I’m posting from Amsterdam this week and feel obliged to take a moment to extol the virtues of this city. For anyone out there who still associates Amsterdam only with marijuana and red lights, I urge you to look again. Amsterdam has so much going for it. The city itself is beautiful, the museums are first class, the restaurant options are diverse, and EVERYONE speaks english. I know that you often hear that about all major european cities, but here it is really true and it makes navigating the city as a tourist (or business traveller as is more often the case with me lately) just that much easier. I am not saying that the marijuana and red lights don’t exist (and if you are easily offended by such things you should probably stay away), but they are a footnote in a city which has so much more to offer.
But now a word about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Goat Cheese Puffs. Dorie’s description of this recipe had me thinking of hors d’oeuvres one might encounter at a fancy cocktail reception. They are choux pastry balls filled with herbed goat cheese. I was, in fact, a little frightened of this recipe. Hors d’oeuvres in my house usually consists of mixed nuts, homemade if my guests are lucky. This sounded like a heck of a lot more work and I was strangely looking forward to it, simply because I have never made anything even remotely like it before.
I’m not going to lie and say that these were quick and easy, but I will say that they were significantly less effort than I had anticipated. I used my 1 tablespoon ice cream scooper to portion out the dough and then a pasty bag to fill them with goat cheese. The general consensus was that they were tasty and fun to make, so who knows, maybe I will even make them again one day.