French food is not always heavy and rich. If you like something light to have for a quick bite in the middle of the day, or even for a late night dinner before you hit the bed, here are some ideas for you to try out with.
Having been in France, I had of course noticed that the general quick bites are either the sandwiches that can be found in “boulangeries”, or the pizza pieces offered by Italian eateries. Sandwiches normally consist of a 6-inch baguette, coupled with different fillings. However, it is quite often, that the bread hardens after a period of exposure, making your jaws go clickety-clack when you start chewing on them.
So instead of sandwiches, I like to go for the mini-quiches, or the savoury tarts as some call it. The usuals are Quiche Lorraine, or Tarte aux Poireaux, which are Leek Tarts. Sometimes you can also find Tarte au Saumon (Salmon Tarts) or Tarte au Chevre et Epinards (Spinach and Goat Cheese Tarts). These are nice eaten either warm or cold.
At the butchers, you can also find other savory treats, such as Bouchée à la Reine, literally means “A bite for the Queen”, which is made of puff pastry, containing a creamy filling consisting of chicken and mushroom.
So here, I would like to share some recipes which you can try at home. And what’s great about these three lunch ideas is that they usually taste better the day after it is made. So it is perfect for you to make them the night before you would like to pack it for work on the next day.
I have never made my own puff pastry since it is so easily available in supermarkets, hence, I tend to just use the ready-to-use ones.So here are the ingredients for making this quiche:
Ingredients: (serves 4)
To pack it for lunch, you can pair it with a bowl of fresh greens!
For this, if you are able to find puff pastry shells in your supermarket, then that will be perfect to make this.
Ingredients: (makes 4)
This recipe is similar to that of the Quiche Lorraine, but instead of the meat, we use leeks and shallots to provide the flavour to the quiche.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
The same as Quiche Lorraine apart from the lardon/bacon, replace that with the following;
Follow steps 1,2,5,6,7 and 8 in the recipe for quiche lorraine. Replace steps 3 and 4 with the steps below:
3. In a frying pan, heat up the cooking oil and melt the butter with it.
4. Add in the shallots and leeks and stir fry them until all soften. Drain any liquid before
you spread them onto the pastry.
Just follow the rest of the steps like those found in the quiche recipe and you will have a vegetarian quiche in no time!
There you have it, three not-too-complicated French lunch ideas. Hope you enjoy these savoury dishes!
Cover photo: italianchips.com
An adventurous foodie lost in one of the gastronomic capitals of the world and loving every moment of it! I like to cook too, making my adventures in France very fun and enjoyable as I eat, taste then try or innovate recipes to share with you! My motto: Diet starts Tomorrow!
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