Thursday, August 1

I make outrageous croque madames and go to a lecture on Edward Hopper.

These are croque madames, only:

They came out excellent - really really good. Except I made way too much. One of these would have been more than enough for me. But I ate them both anyway!

I basically just made grilled ham and cheese sandwiches in the frying pan, with a bit of Dijon mustard on the bread. Then I made the mornay sauce in a saucepan, eyeballing the butter, flour, milk, and cheese and working it into what felt like the right consistency as I went. Then I poured the sauce over the grilled sandwiches, fried two eggs, and put those on top. Voila - outrageous croques madames!

Most of the cheese melted, but a few chunks were left. Didn't seem to hurt anything.

That's lots of ham and cheese!

Today's lecture was about Edward Hopper and the years he spent in Paris. Unfortunately, I don't understand this particular lecturer as well as some of the others, and I only caught perhaps half of the narrative. Sounded interesting though! I once saw a Hopper exhibit in Washington, DC - I think it must have been around 2008-9. I've always admired his work.

95 degrees here in Paris today. The auditorium is not air-conditioned. A bit uncomfortable.