"Anything goes" Quiche

A couple of days ago, E and I were temporarily struck with insanity. For some bizarre reason, after complaining about the oppressive heat all day, we decided to fire up the oven and make our first homemade quiche.

It made us want to throw ourselves into a cold bath, but the result was pretty delicious so we forgave ourselves.

This was our first attempt so there are still tweaks to be made, but I think that the idea of quiche is a great one - you can chuck whatever you want in it, and it can easily give you leftovers for the next day or two.

We started by preheating the oven to 200 degrees, slicing up a couple of red onions, and cooking them until slightly brown with a little bit of olive oil.

In a large bowl, we whisked together a cup of milk, 6 small eggs, salt & pepper. We then added a few slices of ham, diced up.

Since this was a quick weekday dinner, we didn't even consider making the crust from scratch. We bought shortcrust pastry, and made a vague quiche base using a springform cake pan. It's all about improvisation! It doesn't need to look perfect to taste good.

 We layered everything up - the onions, a few handfuls of spinach, 3 ounces mozzarella cheese, and the egg/milk/ham mixture.

After about 40 minutes in the oven, it came out looking quite pretty!

Served with a little spinach & baby tomato salad on the side, it was not bad at all for our first try. Next time, we might bake the pastry for just a few minutes before filling it up, so that the bottom would crisp up a little more.

The leftovers were even better. 

Even though it takes a while in the oven, the actual assembling part is so easy, I think this will be a go-to recipe for us in the future. Next time I would love to try it with blue cheese, spinach and fig... and this is making me hungry.

If you can bear to switch on your oven in this heatwave, I recommend giving quiches a go. It would be great for packed lunches too!