This month’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was something I’ve been wanting to make for a few months now. The photograph of it in the cookbook, Baking with Julia, kept catching my eye as I paged through the book because of the rustic crust and simple filling.
As usual, I had my helper ready to pitch in. I had to include this photo of my freshly-tubbied, jammied-up, toe nail polished, tutu-ed Julia. She has started to assert her independence lately by choosing her own outfits. Lately it’s either the tutu or her Kiss Me I’m Irish tee shirt!
The dough was interesting because it calls for corn meal and sour cream. I couldn’t really imagine what that kind of dough would taste like. Instead of using a food processor, I used my stand mixer to combine the dough ingredients. I divided up the dough and refrigerated it for five hours.
A simple dessert is born! Tragically we were out of ice cream, but George suggested to sprinkle powdered sugar on top to assuage the tartness of the berries.
Since this recipe uses only half of the galette dough, the book recommends trying the rest of the dough on a savory tomato and cheese galette. I used an heirloom tomato that I bought at the farmer’s market this past Sunday, some basil from my garden, and parmesan and mozzarella cheese to create my version of this recipe.
If you’re interested in the Berry Galette recipe, visit Lisa of Tomato Thymes in the Kitchen and Garden, or visit Andrea of The Kitchen Lioness. If you really like the looks of these recipes, you could buy the book, Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.
Today was my first day home alone with two kids, and I survived! I even folded laundry and vacuumed the carpet. After I was done vacuuming, Julia said, “Thanks for cleaning the carpet Mommy. It looks good!” She must have heard me thanking George for vacuuming at some point during these last two weeks that he’s been off work, helping care for the two kids and me. Either that or she’s remarkably polite and observant.
Throughout the past two weeks, George has been so helpful, that I’ve been wondering how I could manage this on my own. I was grateful for his help, but ready to give it a try on my own. Turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Of course it’s only been one day. There were definitely moments when both kids needed something at the same time. Interestingly, Julia seems to time her need to go potty with Grant’s need to nurse, but we got through it. My teacher self kicked in, and I was able to sort of prioritize what needed to be done and how. I don’t want to sound overconfident. I know there will be many crazy moments in the future, but it will be fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s adventure: The Library! Wish us luck :)