good morning! powerful storms blew through Georgia last night with rumbles of thunder and lightning lasting well into the wee hours of the morning. this Midwest girl loves a good old-fashioned thunderstorm as long as i’m tucked safely inside my home. driving in one is a whole other kettle of fish. the storm alerts are over for now. but severe weather always leaves a path of destruction in its wake, toppling trees and downing power lines. Mother Nature is always a force to contend with.
all is well at casa djalali. in fact, oscar had a friend stop by for a play date. pax was here for the afternoon. boy do those two have fun! since Easter is fast approaching, i dished up a Spinach and Leek quiche this week that would be perfect for Sunday brunch as well as a spin on the traditional Bloody Mary called the Red Snapper.
ahoy, mates! guess who’s wearing stripes yet again? isn’t this orange and navy striped tee adorable? today’s ootd is definitely channeling sailors far and wide. last week i introduced a pair of flared jeans from Ralph Lauren. this week it’s a pair of wide-leg sailor jeans from Talbots. these jeans are considerably shorter than last week’s rendition, so the shoe choices are completely different. a pair of kitten heels look adorable with these sailor jeans, but i also tried white sneakers, and they looked terrific! the reviews stated the side zipper is problematic, and i agree. but i have a style hack that works! simply take a bar of soap and run it up and down the zipper for lubrication. petroleum jelly works too. give it a whirl if you like these jeans enough to make them your own.
remember the rule of proportions i’ve shared before? it’s in play again today with wide-leg jeans. long over lean or vice versa is the name of the game. today, the bottom is full and wide, so the top is structured, including the blazer (old, similar here) from Boden. if you use this simple rule, it doesn’t matter if you are 4’11’ or 5’11.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Use nonstick spray or butter to grease your pan.
Arrange the pie crust into a quiche pan or 9 inch pie pan. Trim the edges if necessary.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese on the bottom of the crust.
Trim the green parts of the leek, as well as the roots. Spilt the leek lengthwise. Run under cold water, using your fingers to bend back the layers. Leeks are super dirty, so do a good job. Save half of the leek for something else (top a pizza! Throw in soup!) Use a sharp knife to chop one half of the leek, make the pieces about the size you would chop an onion. Sprinkle the chopped leek over the cheese.
Chop the spinach then spread over the leeks.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup fresh basil next.
Add the mushrooms.
Crumble the goat cheese using a fork. Sprinkle over the basil.
Use a serrated knife to halve most of the cherry tomatoes. Fit as many as you can on top of the quiche. I used maybe all but 10.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together 6 eggs, Almondmilk, salt, and pepper. Beat for about 1 minute, then pour over the quiche.
If your quiche pan separates, or if your quiche looks very full, make sure you place the dish on a baking sheet just in case it leaks or overflows.
Bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes, or until the top has started to brown and the quiche doesn't wiggle when you shake it.
Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before diving in. Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!
anyone remember the phrase “real men don’t eat quiche?” when quiches were first introduced for some reason, at least in the States, they were relegated to a ladies luncheon. but my dad and mr. style loved to eat quiche. whenever they did; they always prefaced their meal “real men don’t eat quiche,” with a southern accent to boot, which was hysterical as mr. style had an accent in place from his years growing up in Teheran and Vienna, respectively.
Prepare a glass with salt rim.
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and strain into the ice-filled glass.
To garnish, spear olive and lemon with a cocktail pick.
this variation of a bloody mary relies on fresh tomato juice. if you have a juicer, you know what to do. if not, bottled tomato juice will suffice.
oscar, pax, and i wish you a lovely weekend!