Mousseline au Gratin; How many have you read?

The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books.

I love books; I love lists; I love reading….

Mine are highlighted…. How many have you read?

I have to admit I'm curious as to the basis for the selection….

But first…. a little something for the last minute Thanksgiving Day planner….

This is an interesting change from the usual mashed potatoes. More similar to a mousse, it's light and airy, and a lovely golden brown from the sprinkling of cheese.

Mousseline au Gratin

2 medium potatoes, 12oz 350gr
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tbs olive oil
3 tbs Parmesan cheese
pinch nutmeg

Mousseline au Gratin

Bring a saucepan half full of water to a boil over medium heat. Add salt to water. Peel potatoes and garlic. Cut potatoes into large chunks, garlic into small chunks. Add potatoes and garlic to water, cover and bring to a boil. Partially remove lid and boil until done, 15 – 20 minutes.
When done, drain, reserving cooking water. Mash potatoes and garlic together. Add enough of the cooking liquid to make very soft mashed potatoes, 1 – 2 tbs. In a medium bowl whisk egg, 2 tsp oil, pinch of nutmeg and 1 tbs Parmesan. Add 1 tbs of hot cooking water and whisk well. Stir into potatoes. The potatoes will be thick but very soft, almost pourable. Lightly oil a 1 quart glass baking dish. Spoon/pour the potato mixture in. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan over the top. Drizzle with remaining oil and bake, 400F (200C) for 20 minutes. It will puff up and turn golden. Serve.

Books read are bold, italicized books not completed, summary below  What does the list say about your reading habits?

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – read some, but not others…
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Well, that makes 39 for me….. and another 20 or so I have plans to read…..


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11 thoughts on “Mousseline au Gratin; How many have you read?”

  1. I love these kind of lists!! I’ve read 62 on this list so far (or is it 61 because “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” is the first book of “The Narnia Chronicles”?)
    But I have one small objection. If you look through the BBC pages to find the article that says that the BBC believes the average is 6 out of 100, you won’t find it. You will find many of the books on this list on “BBC’s Big Read” though:
    In April 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the nation’s best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books.
    These articles go into more detail about this particular meme:
    Purple Car: How do memes start?
    “Throw Shapes”: Even Books Gatecrash :: Internet Memes

    As for your mousseline: no errors there; it looks delicious!!

  2. Interestingly, you and I have read many of the same ones and NOT read many of the same ones. But you really, really must go out and get “The Wind in the Willows” and “Charlotte’s Web.” I loved “A Town Like Alice” too. Of these, and I agree it’s a strange list, I have read 52.

  3. I highlighted 86 of them, and I don’t count Enid Blyton as a miss because I read so much of her other stuff. I’ve got the rest on a reading list now.

  4. I did this a while ago on Facebook and think it was more than half, I love reading. Do you know the site Goodreads? It helps me keep track of what I’ve read because I have a memory like a sieve.

  5. I love seeing this list because it makes me feel so good that I’ve read so many. Way more than six.
    Man that Mousseline looks so delicious! Creamy heavenly potatoes.

  6. Elizabeth, I’d better get reading! Of course, I re-read so many all the time… I can’t afford to keep me in new books – and we don’t have a library.
    Zoomie, I wonder if reading Charlotte’s Web would get my over my fear of spiders? That’s why I haven’t read it LOL
    Simona, well done!
    manningroad, I read a lot of them at school as well.
    Way to go, Catofstripes!
    Ulrike, I’ve never ready Winnie the Poo! For shame!
    Karen, now that’s a surprise ;-))
    Ina, I have always read a lot – too much, some have said 😉
    Sasa, I do know it, and look at what other people are doing….
    Joanne, absolutely right – I wouldn’t have posted it if I’d only read 6 LOL

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