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September Cooking Challenge: Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche

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If you don’t remember, this month I set myself a September Cooking Challenge where I challenged myself to cook three different and never-tried-before (by me) recipes throughout the month.

The first recipe I decided to tackle is the Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche, mostly because it sounded like the easiest recipe and I wanted to ease myself in. I was drawn to this recipe because I’ve never had a quiche with sausage in it before and in fact I’ve never actually made a quiche from scratch.

So firstly the recipe has surprisingly easy and accessible ingredients, pretty much all you had to do was measure out the ingredients before mixing everything together at once and placing in the oven for 40 minutes. The recipe did call for a can of ‘cream of mushroom’ soup, no seasoning and loads of eggs, which I thought was a bit odd but I went along with it anyway.

Unfortunately I think the simplicity of this recipe is what lead to its inevitable demise, the quiche was just, boring. It was very, very bland and lacked seasoning, as I suspected. It also seemed that the egg-to-other-ingredient ratio was a little off, it was just a little too eggy. I realised half way through eating the quiche (I don’t like to waste food even if I don’t like it) that it seemed to be lacking something else as well. Usually when you buy ready-made quiche from the supermarket it has a pastry case and I think I’ve got so used to expecting the buttery pastry surrounding the quiche that I was felt a little disappointed when it wasn’t there.

On reflection I’d do a number of things differently to try and give this quiche a bit of a boost. Firstly I’d cut out the ‘cream of mushroom’ soup and use a selection of chopped wild and organic mushrooms so you can actually taste the mushrooms rather than them getting lost in the recipe. Secondly, the recipe called for mozzarella cheese but I couldn’t taste it at all so I’d go with a stronger cheese, perhaps just something as simple as cheddar. Thirdly I’d add some fresh basil to the quiche mixture and give it a hefty seasoning of salt and pepper. Lastly I’d add a pastry crust to the quiche, it’s perhaps not as healthy but adds much needed texture!

Overall I’m pretty disappointed with this recipe, especially considering that in terms of quiche it sounds like a really interesting idea but in actual fact is very rather bland and meh!

Next up, Cheeseburger Egg Rolls!

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September Cooking Challenge

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After an incredibly hectic August full of weddings, engagements, parental visits, comedy festivals and birthdays I’m ready for a quieter couple of months (phew). I’m looking forward to getting experimental in the kitchen again so I’ve given myself a little September Cooking Challenge to help me on my way.

Pinterest is great website for sourcing recipe inspiration, I’m a massive fan of Tastespotting and Foodgawker too. You can search specific terms or go to the general food & drink category and browse through the mouthwatering pictures. Once you’ve decided on the most delectable picture you can click straight through to the recipe, easy peasy.

I’ve challenged myself to three recipes; a starter, main and dessert. This will also give me a wonderful reason to blog at least three times this month, documenting my cooking challenge is the only way to prove I’ve actually made the recipes! So here goes it, I challenge myself to cook these three recipes in September (thanks for the inspiration Pinterest).

Starter: Baked Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

This recipe (and photo) is originally by Does not Cook Well with Others  and I’d like to try making it purely because I think my fiancée would love it.  The blog suggests that this is perfect party food so I might make it next time the boys are round watching football. The recipe looks simple enough, although I might attempt to make the egg roll pastry from scratch rather than buying it pre-made.

Main: Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche

I’ve chosen this recipe for a couple of reasons; Firstly, usually when I have quiche I’m really naughty and I just buy it ready-made from the shop. The Tesco Finest ones are particularly tasty and it always seems like such a mission to make quiche from scratch. Secondly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quiche with sausage in it before so I’m rather intrigued. This recipe (and photo) is originally from Pinch of Yum,  a cute foodies blog run by fellow pug lover Lindsay originally from America but blogging from Cebu City in the Philippines.

Dessert: Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprints

I’ve chosen this recipe because, come on, this recipe is incredible! I’m hoping if making these goes well I can serve them up at Christmas time, so this is a little practice run really. To be completely honest this recipe looks a little out of my baking league, I’ve only just perfected the art of baking bread and cupcakes so this might be a disaster. Nevertheless I’ll document this disaster in spectacular fashion, don’t you worry! This recipe (and photo) is originally from Pass the Sushi.  Now, where do I get this chai concentrate from?

I’ll document all my recipe-making attempts on the blog and I also promise to add them to my Foodie’s Dream Pinterest board for good measure. P.S. If anybody gives any of these recipes a go in the meantime, please give me a shout. Anyway, stay tuned!