Ingredients for quiche: Bacon, Onion and Peppers
Recently I learned that an old friend was diagnosed with cancer. I’d not seen her in a long while and was taken aback at the news. Immediately I offered to bring food for the family as I know that they are very busy taking her to and from doctors appointments. However, because my friend has been following a very restricted diet, my offer of food was not able to be accepted.
It wasn’t easy to stand by knowing that the family was struggling. It is my belief that sending food to those in need is in fact sending love disguised as nourishment. While the food can satisfy the body’s need for sustenance, what I envision is that the recipients can also feel the love that they were held in during the time it took to prepare and deliver their food.
Making use of my new apple peeler – Thank you Nordic Ski Team!
Two nights ago I was thrilled when my friend’s husband asked for food to be brought for him and his daughters. More specifically, he asked me for a quiche and a pie. I was honored to be allowed to help in this small way. After checking ingredients at home, I made a dash to the store for bacon, apples, and cream. Next morning I arose early and prepared both pies, all the while, holding thoughts of the family in my heart.
Love when the juices bubble through like this!
It is my hope that some of that love seeped into the pies and will provide them with a little bit of comfort and the knowledge that they are not alone.
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.” —Cesar Chavez
As sometimes happens, I was thinking about my pie of the day this morning and was thinking about a certain location. I had not yet begun to make the pie when my telephone rang. It was a friend and she asked if she could recommend someone for a pie… or perhaps a quiche. The person she wanted to recommend was someone I knew whose family has had some challenges lately.
Once I heard about the situation, I jumped at the chance to help. I asked what kind of quiche might me appreciated, and she told me that a Quiche Lorraine would be most welcome. And so, of course, that is what I made. I sauteed the onions, cooked the bacon, and grated the Jarlsberg cheese. When all of that was done, I rolled out the crust, placed the cheese, bacon, and onions inside and poured the custard over it all. Into the oven it went, and in about an hour, it was done.
Tonight, before I delivered the quiche, I thought about how I might feel in my friend’s situation, and so I put together a small salad, some homemade dressing, a tiny bit of cookie dough, the quiche, and a bottle of wine. I want this friend to feel totally supported and know that if help is needed, it will be there. Isn’t that what friends are for?
Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it. Cicero
Marshall Malden showing a mosaic to the class at Helman Elementary
As a member of the Ashland Rotary I have gotten to know quite a few of the local business owners in town. We see each other at meetings of course but you can really get to know them better if you participate in one or more of the club’s activities. In our club you might help with the Rotary Garden, the Rotary Run, or the annual Holiday Dinner to name a few. In addition, we have something called “The Circle of Friends” where a small number of Rotarians meet once a month at a member’s house or business and share a lunch. At that time the host tells “the friends” about their business, their family, and their life.
A few years ago, Marshall and I were members of the same circle and one day he hosted the lunch at his place of business, Hakatai Enterprises. There Marshall told us the story of his career and how he had traveled to many places around the world and how he was now importing glass tiles from China. After he told us about his life, he took us on a tour of his warehouse and showed us some of the beautiful mosaics that had been made with the tiles.
Near the end of the tour, I saw several boxes of tiles and I asked him if there were ever any tiles leftover after a mosaic had been made. He said that at times there were and asked why I was interested. That’s when I told him about my friend Mia, a kindergarten teacher at Helman Elementary. I told him that she is always on the lookout for things that her students can use for art projects and I knew she would have a field day with those tiles. That day Marshall sent be off with a box of tiles for Mia.
A week or so ago I emailed Marshall and asked if he would please come to Mia’s class and talk about his tile business and to bring some tiles with him if it was possible. Marshall wrote that he could come to the class when he returned from a trip and we agreed to meet at Helman School today.
When we arrived Mia was reading a book about the Chinese New Year to her students. I thought, “We could not have timed this any better!” After a few moments, Marshall was introduced and he showed the children some examples of the mosaics that had been created using his tiles. Then he spoke a little about the tile making process and answered questions. Finally he showed the students the box of glass tiles that he had brought for them. It was really great to see the kids so engaged.
To thank Marshall for his graciousness and generosity, I had to do something nice for him… and I thought that he might like a Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche. It was the very least I could do to express my gratitude for his kindness.
Yesterday my friend Jeanne told me that her neighbor was going through a very challenging time in his life. She briefly told me what was going on and mentioned that this neighbor might really appreciate a pie.
This morning I began preparing bacon to make a Quiche Lorraine and decided to call her to see if her neighbor ate bacon. She told me that she would find out and get back to me. A few minutes later the phone rang and Jeanne shared how she had called her neighbor and said, “I need to ask if you like bacon – you’ll understand why later.” She related that his response was a resounding “Yes!”
A few hours later I showed up at the neighbor’s house and delivered a still warm Quiche to him and his wife. He invited me in, introduced me to his wife, and then he showed her the quiche that I’d brought. He smiled and said “I know what we are having for dinner tonight!”.
It was such a short visit but I got the feeling that this man really appreciated the gift of a pie and I believe he also knows that he has the support of friends and neighbors at this difficult time.