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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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Sup up your sandwich 5 – Boursin cheese,spinach and strawberry


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Many of you find no time to cook dinner after long days at work, with kids or simply not fan of cooking. Sandwiches come to rescue the situation and satisfy your cravings; You can sup up any simple sandwich to become a consistent delicious meal. Not just that, it’s a pleasure to the eye also with all these colors blend.

Today’s sandwich in the makeover series, could serve you for breakfast as well; it is packed with nutrients and rich in compounds such as fibers (spinach), omega 3 fats (walnut), antioxidants (olive oil) and vitamins.

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Did you know that the anthocyanin in the strawberry boost the short term memory by 100% in eight weeks? I think i will be hooked on strawberries for the next eight weeks!

To make this super sandwich you will need:

  • Viennoise bread, or any type you favor
  • Boursin cheese (nature)
  • handful spinach baby leaves (6-7)
  • green leaf lettuce (2-3)
  • 4-5 walnuts
  • 2-3 strawberry sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Olive oil supplementation was found to positively affect the thickness of bones. It helps in the absorption of calcium in your body. I love how we Lebanese, and specifically our moms, do things by nature, like adding olive oil to a Labneh sandwich without having this knowledge. And many others examples that makes me feel proud of our healthy cuisine… Back to our sandwich, drizzling the olive oil on your Boursin cheese will help you benefit from the calcium in it and add a delicious taste.

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If you are not fan of Boursin cheese, try it with goat or cottage cheese, they can both give you this pleasure! You will love this flavorful and fresh sandwich.

If you like the idea of the sandwich makeovers, stay tuned for the next post with another delicious, quick and healthy choice.

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Spinach and cream cheese lasagna


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Spinach is one of the most versatile vegetables to include in your meals. For a dish perfect in spring, try this delectable spinach and cream cheese lasagna done in no time!

spinach and cream cheese lasagnaWe all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach. Give your kids the habit to eat healthy and delicious. Among the World’s Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of the ranking list for nutrient richness.

To make this lasagna you need:

  • 500g chopped spinach (thawed if frozen)
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • lasagna sheets
  • 1 cup shredded emmental
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • salt to taste

Bring olive oil to heat and cook the onions until tender and fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until done. Take off the heat add the cream cheese and combine. Stir in the heavy cream.

To assemble, use a rectangular or square casserole dish, keeping in mind that a larger one will produce less layers and a smaller one will produce more.

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Start with a layer of spinach cream cheese, lay down pasta sheets, add another layer of spinach cream cheese to cover followed by parmesan. Keep in mind, you will have to divide the cup of parmesan equally in your layers. Repeat (pasta – spinach cream cheese – parmesan) until you finish by a layer of spinach cream cheese and the thick layer of emmental cheese.

spinach and cream cheese lasagnaPreheat oven on 200°C and bake for 25-30 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

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Best Artichoke Spinach dip


IMG_5008This best ever homemade artichoke spinach dip. It is a huge hit appetizer, merits a standing ovation from your guests.

It’s a pinnacle appetizer for my husband and I, we order it almost at every diner restaurant until the day i made it home. Since then my husband craves this symphony of well blended flavors.

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To make this creamy dip you need:

  • 250g spinach chopped (thawed if frozen)
  • 400g artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 250ml heavy cream
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 2 cups Emmental cheese (divided)
  • 1 big onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt to taste

In a pot cook the onion and garlic with the spinach for 3-4 minutes. Put the heat off and mix in the artichoke, cream, cream cheese, salt and one cup of the Emmental cheese. You can use mozzarella if you wish a milder taste.

Pour the mix in a baking dish, sprinkle over the remaining cup of cheese and bake on 200°C in the oven for 30 mins or until it’s bubbly and the cheese is golden brown.

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artichoke and spinach dipServe it with tortilla chips, toasted bread or crackers and dive right in! I am warning you it’s addictive 🙂

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The flavors are outstanding! Try it and give me your opinion.

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Savory spinach feta cheese quiche and a must have crust recipe (pâte brisée)


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Pâte brisée is a rich buttery and crumbly texture crust made with just 5 ingredients; Butter, flour, salt, sugar and ice water. The high ratio of butter to flour gives the pastry its crumbly texture. This dough is ideal for savory pies, tarts and quiches. It can be made by hand or food processor, but the most important is to not over or under work the dough beside using cold butter and cold water.

  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 220g high quality unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Mix dry ingredients, add the butter already cut in small cubes and pulse (or mix by hands) until it just started to come together then add the ice water slowly to bind the ingredients together. Do not over work, you are not aiming to form a solid ball of dough here.

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I admit it took me time to master this shortcrust dough, it’s a bit tricky and i know lots of you prefer buying it ready made. But trust me when you avoid these two mistakes you will enjoy making it at home. Two problems lead to failure:

  • If you over work the butter into the flour, it will cause the butter to coat the flour that will not absorb enough water, resulting a fragile dough that breaks apart.
  • If you under work the butter into the flour, too much water will be needed to get the ingredients come together. Here we have a tough dough because too much gluten was formed.

Let your dough rest in the fridge for an hour, this will allow the gluten in the flour to relax and the butter to chill.  Roll it out about 2cm larger than your pan and gently lay it in the pan (I used a 28 cm pan) and trim the excess on the edges. Pinch it with a fork before baking!

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Today i am baking spinach feta cheese quiche, for this you need:

  • 600g chopped spinach
  • 200g feta cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 big onion diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Cook the onion with olive oil until tender and fragrant. Add the chopped spinach (thawed if frozen) and cook together for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the cream and combine all well. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper then add to the mix.

I like to precook the crust for 15 minutes on 180ºC before pouring the mix on it. Once it’s spread evenly, sprinkle on top the feta cheese. Bake for 30 minutes on 180ºC or until the skewer comes out clean.

Bon appetit!

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