Saturday, October 20, 2007

Mushroom Quiche: or how to find calm on a week night

Every so often, life gets crazy and we stop enjoying making dinner. We still cook to eat, but it's the fast, uninspired stuff that gets you through the week. When cooking stops being fun, and starts being a chore, I know my life could use a little more balance.
I decided to make quiche. Not the fast, low-fat, freezer pastry version. The sort that requires blind baking and butter and - well, time. I skipped the gym. I got out my new flan pan - I hadn't even christened it since Ryan bought it for me. I put on the radio instead of the TV, and I didn't even look at my computer.
Pastry Making requires my Women's Weekly Basic Cooking book. I substituted wholemeal flour, but otherwise didn't mess with the experts. I rested the dough in the freezer. I chopped leeks and mushrooms and grated cheese. I rolled and blind baked the crust. I whisked eggs and sour cream.
I poured myself a glass of wine.
I assembled the quiche, and had to add another egg and some milk to completely cover the veggies. While it was cooking, I boiled some potatoes and zapped the beans. The whole thing was ready 10 minutes before Ryan walked in the door at quarter to ten.
He asked me what I'd done with my evening.
"Nothing," I said. "Just dinner."
Mushroom Quiche
1 Cup wholemeal flour (plain)
90g butter
3 eggs (one separated)
lemon juice (as needed)
60g grated parmesan cheese
1 green onion, finely chopped
3/4 Cup finely sliced leek
1 Cup finely sliced mushroom
1/2 Cup sour cream
Sift the flour and rub in the butter. Add 1 egg yolk, and enough lemon juice to make the dough cling together when pressed (I didn't need any juice)
Knead the pastry until smooth, then wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll the pastry thin enough to cover your flan tin. Carefully lift the pastry into the tin and push into the edges. Cover with greaseproof paper, place dried beans or rice on the paper, and bake at 180 degrees for 7 minutes. Remove the beans and bake for another 7 minutes. Let the pastry cool to room temperature.
Cover the pastry base with the cheese, then arrange onion, leek and mushooms on top. Combine eggs and cream including the leftover egg white; beat until combined. Pour over the veggies. Bake until set and browned lightly (about 20 minutes).


Jade H said...

that looks divine!!! I really should have dinner now lol.

kazari_lu said...

Thanks Jade!
it's pretty simple really, just a bit time consuming.

Red Dirt Mummy said...

It's funny how something that we love can turn into a chore when we have to churn out a meal night after night. I often turn to a quiche as well but must admit, those are the nights I'm most likely to turn to a cooked chook from the local shop.