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Smoked salmon and asparagus quiche – Hello Spring!


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Checking the seasonal produce guide, spring (and precisely march) is the best season for fresh asparagus. Asparagus, ranging from pencil-thin to very thick, comes in; colossal, jumbo, large, standard, and small. Can be green, white or purple. Varieties are interchangeable in recipes, with the only change being in the color of the resultant dish.

Celebrating spring arrival, today i am using baby green asparagus with smoked salmon for my beautiful and delicious quiche:

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

Quoting my self from a previous post, quiche is a glorious meal at any time of the day, starting from breakfast to dinner. Served hot, cold or room temperature and packed with rich flavorful ingredients from veggies to meats and heaps of cheeses, bathing in a custard of eggs and cream. Baked in the most buttery and flaky crust, could be bought ready made or if you wish for a homemade one, like i do, check marmite et ponpon recipe along with some advises to get the best pâte brisée ever!

The most important, it doesn’t require too much preparation and whichever you choose to make it’s always a hit. Smoked salmon and asparagus quiche requires (for a 9″or 22cm dish):

  • one medium onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • salt to taste
  • 200g smoked salmon cut in medium to large pieces
  • bunch of baby asparagus, almost 200g enough to create a flower like shape on top

Cook onion with olive oil until fragrant and not brown. Set aside. In a bowl mix cream, eggs and cheese then add the cooked onion. Pour the whole mix in the precooked pie (for 20 minutes in 180°C oven, to ensure a crisp and flaky texture). Distribute the salmon pieces evenly then create a flower shape with the asparagus.

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

Bake in the oven 180°C, for almost 30 minutes or until golden and the edges are set but it still wobbles a little in the center for a creamy and silky texture.

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche |marmite et ponpon

smoked salmon and asparagus quiche | marmite et ponpon

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Spinach, leek and cheddar cheese quiche with tips for successful baking


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❤ QUICHE ❤ , this glorious meal at any time of the day, starting from breakfast to dinner. Served hot, cold or room temperature and packed with rich flavorful ingredients from veggies to meats and heaps of cheeses, bathing in a custard of eggs and cream. Baked in the most buttery and flaky crust, could be bought ready made or if you wish for a homemade one, like i do, check marmite et ponpon recipe along with some advises to get the best pâte brisée ever!

The most important, it doesn’t require too much preparation and whichever you choose to make it’s always a hit.

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Spinach, leek and cheddar cheese quiche. For a 9″ (22cm) quiche you will need:

  • 3/4 cup leek, or one large stalk chopped coarsely
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (baby leaves fresh or thawed if frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 medium)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • salt to taste

Cook leek, spinach and garlic powder with olive oil until fragrant. Set aside to mix with cream, eggs and cheese. Pour in a precooked pie (for 20 minutes in 180°C oven), to ensure a crisp and flaky texture. Bake in the oven for almost 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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The best quiche consists of the perfect ratio between eggs and milk. Using too many eggs results in a rubbery and firm quiche. Not using enough eggs will prevent the filling from setting. Remember 1 large egg to 1/2 cup of dairy. That’s why in this quiche i used 3 eggs fro 1 1/2 cup of cream.

If you are adding fillings like vegetables, make sure they are as dry as possible. For instance, if you are using thawed spinach, squeeze them to get out as much as you can from its remaining water.

For a perfectly cooked quiche, bake it until the edges are set, but it still wobbles a little in the center (for a creamy and silky texture). It will take 30 to 40 minutes in a 180°C oven.

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A heart warming broccoli cheese soup


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So full of flavors and warming the heart, exactly what i needed today! The weather is going crazy here (doha), calling for a hearty soup to tame the cold!

It’s an absolutely perfect comfort food, if  you like soup, you’ll be rewarded with the best, creamiest and richest one.

-“What’s that amazing smell?”. It’s broccoli and cheddar cheese hun.

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It’s an easy soup to make and is ready in half an hour. To serve 4 generous portions you will need:

  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion finely diced 0r 1/2 cup
  • 1 large carrot chopped (small pieces) or 2/3 cup
  • 1 tsp garlic salt\ powder
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 liter or 2 cups milk
  • 1 medium head of broccoli florets chopped
  • 225g or 1 cup of freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Heat the butter until melted. Add onion and carrots and saute until onion is translucent and fragrant (about 3-4 minutes). Stir in the garlic salt and flour and saute for another minute.  Whisk in the vegetable broth, (you can use chicken broth also but i liked to keep it vegetarian) and milk. Combine well before adding the broccoli florets. Don’t cut them too small, keep some as medium chunks. When the soup reaches a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until broccoli is cooked. Use salt responsibly as the stock and the cheese will do the job. Stir in the freshly grated cheddar, i said freshly grated because the ready grated ones that comes in bags are coated and doesn’t melt easily. Whisk until cheese is completely melt (2-3 minutes) and serve immediately.

Even people who don’t like broccoli will love it when bathing in a creamy and cheesy broth. It doesn’t just warm your body but your soul too!

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There’s a few optional spices, that makes it not taste boring, like paprika or mustard powder, they’re not mandatory if you don’t keep them on hand, but they do add extra depth of flavor. I wanted to serve my children so i kept it mild.

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Spinach goat cheese tortellini


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Do you believe that this succulent deep flavor dish is done in less than 15 minutes?! So if you are a working mum or just running short on time, this is the recipe you should save immediately; Spinach goat cheese tortellini!

The fresh tortellini (refrigerated type) are my favorite type, but if you don’t have at hands, the dry ones are just fine but requires more time to cook. This recipe calls for spinach goat cheese tortellini but any other tortellini type you find at your deli shop will also do, i know it’s not that easy to find in Doha.

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This recipe yields 2 generous servings, you will need:

  • 300g spinach and goat cheese tortellini, fresh
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1tsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp powdered garlic
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh or thawed chopped spinach
  • salt to taste

Cook tortellini according to package directions (usually it’s 3-5 minutes). Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.

Whisk milk, cream, flour and garlic powder and bring to medium heat, when the firt bubble starts to form add the Parmesan and spinach and cook together to combine for 2-3 minutes before folding in the tortellini. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve warm with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top.

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Believe me you will never order tortellini at a restaurant anymore! Such a delicious creamy dish ready at your table with no time and efforts. Another meatless dish for those days.

After a delicious lunch I always wish if there is leftover for dinner, so i recommend to double the recipe not to regret it later!

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Crème caramel


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Crème caramel or Crème renversée or even flan custard, they are different names for this succulent dessert. I always thought it’s very difficult and tricky to make it until today, i promise you it’s so easy and prepared in less than 20 minutes.

The secret of success of this caramel dessert is in using bio eggs and both milk and cream to get this very smooth and silky texture.

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It consists of two parts of preparation. First the caramel and then the creme.

Heat 1 1/2 cup of sugar on a medium heat and in a non stick pan until the sugar gets brown and gradually melt to turn into golden caramel. it will take about 5-7 minutes.

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Pour the caramel into a baking dish and distribute it evenly in the dish until it covers all the parts by tilting it in circular moves. Put aside to prepare the creme.

  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 6 large eggs bio
  • dash of salt
  • zest of half lemon (3/4 tsp almost)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cognac or whiskey of a good quality
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Whisk sugar and eggs, gently so you don’t get bubbles, then add salt, zest and cognac (or whiskey) and mix them until combined. Finally add milk and cream and mix well again gently to avoid bubbles which won’t give the smooth texture later when baking.

If you get bubbles you can get rid of them by sieving the mixture before pouring it in the prepared baking dish. Cover it with aluminum foil and make small holes in it. Bake it bain marie style on 200°C for almost an hour or 70 minutes. Start checking on it after 50 minutes. Insert a wooden skewer, it should comes out clean.

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For those who doesn’t know bain marie technique (water bath or double boiler), it consists of bathing your baking dish in another wider dish containing boiling water. The water covers the outside of your baking dish to half. This technique is meant to evenly cook something, gently and gradually.

Let the crème caramel cool down, then turn it upside down on a plate, not too shallow because you will have caramel liquid coming out.

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Better served after chilled in the fridge for at least 5 hours!

If you wish to serve it as individual portions you can pour the creme evenly in small ramekins.

Recipe courtesy of my mum, i am so lucky she is still here!

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