So, as the title says, I’ve got some mixed feelings about this week. So many highs and lows in a short period of time. Pure moments of happiness followed by the immediate need to crawl in bed and sleep for days until everything gets back to normal. Life is such a roller-coaster sometimes! Just a few more days until a new month begins, finally. So bring me all the heart stuff and birthday cake this February, cause this girl is ready (to turn 37, oh boy)!!!
We’ve all been sick since the beginning of January, and just when I thought things were taking a turn for the best, BOOM, Logan gets hit by it. Our poor baby has had a fever since Saturday, and he’s now been diagnosed with Scarlet fever. So, he’s missed all week of school and has spent numerous hours in hospital and clinics. I’m crossing my fingers that we’re in the home stretch! He’s been so amazing, thought, as he barely complained through it all! Unlike myself, as I feel like I’ve complained all week about everything; but I am just so tired of everyone being sick at home and not being able to enjoy winter like we normally do. Hopefully I will catch up on the missed hours of sleep this weekend.
So that was the bad in one short paragraph, now here’s the good! I actually feel like “the good” doesn’t quite describe what happened to me… it’s more like as if I am a different person now, and I will never be the same anymore… so I guess I should consider my last Thursday night movie date with my girl friend Véro as a life changing event, and nothing less! You might think that I am being a tad dramatic here when I say life changing, but that is the closest thing to how I feel, so bare with me! A few weeks ago, we had planned to go see The Greatest Showman last Thursday… so with 3 hours of sleep the night before, I was a bit tired, but still felt as if I needed a night off to the movies more than anything else. And thank God for it. From the first few seconds of this future Oscar winning movie I was hooked and already in love with all of it. Now thinking about it, I can’t believe I didn’t go see that movie before and that my life has been deprived of such entertainment for a full month! Well NO MORE! The soundtrack will play on and on from now on and until probably like forever! As I was watching the movie, at some point I felt like I might be having a heart attack: I was having such a rush, with so much to see, with the music, the colors, the costumes and the story line, which kept on taking my breath away for the full two hours. It’s a musical, so it may not be for everyone (I almost disowned my own mother after she told me she didn’t like La La Land as I couldn’t take the rejection!). But if you do enjoy musicals and want to be entertained while being taken away at a time when show business was a new thing, give it a chance and you won’t be sorry! I still have chills thinking about it and wondering when I can squeeze-in another viewing. The soundtrack is playing in the background as I am writing this, so I may have gotten taken away myself… but hopefully it does win an Oscar!
Now, for the yummy, or my second life changing event of the week: The Croque Monsieur! Oh yes, I am all over the place this week; no worry, I already know! So a few days before Christmas we had lunch at Art Is In Bakery in Ottawa and it was simply delicious. I think it may have been my first time having a real Croque Monsieur. And it was delicious. With all the crappiness of the last couple of days, well I decided to try and make my own homemade Croque Monsieur. LIFE CHANGING. (May I remind you that The Greatest Showman soundtrack is still playing in the background, so I may be feeling excessively joyful while thinking of Croque Monsieur and Hugh Jackman and I may be just over exaggerating a little here, calling a sandwich life changing, but it is still really something, I swear!). I was sitting alone in the kitchen, working on my never ending Harry Potter puzzle (the fabulous life of a blogger) when I had a moment of pure happiness as I took my first bite. Yes, this sandwich did and will give you happiness. So, I’m sharing this recipe with you while adding that you should definitely run to the supermarket and make it this weekend. You will thank me for it! Whoever said money can’t buy happiness is probably right, but money can buy cheese, and cheese makes me happy; so here goes this recipe!
What you need:
4 slices of bread (I used Italiano bread)
a few slices of Black Forrest Ham
2 cup of Gruyere cheese shredded
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper
First you have to make the Bechamel sauce. Don’t worry, super easy; it was my first time and it turned out great! In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat and then add the flour. Whisk non-stop for about 2-3 minutes. Then slowly add the milk, a little bit at a time, while still whisking. Mix until smooth and thick. Remove from heat, add the Dijon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Let cool down before using. I made the Bechamel the day before and stored it in the fridge until I was ready to use.
Heat the oven at 425. Place parchment paper on the bottom of a baking sheet. Place two bread slices on the baking sheet and spread some Bechamel sauce on one side of each. Don’t be shy with the sauce, it’s amazing. Place the ham on top of the Bechamel and then add 1/2 cup of the Gruyere on each. Spread some sauce on both sides of the two unused slices of bread and place them both on top of the cheese and ham. Use the remaining of the Gruyere and cover the top of both sandwiches. Place in oven until the cheese is melted, for about 10 minutes, then broil for a few minutes until golden, but keep an eye on it, as you don’t want to burn them.
I ate my Croque Monsieur with a light salad and it was great. It’s so filling, that honestly you don’t really need a side, but the freshness of the lettuce helps balance the richness of the sandwich.
So, here’s my advice to you, run to the supermarket to get some nice Gruyere and ham, make the Croque Monsieur for lunch or even diner; then, put on your sweatpants and head out to the movie theater to watch The Great Showman. Your hearts and tummies will be thankful! Have a great weekend my friends.