Monthly Archives: May 2017

Open-faced Croque Monsieur, anyone?

Croque Monsieur summary: using the last of the Shubbak el-Habayeb (Lovers’ Windows) to make open-faced Croque Monsieur; no eggs, thank you very much; breaking the rules – again; doesn’t the definition of a Croque Monsieur include béchamel? toaster ovens are the best; an excerpt from one of my voluminous travel diaries;

Not long ago, we were given a big chunk of some beautiful Jarlsberg cheese. (Thank you, J!!) We contemplated what we should do with it. And we suddenly realized that it had been eons since we’d had Croque Monsieurs.

Unbelievably, I’ve never blogged about this wonder. Even more unbelievably, I hardly wrote about it in my voluminous travel diary (I just looked). And yet I remember clearly the first time we ate croque-monsieurs in Lyon. We rode far away from the downtown core, and happened upon a somewhat non-descript looking bistro. But there were quite a few people there and we were hungry. The blackboard advertised “Croque Monsieur” and “Croque Madame”. Of course we had to stop there and try their sandwiches (not Croque Madame – that includes an egg and the French love to undercook their eggs…). And Oh My. I was in heaven. A Croque Monsieur is the best sandwich in the world. I wanted it to last forever. (continue reading )

Looking through Lovers’ Windows to Celebrate Spring (BBB May 2017)

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Bread Baking Babes May 2017 summary: recipe for Shubbak el-Habayeb (Lovers’ Windows); timing and the beauty of refrigeration; a Bread Baking Babes project;

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) May 2017: Shubbak el-Habayeb

black cat In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring

It’s spring at last! Time to open up those windows!

BBB May 2017 And what wonderful windows have been chosen for the BBBabes this month from The Book of Buns by Jane Mason. Karen (Karen’s Kitchen Stories) chose an Iraqi bread, Shubbak el-Habayeb, which translated into English is “The Lovers’ Window”.

There is a beautiful bun from Iraq called shubbak el habayeb. This translates into the Lovers’ Window which I think is the nicest name of any bread in the whole world. We need more love and we need more windows into other cultures so let’s bake these and take them to protests and refugee centres, to airports and mosques. […]
In 2010 I woke up one morning and realised I could change the world through bread. I set up Virtuous Bread to make it fun and easy for people all over the world to make, find and learn about good bread and in so doing to forge the link between bread and virtue. […] I would like to help create a world in which we are more responsible regarding the choices we make: what we eat, what we do, how we treat each other, and how we can build communities that are based on positive and progressive relationships.
-Jane Mason, Virtuous Bread
The name of these beautiful buns is translated as The Lover’s Window, which kind of makes me want to cry every time I think about it – it’s just lovely! I would love to know who named it and whether they ever found their true love.
– Jane Mason, The Book of Buns

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