Matt likes Dame Judi Dench, particularly in the series As Time Goes By which was originally shown in the UK a long time ago and is still shown on PBS regularly. I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel some time ago and Matt didn’t see it (he will NOT go to the theatre) so I have bought him the DVD for Christmas. I do hope he likes it. We both want to see her latest movie, Philomena, which is getting high praise from all sources. It is on at local theatres, but I will have to find someone to go with me although I suppose I could go alone. I particularly admire her these days as she is unable to read a script any more so has to learn her dialogue with the help of someone reading to her.
I’ve been spending time catching up on people’s blogs, I got behind a bit recently. Haven’t got to all of them yet but I will. There are a lot of new books being reviewed, some of which really appeal, but when I look at my Kindle, I have 40 pages of titles, not books, titles to be read. I’m not sure I will ever get to the end of the books I have and even so, I keep picking up one I like the sound of now and again. I wasn’t going to buy any more but then my friend Marilyn Z. Tomlins, who lives in Paris, France, just published her book Bella…a French Life which I just had to get. I haven’t finished it yet, but I am loving it. Marilyn is not French by birth, but she has lived in France for so long, her book just exudes France in every word. The story is told from the POV of Bella and could be described as a love story, but it isn’t just that. Do check it out. Lovely book.
I notice Google are celebrating the birthday of Maria Callas. Wonderful soprano. I wonder just how many people today remember her. She was so wonderful to listen to. Of course I also remember her somewhat tumultuous love life. She married Aristotle Onassis I remember and I think had some kind of connection with the Aga Khan too. But what a voice.
It’s that time of year when people bake all kinds of cookies, many to be consumed by colleagues at work. I personally never bake cookies as I know where they will end up, on my hips; I am not above assisting cookie bakers with disposing of their cookies though. I thought these cookies from Cooking.com sounded really good. I love ganache, especially chocolate ganache of course.
Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Makes 18 stuffed cookies
A stuffed cookie is like a sandwich cookie, only with more cream on the inside—it's fatter, fuller and (if you're the kind of person who twists apart the cookies to get to the cream) better. Jessica Sullivan, the pastry chef at Boulevard restaurant in San Francisco, makes hers with nutty chocolate-chip cookies and silky chocolate ganache.
1 cup walnuts
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
5 tablespoons heavy cream
2 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the nuts in a pie plate and toast for 8 minutes; let cool, then chop.
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle (or using a handheld mixer), cream the butter with the sugars and vanilla at medium speed, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg. With the mixer at low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. Beat in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Spoon level tablespoons of the dough onto 2 ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until firm.
Put the chocolate in a bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream and corn syrup to a boil; pour over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in the crème fraîche. Refrigerate the ganache, stirring occasionally, until thick and spreadable, 1 hour.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, until golden; let cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Sandwich the chocolate-chip cookies with the ganache and serve.
Have a great day