One of my favorite surprises waiting for me after a vacation is the patch of ground outside our back door; checking out which plants are blooming, bearing fruit or just plain pushing out a few new leaves. While we played golf in driving rain and freezing wind on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, among others in Scotland, the Bay Area experienced a short heat wave, which after all our rain in March caused the garden to explode. We enjoyed our adventure playing golf in Scotland and Ireland where I believe they are still experiencing rain and cold temperatures. Here in the outdoor warmth of home I harvested baby kale and carrots from my vegetable garden for this vegetable quiche which is so easy to make without pastry. I added a few Yukon gold potatoes along with a small red onion and an ear of corn to make this quiche a hearty one for last night’s dinner. In the coming weeks I will share photos, a few recipes and some inspiration from our golf trip to Scotland and Ireland.
Look at the sun shining on the baby kale, it’s very easy to grow. I also tried baby kale with blood oranges and raspberries in a saladlast month. I have big plans for my patch of tender baby kale, including making soup and a few more salads. Spending two rainy Spring weeks in Scotland and Ireland makes me appreciate the sunshine we enjoy here in California at the same time of year.
The bright green colors of kale remind me of the beautiful countryside in Ireland, I’ll have to return in the Summer, maybe we will be luckier with the weather that time of year. There are also a few golf courses we would love to play in Ireland. The one beautiful day we enjoyed on the golf course was in Ireland at Dook’s Golf Course in Kerry. I actually took off my jacket and put on sunglasses!
My Garden Vegetable Quiche San Le Crust would make a nice addition to a Mother’s Day Brunch or served for a weeknight’s dinner with a salad as I did last night. Have fun decorating your quiche with edible flowers and sprigs of herbs to make a simple quiche look pretty on your table.