I've been slacking on my blog posting lately...too many fun summer weekend events keeping me from my kitchen and computer. Definitely nothing to complain about! Although the most recent events (my college reunion and then a wedding of a close college friend) made me feel very nostalgic for college and all of the great people that I met there. Sometimes I wish that we could all just live in the small, close-quartered world of college forever and ever.
But now I'm back to reality. And one of my favorite things about my current real world life is the weekly tv and dinner nights with two of my best friends from grad school. We live about 5 minutes apart, so it's as close to dorm-living as I've got these days.
We've been watching Netflix series in the old-fashioned, week-by-week way of traditional tv shows. If not for these weekly plans, I totally would have binged on the new season of Orange is the New Black already instead of being almost a season behind on House of Cards. Peer pressure actually helps with self-control in this case.
Anyway, back to the food... This week was my turn to host dinner. And since I was away all weekend, I needed something quick that I could make after work. I decided on a quiche with a summer spin. I love Caprese salads and have a new basil plant growing away on my balcony so I figured I'd give it a go.
I didn't want to deal with chopping tomatoes and the potential sogginess that they might bring to a quiche. So I decided to just leave them whole and see what would happen. The result was basically like a Caprese salad suspended in custard. Quite yummy for an easy and refreshing summer dinner!
The other thing that I improvised on was the custard itself. I usually make quiche with heavy cream, but since I only had half-and-half in my fridge, I decided to use that. I added some corn starch to thicken the mixture. I'm not sure if this is a real thing to do with quiche, but it worked for me! The quiche itself was actually really creamy and fluffy at the same time. I think I'll probably keep making it like this from now on.