Friday, April 18, 2008

Spinach Quiche

ve made quiche before but never added Spinach to it. It's always hard to find fresh Spinach at PP. The only spinach they sell are the frozen ones. I never know what to do with the frozen spinach cuz everytime i defrost it, it dissolves into nothing. Well, I went to Carrefour and got a big bag last time and decided to make Spinach Quiche.

Spinach Quiche
adapted from
makes 1 - 9 inch quiche

  • 1 tablespoon 0live oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 250g fresh spinach, cooked and squeezed dry [picture 1, 2]
  • 130g mushrooms, chopped
  • 170g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 200g cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
    (See Recipe Here but leave out the sugar)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 C milk1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Bake pie crust for 5-7 minutes so you won't get soggy quiche.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Saute garlic and onion in olive oil until lightly browned [picture 3]. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in squeezed spinach, mushrooms, feta cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese into the onions and garlic [picture 4]. Set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk [picture 5]. Pour egg mixture into Spinach mixture and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper[picture 6].
  7. Pour mixture into the pie shell [picture 7, 8].
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center [picture 9].
  10. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

Spinach Quiche

Almost everyone has watched "Popeye" and learned a little something about Spinach as a kid. We all know that Spinach contains a lot of Iron + Calcium and how Spinach is one of the best vegetables there are. But i was so bored i Wiki-ed Spinach and found this. To sum it up:

  1. Iron DOES contain more Iron than other vegetables but not by a lot.
  2. Spinach contains high amounts of Oxalate.
    - Oxalate binds to the Iron in Spinach forming--> Ferrous Oxalate (insoluble salt).
    - Ferrous Oxalate is then removed from the body.
    - So basically only about 5% of the Iron in Spinach is actually absorbed.
    - The same thing happens with Calcium in spinach.
    - Compared to Broccoli, Spinach only absorbs 5% of Calcium while Broccoli absorbs 50% of it.
  3. However, Spinach is still rich in other nutrients like Vitamin A, C, E, K, Magnesium, Folate (Vit B9).... so it's still important to eat your SPINACH!

Confession: I know even though my Spinach Quiche contains Spinach, it doesn't make it a healthy food. 所以還是少吃一點...無聊做做看就好了!

On another note, i almost chopped off my freakin finger making this freakin Quiche. I was trying to cut the onion, but it was too round and slippery, my 菜刀 completely landed on my left index finger. It was a DEEP CUT and for the first time in my life, 我看到自己的肉. KAOOOO!!! Thank goodness i still remember some First Aid skills from my Summer Red Cross training or else my roommate would've found me 2 hours later lying on the ground unconcious from blood loss........... Okay, im exaggerating.. But ARGHHHH. I was still bleeding the next day... hopefully it'll heal up soon.

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