I saw the other day, for the first time, the film Julie & Julia. I can’t believe I haven’t watched it yet!
For those who do not know, the film follows the story of a young, unsuccessful writer who decides in a year to try all the recipes from Julia Child’s cookbook and blog about it (in 2002). On the other side, we meet Julia Child and find out how she got to publishing her famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. To make a long story short, the film has inspired me. If I wasn’t writing a blog already, I’d start then. But it inspired me to start thinking more about what I want to achieve with this – cooking, taking photos… What does this all mean to me and where I want to get with it.
I recently received an interesting offer, nothing spectacular, but it was an opportunity to introduce my blog to the general public. However, I refused it – or rather, postponed – because of fear, insecurity, lack of self-confidence. Stupid feelings, in fact, completely unnecessary. I’m not the best cook, I’m not the best photographer (ie not at all a photographer :) but I definitely ado it for fun, out of pleasure and love, and that’s all that matters. I’m proud every time I come up with a dish, and each time I make a beautiful photo. And, mostly, when I get comments from other bloggers that do this a lot longer than me or the people who follow me and read just because they like my blog. And when you try out my recipes, this is my favorite thing :)
What I want to say … I have no idea where this blog will take me and my love of cooking. Last year I couldn’t even imagine that I will have a blog, buy plates one by one just to have more props or ‘steal’ boards for photo shoots. Maybe in a few years I’ll publish a cookbook. Maybe in 15 years I’ll open a pastry shop on the Adriatic coast. Perhaps none of this will happen, and I just continue to cook for myself and my little (or big) family. But what I decided definitely inspired by the movie is that I will try and work on what makes me happy now. I promise, the recipes will be better. The posts will be more interesting. The photos will be prettier.
What isn’t going to change is me and my approach to food – because I truly believe that food and cooking should be fun, simple and effortless.
And I won’t bother you any more with ‘train of thought’ posts like this :) Enjoy the recipe!
- 250 g flour
- 120 g butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 500 g mixed mushrooms
- 100 ml white wine
- parsley, salt and pepper
- 200 ml cream
- 125 g of cottage cheese
- 20 g grated Parmesan
- 1 egg
- 3 sprigs of thyme
- Mix the butter, flour, salt and baking powder and by rubbing between your hands make a crumbly mixture. Then add the egg, tie together all ingredients and knead a soft dough. Roll out the right size and transfer to a greased mold. If it cracks somewhere, just repair with your fingers. Pierce in several places with a fork and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180 ° C and bake for 20 min, ie until the dough begins to brown. Turn up the oven to 200 ° C.
- In a deep bowl fry the chopped garlic on a spoon of oil. Clean the mushrooms (not under water but with a brush or sponge), cut into small pieces and fry with garlic. Add salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Then pour in the wine and cook everything together for 10-odd minutes on high heat to evaporate alcohol. When the liquid has almost completely evaporated, add the chopped parsley and remove from heat.
- Mix the cheese, sour cream, egg and fresh thyme in another bowl.
- Fill the half-baked crust with finished mushrooms, then pour the cream sauce. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the pie gets a nice color on top.
- Serve warm as an appetizer, main dish or a light dinner. It's also tasty cold the next day ;)
- Bon appetit!