Monday, March 26, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
~1.5 cups of flour
~healthy pinch of salt & cracked pepper
~1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
~1/2 cup of butter
~2 tbsp ice cold water
~1 cup of mushrooms
~2 cups of spinach
~1/4 cup of goat cheese (half a small wheel)
~1 cup cream
~salt & pepper
~parsley & scallion as topping
Start by creating your pastry dough. Keep in mind, whenever you are making pastry you want everything to be COLD. Cold makes good dough. So I would pre-chill the stick of butter in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, along with the ice water and even chill the bowl you will be mixing in. Another pointer in making great pastry is use a pastry cutter. If you don't have one, a fork and knife will work. So while you are chilling your bits & pieces, sift the flour, pepper and salt into your mixing bowl. Cut in butter until the mix becomes a coarse meal. Add the shredded cheese. Next, start sprinkling the dough with the ice water mixing it in. At this point I usually begin to use my hands to gently mix the dough into a ball, but before doing so I run them under cold water to bring down my temperature as not to melt the butter too much. Let it rest at least 20 minutes or you can wrap in plastic and leave in the refrigerator to roll out later. While dough is resting, chop your veggies. Next, pre-heat the over and flour a flat, clean surface to roll your dough out on.
Roll the dough thin and lay into a baking dish or pie tin. Blind bake the crust for 20 minutes at 375*F.
While your crust is baking, saute the shallots in a little butter or olive oil. After about 3 minutes add the mushrooms. When they begin to soften a bit, turn off the heat, throw the spinach on top and cover with a lid to let it wilt. Lightly beat the eggs with salt, pepper, goat cheese and cream. Remove crust from oven, first add the sauteed vegetables into the shell and then top by pouring the beaten egg mixture over. Finish by sprinkling the parsley & scallion over the top.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
|penn treaty park on a march morning, willows in bloom|
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Inspired by these favorable conditions, I can't help but get outdoors. I spent a good part of last week on the back patio. There was plenty to do after 5 months of neglect. I swept, scrubbed down the outdoor furniture, turned the soil in the garden, cleaned my collection of lanterns, and started planting seeds. In just a few days I happily awoke to three varieties of lettuce bursting through the soil. I am patiently waiting to see the sprouting of the spinach, lavender, morning glories and marigolds I've planted. In the past few days I also spent time getting sewing projects together, doing wash, and enjoying the fine city sunsets that we have been having.