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


❤ 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.


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.


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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8 Tips and tricks probably you didn’t know before!

tips and tricks

Here are some tips and tricks worth knowing, it will help you and save your time. Some were totally new to me and wished i knew from before!

1- Testing egg freshness

PrintEggshells have pores that allows air to get in over time. The more air enters the egg the lighter it gets, which explains why it will float. So if it floats, get rid of it!

2- Don’t touch the cheese with your hands

don't touch the cheese with your handsDon’t touch the cheese with your hands while cutting, the bacteria from your fingers promotes mold faster. Either wear gloves or keep your hands over the plastic wrap of the cheese.

3- Store the salsa jars upside down

salsa jars upside downStore the salsa jars upside down in the fridge, this way it prevents mold from sprouting up.

4- Separate the bananas at the stems to prevent quick ripening

seperate bananasIf you want your bananas to last longer, separate them at the stem. The reason bananas ripen more quickly when they’re not separated is because they emit ethylene gas. A bunch of bananas together lasts 5-7 days but when you break them apart they can last up to 14-17 days!

5- Place a wooden spoon to keep water from boiling over pots

use wooden spoon for boiling waterA wooden spoon pops the bubbles when they are in contact, plus it can absorb some of the moisture, so water stays down and don’t boil over. Metal spoons don’t have same effect!

6- Roll the lemon before squeezing

roll the lemonRoll the lemon or any citrus fruit applying a bit of pressure before juicing. This way you burst the tiny cells in the lemon flesh to give more juice!

7- Pepper bumps

peppersPeppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating while peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

8- Rub your hands with stainless steel to remove the odor

stainless-steel-for-onion-smell-on-handsAfter working with garlic, onion or fish, rub your hands vigorously on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them. If your sink is not made of stainless steel, simply rub a stainless steel spoon, It will remove the odor. Now you can buy a soap like piece of stainless steel from some supermarkets.

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The 65610 shades of green Sinhala – Sri Lanka part 2

tea plantation

After Kandy we proceeded to the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations with picturesque landscape. Hardly you can blink to not miss a single scene. Nuwara Eliya is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft). So can you imagine how fresh the weather was?!

Moving from one place to the other is at least 3 hours drive, if you are traveling with you kids, you should keep them entertained. It’s not that hard actually, along the way there are things to talk about, one monkey jumps from here or a huge cow makes an appearance… The nature itself is entertaining. But you will reach a point when they are tired, nothing outside pleases them anymore, i advise you to take with you their favorite toy, music, movie, series, or book. It’s not easy to be with young adventurers (less than 2 years) but trust me it’s an enjoyment like no other, you wish you can register every moment, every word and every reaction. Just priceless!



As known Sri Lanka earned the reputation for its tea, the best Ceylon tea all over the world. Having the most favorable factor of the climate and the best soil conditions required for the health grow of the Tea Plant. Glenloch tea factory, is one of the giant partners of its significant endeavor of Sri Lanka, the world  number one and the biggest producer of quality tea.

glenloch tea factory


Glen tea plantation:

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If you are willing to go to Sri Lanka, keep in mind tipping is very essential, to the point of tipping sometimes left and right even if you already paid for the tour or entrance fees! People have small income and count on tourists generosity! You feel you don’t have the choice because they are expecting you to give them extra money.

The visit to the factory was really fruitful, it gets you to know lots of info am sure you didn’t know before, or at least it makes you able to differentiate good from bad teas and know the difference between the types. The tour ended with a nice cup of tea, we were lucky we tried all types and bought souvenirs for the family and friends!

Ramboda waterfalls:

After the tea factory, we headed to Ramboda waterfalls. It’s 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. You access Ramboda falls via a hotel where you can enjoy a meal on their terrasse watching this piece of art.

Ramboda waterfalls Ramboda waterfalls Ramboda waterfalls

For easy transportation, i advise you to hire a driver from the minute you arrive to the airport to the last minute of your trip. We should admit our driver did a really good job to keep us relaxed and entertained through all this journey. I recommend Mr. Lakmal Suranga, he was really good, he works on his own. If you are willing to go to Sri Lanka and you need his contacts please email me. He can also help in hotel bookings and suggests nice places to go to.

We spent the night in Nuwara eliya. The next day, we prepared ourselves for a long ride (about 7 hours drive!) to the beautiful beach of Bentota our last stop in the journey.

Stay tuned to Sri Lanka part 3….

onion guide

Have you ever been confused which onion to use? Choosing the wrong type will not ruin your food but with the right onion you will enhance your dish and make you a more professional cook.

onion guide