Monday, July 8, 2013

Wimbledon, Dessert, Soccer Violence

murray-andyI’m not a big sports fan, but when I lived in England I was a devoted follower of Wimbledon. I don’t watch it a lot these days, but we both watched Andy Murray win the crown yesterday beating his opponent, top seeded Novak Djokovic, in three straight sets ending over 70 years of frustration because no Brit has won Wimbledon in all that time. It looked like it was pretty warm in England too, the players were certainly feeling the heat. Reading the article again, I see the last win was in 1936, before I was born.

Saturday night we went to a friend’s house for dinner and had a most enjoyable evening. I was rather impressed when we were Dessertserved dessert and just had to take a picture of it. It was a kind of trifle and absolutely delicious especially with the local blueberries in it. First ones we’ve had this year. We really enjoy blueberries from round here, they are so sweet. She got them at the local farmers’ market in Kitchener. They are lucky and live close by, I wish we did. I enjoy going there now and again. There is an even bigger market not far away, but once you get parked up it involves a lot of walking which is something I cannot cope with although I am getting better.

RefereeThis is a frightening story about a Brazilian referee shown in the picture, who stabbed a soccer player to death and then was stoned to death and decapitated by angry spectators. I know people can get violent at soccer games, but this is going too far. Brazil are hosting the World Cup next year, maybe the powers that be will change their minds. It’s a pretty violent country.

Being diabetic and also currently trying to lose weight, my breakfasts can be pretty boring. This email was sent to me and I thought, yes please, but maybe not til next Sunday.

Eggs Florentine with Smoky Mornay Sauce

Food and Wine - Contributed by Justin Chapple
This version of eggs Florentine is based on eggs Benedict: The perfectly poached eggs rest on toasted English muffins on a bed of Eggs Florentinegarlicky spinach and are then topped with a light cheese sauce spiked with smoked Spanish paprika.
  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup milk
  4. 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon sweet pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
  6. Kosher salt
  7. Freshly ground pepper
  8. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1 medium shallot, minced
  10. 1 garlic clove, minced
  11. 10 ounces baby spinach
  12. 4 large eggs
  13. 2 English muffins, split and toasted
  14. Snipped chives, for garnish

  • In a small saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Stir in the flour to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth and simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking, until no floury taste remains, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Gruyère and pimentón. Season the Mornay sauce with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.
  • In a large skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic and cook over moderately high until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook over moderately high heat, tossing occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring a large, deep skillet of water to a simmer. Crack the eggs into the skillet and simmer over moderately low heat until the whites are set and the yolks are runny, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the poached eggs to a plate; blot dry with paper towels.

  • Arrange 2 English muffin halves on each plate. Mound the spinach on the English muffins and top with the poached eggs. Spoon the Mornay sauce over the eggs and garnish with the chives. Serve right away.

    Have a great day


    1. Andy Murray for the win! They needed that.
      The story of the referee is horrifying. Decapitated. I shuddered when I read that yesterday.

    2. We sure did Alex, I guess I am still a Brit at heart, I was rooting for him all the way.

      I can't believe the referee stabbed the player in the first place either.

    3. We are getting fresh blueberries here, too. Our neighbor has several bushes and I've picked several bowls full.

      1. Lucky you. I haven't seen any yet, hope to find them this week.

    4. Mixed emotions re. Wimbledon.
      Of course I'm glad that a British male player (I'm not calling him a Scot) won Wimbledon for the first time in 77 years, but the journalists appear to have forgotten we had a lady Wimbledon champion 36 years ago (Virginia Wade) - granted still a long time ago but not to be forgotten LOL.
      Must confess I half wanted Djokovic to win - he played a blinder on Friday afternoon and still managed to put up a good fight yesterday.

      That recipe made my mouth water :-)

      1. They seem to have started remembering today Sue, I have seen Virginia Wade mentioned a few places, Facebook for one. Certainly on TV. The final was the only match I have seen this year, not sure why, don't seem to watch it as often as I did when I lived there.

        Does sound delicious doesn't it?

    5. That trifle looks yummy. My blueberries are just starting to turn.

      1. I wish I had access to blueberries, have to hunt for them in stores.

    6. Made a mental note regarding any possible travel plans to Brazil in the future...

      1. We have a friend who is a soccer fanatic and was hoping to go, I sent him the story.