Six more days.
Only six days!
Our deadline in creeping up.
Our deadline is in an all-out gallop!
It was cold this weekend, so, rather than being in the cellar having fun with the plumbing, we did some little, finishing, stuff.
Did someone say mon mari wasn't an incurable romantic?
Those are 2, I said TWO, brand new saw horses mon mari bought for me this morning!
To put my cook top on….
Until he gets a free moment to build the cabinets….
Isn't he sweet….
If you're looking for something special for your sweetie this weekend….
Spinach en Croute, with Tomato Sauce First Course for 2
1 – 2 sheets of puff pastry, you'll need 8" (20cm) inches squares.
If they are not big enough you can roll them out a bit
7oz (200gr) frozen spinach
4oz (125gr) ricotta cheese )
Thaw spinach and squeeze dry. In a medium bowl lightly beat the egg. Remove 1 tbs of beaten egg to a small bowl or measuring cup. Add spinach and ricotta to bowl and mix well. Prepare pastry if necessary (roll, cut, whatever to get the size you need). Mound half of the spinach mixture into the center of each pastry sheet. Bring corners together over top and press together, making a little parcel. You want to seal the corners or tips but not all the seams, so that it can expand. Brush the top with the little bit of beaten egg you reserved. Put the parcels on a baking sheet and bake at 400F (200C) for 15 – 20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Remove and serve with the tomato sauce on the side.
15oz (450gr) whole tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp basil
1 tsp sugar
1 tbs red wine
Finely chop shallots and garlic. Heat oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the tomatoes, reserving juice for another use. Roughly chop the tomatoes and add, with juices from chopping, along with the rest of the ingredients. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Purée (either with a blender or immersion blender) and serve on the side.
Back to work for me… Today's fun job? Stripping moldy wallpaper and cleaning 20 years of grease and soot from the tile grout in what will be the laundry room… so we can hook up the washer as soon as mon mari finishes the plumbing which will be right after…