Monday, January 5, 2009


Last week's Everyday Matters drawing challenge was to draw something frosty. Here is my effort, a box of frozen spinach. It was the first frosty thing I spotted when I opened the freezer looking for a subject for this drawing challenge. What else do I do with frozen spinach besides try to get its likeness in watercolor? At our house we make spinach pie fairly often. It is actually kiddo's favorite meal. Want the recipe?

Defrost 1-10oz box frozen chopped spinach and squeeze out all the water, let drain. Beat 3 eggs with about 1/4 cup of milk and add your choice of seasoning. For convenience we use Italian seasoning, but fresh oregano and/or thyme are excellent if you have that available. Then we layer ingredients in a pie shell (you can use frozen pie shells or make from scratch). The ingredients we use for the layers vary, but usually it is crumbled cooked bacon, canned mushrooms, spinach, and about 1 to 1-1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese. Start with a thin layer of cheese, add the spinach, another layer of cheese, then bacon and mushrooms, topping with more cheese. Then carefully pour the egg mixture into the pie. Add a final sprinkle of paprika. Bake at 375F for 40 minutes. We always double this recipe to make one for the freezer - freezing the extra one after it has been baked. It is an easy meal to re-heat on those days when you are so busy making art that you just don't feel like cooking.


Sandy said...

Umm sounds fabulous and nutritious and hot and delicious !! and I like you low-ly little box, sitting so un-assumedly awaiting to join this marvelous pie!

Rose Welty said...

You are clever Ann...I never would have thought of looking in the freezer!

Anonymous said...

I am going to try this delicious-sounding recipe, Ann (substituting "fake bacon" as I'm vegetarian). Thanks for sharing it. Fun picture, too!

Anonymous said...

I hate spinach, but I love the watercolor. Great Job!

Ann said...

Thanks all!

Rose, I had to look in the freezer because our weather has been anything but frosty lately!

Christine,you can just leave the bacon out altogether. We have made many variations of this, and it always works out fine :)

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

Sounds just delicious! We make something similar, so frozen spinach is a good thing in our house.

Jennifer Rose said...

sounds like a quiche. hubby loves the cheese and bacon kind, pass on the veggies though. no veggies in the house lol

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Ann,

Drawing something frosty wouldn't be a problem here in Ottawa, Canada! :-) As Rose said, great idea to look in the freezer.

I love your Stratus piece. I want to enter the painting and walk along the beach. You do such beauttiful work with cps!

I also love the idea of a calendar to mark off our art days. Seeing our art activity added up into days will either confirm we are on the right track or show us that we haven't been as focused as we thought. Nothing like having the truth staring us in the face...thanks for sharing this great idea. I am writing my January cp newsletter today and I will pass this idea on to the readers. I will direct them to your blog Ann so they can see what you did with the idea.

You have a wonderful list of goals and I like th idea of keeping it simple. All the best in 2009!!

Mary Timme said...

I love recipes like this. Why, because they have so much room for leeway. A lady who was a friend at the time, once told me I'm congenitally incapable of following a recipe as it is written. I think you caught it's likeness in the form and recipe.

Teresa said...

Thank you for the recipe... sounds delicious and I shall have to give it a try.

Thank you too for the helpful answer you left on my blog about Fabriano vs. Arches. I do understand what you mean about the flecks of color... I've noticed that happens with Stonehenge too (which is one of the reasons I wanted to go with a smoother paper)


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