"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere . . . "
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
We had Friday night plans - a funky party with friends at a champagne bar! Which just happens to be right across the street from our apartment...so of COURSE we went and took Roman!
We spiffied ourselves up and strolled across the street on an almost-warm spring night. Roman wore his special onsie from Disney! Our little Prince Charming in training!
Roman is getting pretty good at this NYC "hanging out" thing. He stayed awake long enough to be bobbled about by the hostess (she thinks he is Prince Charming already) (we'll always get one of the prime sofas now!) and snuggled by the guest of honor before snoozing away in his carrier. Sure, I'd bet that most parents don't take their babies out on the town at six weeks (exactly!), but...well...we do. And he seems to love it.
(Mostly, I think, he just loves being with us, wherever we are. And that's okay with me.)
While the baby naps, I am able to pull photos from the new camera we took with us to Orlando. This is the replacement camera for the one that died last year in Hawaii, the new camera that we bought while I was in labor. Because we like to let things go down to the wire like that, yo!
Actually, no one in B&H Photo (the go-to place here in the city for purchasing electronics) had any idea that a baby was imminent. We were sly like that. And hey - we'd already sat through a movie (Jurassic Park 3D) and downed a bunch of popcorn and soda. Little Roman wasn't in a hurry so neither were we.
Anyway, the photo onslaught continues.
Ready for lunch, at the Beast's Castle, Disney's Magical Kingdom.
I ended up with a lot of random ingredients piled in my fridge, and when I added them all up, they equaled quiche.
Katie's Dinner Quiche
1 pie crust of your choosing
1 bunch spinach
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
1.5 cups half and half
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thinly slice the garlic Rinse and dry the spinach. Tear into small pieces. In a skillet over medium heat, add 1/2 table spoon of olive oil. After one minute, add the sliced garlic and cook for 30 seconds before adding the torn spinach, a handful at a time. Cook until all spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Drain, remove from skillet and set aside.
Return skillet to heat and add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until they sweat. Remove from heat and set aside.
Beat eggs in a bowl. Add half and half, nutmeg and a dash of salt and pepper. Beat for about 2 minutes to combine. Set aside.
Spread 1/2 of cheese into bottom of pie crust. Layer spinach mixture on top of the cheese. Then layer the mushrooms. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with pepper. Pour egg mixture over the layers to the top of the crust.
Bake for about 60 minutes. Cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and eating.