Quiche me, you fool

Recently, Mama Squirrel and I have been on quite the quiche kick. It started with the fantastic, dense and eggy quiche at La Tourelle’s thirtieth birthday celebration. Martha Hayes, owner of La Tourelle, called the meal a throwback meal because it duplicated their original menu. The quiche was a throwback dish, hearkening back to days when French-inspired cuisine was simple and intense.

Our next quiche came as a quick snack during a Slow Food Memphis meeting at Otherlands Coffee Bar. We didn’t have time to make dinner at home before we headed to the meeting. We did have plans to make dinner that night, so we didn’t want to eat heavy. I don’t remember what we made for dinner, but I definitely remember that quiche. It was light and full of flavor. The crust was crisp and flaky. I just may have to head back to Otherlands even before the next Slow Food Memphis meeting.

Our next quiche was the only disappointing dish we have ever had at Buns on the Run. The crust looked promising like all the baked goods at Buns on the Run. We also know that they do magic with eggs beyond anything you might expect from a homey little place. Sadly, their quiche only got one bite because it was overwhelmed by American cheese. Quiche has cheese in it. American cheese is not cheese. Hopefully they were just low on cheddar the day they made that. I’ll have to ask next time I go.

Our final quiche encounter was at Burke’s Bookstore. No, it wasn’t at one of their excellent author events. It was in their food books section where we picked up a copy of The Book Lover’s Cookbook. How could we pass up a book that promises “nearly two hundred recipes that were cooked up, served, or mentioned in your favorite novels and works of nonfiction”?

One of the recipes is “A Real Man’s Quiche”, inspired by Bruce Feirstein’s book Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. I was fifteen when the book came out. Honestly, I’ve never looked inside the book. I could never get beyond the title. Quiche. Quiche is at its heart scrambled egg pie. Men love scrambled eggs. Men love pie. So what the heck is wrong with scrambled egg pie other than what I took to be the author’s absurd xenophobia at the name quiche.

I suppose I could give Feirstein’s book a perusal, but I just can’t seem to make myself care. I do love the recipe for “A Real Man’s Quiche” though. The recipe calls for a package of refrigerated crescent rolls. You are supposed to line a pie with the dough, pinching up the seams to make a crust. I can respect a man who at least tries to approximate quiche, even if he doesn’t set store by technique or good pastry.

La Tourelle
2146 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 726-5771

Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 S Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 278-4994

Buns on the Run
2150 Elzey Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 278-2867

Burke’s Bookstore
936 S Cooper St
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 278-7484

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