I’ve just returned for my trip to Korea, Japan, and China. It really felt like Spring everywhere else in the world, except here in Los Angeles, where it’s currently 90 degrees.
Eating healthy and organic food in Korea and Japan fueled my desire to get back into the habit of shopping at my local Farmer’s Market in Hollywood on Sundays. I love going to the Farmer’s Market because I can talk to farmers and get advice on how to pick the best produce, see what’s in season, and just be surrounded by delicious fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Have you ever tried a fruit or vegetable in season? It makes a world of a difference in texture, taste, and juiciness. It’s hard to go back to eating not in season vegetables after tasting how wonderful they should taste!
I bought some leeks, artichokes, kale, radishes, and a butternut squash. I made a leek and asparagus quiche adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 leeks (white and light green parts only), halved and thinly sliced, then well washed
- 1/2 tsp Coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus, tough ends removed, thinly sliced on the diagonal
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cups half-and-half
- Pinch of Ground nutmeg
- Trader Joe’s Pie Crust fitted into a 9-inch pie plate, well chilled
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium. Add leeks and asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Place pie crust on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese; top with asparagus mixture. Pour egg mixture on top.
Bake until center of quiche is just set, 50 to 60 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let stand 15 minutes before serving
I served a slice of quiche with a side of organic greens. It was a hit at the office! It was my first time making a quiche, but it was super easy. Can’t wait to try making it again with other farmer’s market purchases.
Have you ever made a quiche? If so, what are your favorite ingredients you use?