Friday, March 12, 2010

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg - Part One

It's a truth universally known that I've never made anything for dinner with a name as exotic as Bouchons Au Thon. I'm on page 288 but have been dying to make these since reading the recipe on page 101. Anything that starts off with a tin of tuna is well within my abilities so I knew that we'd get on. Add in some Gruyere cheese, eggs and creme fraiche and oh, la, la! as Molly Wizenberg says 'they taste like France'. I was on my own for dinner tonight so it was the perfect opportunity to give this recipe a test run. The creme fraiche was in the house five minutes before I whipped a scone out of the freezer and into the microwave while plugging in the kettle. A girl can have her dessert before dinner every once in awhile can't she? It's hard to tell from this shot but the batter is baked in muffin tins. I'm laughing just now as I read that the recipe yields '8 bouchons, enough for 4 light eaters'. I ate 4 myself which should tell you that they were absolutely delicious! Molly likes to eat them with a baked potato or a salad but I didn't bother with any other side dishes. Heavens, I wouldn't have had the room because of my dessert. That's one way to make sure you don't eat too much dinner. A review of this wonderful book will soon follow. Right now I'm off to dream about page 204. It involves a lovely little lemon cake with lemony icing, yum!


  1. Can't wait for the full review! I hadn't been overly excited about this book, but I am now - anything that has recipes with gruyere and eggs is for me!

  2. This is one of my favorite books of all time. Definitely a five-star read. But I still haven't made any recipes from it! Must do something about that! K x

  3. What a wonderful name! I like the sound of the lemony icing - think you need to give that a go for us...

  4. Of course a girl can have dessert before dinner once in a while!! This sounds like a fantastic book...

  5. Good thing my youngest can't read yet...I had to explain to her at dinnertime why she couldn't have ice cream first:) These sound so yummy...mmm cheese.

  6. They look yummy and I don't even like tuna! :) I like your idea of having desert first...must try that sometime soon. And do please share photos of the lemon cake!

  7. Those do sound good, and I'm vegetarian! :)

    My favorite of her recipes is possibly the fastest and easiest thing I make. Chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and parmesan. It's lunch for lazy people!

  8. Captive Reader, Oh you would love this book! It was even more than I was hoping for so please give it a try whenever you have a gap in your reading.

    Kristina, What are you waiting for?! Get out your mixing bowls! I agree with you, it's definitely a five star read.

    verity, I made the lemon cake last night...details to follow! I will tell you that there's not much left.

    JoAnn, You would love this book! I'm not ashamed to say that I needed a tissue more than once with this one. Molly tells quite a story.

    A Bookish Space, The recipe won over my husband and daughter as well. Place a hold on this book at your local library and give it a die for!

    Book Psmith, The things you can get away with when the kids aren't looking! I've never had Gruyere cheese before but will have to use it more often now.

    Danielle, Made the lemon cake last night and there's not much left...what pigs! I did manage some photos so stay tuned.

    makedoandread, I LOVE chickpeas! Your lazy lunch recipe sounds like another 'must make' from Molly's book.

  9. Ooooh lovely! I haven't cooked anything from the book yet but I really want to because all of her recipes are very interesting and nothing I'd usually cook. Can't wait for your review of the book!