Greetings from the new Northern Blogging Headquarters! Yes, we are all moved in to our new home – a lovely 2 bedroom townhouse which I am quickly becoming very fond of. It’s amazing what you can get for the same rent as in downtown Vancouver here in Prince George. I’d share a photo or two, but we’re still waiting on some furniture to be delivered, so I haven’t been able to completely unpack. I can’t very well be sharing a half unpacked home now can I?
The good thing is I do have the whole kitchen unpacked, and I have been taking advantage of my short work week and short commute to, well, anywhere by creating all sorts of great things in the kitchen. The first real recipe I made was a delicious broccoli & cauliflower whole wheat mac n’ cheese, which I would have loved to share with you, but alas, we were hungry and there was just no time for a photo shoot. That being said, it was damn tasty, so I’m sure it will make an appearance at some point in time.
Fortunately, I have dug out my camera and started shooting again.
I’ve been making a real effort to get better at meal planning recently. When I lived on my own, it was easier to just know that I had ingredients in the house that I could turn into something I would find at least acceptable for a meal (even if it was a bit weird). But when you have to consider you are feeding someone else who may not have the same tastes as you, it helps to plan things out a little better. Not to mention I’m still in the midst of restocking my kitchen with all those little extras – it was not cool to have to throw out a fridge full of condiments! So I’ve been trying to plan meals based on what we currently have, and then adding a few ingredients that we would like to have, so as not to break the bank on my grocery shopping trips.
This method lead me to make this quiche. I wanted to come up with a quick week night meal, and was trying to decide on the protein source. I rarely think of eggs, but since we had a dozen in the fridge, I thought, why not create dinner around them? We also had cheese, onions, and the necessary items to make a pie crust. All I needed was to pick up some bacon and mushrooms, and I was good to go!
The flavour combination pretty much speaks for itself – you can never go wrong with bacon and cheddar, and mushrooms just amp up the veggie quotient. Served with a simple arugula salad, it makes a complete meal for any weeknight – and leftovers for lunch the next day!
Bacon, Cheddar & Mushroom Quiche
makes one 9” deep dish quiche (8 servings)
While breakfast for dinner is nice, why not take those classic breakfast ingredients, kick them up a notch, and make a quiche instead? Bacon, cheddar, and mushrooms all come together to make a hearty, flavourful dish. Pair it alongside a simple green salad for a well rounded meal – and enjoy the leftovers the next day for lunch.
- 9” deep dish pie crust (use your favourite pastry recipe, or use pre-made)
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- pinch of paprika
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded old cheddar
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry bacon until crisp. Remove, reserving bacon fat in pan. Place bacon on paper towels to absorb any extra fat. Crumble into small pieces.
3. Add onions to frying pan with reserved bacon fat, and sauté until translucent. Add mushrooms, and sauté until browned. Remove from heat.
4. Layer to the sautéed onions and mushrooms, along with the crumbled bacon in prepare pie crust.
4. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, dry mustard, and salt and pepper. Pour over top. Sprinkle shredded cheddar evenly over quiche.
5. Bake 30 – 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.
Question for the photographers out there – I received a lightbox for photography for Christmas, and I decided to try it out with these photos here, seeing as natural light around dinner time is not a possibility this time of year. I’m not 100% jazzed with how they have turned out – they don’t seem as bright as I thought they would be. Anyone have any tips on how to work with a lightbox?