Monday, January 4, 2010

Puff Pastry, Triple Cream Goat Cheese and Raspberries Walnuts and Honey, My Newly Created Recipe

A decent Washington State Champagne makes cooking fun while sipping.

Hmm, triple creme goat cheese, not so expensive, from Whole Food's Market

raspberries, walnut honey goo, more of this and a little less cheese than online recipes

egg wash to seal and brown the pastry, simply brush over pastry before baking

Ready to bake, oozed out goo painted on top, take advantage of mistakes
The pasty always splits a little.

Carefully study what you bake while having another sip or 2 of of chamagne.

Let it cool a bit before you cut it. Place on plate for faster cooling. Serve on apples or crackers.

Eat this while waiting for cheese to cool.

Additonal bonus recipe to be made into cabbage/meatball soup tomorrow.

Yum. Here we go again. Could not help but share this delicious recipe I just made up. This was made for my Sunday night date with my husband. We watch a couple of stupid TV shows and have terrific appetisers. We could not stop eating the Goat Cheese Brie Puff Pastry. Guess I better start a new exercise regiment if this continues.

I looked up some recipes on line and then decided to play "Splendid Table" using ingredients I already have in my refrigerator to make something really good. After all, who wants to run to the grocery if you don't have to and have way to many leftovers from holidays? I looked up a few ideas on and then made my own version.

Bottle of champagne to sip while cooking;
A frozen puff pastry, thawed about 40 minutes and ready to roll a little thinner
1/3 cup frozen raspberries, fresh if they were available
1/3 cup of walnuts chopped
1/3 cup of local honey
a few snips of fresh Rosemary about 1 tsp+
small wheel of Goat Cheese Brie
Egg with 1 TBS of water to baste pastry

Drink a swig of champagne and start mashing frozen raspberries into walnuts and honey in small bowl. Roll out the thawed puff pastry just a little larger and spread the raspberry honey walnut goo on the center of pastry sheet. Swig champagne and then place goat cheese in middle of raspberries goo. Fold the pastry over the cheese and hope it does not fall apart. IF some of the goo oozes out, fear not. Place loaded pastry in ungreased pan and cover top with extra goo. Baste with egg wash, after swigging more champagne. Place in over at 425 for about 30-40 minutes. Cool for about 30 minutes or half way through the TV show. Call husband run to TV with more champagne and eat other appetisers while waiting for brie. Is that Brie on Desperate Housewives or brie in oven? Have more champagne.

I made a plate of sliced apples, grapes and celery with peanut butter to snack on while waiting.

I also made a meatball something to add a little variety.
Throw Sam's frozen meatballs in saucepan, add, chopped canned green chili peppers, two hands full of shredded cabbage, a bunch of garlic and fresh thyme and rosemary. Simmer on stove and cook until meat is ready and cabbage mix is soft. Eat a little and save the rest to use as a base for a great soup the next day.

Next day Cabbage Meatball Soup with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Left over meat ball cabbage combo
can of Progresso tomato soup
several more hand fulls of shredded cabbage carrot blend
A couple TBS of ketchup for sweetness
A quart of chicken broth
more Sam's frozen meatballs
Cook it a while on the stove until cabbage is soft and meat is cooked and simmer a little longer than you thought you would.

Made some great homemade garlic mashed potatoes. When you are hungry enough, put mashed potatoes in a bowl and scoop soup over potatoes. Smile and eat. Later call several friends and tell them to come over and share it. Feeds a small army and is fun to share so you can make something else tomorrow and have a little left over.

Try not to overeat and remember to share anything you have left over. Boy it is hard to diet when the food tastes so good. Maybe the cabbage cancels the triple creme Goat Cheese. Oh well just think portion control!

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