Tuesday, 12 January 2021

CROQUE MONSIEUR

 


The time difference between Australia and Wales makes for relaxed chatting a little difficult .
When it’s 8 pm gin time in Trelawnyd it’s 7am coffee time in Sydney but undaunted by this my old friend Nia arranged a meet for both of us but under the strict rules of cooking together .
I’ve never done it before and I must admit it’s great fun 
We chose to make a proper Croque Monsieur from scratch 
She in her high tech, sun kissed antipodean kitchen , me in my slightly chilly but perfectly IKEAn version. 
It was lovely, as neither of us had much news of any note to talk about, so we would share snippets of what was happening in between yells of “How’s your bechimel sauce coming along ? “
“ ohhh I can hear sizzling !”
An hour and a half later, the croques were crumbs and we were reminiscing about the fatly comical kookaburras I remembered watching in her garden only five years ago .
It was lovely 
Our next meet will be in a few weeks time. 
We are going to paint together in acrylics 
An abstract painting 
Sounds like fun
Nia ( front) with my arm around her circa 1980
The rest are my family and friends 
We were in the audience of a production of Oklahoma my Aunt was starring in 


60 comments:

  1. I LOVE croque monsieurs! hold the sauce though.

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    1. No the sauce MAKES IT

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  2. Wow! Quite a family, John.

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  3. Speaking as the lucky person to have John's arm around me - both then and still metaphorically now 40 years later, just shows that real friendships last. No fuss, no judgement, just love and laughter, shared moments and caring listening. That was just the best start to my day. Turned the 2nd Croque into a madame by adding an egg for lunch! Until we don our artist smocks, I bid you adieu! Love you mate....always. Nia xxxx

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    1. You are a constant in my life
      Always xx

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  4. What a great idea, I can't wait to see both paintings.

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  5. I have a beautiful feeling,
    everything's going your way.

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  6. Barbara Anne5:39 am

    What a delight: conversations, ingredients, and delicious food to enjoy during more conversation. I, too, look forward to seeing your paintings!
    Love your family in costume!

    Hugs!

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  7. That sounds like a great way to while away an hour or two. Isn't modern technology wonderful when used properly. I bet the Croque Monsieur was flippin lovely too.

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    1. The kitchen looked like the wreck of the Hesperus

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  8. A lovely & delicious way to get together and pass some time ..... Nia looks a bit like Sonia from Eastenders !!! XXXX

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  9. Sounds lovely. When friends were living and working in Texas they had a weekly live cooking session with their children at uni in the uk all cooking the same thing ! X
    I've never cooked or eaten Croque Monsieur, looks fab ! X

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  10. What a great idea! Apart from the fun of cooking together, is croque monsieur worth the extra time (washing up!) and effort over good old cheese on toast?

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  11. Sounds like a delightful way to enjoy time with a friend across the miles and especially during these pandemic days.

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  12. Of course your family and friends would do something like that. The cooking/eating chat sounds like it was a pleasure.

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    1. And it was different ......
      Different is so attractive in these mundane days

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  13. You are so lucky to have a great cirle of family and friends John.

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  14. Around the world, virtual get togethers, something we should do, and do more of going forward. My first Croque was on the TGV from Paris to Renne, after a flight cancelled.

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    1. I think it’s a good idea cos it takes the pressure off being “ entertaining “

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  16. Interactive Zoom is great fun. All you need is imagination.

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  17. Had to search for Croque Monsieur to find out just what it is ... Surprise! Grilled ham & cheese and topped off with a white sauce! LOL Croque Monsieur sounds so much classier! We have a little French restaurant in town that serves this ... I would imagine it is cheaper to make at home!! LOL
    I think doing something like this would be a total hoot if you have a friend willing to go along with it! Looking forward to seeing your artistic creation!!

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  18. Very poash-I could perhaps eat a Monsieur without the ham John x

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  19. mmmmmmmmmm love Croque Monsieur This sounds like great fun.
    Son video called me as he walled home. I was able to talk to him for about an hour and see some of the old neighborhood sights. I miss my family and Japan very much. Le Sigh. . .

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    1. Japan intrigues me,its on my bucket list

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  20. You have such awesome friends John.
    I so enjoy just a plain grilled cheese being a non-meat eater - that with a bowl of homemade roasted tomato soup is a perfect meal!

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    1. I am very luck with my friends Mary
      They lift me

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  21. Such a lovely photo of you all, and cooking while chatting even at opposite ends of the world and the day must be a real tonic for both of you.

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  22. That sounds a lot more fun that just sitting and chatting. Not that there's anything wrong with sitting and chatting, it's just that no one has much to say these days since we're all housebound. A shared project brings its own energy. And the reward is the eating!

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    1. You hit the nail on the head.....energy x

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  23. What a great idea! When we tried a family Zoom, it was awkward at first as no one knew when to speak! I had to google your sandwich as I had never heard of it. Looks yummy, John!

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    1. Me and Nia didn’t need to break any ice but we both wanted the conversation to flow which is doesn’t always do on line.......the cooking broke that

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  24. What a fantastic idea!

    I went back five years and re-read your blog from Sydney. Pictures didn’t load but it was great to read about Sydney. Brought back memories of living there.

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    1. Yes I did that too. Luckily the photos are saved on Facebook. I couldn’t look at them ....the ones of me and the prof looking genuiningly happy

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    2. It was not all good though. That trip had some downside that some of us saw back home.

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    3. Really I don’t remember any ...email me please

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  25. Oh my goodness that looks so yummy. And I love the picture of you & family, all dressed for the 'occasion' for the Oklahoma production. Fun!

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  26. What a wonderful gathering of family and friends. That does look really delicious. I'll look it up.

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  27. The croque monsieur looks delicious. That is so cool that you did this with a friend a world away!

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  28. What a fun creative way to meet up, lovely photo of the yummy dish and family and friends.

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  29. OK, I love that everyone dressed the part to attend "Oklahoma!" Cooking together online is pretty clever, actually. We need to be creative these days about how we spend time together!

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