Eat to the Beat: Spinach Mushroom Quiche with Sweet Palmiers & Bow Wow Wow

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

 

The song: “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow (lyrics)

The foodstuff: Vegan Quiche with Sweet Palmiers (recipes below)

The connection: France!

 

You might think that it’s absurd to pair a song like “I Want Candy” with anything but candy. And you know what? You just might be right! Even so, ever since it appeared in Marie Antoinette, I’ve come to associate this Bow Wow Wow tune with French aristocracy. Bah, it really does sound absurd when you say it out loud. No matter! I’ve got French food on the brain, so French food it is!

 

Spinach Mushroom Quiche (0039)

 

Unfortunately, I’m no culinary genius, so I went with the first two super-obvious French foods to come to mind: a vegan quiche with Sweet Palmiers for dessert. Puff pastries paired with a tofu-egg-casserole-pie-thingie: weird? Perhaps. But it totally works!

I’ve never made a quiche before, so I hit the net and came up with a spinach mushroom concoction based on what seems to be the basic vegan quiche recipe – namely, a brick of tofu + nutritional yeast and assorted seasonings + whatever veggies your heart desires. I consider spinach the quintessential egg (and by extension, tofu) filling, since the only time I ate the stuff as a kid was when my mom scrambled it with eggs. And mushrooms are just plain awesome, so there you go. I think it’s a delicious combo – but if you disagree, just swap ’em out for your own favorites. I won’t judge.

You can use a store-bought crust if you’d like, but making it by hand isn’t all that difficult if you have a food processor. Either way, still not judging.

As for the Sweet Palmiers, the recipe is pretty standard. And easy! Don’t let the puff pastry part fool you. Pepperidge Farm makes a frozen puff pastry that’s vegan, so go wild. These bad boys are too delectable for words – borderline addictive, I ate more than half the batch with my quiche dinner – so definitely give these a try if you’re partial to light, sweet, airy things.

And if you’re not? I don’t wanna know you. (Joking! You can just give me your half and we’ll call it even, mkay?)

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