There has been a lot of cursing chez nous recently.
Mon mari has been working on the floor of our bedroom.
He’s using the same boards as he used in the living room a year ago. They’re just not cooperating this time.
He stained and varnished them prior to nailing them down, same as last time, but it must be the damp spring weather – he can’t get the tongue to stay in the groove. One end goes in; when he pounds in the other end the first pops out.
He even asked for my help!
Of course all he wanted me to do is stand on it whilst he pounded.
Couldn’t even do that right. Apparently I don’t weigh enough.
He finally figured out a system of keeping one end in place while he pounds the other end in and nails it. I won’t go into details, but it involves using a 12 ton hydraulic jack…. laying on it’s side.
It’s a start.
He also started laying the tiles in the bathroom – with no cursing at all.
And, despite the fact that we had a nasty surprise finding half of one box of tiles broken, (out of 5 boxes) we have enough.
They look better in real life….. Trust me, it will all come together (I hope).
The ceiling is completely finished, trim and all…. no cursing there, either.
Six weeks to go – the pressure is mounting…..
That could contribute to the cursing, I suppose.
It would have nothing whatsoever to do with me asking things like ‘Are you going to be done in time?’
One of the many things that I had to come to terms with when we moved to this side of the pond was the concept of white pizza.
Pizza, in my mind, was not pizza unless it had a tomato-based sauce and/or actual tomatoes on it.
It might be delicious; it might be calorie worthy; but it was not pizza.
When we went out for pizza I refused to order it.
It wasn’t pizza, after all.
It was like 7-Up labeling itself the ‘Uncola’. Nice try, but…..
Finally, I succumbed.
We had been out for pizza far too often in the days we were packing house and getting ready to move. I needed a change.
I ordered a white pizza with (gasp) potatoes and ham.
It was wonderful.
It opened up a whole world of creative possibilities.
This is the best so far.
White Pizza with Smoked Salmon
1 sheet puff pastry
5oz (150gr) smoked salmon
3oz (90gr) goat cheese
12 Greek, dry-cured black olives
4 green garlic
4 tbs crème fraiche
Lay puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Spread crème fraiche to within 1/2 inch (1cm) of the edge. Cut the salmon and lay on crème fraiche. Thinly slice the green garlic, including green tops, and sprinkle on salmon. Roughly chop olives and add. Break goat cheese into chunks and put on top. Bake, 400F (200C) for 15 – 18 minutes, until pastry edges are golden.
It may not have been pizza – but it was seriously good food.
25 minutes start to finish – why would you want to order one?