April 16, 2015

Spring has sprung… (pt. 3)

And now, we come to the “nesting” part of my story…
(This is where my beloved electronic cutting machine comes into play.)

DSCN2062Since there are 3 chicks in my nest…20150119_091553 I removed the holiday berries & left the lovely blue eggs.
The Graphics Fairy is a favorite site of mine! Her vintage images are so perfect for cards & other art projects. Today I used a piece of French sheet music. I set it up to print multiples in my Silhouette software.DSCN2081I printed front & back.DSCN2078The cutter sliced such lovely shredsDSCN2315for me to weave into the nest.DSCN2083Precious, right?DSCN2082
Every nest needs a loving mama & papa…DSCN2084
famport(mini family photo shoot)
Now the nest is perched above our entryDSCN2103symbolizing the love nurtured here.DSCN2115

Bacon Asparagus Quiche - gluten free

elisabethjean_aspareggOur Improv Cooking Challenge for April is how to get my youngest to eat eggs! (Actually, the challenge could have been how to get the family to eat asparagus; but they love it grilled or oven-roasted in olive oil…) But, adding bacon to any dish ensures everyone will partake.

My go-to quiche crust recipe is made with oil, stirred up right in the dish, and then the pastry is pressed out & up the sides of the plate.elisabethjean_asparegg

Blend dry ingredients, then stir in the liquids. Mix until dough forms a ball, then line quiche dish.

For the filling I decided I would supplement the asparagus/bacon/egg flavor(s) with a healthy dose of green onion:

  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 12 oz. bacon, cooked, but not too crisp
  • 1-1/2 cups cream
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 t. Kosher salt
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • fresh-cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. grated Swiss cheese

Chop the vegetables & bacon into smaller pieces. Put remaining ingredients, except for cheese, into blender. Place vegetable mixture into crust & top with cheese. Pour in the cream/egg mix. Bake @350° for 45 minutes, or until done. 

While the crust was pre-baking (@400° for 10 minutes) I lightly sautéed the bacon & veggies.elisabethjean_aspareggAfter the crust came out of the oven, in went that mixture.elisabethjean_aspareggI let it cool slightly, then topped with the cheese.elisabethjean_aspareggNext, I pulsed the ingredients in the blender until they were yellowy-creamy…elisabethjean_asparegg(Since the filling was so plenteous, I made a second, wheat-flour crust for the boys.) …then poured the mix over the veggies & all in the crust.elisabethjean_aspareggThe feathery asparagus tips were then arranged on top in a pattern quite artistic manner.elisabethjean_asparegg

The quiche(s) baked for an agonizing 45 minutes (oh! the aroma!) until the center was firm.elisabethjean_aspareggThey cooled for a bit while the table was set…elisabethjean_aspareggand then they were devoured!elisabethjean_asparegg


Here are the asparagus & egg dishes my friends made: