Cooking with the kid: Pea and Zucchini quiche

February 6th, 2016 § 1 comment § permalink


 Always find it fun too cook with my kids (when I’ve got time on my hands). 

The little lady is at the age (18 months) when she’ll run to the kitchen whenever i am in there insisting on helping with everything: from cooking to unloading the dishwasher and the errands. So cute… although a bit annoying/stressfull at times. She’ll push the kitchen step stool to the counter and get perched on it ready for action. We usually cook soup, lunch and tea time together. Petit Tom is more interested in legos lately than in everyday cooking but will join in to bake.

Some time ago i shared some handy tips for stressless cooking with kids. This quiche (and most sweet or savoury tarts) is great to cook together and to get the kiddos interested into veggies and new tastes. Don’t be offended though if like mine they nibble more during the cooking process than during the actual meal!

Pea and zucchini quiche
Quiche aux petits pois et courgettes

Serves 4, prep 15 min bake 25 min


  • 1 roll puff pastry (~350 g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, finely sliced
  • 100 g green peas (i used frozen)
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 150 ml creme fraiche or double cream
  • 80 g grated parmeggiano reggiano
  • 1 handful fresh herbs (i used mostly basil with a bit of chives and oregano), finely chopped
  • zest of  half a lemon (organic), grated
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven at 190 °C. Line a 28 cm circular tart shape (or a rectangular oven dish ~30cmx20cm) with baking paper and the rolled out puff pastry [or have the kid do it]
  2. Heat up the oil in a large frying pan on medium to high heat. Stir fry the onion for a minute or two, then add the finely sliced zucchini and the peas. Stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until the zucchini starts to soften and color. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  3. In a bowl, whip the eggs lightly. Incorporate the creme fraiche/double cream, whipping the mixture slowly. Stir in the 3/4 of the parmeggiano, lemon zest and fresh herbs. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. [the babe helps here too at although I supervise the breaking of the eggs and hand the ingredients one by one]
  4. Distribute the veggies evenly over the dough, pour the egg mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. [the kid will do well here too but beware for the gourmands who will nibble all the peas before they reach the quiche 😉 ] Delicately put in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until nicely golden. Leave to cool at least 15 minutes before serving.


Tarte fine aux pommes

January 24th, 2016 § 1 comment § permalink

We love something sweet on Sunday afternoon. This one is my mom’s favorite. » Read the rest of this entry «

A Christmas special: Chicken breast sous-vide, shiitake and sake sauce

December 16th, 2015 § 2 comments § permalink

Second opus of this year Christmas menu… The main, chicken. It’s a fun one and it will make an impression. We’re gonna cook sous-vide today.

Don’t be scared, it’s easy, I promise (and you don’t need fancy equipment to try it).

Chicken breast sous-vide, shiitake and sake sauce

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A Christmas special: Scallops with orange and preserved lemon

December 15th, 2015 § 3 comments § permalink

So, one toddler and a new old house later, I am back. For Christmas like in the song. With a Christmas menu.
Here’s the starter.. scallops with a Moroccan touch.

scallops, orange and preserved lemon

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To a Tasty & Happy New Year

January 5th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink


Real life is having the best of me lately…

I’ll be back soon!

In the mean time, wishing have a tasty and a happy new year,

A bientot,


Something sweet for the weekend: plum and almond cake

October 13th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Plum and almond cake | My kitchen diaries

It’s raining cats and dogs outside and there’s no way I’m setting foot outside today.
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September 20th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

This year, Morocco has been on my mind and in my kitchen a lot.
The lack of sun or a crave for youth memories maybe.

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The best potato salad

July 21st, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Finally the new potatoes have made their comeback on the market stalls.
New potatoes are my favorite, with that super thin layer of skin still on. It gives them an almost nutty flavor.
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A soup for all moods and weathers: Beet and carrot soup

June 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Beet and carrot soup

Here’s a soup for this crazy summer.
One for the days when you don’t know where the weather will be taking you…
Heartwarming, fragrant and colourful.
Perfect chilled on a hot day or steaming hot when you need a cheer-up and wish it wasn’t cold and rainy again.
Petit Tom and I can’t have enough of it lately.
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Cooking with Petit Tom: Moroccan meatballs

June 14th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Cooking with kids - Moroccan meatballs

Since Petit Tom has been around, I have secretly been longing for that day where he and I would share the kitchen and cook a meal together (Yes I know… I am a crazy foodie).

Last week friday was bliss. We cooked together for real for the first time. Not just like pricking the dough with a fork… A real dish. Moroccan meatballs. One of my favorite as a kid too.
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