We have had some extraordinarily beautiful sunrises lately, two of which I am sharing here with you. The first one I took on Monday morning at around 20 past 7.
The day itself was unspectacular.
On Tuesday, I had asked my sister over for dinner. Now that we do not have to be home by 8:00 pm any longer (the curfew was lifted last week Thursday, with the option of being re-introduced should infection numbers rise again), we can visit each other without having to check the clock all the time, which makes for a much more relaxed meal.
I had read a recipe in the supplement of my weekly paper and wanted to try it, but not on my own. We both enjoyed it, and I am sure I will make it again, rather sooner than later:
Brussel sprouts with red pesto and goat or sheep cheese
It is easily made and doesn't take all that long, especially if you go for the lazy option and use ready-made red pesto.
Pre-heat oven to 200C. Clean and half a bag of sprouts (here, they are sold at 500 g a bag). Mix with several spoons of pesto rosso; don't "drown" the sprouts but make sure all halves have at least a bit of pesto on them.
Spread on a baking tray (lightly oiled or lined with paper), put in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Prepare another tray with the cheese; I used sheep camembert, while the original recipe had thick slices of round goat cheese. I cut the camembert in quarters - I could have just as well left it uncut. Drizzle with liquid honey and put in the oven at the highest level, right underneath the grill.
Leave everything for another 5-10 minutes, until the honey is caramelised and before the sprouts turn black ;-) (they will look dark because of the red pesto).
Put sprouts on plates (warm the plates if you like, it makes for a nicer meal - I will do that next time!) and top with the half-melted cheese. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and a bit of dried thyme.
We had well-chilled craft beer with it, a recent local discovery of O.K. and myself, but I can imagine this going very well with a nice rosé wine or a white one, and of course water will be good, too.
And my sister brought another bunch of tulips - actually, two bunches; a yellow and a pink one this time. They look great but were still firmly closed buds on Tuesday, which is why they do not appear properly in the picture.
Another beautifun sunrise was yesterday morning, on the 18th; I took this picture at 10 past 7:
Now there is only today left to work (and another busy one it will be!), and then the weekend is here - phew! :-)