We've had a sweet time in London, enjoying our family and taking in some fun highlights. Our favorite thing, by far though, is..................
just checking out and being a part of the vibrant everyday life here in this bustling metropolis. We've shopped for lovely fresh produce at local markets, biked along the Thames and through lovely parks (some of which were once hunting grounds for kings!), become quite proficient at navigating the Tube (the London under/over ground transportation system) and sniffed out (literally!) fun new cafes, quintessential English pubs and wonderful, unique restaurants. We've eaten our way through a smattering of the unbelievably abundant, charming bakeries and patisseries that seem to be here, there and everywhere!
One thing that the British seem to be quite the experts on are tarts, pies and quiches - of every variety! From tiny custard pies with delicious flaky crusts to fabulous puff pastry breakfast tarts stuffed with eggs, bacon and tomatoes, to amazing fruit concoctions all bundled up in delicious layers of melt-in-your-mouth pastry. Oh, and then there are the savory meat-filled pies which each pub has it's own delicious version - we didn't meet any of these that we didn't love! You'll also find a myriad of fabulous, diverse quiches made with local, seasonal ingredients served for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Really, it seems that we are in tart, pie and quiche heaven!
We thought you might enjoy a few pictures which tell the tale of our London adventures much better than a long string of words ever could! Oh, and a fun, unique quiche recipe of our own just to get you in a "Brit" frame of mind!
Oh, and back to the quiche............
It can be frozen! Just pop the jar covers on and freeze for a rainy (or hungry) day!
Quiche In A Jar with Fresh Corn and Italian Sausage
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 ears fresh corn
2 cooked Italian sausage
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
6 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 ½ cups shredded Gruyere cheese (feel free to use any type of cheese that you like, Cheddar, Swiss, Fontina, whatever is you favorite)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Butter twelve 4-ounce jam jars and sprinkle with bread crumbs until inner surface is coated; set aside.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Check back tomorrow for a fun quiche in a jar variation - with a crust!