Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

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Second attempt at quiche! Broccoli and Cheese!

Instead of using half-n-half in the egg mixture as I did with my first ever quiche , I used whole milk and sour cream. I also toned down the nutmeg, dashing a bit of paprika, chilli powder, and more salt this time around.  I like my own version with sour cream more – the Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Quiche tasted less eggy and creamier than the last one. Hope you enjoy!

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Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Quiche

Ingredients (for 4 modest servings)
1 thawed deep dish pie crust (I used a store-bought one)
1 medium-sized broccoli crown, cut into small florets
1/2 yellow onion, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 jumbo eggs or 4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp chilli powder
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt, more to taste

Method
0. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
1. Saute onion and broccoli in olive oil in frying pan over low-medium heat. I like sauteeing the onions separately for a couple of minutes before adding the broccoli. Keep an eye on these vegetables as you do steps 2 and 3, making sure that they soften but don’t brown. Add a dash of salt. Take off heat when cooked.
2. Prick the base and sides of thawed pie crust with fork. Bake thawed pie crust in oven, 10 minutes or until it turns golden.
3. Beat eggs lightly until mixed, add milk and sour cream, beat lightly. Add nutmeg, paprika, chilli powder, black pepper and salt to mixture, mix.
4. Check pie crust, when done; let cool. Push down any bits that might have risen in the baking process. Turn oven temperature down to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. When pie crust is cool, sprinkle a thin layer of cheddar cheese on bottom. Next, tip in broccoli and onion, arrange in pie so that vegetables are spread out. Pour in egg mixture, and then sprinkle top with cheddar cheese.
6. Bake in oven for 35–50 minutes until no longer wobbly or runny. This quiche took me 40 minutes to bake in a conventional oven.

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Baked Soy Chicken Thighs and Broccoli

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Baked Soy Chicken Thighs and Broccoli

I like this dish for its simplicity – protein and veggies, cooked in an oven, no fuss whatsoever!

I adapted the recipe from here. Didn’t get quite the same level of caramelization because I scaled back on the soy sauce and sugar, and added small broccoli florets and thin carrot coins into the mix.

The marinade featured in the recipe is pretty good, and I love the idea of marinating the chicken in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to really infuse the meat with flavour. Personally I think the baking then broiling steps are bit of overkill – I just kept baking at a steady temperature. My dish came out a little dry, probably needed a bit more sauce and perhaps to cover the glass dish for the first 20 minutes or so.

I realize that this post and the last featured recipes from other people (gasp) but I promise the next few are going to be original creations ;), so stay tuned.