days and nobody bothers offering me an increased limit. I discussed personal loans at the beginning of last year with our French bank. Apparently we do enough business with them to automatically qualify for an affordable loan of the sum I asked about (€7000). In the end I didn’t take them up on it, but it was an interesting exchange of information.

    • It’s always interesting here. Even after 20 years I’m still amazed by the things that I don’t know and how different life is. I also still appreciate it!

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