Too Hot to Eat

Finally, some Hot Summer Weather has hit the Bay Area. Woo-hoo!

But with the heat comes a lack of appetite and increased thirst – for me, at least. I’m not one for eating out. It’s a treat when I do, so I whipped-up another specialty of mine that’s light but filling and can be served hot, warm, or cold. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a light snack!

Quiche Michelle

Preheat oven to 375°F

Ingredients (per 8″ pie):

  • 1 layer pie crust* (Too lazy to make my own; I buy the pre-made ones that come 2 per pack.)
  • 1-1/2 to 2 yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup Swiss (or Gruyere) cheese, grated
  • Freshly-grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

*keep frozen until ready to fill

Saute onions in EVOO until soft and lightly caramelized.

Lightly mix the eggs and cream together. Add the freshly-grated nutmeg and pinch of pepper (I salt the onions during cooking so I skip adding more). Take pie crust out of freezer and arrange the caramelized onions in the bottom. Sprinkle the cheese over the onions then carefully pour egg/cream mixture on top. (You may have to wiggle the pan a little to get the mixture to distribute evenly.)

Bake 45-50 minutes and allow to set for 5 minutes before serving.

This quiche is great with some white wine or beer – BUT you just can’t beat this concoction when it’s hot out. It’s smooth, sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

Brazilian Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup Agave sweetener
  • 1/2 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 cups ice cold water
  • Rum (optional)

Juice the lemons and limes into a large glass pitcher (straining pulp and seeds). Add the Agave, SCM, and 1 cup of the water. Stir well to combine.

Add remaining water, stir and serve. At this point, a shot of rum in the glass will make it even better. ¡SALUD!

ℳ –

Here Comes the Sun

Do-Do-DO-Do…

June 4, 2017

The day started off with me baking a Vegetable Pot Pie (complete with Sun-embellished crust) – then having some for brunch.

Next up:  The Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival to see Strawberry Souls play most excellent Beatles tunes, soak up the Sun – and stroll around.

This purr-fect day ended with our Sun-shiny State taking the wind out of the Cavaliers! The dynamic duo of Curry-Durant led the charge, but the entire Warriors line-up is a “Dream Team” if there ever was one. Even Santa Clara’s own Stan’s Donuts were flying their colors:

(If I’m gonna eat a donut it HAS to be from Stan’s.)

ℳ –

Four-letter word that starts with “F”

F-O-O-D

(You thought the title referred to something else, didn’t you?)

Although “Edible Delights” is one of my “7 Heavenly Lusts…”  most times I eat because I HAVE to – not because I want to. For example:  I can’t tolerate food when I first get up in the morning. Coffee is MANDATORY, but I won’t eat for another 1-2 hours. Of course, if I wait TOO long then I get low blood sugar (weak, grumpy, fuzzy thinking, etc). Another 15-30 minutes and I get REALLY, REALLY GRUMPY!!! Best not come near me at that point, just shove food at me. My metabolism runs high.

Being a vegetarian and a health-conscious fitness-vixen also means I’m careful about what I eat and WHEN I eat it. People who regularly engage in physical fitness of some kind always ask me how they can lose those few extra pounds/inches that just won’t budge. Aside from watching what you put in your mouth, I tell them “Don’t eat at night” (Glass of milk, yogurt, some fruit – anything light). And only the OCCASIONAL beer – thumbs up on cocktails/wine.

What got me to thinking about food was a friend exclaiming “You eat french fries?!?” the other night. Well, the basket was just sitting there and no one was eating them – so I filched a couple. OK maybe I had 6. No ketchup. French fries aren’t a guilty pleasure, but I do indulge from time-to-time on a few decadent items. WE ALL DO – ADMIT IT. The key is “from time-to-time”.

So, it’s with great pleasure (and some guilt) that I come clean and admit to consuming:

  • Skinny Pop ® – White Cheddar (non-GMO, 7 ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, natural non-dairy cheddar flavor, salt, rice flour, natural flavor, lactic acid – preservative; and only 43 calories per cup)
  • Macarons from Paris Baguette ® – large vanilla (the best I’ve had; they should NOT be chewy but rather melt-in-your-mouth bits of flavorful fluffiness – heaven on earth)
  • REALLY, REALLY good-quality ice cream (preferably organic and artisanal) – flavor-wise I’m not a big fan of STUFF in my ice cream; among my favorites are Three Twins Dad’s Cardamom; Talenti Sicilian Pistachio & Tahitian Vanilla; Mashti Malone’s Lavender (Whole Foods stopped carrying so I tried their “replacement” brand – bland); and Sugar Mama Desserts at the Sunnyvale Farmers Market (hand-crafted, their flavors differ from week to week but I especially liked Avocado (!), Earl Grey Lavender, Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel, & Rosewater)
  • Carrot Cake: #1 Whole Foods Bakery – #2 Just Desserts Organic (and Diego INSISTS I share the frosting…)
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies – White Cheddar & Extra Cheesy (downright addictive)

Are you salivating? Good. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

ℳ –

Edible Delights::Indigo Blue Beauty Salad

Indigo Blue Beauty Tomato Salad

As a follow-up to Edible Delights::Indigo Blue Beauty, I made a salad using these beauties:

edibles-indigobluebeautytomatosalad

Recipe
Mixed baby salad greens
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/2 Indigo Blue Beauty Heirloom tomato, sliced
Crumbled feta cheese (I used the kind with pepper in it – yummy stuff)
1 Tbl roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Artfully (!) arrange on plate and sprinkle with good quality EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar – finishing with a pinch of Mediterranean Sea Salt scattered on top.

ℳ –