Posts Tagged ‘spinach’

Spinach and ricotta quiche on mixed salad, red grapes and a few pieces of Black&Green’s organic chocolate wrapped in gold foil to keep it from being soaked in vinegar.

Spinach quiche recipe:

Make a savoury pie shell (I used some olive oil instead of butter in a variation of my staple recipe, and it was rather nice). Prebake in a flat pie form.
Filling: 3 eggs, a few tablespoons of Ricotta, salt and pepper, 1 packet of baby spinach, spring onions, sundried tomatoes, cherry tomato halves as decoration.
Mix the eggs, ricotta and salt and pepper to taste. Blanch the baby spinach very quickly by putting it in a sieve and pouring some boiling water on it. Spread it in the form, add chopped spring onions and sundried tomatoes, cover with the egg-ricotta mix and add tomato halves as decoration.
Ovenbake until it seems done, it goes rather quick since it’s so flat.


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I seem to be on a vegan roll with my lunchboxes this week…!
The big container holds 1/3 spiced mixed rices (black longgrain, parboiled, red, white roundgrain, brown roundgrain), 1/3 red lentils boiled with turmeric and raisins, and 1/3 palak paneer tofu – spinach curry with tofu and green peppers. You can’t get paneer here and I’ve not attempted to make it myself yet, so I replaced it with tofu. Works ok, I guess, though it should have simmered longer to make the tofu take up more of the curry’s taste and saltiness.
The small container holds candy easter eggs (of questionable vegan status), lettuce, sugar snap peas, red pepper strips and a baby plum tomato.

The recipe for the curry is again adapted from The Indian Restaurant Cookbook – it had no proper palak paneer recipe but I adapted its spinach curry for it.

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A very traditional bento for tomorrow, Japanese three-coloured rice (sanshoku-gohan). It’s easy to make and looks great, so I’ve been aching to make one for a while. I had this vision of using pink tofu for it, but I didn’t know what to colour it with – but then I had red food colour left over from dying eggs!
There’s one for me and one for the BF. He gets the bigger box and I get the HK pink box. Heh, I’d take a different box any day… maybe I should get another “big boy” box.

Fried scrambled egg with salt and sugar, steamed spinach (from frozen spinach) with sesame, garlic, and salt, and fried tofu with some mirin, soy, salt, sugar and a few splashes of easter egg colour! Yay for pink!

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The tomatoes (both cherry and beef) are now sprouting too!
No sign of the physalis or peppers yet (but the chilis took a bit longer to sprout, so I’m not that worried).

Now for a slightly unappetizing photo, sorry guys!
But when I checked the spinach today, it had sprouted – and the “mold” is only on the root of the plants. And now I’m insecure – since it’s only on the roots, it may either be that the seeds are mouldy (thus the spinach would be screwed) or that it’s actually part of the plant.

A quick Google image search brought up several pictures of sprouting spinach, some with slight hairs on the roots, but none as, well, mouldy-looking as this. So probably it is mold.
But I’m keeping this up overnight in hope of hints, then I’ll probably throw the whole pot out.

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Bento eleventy-one! (<-huge geek)

Strudel made from bok choy and feta, green salad with pickled grilled bell pepper, pumpkin pie.

Spinach and Swiss chard strudels are simple, but lovely. I tried it with bok choy (chinese cabbage) this time, which gave the whole thing a very nice, firm texture.
Wash one medium-big head of bok choy and cut the leaves into strips (I didn’t bother with the stalks but stopped cutting once I had chopped away all the green).
In a wide pan, sauté some leek in olive oil (garlic not mandatory but recommended). Throw in the bok choy/spinach/chard/whichever leaf pleases you and fry it a little until it starts to wilt. Add some salt and pepper (and herbs if you wish) to taste. Take the pan off the heat, put on a lid and let the leaf steam itself for a while.
Whisk 2-3 eggs (I used the eggwhite I had left over from the pie plus two more eggs) and crumbled Feta (add more herbs if you feel like more whoosh) in a bowl. Pour over the leaves and mix well, but take care not to cook the egg.
Spread out a stack of 2-3 leaves of phyllo dough on a baking pan. Spoon the leaf-egg-feta mixture onto the side facing you, about as wide as you plan to roll, and leaving a bit of a rim for easier rolling and along the side.
Roll (I use the baking sheet to help me rolling, it’s almost like making phyllo sushi).
Fold in the corners, glue with some leftover egg, spread some egg on top and pop it in the oven at 225deg C. When the dough is golden, the egg should be done too, but check.

I made pumpkin pie after all! I used this recipe from BBC.co.uk, but made the pie shell myself. Normal shortbread dough is too simple to warrant buying it in a shop!

Now I know why this is supposed to be an aphrodisiac – with all the spices, how can it not be!
The taste is… interesting. I am not sure I like the smoothness of the texture (is it possible to just squish the pumpkin roughly with a fork instead of puréeing it?) but the sweet bottom and the fruity, mild filling work well together. I think I should have used more pumpkin though, although it could also have to do with the fact that pumpkin in March is probably not at its ripest (even for French pumpkin)! The smell is lovely and even better when you rewarm it, even though that might be my nose being clogged by all the spices during baking. The pumpkin seems to come out more then.
The leaf on top is Thai basil – the liqorice taste works surprisingly well together with the pie!

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