I spent a lot of my time in culinary school watching the chefs yell at fellow students. The chefs weren’t mean; most of them were actually quite nice people. It’s just that it was community college. With mostly 19-year-old students. Many of them cocky, fresh-out-of-high-school boys who may have dabbled in the kitchens at a local diner or chain restaurant, and thought they knew everything about cooking already. They didn’t listen to instructions, and were often cavalier with the expensive ingredients the school had purchased for us to use. The chefs had no patience for this kind of behavior.
At the wise old age of 27, I knew better than most of the these teenage boys. I knew to respect the chefs (answering every direction with “Yes, Chef!”), keep my head down, work hard and shut up. And maybe secretly crack a smile when the most obnoxious of these boys got yelled at. I remember it well. He put a huge tray of pine nuts in the oven to be toasted. And walked away. For far too long. When he returned, the chef had already beaten him there – he was holding a pan with almost $100 worth of pine nuts that had been burnt to a crisp. THERE WAS SO MUCH YELLING.
Now, whenever I work with Diamond of California pine nuts at home, I’m super careful about it. I don’t want to waste a single one of these gems. They have a light and delicate flavor, with a slight “piney” overtone (for lack of a better description). I love them in salads and sweet baked goods, and they also make a perfect flavor pairing with cheese, eggs and peppers. With this in mind, and with Mother’s Day coming up next month (my mom always requests quiche), it seemed natural to start testing out some quiche recipes.
I’m upping my quiche game this year with homemade crust! Really, with a food processor at the ready, there’s no reason not to. I buzzed up a quick crust with flour, butter, pine nuts and a bit of Parmesan cheese. I pressed it into a tart pan, baked it a bit, then filled the crust with roasted bell peppers, feta cheese, thyme and an eggy custard. Treat Mom to a savory slice of this Spanish-inspired bell pepper quiche . . . just don’t burn it, OK?
For the Pine Nut Crust:
For the Quiche Filling:
For the Custard:
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