Wednesday, June 30, 2010

so I was in the mood for a quickie (pronounced quiche)...

After a long, hot day at the pool, my good friend Estelle had the ingenious idea to make a quiche for dinner last night! Now, I was never a fan of quiche growing up, but that is probably because I only had the frozen mini versions at parties.

Despite her English roots, Estelle is an excellent cook and has taught me a thing or two about simple and delicious meals (stay tuned for my Shepherd's Pie attempt later this summer) and we've attempted a quiche before that was simply AMAZING!

Last night's quiche contained the following:

Crust - whole wheat flour
sea salt
canola oil
cold water
The crust was rolled out, placed in the pyrex pan, and baked at 400 for about 20 minutes until it was fully cooked.

Layers - tomatoes
zucchini (lightly browned in a frying pan)
mushrooms (quickly sauteed so they wouldn't be raw)
cooked turkey bacon (microwaved of course)
grated sharp white cheddar
When the crust was fully cooked we layered everything up in the pan, with most of the veggies on one side (more turkey bacon for Dan, more veggies for us!)

Filling - eggs (we ended up using about 10; it was a BIG quiche)
soy milk
chopped scallions
seasoning (salt, pepper, dried basil)

When we poured the filling over the whole thing, we realized we didn't have quite enough which was no problem... we just beat up some more eggs and added it in. Then we finished it all up with another healthy sprinkling of cheese.

After what felt like an eternity... we sad down and enjoyed a delicious place of quiche with a small salad and some Trader Joe's corn and chile salsa! So easy, and soooo good!!

It's a new day!

Hello and welcome to Born Hungry!

This blog will is my attempt to share with you all my not-so-secret obsession: FOOD! Starting today, I will be sharing my thoughts and opinions on the new restaurants I try, recipes I attempt, or whatever crosses my plate!

A little about me: I am 26 and the child of Liberian parents which means I was raised to believe that food is not to be taken lightly and that if it isn't sweet, it's not worth eating.

have lived in Washington, DC for the past 2 years but I been in the DMV area since I was 13. Living in DC means there are thousands of great restaurants and bars to choose from and I've made it my unofficial mission over the last two years to try as many of them as possible.

So what gets me excited about a place? A great happy hour and cheap eats always tickle my fancy as does a perfectly balanced plate prepared by one of the area's premier chefs. But the ONE THING I can't get enough of is food that looks and tastes like someone's mama made it - be it a Liberian ol ma or Salvadorean abuelita, I absolutely love food that tastes like it is full of heart and soul!

I look forward to this journey that I hope will be filled with only the BEST food out there... hope you join me!

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