How are you? I hope all of you are well and have had some holidays to enjoy. I have not been blogging a whole lot not ue to lack of interest, but rather due to dedicating time to other interests. I have been cooking of course but I have also been reading. It has been completely blissful. Here is what I have been reading.
Two are mysteries and they are wonderful. Perhaps you didn´t know that Charles Dickens wrote a mystery? It was his last work and he died before finishing it.That shouldn´t deter you though. It is a delicious read and makes for an thrilling read. What a talent he had! As for Mary Higgins Clark, I think she is one of the greatest mystery writers alive today. You can´t put the book down until you finish it.
Finally, I have read Lunch in Paris, which is a very entertaining and interesting read. It is the true story about an American woman who moved to Paris after falling in love with a Frenchman. Her account of how hard it was for her to make that decision as well as her experiences in a foreign country were quite familiar to me. And to top it all off, she includes recipes that are related to the themes or experiences she addresses in the chapters. what a brilliant idea! If this sounds interesting to you, you can learn more about her and her books here .
This brings me to this week´s recipe in my cooking group Cookthebookfridays, which is cooking its way through David Lebovitz´s My Paris Kitchen . The recipe for cherry tomato crostin was inviting for several reasons.
- It is summertime and a perfect time for tapas.
- I can eat cherry tomatoes like some people can eat popcorn. I love them.
- I was in a bit of a cooking slump in the sense that I did not feel like doing anything time consuming. I wanted to dedicate my time to other things which not only invloved reading but also doing the yearly cleanout of the house. You know how some people do spring house cleaning? I do mine in August.
But…I was a bit concerned about the homemade goat´s cheese. I had the impression before closely looking at the recipe that it would be hard. I could not have been further from the truth. I was stunned by how simple and delicious it turned out to be. The main ingredient is yogurt and you can use gost´s milk yogurt or cow´s milk yogurt. As I could not find the fromer I used the latter
All it takes is pouring the yogurt into a cheesecloth that has been placed in a strainer, placing it over a bowl and refrigerating it overnight. Add the herbs later. Yep. That easy. And it is delicious.
As for the cherry tomatoes, I roasted them with the herbs and then put them in a container to refrigerate overnight. They marinated nicely and it took a significant amount of self control on behalf of my husband and myself to keep from eating them all!
So what was the reward for all this self restraint? Absolutely one of the best tapas I have ever had in my life. My husband rated this an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10. If any of you don´t have the cookbook, you can find the recipe here.
Have a great weekend everyone!