Mushroom Stuffed with Goat Cheese; Words fail me… More Doors!

Mushrooms Stuffed with Goat CheeseMushrooms_pesto

I just had a long, involved fight encounter with France Telecom/Orange.

I've used up all the words I was allotted for this day; both French and English.


Just relax and look at some pictures.

The lads had to break open the wall that was built to 'Juliet's (as in Romeo and Juliet) balcony.  There originally had been a door, but, some time in the last 50 years, the former owners had walled it off and put in a window.

It's now a door again.


There's some nice stonework around it that we'll try to render – make pretty…

The balcony is in a sad state of repair – as you can see by the broken railing.  I nearly fainted when one of the guys crawled through the window with his jackhammer to take down the wall.  I was sure he would go crashing to the ground below.

Here's the new door – and my 'office' back in place:


And the view from outside.  We also had windows put in on the upper floor.  Previously there were just openings with shutters.  Below the balcony are the doors into the cellar.


Yes, I know…. Our shutters now really, really need to be painted.  We no longer need them on the doors, so the old ones on the balcony will come off.

One actually needs shutters here, for insurance purposes.  Our doors have to have triple locking points, and either shutters or 'security' glass.  We opted for the security glass on the doors and we'll keep the shutters on the windows.

All the shuttered windows could be why insurance is relatively inexpensive.

But, it's mainly to keep out the evil night air.

The lawn may need a bit of work as well….

Our new entry door:


And the inside:


I love the fact that the 'window' opens – but with the wrought iron bars, it's still secure.

Well, provided you actually lock the door…..

And don't leave the key in the lock….

In case you're feeling a bit peckish after all that….

How about some Stuffed Mushrooms to nibble on?

Mushrooms Stuffed with Goat Cheese on Pesto

Mushrooms Stuffed with goat Cheese on Pesto Vinaigrette

8 large button or cremini mushrooms, 1.5" (3.75cm) in diameter
1 tsp olive oil
1/3 carton soft goat cheese (2oz, 60gr) Chavrie in the U.S., Chevraux in Europe
2 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
3 slices bacon (3oz, 90gr)
paprika for sprinkling
Basil Vinaigrette

Clean mushrooms, removing stems. Discard stems or trim and save for another use. Sauté bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove and crumble. Pour off all but 1 tsp of fat. Add olive oil to skillet and return to heat. Add mushroom caps and sauté until light brown, 5 minutes, turning once. Remove and place on a baking sheet – with a lip so they don't slide off.
Put goat cheese and yogurt into a bowl and stir to combine. Add bacon bits and mix. Spoon into the mushrooms caps, mounding slightly. Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 12 – 15 minutes, until they are heated through, but before the cheese melts off the mushrooms. Remove.

To serve: Drizzle the Pesto Vinaigrette on two plates. Arrange Mushroom Caps, sprinkle with paprika and serve.

Pesto Vinaigrette

1 1/2 tbs pesto
2 tsp white Balsamic vinegar
1 tbs good olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.

I may have more words tomorrow.

11 thoughts on “Mushroom Stuffed with Goat Cheese; Words fail me… More Doors!”

  1. Goodness, gracious. First a bathroom, now doors and windows. What next?! So glad to see so much progress. Love the view from the Juliet balcony, too.

  2. I am familiar with long phone dramas with telecom companies! Hope these delectable mushrooms help ease the stress!
    You place looks so romantic 🙂

  3. Gorgeous! We are renovating our house as well and I am enjoying reading your blog so much, because my project is not as big as yours…yet…. 😉 Thank you for sharing. We start our one and only bathroom next–good times!

  4. Oh gosh, I can’t even imagine how much work it is, but that house is going to be INCREDIBLE when you’re done! Love the door!
    And love those mushrooms too… that gooey goat cheese… yum.

  5. I’d keep the shutters for their symmetry, even if you never close them again. The Dutch door is very cool, not only attractive but functional, too. Nice. I can imagine that open to a warm summer evening as you prepare a salad dinner for your and your hard-working mari…

  6. Tanna, back in my misspent youth I made these with twice the bacon and cream cheese…
    Penny, I don’t know – there doesn’t seem to be a regional ‘color’ here. In the Vendee they were all a lovely blue.
    Lydia, and some day I might get the courage to stand on that balcony
    Joey, one would think the telecom folks would have it all figured out, wouldn’t one?
    WJ, the one and only bathroom – always a challenging task – my sympathy! And good luck, it will be over soon.
    Joanna, when… IF!
    Zoomie, the window shutters no longer fit the door – and to replace them with full size we’d have to dig out the stone… so I think they’ll go. The shutters on the main door fit inside the frame and were a real hassle – they’re gone, too.

  7. Those stuffed mushrooms look so very delicious.
    Your home is coming along, and is quite big too! Why the emphasis on security? Are there bandits in the French countryside?

  8. Natashya, no, I think it’s very safe here, and we rarely lock are doors and sleep with open windows. It does happen, though, usually near the coast during winter when houses are empty for months at a time.

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