Reduce-food-waste Quiche with anything

reduce food waste Quiche with anything

Food waste. It has been a while since I have ranted about this issue. So it’s time to write a little about it, right? It needs to be written about because the amount of food we are wasting in the western world is horrible.

Food waste infographic

Those figures are just freaking bizarre. We must all do something about it. Me too, because I’m far from perfect. Therefore I’m constantly looking for new strategies to reduce the amount of food that slides down into the waste bin. One thing I use to do every week is to make an inventory in my fridge. I’m looking for food that starts approaching its expiration date and trying to compose a meal of it.
It’s good for two reasons.

  • I find food in time before it becomes inedible.
  • I find food that already is inedible.

The second reason is almost as important as the first. It’s distressing to find fuzzy stuff in the refrigerator unless it is a blue cheese.

In last weeks inventory, I found a piece of sweet potato, some feta cheese, a jar half filled with olives, some scallions, and one tomato.
The tomato was a bit soft and the sweet potato looked somewhat tired, but I decided to use it anyway. The rest of the food items were not in such a critical state, but they wouldn’t stay fresh for so much longer. I paid special attention to the feta cheese, but finally, I decided that it was OK.

sweet potato and scallion

There is always milk, eggs, butter, parmesan cheese, and flour in my fridge and pantry, and I grow my own herbs, so I have a surplus of thyme, rosemary, and sage.



I had all the ingredients for a one portion Quiche.

A Quiche is easy to make. The hardest part is the dough. But even that is easy if you have a stand mixer. But it doesn’t take that much longer to do it in a bowl by hand. If you put the butter in the freezer, you can grate it instead of cutting it into small cubes. It goes faster, and it will make the dough mixing a bit easier.

Pie crust


rolled pie crust


crust in pie dish

This Quiche is quite small, so it doesn’t need a long time in the oven. Therefore I decided to fry the sweet potato for a few minutes. Apart from that, I followed a “standard” Quiche recipe. I found a small pie dish that I could use. Next time I will try to place the pie crust in a preheated skillet. I think it should work.

quiche unbaked

So I ended up with a creamy Quiche with salty and slightly tangy notes from the olives and feta cheese. I’m a sucker for thyme and sage, so I used plenty of it. Feel free to use whatever herbs you like or have available.
This is a perfect lunch. Almost for free. A few more days and some of the food items I used would have started to transform into something nasty. They would have been ready for the waste bin. This is perhaps not a giant step against a better world. But it’s the little things that make a difference. Like the fact that I forgot to add the damn tomato.


Reduce food waste Quiche


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Reduce-food-waste-Quiche with sweet potato and feta cheese
Food waste is bad, I think we can all agree on that. A pleasant way to reduce your food waste is to make a Quiche. A Quiche can be varied endlessly with whatever you can find in your refrigerator. I'm thinking about all those bits and pieces that will soon transform into something fuzzy, mean, and totally inedible.
Tart dough
Tart dough
  1. Mix flour butter and salt in a large bowl to a crumbly dough. Add water and knead until dough comes together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to350ºF /180ºC.
  3. Roll the dough between two sheets of cling film to a thickness of 1/8 inch / 3 mm.
  4. Fit the dough into a small pie dish or whatever suitable heat resistant dish you can find. A small skillet will probably work fine.
  5. If you are planning to add root vegetables like sweet potatoes It can be a good idea to saute them for a minute or two before adding them to the filling.
  6. Beat together milk, egg, mustard, and salt in a bowl.
  7. Place all your fillings in the unbaked tart shell and pour the milk and egg mixture over everything. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese if you have. Any cheese will do.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the filling is just set.
Recipe Notes

I won't enter all the ingredients for the filling. The whole idea of this recipe is that you should use your imagination and what you can find in your own refrigerator. If you still want to do the same Quiche as I did, you can find the ingredients I used in the blog text above. But I will not give you the amounts because I don't remember that myself. 😉

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Seafood Pizza with basil sauce

Seafood pizza with basil sauce

Disaster struck on Saturday morning this weekend. I got up as usual at 8 am and went down to the kitchen. I knew what I had to do. We were planning to eat pizza that evening, and I wanted to mix the dough as early as possible. Pizza dough always becomes better with long fermentation time in the refrigerator. So the first thing I did was to check my sourdough starter. I had fed it before I went to bed, so I expected a lively, bubbling starter.

To my dismay, I saw that unlike me, it hadn’t woken up yet. And that’s bad. Very bad. Because as most of you know, it can take some time to wake up a sleepy starter. I didn’t have time for that.
I swore about lazy, ungrateful, useless and grumpy sourdough starters while I furiously glared down into the glass jar. A puny little bubble rose up to the surface and burst in front of my eyes.
I got the message.
“That’s all you will get, asshole, so why don’t you let me go back to sleep?”

I have been baking with a sourdough starter for many years now, and I know how to get my starter in a perfect, good, mature mood. Most of the time I should add. These things happen, I know. It happens even to professional bakers. Still, there are few things that make me more frustrated. You have planned everything in detail, but when it’s time for action, everything is ruined by a starter that makes a mummy appear like a playful foal.

I realized that there was only one thing left to do. I had to use commercial yeast. Now, before anyone starts to feel offended, I would like to point out that there is absolutely nothing wrong with using commercial yeast. I do it sometimes, depending on what kind of bread I want to bake. It’s just that we sourdough nerds are a bit special (or weird). If we have decided to bake something with a sourdough starter, it feels like a failure if we have to use commercial yeast.

And it was thoughts like that that ran through my head that morning. But then I remembered something. A few weeks ago I watched a cooking show about how they bake real Neapolitan pizza. A Swedish chef went down to Napoli to try to learn how to bake the famous dish. I remembered that he failed most of the time. But I also remembered that they used fresh, regular yeast.
“If the Italiens can use it, so can I,” I said to myself.
“You hear that you son of a mold-infested, hooch overfilled jar of shit” I shouted in triumph to my starter. “I don’t need you.”

My starter responded with silence.

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