One week of 2012 has passed. Phew.
How are you doing? Still plugging away at those resolutions? Or have you gotten to the point where they don’t really matter to you?
I like the idea of resolutions but not the pressure that comes with them. I’m the type of person who gets enormous guilt when I feel I don’t measure up and, in that sense, resolutions are almost torturous for me. I feel that change and growth are better benchmarks to reach for with the new year. They don’t scream at me when I miss a workout nor do they leave me stressed. Let’s focus more on change and growth in 2012, shall we? Becoming a more compassionate, understanding person seems like a much more rewarding goal to work towards.
That being said, 2012 has already proved to be a slightly more hectic one than I had imagined. A new job, a new apartment, and a new dedication in being just a tad more responsible. Because vacations won’t pay for themselves and this girl NEEDS a vacation. I may have just gotten back from spending the holiday in California, but it was far from mai tais and sunbathing. I found myself in a hospital, almost hysterical, because a close loved one had to undergo a precautionary yet scary procedure. Seeing a loved one hooked up to machines is one of the most frightening things I’ve ever gone through and I wish I could say I was strong. But I ended up in a flurry of tears and tissues, unsure of what to do and what to say. It’s amazing how a moment like that can change your entire perspective. You see things much more clearly and while I would never wish it upon anyone, I do feel that it taught me a wise lesson. Love those that are near you, and treasure your time with them.
The days following the hospital visit, I attempted to make everything better. I helped with medicine, I cleaned, and more importantly, I cooked. Are you surprised? Where else would I have gone in a minor crisis? The only thing that came out of this oven was this quiche and it was the most deliciously simple thing that could have been made. In fact, after I made it the first time, it was requested again and again. I must have gone through a dozen eggs by the end of the week. I think eggs have a way of nursing all wounds, don’t you? Quiches are the easiest thing to make. A quick whip of eggs, cheese and ham is all this takes. I used leftover ham from the holidays in the quiche, and the addition of gouda cheese made for a silky, smooth dinner. Decadent almost! I left out the pastry crust because I simply couldn’t eat another bite of something buttery/floury. The holiday seasons ruined my appetite! But if you would like to use your own favorite savory crust, go for it!
Ham and Gouda Cheese Quiche
Adapted from: Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts
Yields: 8-10 servings
1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham (1/4 pound)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or cooking spray)
1 1/2 cups shredded Gouda cheese (2 cups)
3 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk
1 cup whole milk
Pinch of nutmeg
Dash of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
Butter 10-inch quiche dish or spray with cooking spray.
Spread diced ham in dish, then evenly sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese on top.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 1/2 cup of cheese. Add nutmeg, salt and teaspoon pepper and mix till incorporated. Pour into the dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
Bake until top is golden and custard is set in center, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into wedges.