This past weekend I had to say goodbye to the little furball who has been keeping me company for the past 11 years. It was a very difficult decision to make and one that I struggled with as he got sicker and sicker. How could I be sure that we had done everything we could? At what point was my reluctance to let him go doing him more harm than good?
This particular furball apparently never got the memo that cats are supposed to be loners because he would greet me at the door every day when I arrived home and follow me from room to room until I left again. My husband called him my stalker. Whenever I was in the kitchen cooking, my stalker would settle himself on a chair to watch the goings on, offering his assistance only if he heard the sound of a can being opened.
So this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Tomato-Cheese Tartlets, was set to be my first foray into the kitchen without my stalker. Between that, a hectic work week, and the fact that the recipes were posted late, I had basically given this week up for lost. But then, Thursday night I curiously opened the book to see what the recipe was all about, and was shocked to discover that I actually had everything I needed in the fridge. Even puff pastry! Only since joining FFwD do I just happen to have puff pasty hanging out in my freezer. Not just that, but it looked easy enough, so why not give it a go?
I’m not going to lie, cooking without my stalker was a little weird. But this was a simple and delicious recipe which I am so happy not to have missed. As Dorie points out, the possibilities are endless and I am looking forward to seeing what kind of inspiration my fellow Doristas can give me for next time.