My girlfriends arrive late this afternoon, and, now that the house is clean, I think I am going to make them Croque Monsiuers, roasted winter squash soup, and a big green salad with glazed walnuts for dinner. Doesn't that sound kind of nice, next to the fireplace?
If you've never had one, a croque monsieur is a grilled ham-and-Gruyere sandwich topped with Mornay sauce, a creamy onion sauce. I made these a few weeks ago from Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book: The Best Sandwiches Ever from Thursday Nights at Campanile, which is an absolutely fantastic sandwich cookbook. My friend Pam, who you know gives the best presents, gave this book to me for Christmas a couple of years ago and I love it. I found Nancy's recipe for the Croque Monsieur on-line for you, too; the Mornay sauce seems a little fiddle-y if you're used to just bunging together your roux, tossing in your milk, and stirring, as I am, but I assure you that the subtly and sophisticatication of this sauce is well worth the effort, and Nancy knows far better than I why one would, say, need to add the flour in two batches. Just sayin. It's an incredible treat on a cold, dark night. Make sure you get really good bread for this, too; I bought a loaf of French country from Petite Provence in southeast Portland — it's dense and chewy and slightly sour. Anyway, you can tell I like this sandwich, eh? Someone asked me recently to put together a list of my favorite cookbooks and you don't have to ask me to do that twice, so as soon as I get myself organized I will do that, too.
In the spirit of organization, I got around to answering City Girl's One-Word-Answer meme. I'd been wanting to design a meme for a while, but being too lazy to think in sentences longer than one word, I thought just answering hers was a perfect idea:
Where is your mobile phone? NoclueWhere is your significant other? LateYour hair colour? Sepia
Your mother? SocialYour father? EdgyYour favourite thing? CorgisYour dream last night? ForgottenYour dream goal? HypotensionThe room you're in? DimYour hobby? Cross-stitchYour fear? OrationWhere do you want to be in 6 years? PresentWhere were you last night? PuhleezWhat you're not? SelflessOne of your wish-list items? FireplaceWhere you grew up? ChaosThe last thing you did? BleachWhat are you wearing? SweatsYour TV? BFFYour pets? DemandingYour computer? DemandingYour mood? HopefulMissing someone? Always
Your car? Unlikely
Something you're not wearing? Socks
Favourite shop? Marshall'sYour summer? ShortLove someone? RelentlesslyYour favourite colour? GrayishWhen is the last time you laughed? SNLWhen is the last time you cried? Tuesday