Meatless Monday…..it feels like a Monday

 

not pictured…giant glass of wine


And then there are those Mondays that just feel like Monday.  This Monday, my mistake hitting up Trader Joes after work while hungry What ended up in the basket multiple wheels of goat cheese Brie & oh several bottles of $3 chuck. What goes best with this cheese wonderful eas…..dill & sea salt crackers,peach slices from the farmers market (fyi toss a few into a glass of white wine..your welcome) Monday hello & good bye!

meatless monday —- goat cheese camembert with orange marmalade

i want all the cheese

i want all the cheese

i miss cheese. i really miss the cheeses that squash, and stink and have tons of yummy mold on them. i canvass the fancy cheese sections for goat cheese versions, ones i can eat without my allergy kicking in, but pickings are usually slim. while visiting my sis the other weekend i hit the jack pot. goat cheese brie, goat cheese camembert and one called drunken goat, a hard goat cheese that’s been soaked in red wine! yep i shelled out some major dough for cheese. up first for dinner was the camembert. i topped it with orange marmalade and let it get to room temp. it was gooey and melty enough to dip fresh peach slices into and red pepper triscuits. i could have eaten the whole wheel but i’m savoring these cheeses.

sunday night dinner: september 11, 2011: prosciutto-goat cheese pancakes

pancakes....another thing i love that starts with the letter p

while i wait at the bus stop traveling back and forth to campus i am trying to practice the art of constructive boredom.  what is constructive boredom?  it’s the moments in everyday life such as waiting for a bus, waiting in line, stuck in traffic, etc that we used to take to just catch our thoughts and day-dream.  now in the world of iphones, smart phones, ipods, tvs everywhere our brains never get a down moment to just wander, this isn’t good for you.  and as much as i love using the bus as a way to catch up on podcasts, i really try to just have some good ol’constuctive boredom time.  thus was born this concept for pancakes, prosciutto-goat cheese pancakes.

one thing i miss about pulling kitchen shifts at work was a cakes shift on the weekend.  all you are encharge of is pancakes:  regular, strawberry, chocolate chip and french toast:  regular, cinnamon raisin, and nutella french toast.  with every once in a while some fantastic special such as chocolate chip bread pudding french toast.  the classic order combination pancakes with a side of bacon.  think about it, it is a perfect combination, balance of protein and carbs, sweet and savory.  my thought process why not just put the savory into the sweet pancake.

the prosciutto i cut up into large pieces.  what i hadn’t considered is how much the goat cheese thickened the batter.  then came the debate about what to top the pancakes with.  just butter?  would syrup be good?  or something better than syrup but with a similar sticky texture……..how about a balsamic vinegar reduction sauce!  i will say this they were fabulously yummy but i think the balsamic reduction might have been a little too much for the flavor palette.

 

RECIPE:  Balsamic Reduction Syrup

*a typical reduction is just the vinegar slowly cooked down till it becomes think and sticky*

INGREDIENTS

2 cups balsamic vinegar

3 tbspn brown sugar

1.   combine all ingredients into a sauce pan heated at medium heat.  constantly stir till vinegar is reduced down from a watery sauce to a thick syrup consistency.