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Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Julia Child. We both have our Mastering the Art of French Cooking books and we both enjoy watching her videos. This is the second recipe I’ve posted from Julia. The first was Reine de Saba, her favorite chocolate and almond french cake. My second recipe is her Quiche Lorraine.

At home, usually on Sundays the one who makes breakfast is dad, since he’s the one that wakes up earlier than the rest of us most of the times. This Sunday I thought I’d surprise him with making breakfast… and a nice one! I had a pastry dough disc from a recipe I made a few days ago, so I just rolled it out and baked it filled with dried beans so it wouldn’t puff up. Oh, and the dish (the Quiche dish, that is), it’s my favorite now. Last Thursday we went out with Helga to get some props for foodies, and in one of our stops… I saw it! It’s gorgeous, white and incredibly cute. So, it was a perfect fit for both a family breakfast and a Julia recipe.

Now, about the recipe… Have you ever simmered bacon? I never heard of it until I read this recipe. The reason you simmer the bacon strips is to get rid the bacon of its smokiness. If you don’t simmer the bacon, the entire dish will have that smoky flavor… And we don’t want a smoky Quiche. Besides that, this is the perfect dish to prepare ahead. You can easily prepare the mixture and partially bake the shell the night before and just finish baking it just before serving. As Julia states in her book: Half an hour before serving, the filling is poured into the shell and the Quiche is set up in a 375º degree oven. In 25 to 30 minutes the Quiche will have puffed and the top browned. It will stay puffed for 10 minutes and as it cools it will sink down.

So there you have it, tips from Julia herself.

Bon Appétit!

Kitty

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Blackberry and Grape Fruit Salad

It was my mom’s birthday last month, and as part of her celebrations I invited her and my sisters over to have breakfast at my apartment.  I browsed through our recipes and decided to make our Chocolate Pancakes (this was a hugely successful recipe), and some Banana Blueberry Pancakes as well.  I used our Blueberry Pancake recipe, and just added 1 pureed banana to the mix.

This post is really about the fruit salad I made, but I also wanted to share photos of everything I served so you can get ideas for your next breakfast or brunch get together. The menu featured store-bought croissants, a platter of cheese, ham and grapes, fruit salad, chocolate pancakes, blueberry-banana pancakes, whipped cream, mango juice and coffee. I also had a little bowl with pastel colored little meringues, just because they looked pretty.  I always try to mix different flavors in all my menus so I had something salty, something sweet and something fresh to offer.

This salad is different from what you would usually expect,  it includes blackberries, plums, and grapes.  I skipped on the blueberries, since all I can get my hands on around here are frozen ones, so I just added more blackberries and I also decided to add some green grapes and almonds to the mix, which gave it a nice pop of color.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Helga

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Roasted Red Grapefruit with Honey and Yogurt

Roasted citric fruits is a novel concept for me. I’ve been looking around and there are quite a few recipes in which you can try this.  For example, chicken with roasted limes, it’s said that the flavor of the limes rises to whole new levels and I am eager to try some.

I wanted to choose a simple recipe for roasted citrus fruit so I could really get a taste of it, so when I was at the grocery store and eyed these red grapefruits, I knew it was just the thing to try this method with.  It is perfect to serve for a fancy brunch, or as a light dessert following a heavy meal.  You could serve it with vanilla ice cream, instead of yogurt and try the recipe out with regular oranges or blood oranges.

Oh wait, I didn’t tell you what they taste like!  Of course, the added sugar makes these sweet and because we’re putting them under the broiler, the natural sugar in the fruit also caramelizes. You get a tender texture, with sweet-caramelized-citrus flavor.  The added yogurt and honey are a must have when you try this.  The combination is delicious.

Helga

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Cauliflower Hash with Fried Egg

Hi guys, I’m back!  I took a much needed vacation with my hubby and am now ready to tackle the holidays.  I had this post in my drafts folder, which I wanted to share with you before I left… but you know how it is with all the organizing and packing. I made this Cauliflower Hash as a side dish a few weeks ago, and I think it’s an excellent choice for a weekend brunch or to pair with some soup for a cozy dinner.

Hash is essentially a mixture of diced potatoes, vegetables, spices and sometimes meats.  It’s primarily a breakfast food, you can dice up anything you can think of such as a mixture of potatoes and sweet potatoes mixed with some bacon and onions.  This particular version includes cauliflower, which makes it a very tasty way to sneak in some vegetables.  The original recipe has some spinach in there, so feel free to add some after step 4.   Just add it to the pan, and move it around for a few minutes until they it’s wilted.  You can also add some chopped bell pepper, which I think would make an excellent addition.

Helga

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