Saturday, February 3, 2007

A Blue Day.

Yesterday was one of those days, if you know what I mean. I had a day off, and had planned to spend huge parts of it in the kitchen. I just needed to do some grocery shopping first.....and there I hit the nail. The roads were so icy I refused to go out. My husband was up early and planned to drive to work, but after several attempts to persuade the car to climb the road up from our house, he had to realize that he was defeated by the ice. He left the car and took to bus instead.
I knew that the "sand-truck" (sorry, I don't know any English name for this) would come, so "patient as I am" I lit the fire and sat down with a book.........and many, many hours later I still sat there. Thomas Hardy is a new author to me, and his The Mayor of Casterbridge captured me. I couldn't put it down, at least not for grocery shopping on icy road.
So, when it was time to prepare dinner I had to do what I did so many times in January - search fridge and freezer for leftover. In the freezer I found some white sausage which is popular around Christmas here in Norway, we actually call it Christmas sausage. Not my favorite, but I know ther rest of my family are keen on them, so it could do. I also found an open bag with frozen vegetables. And the fridge always has a stock of greens and vegetables. All I had to do then was to heat the sausages and the frozen vegetables,mix a salad and make a cheese souffle (a treat for me to make up for the white sausages).

The Blue Café's Cheese Souffle.
2 tbs butter
4tbs wheat flour
3dl milk
3 eggs
4dl grated cheese
Melt the butter and add flour and then the milk. Let this sauce boil for a few minutes. Remove from oven and mix in the egg yolks, the cheese, salt and pepper. Mix the eggwhites till they "stand by themselves" and mix it carefully into the sauce.
Bake in oven at 175C for about 45 minutes. Do NOT open oven door while baking, then the souffle will "fall down". Eat right from the oven.
With my nose in the book I forgot to take photos. But enjoy these from a dinner in The Blue Café, taken last summer.


Anonymous said...

Well, I'm in the South in the United States, where snow happens rarely and is a big day off from everything, but here we call them sand trucks, just as you did!


nel said...

yumm...what have I been missing! Delicious food and the fireside sounds so inviting on a cold day...Nel xo

Sammie said...

What wonderful pictures. Your blog is so special!

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Mmmmm. I've never ever made a souffle before. Maybe its time to start : )