Yes, I broke into the kitchen again today!
I guess I’m following a trend or something because it was another European dish. This time I went to Switzerland for the recipe Älplermagronen, which is a different twist on the age old comfort food of macaroni and cheese. I first had this when I was in Lucerne for a course, I went to a restaurant along the river and told the waiter I wanted something traditional. I loved it! Sadly it was so good I didn’t get a photo of it.
I was reminded of Älplermagronen via a store in my hometown, a cheese shop go figure, who shared the link to the recipe on the Thrive blog. There are potatoes in with the pasta and fried onions as well. For cheese the recipe I used called for “stinky cheese” so I used a combination of regular Gruyere, apple wood smoked Gruyere and some Swiss to make it just that much cheesier, and I used more than it called for. The thing that makes this very different is the apple sauce and the best explanation of that is that it’s a condiment, not mixed in. Sounds crazy I know, but so tasty.
It’s only a matter of time…
Nicely toasted cheese on top.
Ready to eat!
I feel like I’ve been slacking off with nothing since Friday. I’d say it was a long weekend but I’m retired, my life is one long weekend.
This week for my work in progress I have the beginning of my March project for the Halde-along. As I mentioned last week I’m making another shawl, this time it’s called Saroyan. When it came time to cast on this past Saturday I suddenly had a wild idea which led to me dashing out the door to the local craft store to buy beads. I am now adding beads to each of the leaves in the lower edge, in random colours with no design. A name for this one may come to me yet…
There’s also a non-yarn related WIP going on around here. We’re waiting for our first foster dog from Florida Boxer Rescue. I went out yesterday to buy an x-pen which even though it wasn’t set up yet, the Brindle was fascinated. No idea why as to my knowledge he’s never been in one. I set it up tonight under his supervision and of course he had to test it out because that’s the kind of guy he is.
Monday’s post was so popular and so much has happened in Romeo’s life this week I just had to do a follow up.
Yesterday was Romeo’s 9th birthday! How exciting is that? In his own words: “It’s my 9th BDAY! I made it! Proved everyone wrong! Mom said I’m getting spoiled rotten today. She made me a special cake for bfast with all my favourite food groups and I opened my presents! All you need is love!”
Part of the spoiling included another trip to the spa for a birthday pawdicure. Mom and little brother Yoshi came along for company and this time Romeo got blue sparkly polish on his toes. I guess it must have been to match his fabulous birthday hat.
The biggest excitement of the day though was Romeo’s mom got a call from CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) asking if she would be willing to come in and do an interview about Romeo’s bucket list. Talk about excitement! Romeo went for a nice bath so he would be super handsome, as if he isn’t already, and ready to woo all the people. This morning he put on his best bow tie and he and mom went to the studio where they even got to meet Cliff Ronning and Jyrki Lumme. If you would like to watch the interview, click the link, Dog With Cancer Gets Bucket List For Final Days.
Finally I have a couple more photos I want to share because I was little neglectful on Monday, I forgot to post anything of Romeo’s dad! So here are a couple of the boys special days.
Romeo’s Bucket List Day 2: eat breakfast in bed with Dad
Romeos Bucket List- Day 3-Having my first beer at the bar with Dad