‘In French cuisine, a quiche (IPA: [ki:ʃ]) is a baked dish that is made primarily of eggs and milk or cream in a pastry crust. Other ingredients such as cooked chopped meat, vegetables, or cheese are often added to the egg mixture before the quiche is baked’-this is what the wiki says about the quiche.
I tried to make my own combinations to rustle up a quiche. I did’nt go to the extent of making the pastry myself, but used a store bought one. The results were quite good. I accompanied it with some fresh salad, and served for dinner. The kids ate, the hubby and dad ate, the wife, mum and cook ate…every one gave a thumbs up. Needless to say , the wife, mum and cook heaved a sigh of relief…
350 gm pack of ready rolled shortcrust pastry
1 onion, sliced
2 pods of garlic, crushed
1 small broccoli, cut into small florets
1C sweet corn
100 gms of button mushrooms, sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
150 ml milk
2 tblsp olive oil
75 gm cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp mixed herbs (I used a mix of dried oregano, basil,thyme, rosemary, sage)
Salt to taste
Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables , mushrooms and herbs, season with salt , cook for another 10 minutes and remove from heat.
Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 190 deg cen. Unroll the pastry sheet and use to line an 8 inch flan dish. Prick all over with a fork and line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with any dried beans or peas( I used chick peas). In fact you also get fancy baking beans in the market for this purpose,( to stop the dough from slipping down the sides). I’ve never used them and just try to make use of any dry beans or peas at my disposal. Now, bake the pastry case blind for 10 minutes.
Remove the greaseproof paper and whatever beans or peas put in it, and fill the pastry case with the vegetable mixture.The pastry case should not be very cold, so it is better not to prepare it too much in advance. I think I filled it to much, a little lower would have been better…not that it affected the taste in any way, though…would have just looked a little better with the case at a higher level…
Beat together the eggs and milk, and stir in the cheese. Pour this mixture into the pastry case over the vegetable mixture.