Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tomatoes, Zucchini & Eggs

It feels as though I am constantly cleaning out my fridge. I don't buy food with a plan to cook it, I buy food because it looks good & then I have to find some sort of use for it while it still looks good. The zucchini in the fridge was like that. I made zucchini chips a while back, and while I need to refine this technique, I didn't feel like deep frying. In some sort of an effort to make a balanced meal, I made a tomato salad and a zucchini quiche.

Tomato Salad
6 small tomatoes, sliced
6 leaves of basil, torn
sherry vinegar
olive oil

Arrange basil & tomatoes on plate.
Top with vinegar, oil, salt & pepper.

The tomatoes are starting to get a lot better now, so they don't need much else.

Zucchini Quiche
2 small zuchinnis, sliced lengthwise
olive oil
1 package puff pastry
5 eggs
1/2 c milk
3/4 c grated cheese
1 tsp thyme

Sautee zucchini in olive oil until it is bendable.
Line baking dish with puff pastry.
Place Zucchini ribbons in pastry dish.
Beat all other ingredients together & cover zucchini with egg mixture.
Bake in oven at 170° for 35-45 minutes, until browned.

I cleaned out some stuff from my fridge. Now I'm on my way to the market to restock. On the way over, I'll have to rethink this system.


Cathy said...

I do the same thing when I get to the looks good, it goes in the basket and then I stare at for a few days before I figure out what to do with it. It usually happens with meat though, not veggies.

taste traveller said...

Meat just all looks the same to me, and the veggies promote that "if I don't get it now, it'll be gone next time" mentality. Having said that, I just discovered ground turkey that has to go... ;-)

Murasaki Shikibu said...

"I don't buy food with a plan to cook it, I buy food because it looks good & then I have to find some sort of use for it while it still looks good."

I can relate to this. That's how one starts to get innovative with cooking I guess.

Love your quiche. I need to make this soon. :)

Amanda said...

I can relate to that as well. Last week I roasted some zucchini that was probably a little too far past its "best by" date--I felt ill for a couple of days, so I learned my lesson. Must plan more!

Your quiche is gorgeous!

taste traveller said...

Thanks! Again: super-easy! (I love premade puff pastry)

Murasaki: that's a nice interpretation. It seems so much better than: I'm a food shop-aholic! :-)

Amanda: I hope it wasn't too bad :-( How did you prepare it?

Liz said...

Tomato salad and a quiche??? How good it sounds. And with your quiche, even better. The quiche looks amazing!

Tara said...

Gorgeous pictures - that salad looks perfect for a hot summer day like today was, here in Denver.

Erica said...

Zucchini quiche sounds delicious!!!!!

taste traveller said...

Liz: it was one of the tastiest ways to clean my fridge! :-)

Tara: thanks! the salad is great, especially because you don't have to cook ;-)

Erica: thanks! You should try it sometime.

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