I LOVE that this happens. It reminds me how much he LOVES to read.
I love that my love of reading has been embraced by all 5 of my boys.
I am ever so aware of what a gift a love of reading is.
It is one of the few activites that we can do alone.
It can provide both solace & relaxation.
It can provide advice or humour.
It provides an opportunity to slow down and think.
It allows us to think of things we may not otherwise.
My 11yo EATS books. It is not uncommon for him to read 3 novels in a week.
I am somewhat envious. Envious that I don't allow myself the time to do the same.
My bedside pile of books is a little out of control.
And I can't resist picking up new ones that take my fancy when I see them for fear of forgetting and not having them there on the bookshelf to look at sometime down the track.
I love houses that have bookshelves.
I love what looking at peoples book collections can tell you about them.
I love the feel of books, I love the smell of them. I love cover design. I love different typeface. Most of all I love words.
Last night when Mr.11 came in he noticed a book that has been sitting on the couch for a bit. I have been meaning to re-read it.
I was sitting on the couch reading and listening to music.
It was a copy of The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.
I was reading this very book when I met Hubster 24 years ago.
I loved it.
I have ALWAYS been a huge Winnie the Pooh fan.
And I am very interested in Eastern Philosophy.
He read it after me.
He loved it too.
And it just seemed serendipitous that it should have appeared before mr.11 yesterday.
I think it may well help him through his nightmare ordeal that I wrote about in my recent post here.
Here's a snippet of the foreward.
The little ones were already tucked into bed and were fast asleep.
Hubster offered to read it aloud to the big two (13 &11).
We sat snuggled on the couch as he read to us.
And we will do this every night till the book is finished.
I hope the kids love it as much as we both did.
But I think both of us will love it more this time as we share it with our lovelies.
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S PITHIVIER AUX CERISES:
A pithivier is the French term for a pie made with 2 discs of puff pastry. This one is filled with frangipane and cherries!
I saw it on Rick Stein's French Odyssey the other night and thought it looked gorgeous. I am a HUGE fan of almond in pastry! This is my adaptation of his recipe.
Desserts are not my forte so I was apprehensive but it turned out beautifully. I was very pleasantly surprised and will definitely make it again.
I served it to a friend visiting from Paris. She told me it was better than the one she had there .....but she might have just been being polite!
YOU WILL NEED:
- 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (do buy good quality butter, it makes ALL the difference!)
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/4 cups almond meal (I ground my own and did not remove the skin)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons Kirsch
- 1 1/2 cups cherries with pits removed (I used Morello Cherries)
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
Preheat oven to 220C.
With one piece of puff pastry cut out a 25cm circle.
With the other make it 30cm (THE LARGER ONE IS THE TOP!).
Place in fridge while you make the filling.
To make the filling, mix together the sugar and butter until light & fluffy.
Beat in the egg and 1 of the egg yolks.
Stir in the ground almonds, flour and kirsch.
Now gently fold through the cherries.
Place the smaller puff circle on a baking sheet.
Mound the frangipane mix in the centre. DO NOT SPREAD IT AROUND.
Be sure to leave a 2 cm edge all around the edge.
Lay the larger disc on topand crimp the edges to seal.
Make a small hole in the centre to allow steam to be released.
You may decorate the top if you like. I did- cause I wanted to make it look perdy!
I scored radiating arcs from the centre. If you do this be careful not to strike right through the pastry.
Now brush the Pithivier with egg wash.
Bake for about 15 minutes and then lower the temp down to 175C for 35 minutes.
Be sure to check the cake as it may brown quickly. If so cover lightly with foil to protect it.
Here's how it turned out:
I was listening to this Bille track when Mr.11 came in last night.....perfect.