Wednesday, July 22, 2009

dîners d'été et pâtisserie...a la bee line sweets café...

last night sis, bobbie , invited the lil' munchkins + i over for some delicious French cuisine+movie (Knowing~with Nicholas Cage...scary+thought provoking)

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...she made quiche lorraine+petite key lime tarts...
and boy was it ever delish!!!
my sis styled her special dishes
with her mod plates+placemats+pretty flowers for these shots
and i just couldn't resist taking a few shots of her creations+added the French phrases:

dîners d'été et pâtisserie (summer dinners + pastry)
les petites tartes de lime clés (petite key lime tarts)

my sis used a basic quiche lorraine recipe and her secret ingredients...(she added a few leftover frozen potato hashbrowns as the crust+already made bacon)...
she served it with steamed asparagus...mmmm.
she quickly rattled the recipe as i devoured every inch of this delish dish
but i'll try to remember what she said...
here's a similar recipe from here but with some of her revisions:


3 large eggs (she used the liquid low fat egg in a carton)
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk (she used half+half...but i'd like to make it a lil' bit more low fat, so i'd prob. use skim milk)
1 teaspoon flour
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
pinch nutmeg
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion (she didn't use an onion)
finely chopped2 Idaho potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds, thinly sliced (she used leftover frozen potato hashbrowns maybe 2-3c-to cover tart pan)
1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese (she used swiss cheese)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (she didn't use this)
4 slices Canadian bacon (she used a handful of already made bacon that you microwave)
(she used a handful of one or all: parsley, chives, herbs for topping)


1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
2. Whisk the eggs, milk and flour together in a
mixing bowl. Generously season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and set aside.
3. Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a large, ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and
cook until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer the onions to a strainer and let the excess liquid drain off. (she didn't use onions)
4. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan over medium heat.
(she omitted steps 3-5 and used leftover cooked frozen potato hasbrowns~cubed~ but she suggests using shredded hashbrowns for easier crust factor)
5. Arrange the potato slices in overlapping concentric circles on the bottom and sides of the pan. Fill in any holes with slices of potato and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, without turning the potatoes, until they begin to turn golden brown on the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
6. Sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes. Cover the cheese with the cooked onions and Canadian bacon. (she used swiss cheese + already made bacon-just microwaved the bacon according to package directions) Carefully pour the egg mixture into the pan and place the pan in the oven.
7. Bake the quiche for about 45 minutes or until it is just set.
Nutrional Value:
Number of Servings: 6
Per Serving =
Calories 228 Carbohydrate 25g Fat 9g Fiber 3g Protein 16g Saturated Fat 3g Sodium 426mg
et voila...

now for an easy-peasy summer dessert
(that my sis whipped up in a blink of an eye):
les petites tartes de lime clés


tart shells (already made-check grocery aisle for already made tart shells)+ Kraft Philadelphia: Key Lime Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, 24.3 oz + whipped topping + fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, etc)

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scrumptious. delectable. all mine.

don't you just love easy+quick desserts?
esp. in this hot's nice not using the hot oven once in awhile...

wanna try another divine key lime tart recipe? try this one from smitten kitchen

merci beaucoup, bobbie...for the sweet dinner/dessert/movie night!

hoping you are enjoying these delicious summer days...

any favourite fast+easy summer dishes or even great summer flicks to share?

...please do tell...
xoxo jo ;)


Dionne said...

I love that you have La Valse D'Amelie playing on your blog - Amelie is my favorite movie!

This quiche looks so good! I love quiche - not many Americans make a good one, but this one looks and sounds fabulous!

And the desserts look delectably delicious! And I love the styling for the photos!

As for me - anything with fruit incorporated is great for summer, and with pops of bright color.

Gracie said...

Ohh yum!! I love quiche and I would love to make one. Thanks for the recipe I must try this one. Thanks for all the recipes and beautiful pictures. This definitely makes me feel so hungry =)

Since it's not summer here I can't think of anything lol. When I think of summer I think of barbeques and eating fruit for dessert and ice cream =)

Oh and I tagged you on my blog!