Blue cheese

Just saw this recipe at the Toronto Sun online newspaper:


One of the happiest combinations is blue cheese and asparagus. Serve as supper or an appetizer for a dinner party. The prosciutto is optional and without it the dish is suitable for vegetarians. Crusty bread is side-wise, de rigueur.

1 bunch (1 lb/500 g) asparagus 2 Tbsp. (25 mL) extra virgin olive oil 4 slices prosciutto 12 slices Rosenborg Noble Blue Cheese, about 125 g

Break off and discard tough butts from asparagus spears. Rinse, dry on a towel.

Pour oil into a 13- x 9-inch (3.5L) metal cake pan or shallow pan or gratin dish. Add asparagus and roll pan to coat spears with oil.

Roast in centre of a 400F (200C) oven until spears are just tender, about 8 minutes. This time will vary as it depends on the thickness and freshness. Remove pan from oven. Shake pan to rearrange spears. Divide spears into 4 nice-looking piles; top each with a slice of prosciutto, 3 lightly crumpled cheese slices. Bake until cheese melts, about 4 minutes. With tongs, transfer to warmed plates.

Serves 4.

Sounds very yummy. I bet it would be heavenly with a good jamón serrano and crumbled cabrales or stilton cheese…


Landismom inspired me with this meme. Basically, the idea is to post the last 10 blog entries you checked out through your google reader or bloglines. Here’s mine:

  1. Jeanne, from Invasões Bárbaras, speaks about Canadian labour laws
  2. Rio Gringa, an American girl living in Rio, makes all of us in the northern hemisphere green with envy by showing pictures of the idyllic beaches to which she took her visiting parents
  3. Meanwhile, at BlogTO, we read an interview with Janet Hill, a talented young fashion designer, who started her own independent label fresh out of Ryerson’s School of Fashion Design
  4. At TasteTO, Sheryl Kirby reviews what’s on, foodwise, in the local newspapers. It includes a mac&cheese recipe by Jamie Oliver. Intriguing.
  5. Fer Jimenez talks about illegal immigrants in Spain
  6. At the blog for my naturopath’s clinic, I learn how to do a cleanse of my body properly.
  7. Chez Pim reports on the 2008 Michelin restaurant guide
  8. My brother publishes his top 5 AC/DC songs and challenges me to do the same
  9. Fake Steve Jobs has a conversation with Barack Obama
  10. The Morning Brew at Midnight Poutine, a Montreal blog, reviews the news, including angry homeowners storming city hall over tax bills. I miss Montreal.

A Brazilian immigrant in Madrid

A friend who lives in Madrid posted this story on her blog. A Brazilian immigrant writes about acquiring Spanish citizenship in El País:

Nací madrileña a los treinta años. Es lo que dice una carta que he recibido esta mañana. Bueno, no dice exactamente eso, pero es como la interpreto. Finalmente he conseguido la nacionalidad y en pocos días estaré jurando fidelidad a su majestad el Rey, a la Constitución y a las demás leyes españolas. Con lo republicana que yo soy… Que me perdonen los monárquicos, pero en Brasil por no haber, no hay ni Reyes Magos.

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