There are so many! I could go on and on and never stop! What are some of your favorite dance clips?
You know what else will cheer you up? A bright pink and green pinwheel! This roulade was very fun and easy to make, and tasted delicious! The roulade itself was like a big fat pancake (it’s actually closer to a flatter soufflé!). It was sweetish, because of the beetish, and a little tangy with goat cheese, and lovely and summery with thyme. The filling used the greens from the beets, in combination with some chard (you could use any green you like!) and was a nice savory contrast to the roulade. Pine nuts add a bit of smoky crunch. The nice thing about the roulade is that it’s very good at room temperature, so if you don’t want to heat your kitchen up before you eat (on a 100 degree day, say) – make this earlier in the day and set it aside till you’re ready! We had it with a no-cook sauce of tomatoes and avocados, chopped chunky-style, and tossed with olive oil, basil, and balsamic. Add a salad of crisp arugula and crunchy hazelnuts, lightly dressed with olive oil, sherry vinegar and some crumbled goat cheese, and you have a perfect summer meal!!
Here’s Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Vendors with Love is Blue.
2 smallish beets, peeled and grated
olive oil to coat
1 t balsamic
4 T butter
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup goat cheese
6 eggs – separated
1/2 cup flour
1 t salt
1 t dried thyme or 2 t fresh
4 or 5 cups greens (beet and chard mixed are nice) washed and chopped quite fine
1 T olive oil
1 plump clove garlic – minced
1/2 t red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 t pine nuts
1 cup cheese grated – mozzarella, parmesan, sharp cheddar, gruyere, or any combination you like
small handful fresh basil, chopped
Spread the beets on a small baking tray. Stir in enough olive oil to coat them lightly (maybe 1 T) and the teaspoon of balsamic. Toast or roast for about 15 minutes till they’re starting to blacken and smell like burnt sugar. (In the oven you’ll roast them at 425, in the toaster, just put them on “toast”)
Preheat the oven to 400. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. While it’s melting, warm the milk in a small saucepan, and steep the thyme leaves in it.
When the butter is melted and just starting to brown, whisk in the flour, and cook for a few minutes. Add the salt and milk, and whisk till it’s smooth. Stirring often, cook for 4 – 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the beats and goat’s cheese. At this point, you’ll have a big, pink gloopy mess. Fear not! It will all be lovely in the end. Set the gloop aside to cool for a few minutes.
Spread foil or parchment paper on a baking sheet with a small rim. Butter the foil and flour it well – the roulade will stick to it!!
Whisk the egg whites till quite stiff.
Stir the egg yolks into the pink gloop. Pour the gloop into the eggwhites, and combine carefully but thoroughly. Spread the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, till it’s puffed and crackled.
Set it aside to cool while you prepare the filling. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic, and stir and fry till it starts to brown. Add the pepper flakes and the greens with water still clinging to them, or with a drop of water. Cook till they’re quite wilted – 10 minutes or so. You want the pan to be quite dry. Tip into a bowl and stir in the pine nuts, cheese, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
Flip the roulade upside down and carefully peel of the foil. If any bits stick to the foil, you can scrape them off and smear them back onto the roulade. Spread the greens as evenly as possible on the roulade, and then carefully, starting with the short end, roll it up. Place it seam-side down on a plate. Don’t worry about any cracks in the roulade, it should stick together anyway. Set aside till you’re ready to eat.
Slice into pieces about an inch thick, and serve with the sauce of your choice. We used…
Several ripe tomatoes
1 ripe avocado
All chopped and stirred together.
here’s some crazy Flamenco dancing
Beautiful!! Thank you Maki! You’re the first one to the party. Can I offer you some snacks, a beverage?
A beer would be nice and a slice of roulade.
WOW! That’s ecstatic, funny, percussive and brilliant. Thank you so much, Maki!!
Beer and roulade coming right up! Do you prefer a British or a Spanish beer. What’s your favorite beer, in fact? I like McEwans Scotch Ale best of all. How bout you?
My absolute favourite beer is probably Theakston’s XB from Masham in North Yorkshire but given how hot it is in madrid right now I’d go for a brine cooled Cruzcampo from a bar called La Marea in Chipiona in the province of Cadiz.
I obviously need to go on a beer tour of Europe!!
Conchita and i would be very happy to take care of the Spanish and Portuguese leg….
MOther shucker, I replied but the computer dropped it!
We’d love that! But I fear we might have to drink some wine as well.
That could probably be arranged…
I love Bjork and orange – so here’s Bjork in orange:
Björk: It’s Oh So Quiet
at 1min50 breakdancing bear and shark – yeah!
DJ Format – We know something you don’t know
at 2min50 beck groovy moves:
beck new pollution
Aw, the bjork is lovely! I’ve loved the song for decades (?) But I’ve never seen the video. Seen the bear and shark – love that! I think you posted that as a treat when I was sick years ago! New Pollution – It’s the brand new old fashioned good dancing!
This is my favourite dance clip on youtube
Santa Maria (Del Buon Ayre) – Gotan Project
The recipe looks great.
Ooh – love the low budget/high style quality of that! Inspiring. Thank you, SR!
I once danced a tango to that song (with a very good dance partner who managed to disguise most of my faults) and it was wonderful!
I am loving all these. Spill Challenge!
It looks like it would be a lot of fun to tango to that!
I’m not sure how to post a ‘Spill challenge anymore. It’s been so long. Does it have to be Tuesday? Maybe I’ll just post it for kicks!
First time here, Claire! Love your blog. I see that another blogger chose the first dance that came to my mind “Oh So Quiet”. Here are 2 dancers like to hang with. The doggies and I dance with them:
Pick Yourself Up
Pick Yourself Up finale
I LOVE Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I think she’s amazing – so pretty and tough and graceful. And funny! Thanks!
Just watched with the boys and they loved it! Now I feel as though we should install parquet floors in the living room, just in case.