Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Brunch

I live for Sundays. Usually, during the week, I am all about healthy eating. But I always look forward to the weekend, where I can forget about being healthy. I try to cheat a little bit and spoil B and of course myself with food I won't normally eat on a regular.

So this morning, I decided to make crustless spinach and mushroom quiche. A recipe (but I added my own spin to it), which I adopted from Joy the Baker's blog, which I am currently obsessing.
And coffeehouse scones to go along with the quiche, a recipe I adopted from Joy of Baking.

Crustless Quiche with Spinach, Zucchini, and Mushroom

ecipe from JoytheBaker:

1 10-12 ounce bag of spinach, stems trimmed ( I used fresh bunch of Spinach I got from WF)

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cups chopped mushrooms ( I used baby bella mushrooms)

1 cup of chopped Zucchini (my own addition)

1 garlic clove, minced

salt and pepper

3 large eggs

1 cup half and half ( did not have any so I substituted with heavy cream)

1 cup crumbled blue cheese (used a mixture of grated Parmesan and American cheese instead)

3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts or lightly toasted pine nuts (opted out for this)

butter for greasing the pie plate (used Canola light spray instead)


Place the spinach in a large pot, cover and cook over medium heat just until wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and spoon into a strainer set over a bowl. Let cool.

Press hard on the spinach in the strainer with the back of a spoon to remove most of the moisture, then squeeze in your hands to remove more. Turn out onto a cutting board and coarsely chop Place between two layers of paper towels or wrap in a clean kitchen towel and press to remove more moisture. You should have about 1 cup packed spinach. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, zucchini and cook, stirring until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minutes more. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until any remaining moisture has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add a pinch of salt (the cheese is salty, so you won’t need much) and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until light. Stir in the heavy cream. Spoon the spinach mixture evenly into the buttered pie dish. Sprinkle with the fresh grated Parmesan cheese and top with American cheeese. Pour in the egg mixture.

Bake the quiche until puffed and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into generous wedges.

My first time making quiche, and it was a success. B had two slices of this baby:-)

Coffeehouse Scone from Joy of Baking

2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
2/3 - 3/4 cup (160 - 180 ml) buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coffeehouse Scones: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or spatula if you don't have one. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surf
ace and knead the dough gently and form into a round that is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Use a 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round biscuit cutter to cut the dough into circles. Transfer the scones to the baking sheet and brush the tops of the scones with a little milk.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 6-8 scones.

(Note to self: must buy a cookie scoop so that next time these are perfectly shape)

You can eat this with preserves or on its own. The butter milk really makes a difference. I feel guilty, I ate at least 4 of these :(.

Happy Sunday Mes Amis!


Joyeux Halloween Mes Amis

Last night B (my husband) and I were invited by his brother to the Ofrenda Halloween Party at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Ofrenda means Art for the Dead, which features art exhibition of local artist's shrines, altars, paintings, and photography. B's brother, who is an artist, also featured some of his spooky artistic creation at the party. So we came out and supported him.

Our inspiration came from one of B's movie poster collections, The Blues Brothers. Easy, no hassle costume. Since each of us already have our own black suit, black shoes, and wayfarers, all we needed was to
get a pair of black hats and black skinny ties. Needless to say, we spent most of our time at the mall yesterday on the hunt for these items.

So here goes the final outcome....I opted to be Jake (shorty) while B was Elwood.

Here we are posing with B's brother's art exhibit.

My favorite exhibit ....doll made out of newspapers!

More pics from the party....enjoy!

Next post.....what's for brunch?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bienvenue à Mes Amis, Welcome my friends!

Having been religiously following so many food, fashion and fitness blogs, I decided that I might as well venture into the blogger world. And since I like all of the above, what better way to start a blog featuring all three things that I am passionate about. With my hubby's encouragement, I finally decided that I want to share my passions to everyone.

So how did I come up with bon vivant? It's a french term for good living and I thought this was so appropriate with the kind of lifestyle I live for. I love living a good life. Whether it's enjoying the simplest, yet satisfying meal I made for my husband, finding a good fashion bargain, and discovering new fitness tips. Living well does not have to be going to an expensive restaurant, traveling luxuriously, or hiring a trainer. I believe we are all capable of living well, it just all depends on how you define your way of living.

So please join me into this journey as I share with you my passion in life. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you soon...until my next blog!

Gotta get ready for Halloween......are any of you going to any Halloween parties this weekend? And if so, please share what your costumes are.