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Fresh asparagus for sale at the Farmers' Market in BaltimoreThe local asparagus season is here! I love asparagus, so I’ve been eating my fill: roasted, steamed, tossed as a salad, soup (including my version of  Tom khaa kai with asparagus) and, one of my favourites, in quiche. Loaded with asparagus in a delightful custard, this quiche makes a perfect light spring meal. Serve it with a fresh salad of spring greens!

Recipe: Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus quiche

1 recipe pastry dough (This time I made mine with spelt flour, added a 1/4 cup of ground flax seed to the mix, and reduced the butter from 1/2 cup to 7 tbsp.)
1 kg asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
3/4 cup of heavy cream
3/4 cup of milk
3 eggs, beaten lightly
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
butter/olive oil to sauté asapragus

Heat oven to 375°F. Butter a 9″ quiche pan.

Prepare the pastry dough. Roll it out to 1/4″ thick and line the quiche pan. Weigh it down and blind bake it for 10-15 minutes. Remove weights and continue baking for another 10 minutes until lightly coloured. Remove from oven.

Sauté asapragus in butter/olive oil for approx. 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Combine the lightly beaten eggs with cream, milk and seasonings.

Place sauteed asparagus in quiche shell. Pour egg and cream mixture over asparagus.

Bake 25-35 minutes until lightly browned and mixture is set. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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"Leek Prizetaker"

Love this photograph by Charles Jones.

I know I’m doing something wrong. For two years now I’ve tried – operative word – to grow leeks. Both times, they’ve started off looking good, yet ended up rotting in the ground by mid-July.

Too much water, unsuitable soil, planted too deep or not deep enough? Some quick research suggests I should plant them deeper and build up the earth around the leeks as they grow. I’ll have to try again next year. Hopefully I’ll get lucky the third time around.

I won’t let my leek gardening failure prevent me from buying leeks and cooking with them though. Recently eaten at my table:

Leek, sweet potato and barley soup

Leek, sweet potato and barley soup.

Papet vaudois

Papet vaudois, a typical hearty Swiss dish.

Papet vaudois is leek, potato and saucisson vaudois, a special sausage originally made in the French-speaking canton Vaud. The leek and potato are really just a vehicle for the sausage! I’ve found a high-quality and authentic version at Au Saucisson Vaudois, an artisanal charcuterie in Saint-Brigide, Quebec.

Leek and goat cheese quiche

Leek and goat cheese quiche.

Recipe: Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche

This is one of my favourites! The recipe is adapted from “Mosimann’s Vegetarishe Küche,” a vegetarian cookbook by Swiss chef Anton Mosimann. Makes one 9-inch quiche (with some pastry dough left over).

1 recipe pastry dough
1 leek, halved lengthwise, sliced (white and green parts) into 1/2″ pieces and washed
1-2 tbsp olive oil
125 g ripened goat cheese (I used Le cendrillon, the not ash-covered one)
2 eggs
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp chopped thyme
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Prepare pastry dough. (Since pastry dough recipes usually call for a ½ cup of butter, so I keep pre-measured pieces in the freezer. I make the dough without a food processor and grate the frozen butter into the flour, a trick I picked up from one of Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid’s HomeBaking cookbook). Roll out dough, line a 9-inch pan (I use one with a removable bottom) and blind bake the crust. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

Saute prepared leek in olive oil for 10 minutes or until just tender. Let cool.

Combine eggs, cream, sour cream and seasonings. Crumble goat cheese into the egg mixture.

Distribute the leek over the bottom of the pre-baked crust. Pour egg and goat cheese mixture over the leek.

Bake 30-40 minutes until filling is firm and golden. Allow filling to settle before serving. Serve warm.

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