5/03/2017

Sonia's Quiche Lorraine Recipe


Sonia is my French sister-in-law and she cooks like a dream, at the same time works full-time, so she is an unachievable inspiration for me. When she has guests, she has a few go-to recipes that everybody loves and she gave me the details of her quiche lorraine that I have adapted somewhat and posted here. It's simple and tasty. This dish is perfect with a mixed green salad, topped off with her delicious dressing. Today, I just made the quiche and thought I should share it here.

Shortcrust
500g flour
1 tsp salt
250g soft butter/alternative margarine
8 tbsp water
2 Eggs

Topping
8 eggs
500ml milk
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
250-400g bacon or ham bits (fry them in a pan to let out the fat, let fat drain on kitchen roll. Sonia's original recipe called for 400g, I prefer using only 250g)
250-300g Emmental cheese, grated (Sonia's recipe called for 200g, but I wanted a tad more.)

Preparing the pans with the crust. Frying the bacon bits.
  1. Prepare the crust in a medium-sized bowl mix all the ingredients with a spoon until the dough holds together. Eventually, with cold hands knead the dough slightly. Portion the dough in a buttered baking pan AND another buttered small pan or, if available, in a quiche form. Spread the dough lightly with your fingers throughout the pans so that no holes are present. You don’t have to press them up the sides. Stab all over with a fork.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the eggs and milk for the topping. Season with a little salt (careful, because the bacon bits are a little salty, too), pepper and Cayenne Pepper.
Spices in now or when the mixture is spread over the pans.
  1. Spread the fried/drained bacon bits, and the emmental cheese on the dough of the two pans. Pour the egg-milk-mixture over the two pans.
  2. Bake both pans in a pre-heated convection oven at 200°C for 30 minutes (If you want to bake at a conventional setting, then approx. 40 minutes, but the pans can only be baked one-by-one, so who wants that? Sonia always bakes with the convection setting). 
    First the bits, then the cheese, then the egg-milk-mixture.
The strawberries jumped in for the missing green salad.
With a green salad this is enough for a family of four - six depending on the hunger level. Also, quiche is great as part of a buffet.

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4/28/2017

New Creative Goals 2017 / 2018


So, after a year of hard work and dedication, my path to my teaching certification came to a crashing halt. I almost made it. I got all my homeworks done: an admissions quilt, 5 topical quilts, a class that I gave in front of my fellow teachers-in-the-making, finishing instructions for a pillow suitable for children.

This is my certificate quilt 2016/2017 - unfinished
Unfortunately, I miscalculated the efforts needed to finish my certificate quilt, which is shown here on this post, set up on a self-made quilting frame that I put together. It was hand pieced with EPP (English Paper Piecing) and it was hand quilted with a braided pattern. Well, the quilting is only 3/4 done, so I will pick it up at the guild office and finish it off for my sense of well-being. To get my certificate, I will have to design and execute a new certificate quilt. The Patchwork Guild will send the topic to me in May and I will have a full year's time to get it done. This time I will succeed.

A selfie of me trying very hard to get the quilt done.
That is one goal that I have. The other goals are: creating beautiful quilty things, writing regularly in this blog, creating videos in my channel, setting up a shop in Etsy and/or DaWanda, giving lessons, taking lessons (especially Hand- and Machine-Quilting).

Hmm, I could go on, but that could be a little ridiculous, as I do have a day job of 6 hours/day. I sing in a church choir and I plan to dance with my dance troupe, plus I love to cook, bake, do photography, paint and do all sorts of creative things. Let me try to stay realistic, otherwise in one year I will be disappointed again regarding the status of my certificate quilt.

This is me turning over a new leaf. Let the fun begin.