Breaking Some Eggs To Make a Little Romance

Ahh, Valentine’s Day. It is either highly anticipated or inconsolably dreaded. Depending.

Either way, it is coming and there is no avoiding it (well, unless you want to stay under the covers with your favourite flavour of ice cream – hm).

Don’t get us wrong. We love love.

We  just don’t love a big price tag.

What started out as a day to send a love poem or fancy card in the 1800’s has turned into a major commercial opportunity. Vendors can guilt lovers into buying roses at triple their cost, expensive dinners, and as of the 1980’s – jewelry – particularly diamonds.

But fear not, cherished readers, love doesn’t mean you have to take out a second mortgage for a night of romance.

You already know your significant other well. Think of what brings them pure happiness and joy. A favourite dinner? Dessert? Sandwich? For my husband, that means anything bacon.  For me? I melt when I receive the handwritten words of love. It might be a poem,  a love song, or just something made by his hands with love.

But, if poetry isn’t your thing, here is a delish recipe that won’t break the bank but will make your partner swoon.

This is a crustless, low carb, healthy quiche. And before you say it, my favourite husband tells me that Real Men DO Eat Quiche! And why not? Who doesn’t love eggs, cheese, and bacon in the same dish? This will be sure to put you in the spotlight with your other half!

Valentine’s Quiche Recipe

Crustless Valentine’s Quiche

As pictured, there is a heart shaped cake pan that is perfect for this, but the recipe makes between 16 and 18 regular sized muffins so you could use this all year as a quick get-out-the-door breakfast too! The best thing is you can add the veggies and other stuff you have on hand to make it your very own special creation.

The Supporting Cast Member Ingredients:

  •  12 large eggs
  • 1/2 C. sour cream
  • 1/4 C. Full Fat Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Basil (I didn’t have any so I used 2 tsp. dried basil)
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley (oops I forgot to add that in so I sprinkled it on the top at the end – I prefer my parsley raw anyway)
  • 1/8 Tsp. Cayenne
  • 1/2 Tsp. Tumeric
  • 1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper

Starring: The Veggies on Hand

  •  1/2 C. Onion chopped small
  •  one large (or 2/3 small) cloves of garlic
  •  1/3 C. mushrooms chopped small
  •  1/4 C. broccoli ( I would put more next time – your preference of course) chopped into really tiny florets
  •  1/4 C. each of red, yellow, orange peppers – diced quite small
  •  1 C. fresh spinach, roughly chopped but quite small again

Featuring:

  •  1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar, mozza, whatever you have (divided) I used cheddar and parmesan
  •  8 rashers of bacon (mmmm bacon) You could add more or use sausage meat or turkey bacon or ham. Keep it under 1/2 lb.

Quiche muffins

Instructions:

If you are adding bacon or sausage or whatever, cook it fully first. Set aside to cool, then cut some up into small pieces. (I made all the bacon into hearts and roses. The ones that didn’t work out, got chopped up.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. and ‘grease’ your muffin tins with butter or your favourite non stick oil. I used a blend of Grapeseed and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I don’t care for raw onion or mushrooms. So I sauted onions, garlic, and mushrooms in a pan to reduce the liquid in them. I tossed in the dried herbs to bring out their flavour and added the peppers near the end – just to reduce the liquid a bit. Set aside an a bowl to cool.

Grab a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, sour cream, yogurt, basil, tumeric, cayenne, pepper, and parsley. Set aside.

I use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to scoop the mixture into the prepared muffin tins. (For the Valentine Pan, I poured in the mixture and left about a 1/2 inch space at the top.) Sprinkle some of the rest of the cheese over each cup.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the egg is completely set and cheese has started to look golden. The muffins will have shrunk a bit away from the pan.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan. Use a butterknife or a pliable narrow plastic spatula to run around each muffin. Gently remove from pan.

Serve warm or let cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge, and they can be frozen, too. So loving of them.

Any time you want one, pop them into a microwave for a 20-30 seconds, or a preheated toaster oven or regular oven for a few minutes and enjoy.

Come on – who doesn’t *love* Bacon and Cheese? We’re feeling romantic just looking at them.

What if poetry is your thing? So long as it comes from the heart, the words are bound to sweep the recipient off their feet (and into your arms).

Did you know that the origin of roses are red, violets are blue was actually published in 1784? Yes romance was flourishing throughout the ages; not just in the latter half of the 20th Century.

Here is the poem as it was back then:

Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784):

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

(Gammer Gurton’s Garland (London, 1784) in I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd ed., 1997), p. 375.)

Smooches, Lorene

Lorene Stuart

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