Welcome to What Our Friends Are Cooking, where we call up our favorite people to find out what they're cooking and how they're fairing under quarantine.
You might remember the oh-so-cool Claire-Marie when she went live on our IG a few weeks ago and pumped some much needed disco tunes into our homes on a Saturday night. Well, she's back -- but this time with cream! In the form of a Quiche Lorraine. So pour the wine, crank up the tunes and enjoy some time in the kitchen.
Q: Tell us a bit about your quarantine life. Where are you? Who are you quarantined with? How much do you want to shake them on a daily basis? Or are you a zen master?
Claire-Marie: My husband and I have been in our getaway house in Upstate New York -- Hudson, specifically -- for more than a month now. We invited two close friends to stay with us during this time as the house is big enough and solidarity comes first right now. Can I say 50%, 50%?! Like everyone, there are good days and harder ones. The weather plays a lot with my mood and energy. Sometimes on rainy days I wish to be alone, so I stay in my bedroom or run outside in the morning. Sunny days I am the opposite. We are all learning everyday how to live, share the space, and communicate together. It’s actually quite interesting.
Q: What is a small or big thing you're doing every day to help you stay sane during quarantine?
Q: Have you and your quarantine mates agreed on what type of music should be played in the house?
Claire-Marie: I hate saying it, but nobody's brought up the subject as I always play music all day -- friends here or not. In the morning and during the day, it’s very relaxing, calm, cozy vibes. The mood changes after 6:00pm when everyone is done working and starts pouring a glass of wine or cooking. During dinner, I love playing records. Mostly albums so I don’t have to get up every 10 minutes to flip the disk!
Q: What is the song (or songs) most listened to since quarantine started?
Claire-Marie: Albatross by Fleetwood Mac, Immortality by Ana Roxanne, I Love You by The Bees and Green Arrow by Yo La Tengo.
Q: What is the food you've consumed the most since quarantine started?
Claire-Marie: Can we consider red wine a food?!
Q: Place you want to travel to first when all bans are lifted?
Claire-Marie: Paris to visit my family.
Q: And, finally, what's the best party you've ever been to?
Claire-Marie: Way too many to respond with precision! Oops...
Claire-Marie's Famous Quiche Lorraine:
- 1 pie crust
- 200g of pancetta or lardons - if you can’t find it, you can replace with slow cooked ham as I did
- 80g of Comté or Gruyere
- 4 eggs or 6 eggs - depends how big your pie dish is
- 40cl of crème fraiche - I usually do half cream, half whole milk so it’s less heavy. Thanks Mom for the tip!
- A pinch of nutmeg
Turn your oven to 210 degrees Celsius (365 in Fahrenheit).
Roll out the pie and pierce with a fork.
Pre-cook for 5 to 7 min.
Mix all the ingredients together: cream, eggs, ham, cheese, etc. If you have lardons, pre-cook them in a pan before.
Add everything into the pie crust.
Put in the oven for 40 to 50 min et voilà!
Keep up with Claire-Marie on Instagram @clairemaa.