Hi there. How is your week going? Mine is going well...despite being down one day from a migraine, its been peachy. Been making major progress on the home front. Ordering my carpet for my bedroom...so excited! Ordered furniture for loggia....doubly excited! Got a new pair of ginger jars...woo hoo! So lets get started with whats happening in my little corner of the world......I am (clearly) in many directions here, a little bit of this and a bit of that......sit down this is a long one:)
You know I love sharing great recipes....tried these this weekend and let me just say they are worth making...absolutely DE-LISH!
|Manger by Mimi http://mimithorisson.com/|
Jerusalem Artichokes, Fennel and Porcini Mushroom Tartlets*serves 4
- 4-5 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced into rondelles (round slices)
- 1 fennel, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, sliced finely
- 450 g/ 1 pound cèpes/porcini mushrooms (or any of your favourite mushrooms)
- 1 glass of red wine (plus you can add 1 more glass of red wine to sip while you make this) DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP..VERY IMPORTANT! added by me
- A handful of chopped fresh parsley
- 1 roll puff pastry (230 g/ 1/2 pound) or you can make your home-made version here
- Olive oil (for frying)
- 30 g/ 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 slices of country bread (discard the crust, place the bread in a food processor to get breadcrumbs)
- Parmesan shavings (I went generous here)
- Coarse salt and black pepper
- Peel Jerusalem artichokes, slice them into rondelles/round slices. Slice fennel coarsely. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the vegetables on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with coarse salt and pepper. The vegetables should be cooked yet on the crunchy side.
- Preheat the oven to 180 °C/ 350°F.
- Prepare the pastry base. Cut out 4 circles with a pastry cutter (I use a bowl to draw the circles) of approx 10-12 cm (3-5 inches). Prick pastry with a fork all over, place on a parchment-lined baking tray, and cover with a another piece of parchment paper. To avoid them to puff up too much, place another baking tray on top (or any rectangle shaped cake tin, grill etc) for 10 minutes. Then remove the parchment paper with the added weight and bake them bare for another 6-7 minutes, or until golden.
- While the pastry is in the oven, heat some olive oil and start frying the chopped onion and garlic for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and continue frying (add a bit of olive oil if it is too dry) until all the ingredients are golden and slightly crunchy. Set aside.
- Chop the mushrooms finely, save 2 or 3 full mushrooms to garnish in the end. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the mushrooms for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper, add red wine and leave to reduce for about 2 minutes. Set aside. Fry the remaining mushrooms (coarsely chopped) for a few minutes in 1 tbsp butter.
- When the pastry is ready, garnish with the red wine mushrooms, followed by the Jerusalem artichokes and fennel, a few coarsely chopped mushrooms. Return to oven for 2 minutes, just to reheat slightly. Garnish with fresh parsley, a small pinch of coarse salt and Parmesan shavings. Serve immediately.
Fun group! Looks like a great party to me!
All of her pictures were taken by photographer, Will Cadena.
The gardenia topiaries are large but are look great on my island......with my giant round bowl in the center
Love fresh fruit.....we always have it around here. Made up this small little fruit tray for friends stopping by....
How amazing is this? I am DETERMINED to use it somewhere!
Then I found this! Love it......
|Say hello to Lady Ginger, my newest inductee to my ginger jar family......|
They can be found in my online store click here
Filled my really big dough bowl with this pretty potted flower arrangment
My bloggy friend Pinky, sent me this saying and I quote "she thinks my husband and I would love this". Ugh....that's a serious understatement. But I can imagine its the price of a mid sized home! However it is fun to dream and when you dream....might as well dream big, right? In this case literally and figuratively. So for all of you whose husbands are retired and "hang around" a bit more than you might like, here is your answer. Feast your eyes on this, a magical cure to get your husband out of your hair on a permanent basis:) You REALLY have to see this........
And finally a little store biz...I am really into decorative boxes lately. The great thing is their versatility, they are wonderful atop a stack of coffee table books on a coffee table, nice on a console next to a pair of lamps, a pair work beautifully on a dining table, and I love them on end tables and nightstands. So I added a bunch of beautiful tole and porcelain and ormolu decorative boxes to my site.They can be found under porcelains, click here. Take a look........
This beautiful new ginger jar is en route to my online shop within the next few weeks. Its a love for me! Love the shape, the foo dog top...its a keeper!