April 29, 2016

Rainbow Colored Quiche And the Five Senses

by Marjan
Beyond taste, I think you would agree, some of your best gastronomical experiences involved all five senses. Within my collection of recipes, I feel this rainbow colored quiche best demonstrates the importance of sight, sound, smell, tactile, and taste when dinning. As promised with my last post, I want to continue the artistry linked with cooking.  This is one of three posts to come which will perfectly display my love for the Culinary Arts and the importance of all five senses.
My rainbow colored quiche recipe is all about tantalizing your senses. At first, the exuberant colors of this robust colorful quiche will call your attention. First sense, sight; checked! As the knife cuts into the caramelized garden of vegetables down to the crisp crust puff pastry lining, your ears will awaken and perk up knowing a crunchy bite is to come. Second sense, hearing; checked! Once the first spoonful nears your mouth, your nose will detect aromas of oregano, parsley, and chives hidden below the garden of vegetables. Third senses, smell; checked! With your first indulgence, your mouth will experience the richness of velvety goat cheese filling embedded with flourishing vegetables and comforting pastry dough. Fourth senses, tactile; checked! Last, but not least, your palate will embrace sweet carrots and zucchini caramelized on a bed of fluffy eggs and goat cheese custard with fresh herbs, comforted and held together with crispy, buttery, baked puff pastry. Most important of all sense, taste; checked, checked!
Using all five senses, there is no need to ask me for the ingredients.  You already know the magic behind this beautiful and delicious quiche. Not to worry, exact directions will follow. This beautiful dish will be the most eye catching, mouth watering display at your next gathering to celebrate life, family, and the love of food!
Mother's day is around the corner, this beautiful dish serves as both a beautiful bouquet and a hearty delicious dish. Present this beautiful quiche as a gift to your mother, confident you will be bringing pleasure to all of her five senses as well.
Happiest wishes to all mothers, from all parts of our beautiful earth!

Coming up, will be my recipe for vegetable napoleon sandwich. Culinary art stacked up into a beautiful healthy bite!
Serves 6-8
Ingredients
Tart pan with removable sides
1 sheet of puff pastry
2 each orange, purple, yellow carrot; peeled
1 small, thin young zucchini
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
12 oz of goat cheese
3 eggs
1 teaspoon each fresh oregano, parsley, and chives finally chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh salt and pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter
Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, evenly cut carrots and zucchini into long slices. Place all slices into a large microwave safe bowl, and warm up in the microwave for a minute and half to simply soften.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place puff pastry on top of tart pan.  Make certain all the corners of the pan are covered with dough to the very edge of sides.  With a sharp knife, cut excess sides; use cut out pieces to fill in parts of the pan that are not covered.  Using your fingers, press tight sides to seal patched edges together.  Place parchment paper on puff pastry with baking weights (or uncooked beans) and bake for 15 minutes until dough is golden. Remove from oven and cool.
In a medium size bowl, whip and blend together cream, cheese and eggs until smooth. Add salt, pepper, and herbs and blend well. Pour mix into puff pastry.
Starting with a sliced zucchini, roll tight, and place in the center of cheese mix. Start rolling one by one different colors of vegetables and place around zucchini making certain the end of rolled vegetables are tucked next to another rolled vegetable to prevent them from opening up. This is the most time consuming part of the process. Work patiently, as your efforts will be well worth it!
Brush melted butter on top of vegetable flowerets and sides of pastry dough. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes at 375 degrees until the cheese filling is firm and set. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before removing sides of tart pan.
Enjoy!



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