Mother’s Day Special: Roasted Tomato & Herb Quiche

Mother’s Day Special: Roasted Tomato & Herb Quiche

This is for my mother, who taught me to love who I am and what I do,

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  • This is for my mother, who taught me to love who I am and what I do,
  • Reading is my favourite thing to do beyond cooking, writing or photographing since books have been a wondrous habit of mine since I was young. My mom, a real champ about my book addiction, would stop at garage sales to look for new books for me, would fill out my order card for the book fair at school every year with at least three new books and we were frequent card users at our local library. She was a single parent for the majority of my life, worked two jobs to feed and clothe my sister and I but she never complained or questioned my need for books. Whenever we were at a family gathering and my social anxiety was at an all time high, she never pushed me to “go play with the other kids” since she knew I was most comfortable under a tree in the backyard reading a book. I had a bad habit of hiding in odd places to avoid my younger sister or cousins so I could read in peace. One of my favourite places to do this was the linen closet in the hallway. I would climb up the shelves, tuck myself in between the sheets or towels, turn on a battery-operated push light that my mom taped to the wall and read my book in a little space all to myself. It really freaked my mom out to see a small child’s head amongst the linen whenever she opened the closet. Her reactions were always very funny to me.
  • When I was eleven, I started reading the Harry Potter series and absolutely fell in love with the magical world, as I am sure all of us who read it did. Money was very tight during this time of my life but my mom, bless her heart, still bought me the newest Harry Potter books when they came out. She told me that there were worse things to spend money on than her daughter’s books and kept encouraging me to read. She hugged me when I sobbed over a character’s death and never once suggested that, “it wasn’t real,” even though I was sixteen when the seventh book came out. She knew that I was emotionally invested in the story and my feelings about it were very real to me. I will always appreciate her compassion. The Harry Potter series is still on my bookshelf, 17 years later, and I have refused to lend them out since they are my most special collection, thanks to my mom.
  • My sister and I played dress up quite often since we grew up with tinfoil covered rabbit-ear antennas and a VHS player that occasionally ate our beloved Disney tapes, we were left to entertain ourselves for the most part. For Halloween one year, I was Belle from Beauty and the Beast and I loved that bright golden dress with the matching gloves. I definitely pretended I was Belle and would hang out in the yard wearing that dress and reading a book. My mom never said anything about me wearing a Halloween costume in July but simply reminded me to bring out a blanket so I wouldn’t mess up my dress.
  • My mother has helped me become a life-long reader and introduced me to my ultimate passion in life. She encouraged me to be myself, that odd book-reading kid who hides in the linen closest to catch up on her R.L. Stine and stood up for me whenever a family member questioned my desire of isolation. Sure, I was a weird kid that got really excited when I saw my mother carrying old dusty books in a grocery bag but she was more than happy to feed my addiction.
  • A special thanks to my mom for encouraging me to do the things that make me the happiest and allowing me to be myself, despite what others might think. Happy Mother’s Day to you.
  • Love, Jessica
  • This recipe is adapted from At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well
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  • Roasted Tomato & Herb Quiche
  • 2015-05-06 06:30:55
  • This recipe is a little more hands on but moms are totally worth it. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. Feel free to substitute roasted sunflower seeds instead of the pine nuts for a nut-free option (though I have not tested this version out). Adapted from Amy Chaplin's amazing book, "At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well." Eat well, we shall. The total time does not include the cooling time before serving.
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  • Cook Time
  • 40 min
  • Total Time
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • Cook Time
  • 40 min
  • Total Time
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • For the Roasted tomatoes
  • 2 pounds hothouse or plum or on-the-vine tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • Pinch of coriander (optional)
  • For the Crust
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup pine nuts or walnuts (Walnuts are significantly less expensive but just as good)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • For the filling
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 ounce package extra firm tofu
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutrition yeast
  • ½ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¾ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste (I added about 3 turns of the peppermill)
  • For the Roasted tomatoes
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