After we have a dinner party there are always leftover cheeses.
Since we both love cheese that’s a good thing.
Since cheese is rather high in calories that’s not a good thing.
For a dinner party of 8 people I had 6 different cheeses: 2 hard (Cheddar, Tomme), 2 soft (Port Salut, aged Chevre) and 2 ‘runny’ (Brie, Pont l’Eveque).
Of course, after a big meal, (and before dessert) no one eats a lot of cheese, just a small taste of two or three of them. But one still needs to put a proper size cheese on the board…. Thus the leftovers.
We allow ourselves to nibble and snack for a day or two, then I start designating them for cooking: omelets, gratins, etc.
We finished the rest on a pizza.
I was a little uncertain about the avocado – but it also needed to be used. It worked – adding a creamy base to the pungent cheese.
Avocado, Goat Cheese Pizza
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 3 tomatoes, very thinly sliced
- 4 green garlic, sliced, including green tops
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3oz (90gr) aged goat cheese, sliced
- 3oz (90gr) Port Salut, sliced
- 4 thin slices Prosciutto, (3oz, 90gr), torn into pieces
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Sauté green garlic in olive oil until tender.
- Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet.
- Arrange the tomato slices on the pastry.
- Spread green garlic, Prosciutto on tomatoes
- Arrange the avocado slices on top.
- Sprinkle with oregano, top with sliced cheese.
- Bake in a preheated oven, 400F (200C) for 18 – 20 minutes, or until crust and top are golden brown.
I think I mentioned that mon mari was ‘working outside the home’ (what a trite phrase). He rather likes to be busy, and, as the work on our house is almost done, he decided to branch out.
He’s doing odd bits here and there, but his main job is mowing.
Naturally, that required the purchase of a new mower.
Okay, to be honest, our old mower was on it’s last leg. Not the little hand mower (that’s still just fine), but the big, riding tractor. We had it in last fall for a bit of a tune-up and the estimate came to more than half of the cost of a new mower. He decided that putting that much money into an old, falling apart tractor was not prudent.
Getting a mower that is big enough and powerful enough to handle our property is not cheap.
Mon mari started researching mowers.
Then we noticed a sigh in one of the shops that was advertising 20 month no-interest financing. It seemed a bit of an oxymoron, but who are we to argue.
He finally made his choice.
And his choice was one offering the financing.
We armed ourselves with the usual required documents (copy of the electric bill, copy of our tax return, copy of our residence cards. bank authorization for direct payment, etc.) and set off to buy a mower.
Actually, we thought we would be starting the long and involved process that would, hopefully, allow us to buy and finance the mower sometime this summer. Remember it took six months to move our checking account.
We got to the store.
Mon mari did the final inspection to determine that it was, in fact, his mower of choice.
We found a salesperson and said that we wanted to buy and finance the mower.
Ten minutes later we were done and the mower was ours, financed for 20 months with no fees and no interest.
We were in shock.
Nothing, after 10 years of living in France, had prepared us for anything this easy.
We didn’t even have the trailer with us to haul it home.
Two hours later mon mari was doing wheelies in the front garden with his new toy.
Life is good.
He even let me drive it… for a minute…. inside the fence.
It’s a Husqvarna for those who care.