You can’t choose family. You just get them and are stuck with them for the rest of your life. You either love them or you don’t. But blood is thicker than water and regardless of the cards you are dealt with you know you will support, protect and love them for a lifetime to come.
The luxury of having friends is that you are free to pick and choose at your leisure. There is no pressure nor is there any obligation to pretend to like someone when you don’t. On the other hand, when you have found that soul mate, you have all the pleasures and appreciation of enjoying a rock solid friendship. Friendships based on loyalty, understanding, appreciation and motivation is something to hang on to and never let go.
Then there comes a point were the friendship reaches it’s final limit. It’s not enough, you want and feel more - she’s not just a friend. You know no matter what you say or do, it will never ever shake their belief in you. You know there in no judgment, nor is there envy or jealously. There is fun, a secret language and private jokes. You love the laughter shared, but feel the freedom to cry openly. The bond that binds you is stronger - is this blood thicker than that of a friend?
It’s the sisterhood that develops overtime that becomes irreplaceable and you know that this level of friendship will never reach its final limit - for the lifetime to come.
My sister-from-another-mother, Jeanne came to visit me in Weimar not long ago. If we told you we had been planning the trip since December I am sure you can imagine how our excitement was building up. It was not only our getting together again after the FBC 2010 in London earlier in June, but it was also getting together to celebrate our favorite 80s band a-ha on their final tour “Ending on a High Note.”
We celebrated from the minute I picked her up at the airport. For the four days we spent together, a-ha played endlessly on the iPod while stories of life, love and fantasies were shared. What else do two sisters do when they get together?
Well we storm the first shoe store and buy shoes of course!
We eat, indulging in long lunches, late breakfasts and even later dinners. Tarts, bratwurst, cheese, chutney and chocolates - we enjoy every bite, always talking, giggling and simply enjoying the warmth of having a wonderful sister to share these moments with. We also drink – lots of wine, beer and create killer cocktails that will go down in history.
Of course when one is in Germany one cannot pass the opportunity to savor fresh grilled Bratwurst. They come in all sizes and spiced with different flavors, Bratwürsts are always great with a smidgen of typical German mustard. Who can resist?
The concert – absolutely EPIC! The venue was on the breathtaking banks of the Elbe River in the grandiose city of Dresden. We managed third row and had Magne, Morten and Paul up close and live like never before. As the sun began to set, the sky turned a vivid crimson and the mood could not have been better. 25 years in a span of 2 hours, right from the first Take on Me to the last Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah), they played classic hits and the album songs that no one but the true fans knew. And I felt elated - I was there from the very first moment at the age of 14 back in 1985.
Stunning setting for a concert, wouldn’t you say? On one side an old ministry and on the opposite the stunning backdrop of the Frauenkirche.
We strolled the streets of old Dresden, taking pictures, visiting the wonderful old churches, opera and museums. We even made a very impromptu appearance in a movie shoot as we crashed the sets of a movie to get to the other side of the bridge!
The four days flew by far too fast. But we have memories of an amazing time together, jokes that we still laugh at and all the a-ha songs that made each moment special. I also know that Jeanne secretly has 2 a-ha tickets for November in London!
We spent some time in the kitchen too and it was not just to open bottles of wine and mix cocktails, we cooked and tucked into a delicious yet very simple tart. The flavors of a herby cream cheese with smoky bacon and subtle leek bedded over flaky puff pastry was simply divine. The side of a rucola, cherry tomato and parmesan salad drizzled with a pumpkin seed oil and balsamic vinegar vinaigrette rounded off our late dinner perfectly.
Complementing the meal was a cocktail that highlighted both our spirits and persona so magnificently. If you are looking for the ingredients that make up that incredibly drinkable cocktail Jeanne is holding, you’ll have to head on over to Cook Sister for the recipe.
A word of warning: this potion is lethal and we take no liability for any actions you commit post-cocktails!
So, the next time you have an evening planned with your sisters, try serving this palatable bacon, cheese and leek tart and pair it with the perfect drink. You’ll be guaranteed an evening of fun, laughter, maybe a few tears and a lot of happiness.
Bacon, Cheese and Leek Tart
Printable version of recipe here
1 portion puff pastry for a tart form approx. 20cm diameter
Some melted butter
300g soft herb flavored cream cheese, we used 2 portions of Boursin Shallots & Chives
150g smoky bacon, cut into small cubes
3 leeks, sliced
100g Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to approx. 180 degrees C. Lightly brush the tart form with some melted butter and line it with the puff pastry.
- Sauté bacon cubes until crisp and golden then add the leeks and continue to sauté for just a minute so that the leeks soak up the fat from the bacon. Check for seasoning and salt and pepper according to taste. Set aside.
- Spread the cream cheese onto the pastry, then add the bacon-leek mixture over the top. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden and crispy.
- Take out of oven and serve immediately with a large salad.
The Food Guide Tip:
Make your own homemade puff pastry and store in the freezer to make such delectable tarts without fuss.
Even though both Jeanne and I are so alike in many ways (we even suspect we were Siamese twins separated at birth) we have our distinct differences. In the matter of this cocktail we were indecisive on what to name it – RaSecco or Time Machine. So, we are calling on you to come up with a name you think would fit this cocktail created by both of us.
This is where the giveaway comes in. We’re both giving away a copy each of The Vodka Bible by Paul Knorr to two lucky people who come up with an original, unique and fitting name for this cocktail. The rules are simple: just leave a comment on either this post or on Jeanne’s post with your suggested name for the cocktail. You have till Monday 12:00 AM CEST (Midnight), after which we’ll go through the suggestions and choose a lucky winner from each blog.
Jeanne & I are entering both the cocktail and tart to this month’s Monthly Mingle. Sara over at Sara’s Corner has been my gracious hostess all this month and has invited us all to come over with Party Treats. I’d like to seriously apologize to Sara who has been left alone to plan and execute this mingle all by herself as I’ve been busy with several projects. She’s doing a great job and I hope you will all join her at the party. The deadline is on August 17th. Hope to see you there.
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