This leek, broccoli and cheddar quiche makes use of the current winter produce at the stores. It's full of goodness with softened, butter sauteed leeks, a head of broccoli and a final browning of grated cheddar on top! Count down the days until spring and picnics with this!
One of the wonderful things about this is that you can also make this crustless and turn it into a frittata if you can't be bothered rolling out the pastry or you're trying to eat a little lighter. For me, it was pastry all the way but I understand not everyone wants to have something heavy with spring coming up.
We ended up eating this after we got back from overseas. I had bought all of these ingredients before we left but didn't have time to cook them. I was amazed to see that they were still in good condition after 2 weeks in our fridge. It was an easy enough item to make while I was busy unpacking and editing my stories.
I was looking through my photos and smiling when I saw some that I took of a picnic in Siem Reap. We were on the back of a tuk tuk and driving down 60 Road which is the road to take if you want to go to Cambodia's capotal Phnomh Penh or Thailand. In the middle of 60 Road is a ditch with grassy raised areas above it. It was dark, around 7:30pm but there were plenty of street lights and action. People were perched along the grass on the edge of the ditch having picnics, their blankets unfurled, their backs relaxed and resting on their hands talking to family at the end of the work day. While we have picnics during the day, it's just too hot to do so in Siem Reap so they reserve this time outdoors for when the sun has receded. It is so different to when we tend to have picnics during the day.
It reminded me of when I was in Oman and it was raining lightly and we were driving along a highway. We watched as families sat on the rubbly stones on blankets eating. "Are they picnicking?" I asked and our guide said that rain is so infrequent that it would not hinder a picnic. In fact, rain is something that they look forward to. I'll never forget the expression of one man. The car had stopped and I saw him in profile. He had a large nose, dark eyebrows and a expression of pure bliss as the spring shower hit his face as he turned upwards.
As for me I'll take my picnic however way I can get it but as long as it comes with good food-like this quiche!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever had a picnic at night? And would you make this with a crust or without? Have you had enough of winter now and are you ready for spring? Or will you miss winter?