Off the cuff I invited a friend over for dinner on Saturday night. Usually I know in advance what I am
3 glasses of champagne a day it really helps prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's. I drink champagne every Sunday but I guess I am going to have to increase it!!! I can just imagine what Matt would say about that. They are going to be testing it out on older people. I will have to go back to Britain just to get in on the study. Unless they wish to extend it to Canada.
Oops, it turns out I am guest posting on the Really Real Housewives of America this week instead of later in the month. I feel a bit bogus because I haven't been a real housewife in a long time. I have someone who comes in to clean for me these days. At least vacuuming and dusting. I just cannot manage that stuff any more. Actually, I have had a cleaner most of my life. I always remember in my 20s I lived in a two room apartment and had a woman come in to clean for me. I used to pay her half a crown an hour, peanuts today, but it was a lot to me then. However, she could afford to fly to America to see her kids, I could hardly afford to go to the local restaurant. Struck me as funny all those many years ago. My mother had a cleaner most of her married life except a period when my father was broke and we couldn't afford it. Then she worked like stink However, eventually things changed and she had a cleaner once again. I had one cleaning lady who used to come to me once we had divorced and I couldn't afford her any more and she would just come to have coffee with me and do a bit of cleaning. She was such a wonderful woman. Years later her husband said she loved me very much, I loved her too.
We both love Brie. This is a slightly different version of Baked Brie.
Herbed Baked Brie
Big group? Go for the show-stopping giant baked brie recipe. Smaller party (or can’t find the large
1 2.2-pound wheel of brie (or 8-ounce rounds)
6 sprigs rosemary
6 sprigs thyme
2 Tbs olive oil
Cranberry-Pear Mostarda, Thyme-Roasted Walnuts, sliced pear, crackers, and sliced baguette (for serving)
1. Place brie on a plate and freeze until very firm, about 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut off top rind of brie with a sharp knife (it’s okay if you can’t get the rind off in one piece; brie will smooth out as it bakes).
3. Toss rosemary, thyme, and oil on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet until coated. Spread herbs evenly on parchment. Place brie in the center so that it covers about half of the herbs. Bake until cheese is melted, 15–20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest to firm up slightly, about 5 minutes (if you skip this step, you risk spilling molten cheese all over your cutting board).
4. Strip leaves from uncovered herbs and sprinkle over brie. Using parchment and a wide spatula, carefully slide brie and covered herbs onto a cutting board.
5. Arrange mostarda, walnuts, pear slices, crackers, and baguette slices around cutting board; serve
Source: Bon Appétit
Hope you are enjoying your Labour Day holiday weekend.