Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Creepy Basement

In the duplex where I live, I have only been to the basement twice. The first day I moved in to see what it was like, and earlier this week to see if I could store my bike in there for the winter.

The first time I went there, I couldn't find a light switch, so I brought a flashlight and used the light from the one window. It was creepy enough that I only walked about 5 feet into the basement before I left because I didn't really care to see the rest.

This time, I knew where the light switch was, so I turned it on, and climbed down the narrow, rickety stairs, instantly realizing that my bike would never fit down them. But, I decided to check out more of the basement. It's actually kind of cool, for the most part. The walls are stone and mortar and the floor is gravel. The furnace, water heater, washtub, etc split the basement in half, but there is a big empty space on the other side of those.

I was walking in the empty room, avoiding cobwebs, when I noticed another door. The light from the bulb didn't reach past the door at all. I started toward it, when I noticed a single, withered, white rose above the door frame. I decided I should leave. Quickly.

How creepy is that? I am really curious what is in there. Could be a fancy wine cellar, with hundred year old bottles of wine. Or a root cellar, with some ancient potatoes. Or it's a tomb, with a dead body! It's probably just an empty closet area, but I am not going down there alone, in any case.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why am I such a good cook? Spinach Quiche Recipe

I amaze myself sometimes. My experiments do not always turn out. In fact, most people would probably not like it as much as I do, but tonight was a winner.

Spinach Quiche

~1 9inch pie crust
~4 eggs
~3/4 cup heavy cream (alternatives could be half and half, cottage cheese, cream cheese, etc)
~2 cups fresh spinach, torn
~1/2 onion, chopped
~2 cloves garlic, chopped
~A spot of oil to saute onion, garlic, spinach
~1 t garlic salt
~1 t pepper
~1 t paprika
~1 t nutmeg
~1 c feta
~1 c shredded Parmesan

1) Pre-bake pie crust (generously poke lots of holes in the crust, bake at 450 f for 10 minutes, allow to cool)
2) Saute onion and garlic. Add spinach until wilted. Remove from heat, allow to cool
3) Mix eggs, cream, spices in a bowl. Add spinach mixture and cheese.
4) Stir into pre-baked crust. Foil the edges to prevent the crust from burning
5) Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Very easy. I don't know how authentic to a typical recipe this quiche is, but it is tasty!