Asparagus Quiche

It’s time for Alphabe-Thursday’s letter Q.  That’s a hard letter.  It’s also getting close to spring when I look forward to new green plants growing.  I figured it would be the perfect time to share the reicpe I did last spring for asparagus quiche.

Start with the crust.  I just mixed it in the pan I was using.  I use the square baking dish rather than a real quiche or pie pan.  Put one cup of flour in the pan.  Cut 1 1/2 cups shortening into the flour.

Add 1/2 cup of water and mix it together.

Press the crust into the pan.

You can set this aside while you make the filling.  Chop 1/2 cup of celery, 1/2 cup of mushroom and 1/2 cup of onion.  You also need 1 cup of asparagus tips.

Sautee the mushroom, onion, and celery in some olive oil.  Add the asparagus and sautee until the veggies are just tender

You can spread the vegetables over the crust and set them aside.

To  mix the custard filling, you need six eggs.

Add 1 1/2 cups of milk and mix thoroughly.

To the egg and milk add 1 teaspoon of salt, a dash of pepper and 2 tablespoons of flour.  Mix it thoroughly with the whisk.

Grate two cups of swiss cheese.

Add this to the egg mixture.

Pour this over the vegetables in the crust.

Sprinkle the top with ginger.

Bake the quiche in a 350* oven for about one hour.

Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled with the way it turned out, but I don’t like to waste food, and it wasn’t bad.  The next day as leftovers, however, it was wonderful!  Letting it sit allowed all the flavors to blend.  I’m certainly going to make this again this spring.

Linking to Alphabe-Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock where the letter of the day is Q.

Linking to Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Checking the Cows

Just because the goats have been keeping me busy, I haven’t neglected anyone else.  You might remember MJ had his head stuck in the stack feeder, so when I saw  him with his head in the round bale feeder and Maxine was nowhere around I thought I better get closer to check things out.

He was just standing there eating.

Maxine was just standing inside the cattle shed.

I hope this will be the last big bale we have to put out this winter.

If my fence doesn’t get replaced early this spring, I’ll still have some round bales to feed to the goats.

Linking to Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Linking to Thankful Thursday hosted by The Wife of a Dairyman.

The Llama

Before I ever had my first goat, way back when I was looking for a calf because the ox’s companion cow was getting very old, I went to the sale barn. In a completely irrational move, I brought home a llama.  I have no idea what I was thinking!

Djali Llama

I was unprepared for such a creature, so he stayed at my sister’s house for a little bit.  After I brought home a goat kid the next weekend while still looking for a cow, the llama came back to my farm to be a guardian animal.  By the way, my family banned me from going back to the sale barn after that.

That llama has never liked me.  He tolerates me feeding him.

He’s looking in the bucket to see if there’s something good to eat.

"Looking In"

Yep.  There’s the corn that he loves so much.

Besides corn, he truly loves my son.

Caleb and Djali

Really, Caleb is the only human that the spittin’ llama likes.  Actually, he’s very good and only spits at cattle and goats.

Djali used to like the goats, but he’s even become cranky with them, which has prompted me to start calling him “the llama formerly known as Djali” or “the Not-So-Djali-Llama.

I didn’t say it wasn’t without good reason.  Those kids did have fun!

A few llama facts:

Llamas are camelids~they have a split lip like camels.

They are ruminants, like sheep, goats, and cattle, which means they chew their cud.

When a llama spits, it is their “cud” that they are spitting.

They live to be about 20 years old.

Their gestation period is 11 1/2 months.

They can breed at any time because they are induced ovulators rather than coming into heat.

They usually have only one baby, called a cria.

They are herd animals and should not be kept alone.

They make great guardian animals for sheep and goats.

Their wool can be used for yarn.

They were used as pack animals in the Andes Mountains, and today they are still used as pack animals for camping and hiking.

Linking to Alphabe-Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock.  This week we are on the letter L.

Linking to Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Linking to You Capture with Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry.

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