FFwD: Spinach and Bacon Quiche and our real life

Spinach and Bacon Quiche

by Holly on May 13, 2011

Before I get to the quiche, I just wanted to say a quick thanks for the support this week while we were running around to doctor and hospital appointments. Kayla’s MRI went well (as far as sedation goes anyway) and she handled it like a champ. I even tweeted a few pictures while I was waiting, and waiting and waiting at the hospital, just to pass the time and try to distract myself. I realized when I was making the change over to PheMOMenon.com that perhaps it was time I finally started sharing more about all the things that happen in my real world. The good as well as the complicated. I’m hoping that by doing so I am more true to myself and our family and stop always just trying to put on a happy face. Even though I mention things in passing, other than the occasional tweet about where we are, I don’t always share our lives very well, and that wasn’t what I ever intended here.

I hope you won’t mind, but there is going to be more of the Mom stuff and life stuff, as well as of course, lots of food, coming to you from now on. After all, this is supposed to be therapy for me and if I just bottle it up and keep it inside, it defeats the purpose. I’ve tried creating separate blogs for that in the past and never stuck with it because I just didn’t want to talk about it as much I guess. I finally feel ready (most days) and hope that by sharing I can help others.

Most likely there will be times that I don’t end up sharing a recipe, but as I said on Twitter a couple of weeks ago during GNO, food is the soundtrack for my life and most everything ends up being related to it somehow. Honestly, that is why there is even a picture of the chocolate pie I had for my lunch when I was waiting for Kayla to finish her MRI (they wouldn’t let me stay and watch outside the room so I went and ‘self medicated’).

We don’t have the MRI results back yet, but are hopeful that all is well. Bless her little heart, that was on Wednesday, so once she was feeling better on Thursday we went ahead and took her to get fitted for glasses. Yes, my barely 17 lb little sweetie has to get glasses. She is 15 months old on Saturday (where does the time go?!) and about the size of a 8 or 9 month old, but we did track down some tiny little glasses that should fit her. They won’t be here for a couple of weeks, but we’ll make sure and have a photo shoot so she can model them for you all when they get here.

Aside from the hospitals, doctors and all that, we had a big week of preschool graduation for Cole (yep, that is one cute little pig!), a baseball game for Aidan (which I didn’t actually get to go to because I was home with Kayla on post sedation watch), and a school event for Aidan as well (they teach a self empowerment defense class at his school that is awesome!).

I tell you, it really seems like everything always happens all at the same time! I’d like to say I’m looking forward to things slowing down, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to happen for a while. So, once again, thank you for hanging in there with us! Now, on to the quiche!

I really love a good quiche. In my opinion, this means a really good crust, plenty of yummy fillings and not too eggy by keeping the quiche on the thin side. I always make my quiche in a tart pan because as far as I’m concerned, a more svelte and slender quiche – at least as far as size goes anyway – is a better quiche. The recipe for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie was, of course, the Spinach and Bacon Quiche.

While I’d like to say I didn’t fiddle with the recipe too much, I can’t say that because my most favorite thing about quiche is the versatility. It is the perfect vehicle to pretty much put together any number of a plethora of combinations – whatever your little heart desires.

In Dorie’s original recipe, there was a fair amount of bacon and cheese, as well as a whole lot of spinach. I actually didn’t have that much spinach on hand – and dearly love me some bacon and cheese, so I upped those particular ingredients. I used a really good, thick cut, applewood smoked bacon and that last of my wedge of Gruyere cheese. I also added a little nutmeg and red pepper flake to the egg mixture – just because I love that in almost any quiche I make. The only thing I should have watched myself on a little more was the amount of salt I added to the egg mixture since it was a bit on the salty side. My fault entirely since I didn’t take into account the increased bacon’s saltiness.

Over all, it was a great quiche and made a great breakfast as well as a great lunch and dinner served with a little herb and spring mix salad tossed in a quick little bit of vinaigrette. Such a wonderful Spring meal… now if only Spring would stick around. At least I think we are finally past the snow around here **knock on wood** !!  I’m glad I already made this recipe a week or so ago, because with how wild and crazy this week has turned out I never would have had the time to make it… though I would have appreciated having it waiting to be devoured.

For more quiche lovin’ madness, visit the French Fridays with Dorie blog. As always, the original recipe can be found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

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Karla May 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

I think your real life/food blog is going to be awesome! Glad to hear your little peanut is handling what sounds like some pretty tough health issues like a champ – best wishes to her and your family. I LOVE that your son’s school is teaching an self empowerment defense class. That is bloody AWESOME.

Oh, and your quiche looks fantastic, too. Way to go, Supermom!


Liz May 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

Your quiche looks fabulous…so glad you can use cooking as a stress reliever. Hope you get good results from your sweet girl’s MRI.

Barbara Bakes May 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’m glad you so glad you found some glasses for Kayla. Sounds like the boys are doing well. The quiche sounds wonderful. I’m with you – more bacon!

ComeUndone May 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

Gruyere! No wonder your sliced quiche looks so gooey. Gorgeous.

Jessica of My Baking Heart May 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

The quiche looks absolutely wonderful! Hoping you guys get good news when the MRI results return!! 🙂

Katrina May 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I love a good thin quiche, too. And I love the crispy looking cheese on top. I can’t seem to keep up with FFWD, though I’d like to and need to at least just try more of the recipes even if I can’t get them blogged.
Love your new desire and plan to blog more about your life. I do that and consider it my journaling. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have anything to remember or keep track of here at our house, since I do not scrapbook or anything otherwise. Was the MRI routine scheduled for Kayla? Hope all is okay!

kathleen May 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I have a 16 year old Cole and one of my best friend’s son is Adrian James! We also have a cousin that had Downs Syndrome daughter at the age of 47, about 2 weeks after my son was born in 1994. You are a champ as a mother and I am happy to hear you are pursuing other interests! By the way, the quiche looks yummy! Did everyone like it?


Elizabeth May 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I love a good quiche and this one sounds great! The tart pan idea sounds like something I should try. I also love your blog BECAUSE you share your great family with your readers! Anyone can post recipes, but you share them because you love cooking for your family and it shows! I have a neice about your age, who has two boys and a little girl who also has downs, and their lives are busy and crazy and full of love just like yours seems to be. Thanks for taking time to share your blog.

Anita Menon May 14, 2011 at 12:08 am

To keep a level head and to not stop living your own life is the most challenging under the current circumstances for you. I wish you all the strength and prayer for your baby’s health.

Cher May 14, 2011 at 5:36 am

Thank you for being brave enough to share. We all have a lot of “life” that we are living and sometimes it just helps to let it out, right? Hope the MRI results are positive. And love your little piggy…

Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} May 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

You are amazing! Feel free to share about your life. I’ve gotten into a bad habit of “stuffing” it as well but blogging is supposed to be therapeutic! We are here to support you!
Your quiche pics are Penny worthy! 😉 Looks great!

Michelle May 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thank you for sharing your heart about your little sweet child and what has been going on. I too put on a happy face sometimes in life and self medicate myself with pie:) I know how it is when your child is facing health issues. I will be praying for you all.
I have really stunk at FFWD the past 2 months. I can’t seem to get it together. I had all the ingred. to make this quchie too! After looking at yours, Im going to make it asap!!
Hang in there and keep sharing!

Nancy (n.o.e.) May 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Holly, you certainly have a lot on your plate, but I’m glad you have a bit of room for pie, and for delicious things like quiche that you share with us!

Adriana May 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

I love the quiche/salad combination! Your children are beautiful and I wish nothing but the best for you.

kitchenarian May 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hope all goes well with the MRI. Your children are beautiful.
Your quiche looks amazing. I added more bacon too – 4 slices just doesn’t seem like enough.

Candy May 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your life with us. And I’m happy that you get to find a little balance with your cooking too! It always makes me feel better to cook something for the people I care about!

Betsy May 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Your children are lucky to have such a strong and caring mother.
Your quiche looks great, so cheesy. I do love gruyere. Looking forward to future posts.

Renee @kudoskitchen May 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Your kids are all so adorable. I pray for the good health of your little one and I praise you for being so honest and brave! Do what you need to do to take care of yourself so you’ll be better able to care for your family. I admire you!
Your quiche looks perfect. Double the bacon and half the spinach…is that so wrong? NOT!

Jen October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Hi I think your blog is great and its great to hear some honesty, its not easy to manage it all, but it seems like your doing a great job at trying! I am making this quiche, and I wanted to use it in my October e-newsletter and possibly feature you as our monthly “chef”, as you have a really powerful story. This is my website, let me know if your interested and if yes, then just send me a 3 line bio that you would like me to use, or I can just pull something for your site.
Thank you

Holly October 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hi Jen,

Thank you for your nice feedback. We definitely appreciate it when our efforts are noticed (especially when they are not so perfect and just more real!). I’d be thrilled for you to feature us and you are welcome to use my little bio profile that’s on the blog sidebar there. Thanks again!


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