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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dinner tonight: Gougères

Our art show is still on and we are getting lots of great response - very gratifying. But I am still getting over the virus that I have been hosting for 3 months, so I am taking time now to relax and rest.

Summer has arrived on the west coast and the warm sun and soft breezes mean a light dinner is in order. Tonight we had gougères made with gruyère cheese, local tomatoes with mayonnaise, a glass of red wine, and grapes.

To make gougères:
Heat 4 ounces of unsalted butter and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Add 1 scant teaspoon salt and a grinding of black pepper and a dash of cayenne. Dump in 1 cup flour and stir over heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in by hand with a wooden spoon, 4 eggs, one at a time (room temperature eggs work best). Stir in 1 cup of grated gruyère cheese. Put big dollops of the cheese choux paste onto a silicone mat covered baking sheet, and bake at 400F for about 30 minutes.

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