Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Making Bog Spread
Breakfast. Tea. Light dinner. Satisfying snack. Bog Spread: Whipped cream cheese, crammed full of cranberries and walnuts. Do try this at home.
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We call our concoction Bog Spread, because of the cranberries. Cranberries, true story, are grown in bogs, and bogs we know from our visits to Oregon. We have a fondness for Oregon, bogs, cranberries, and Grandma and Grandpa... especially Grandma and Grandpa, who taught us all things marvelous about Oregon, bogs, and cranberries.
So to make the spread we get some cranberries, whipped cream cheese, and walnuts.
Whipped Cream Cheese.
This is not the kind of recipe that calls for measurements, or precision. This is about instincts, and flavor favors. Which flavors do you favor?
Alex and I favor the flavor of the cranberries, and we chop them up a bit before adding them to the cheese. All the cranberry bits wake-up and spread out in the spread.
The walnuts add good flavor as well, and we favor the crunch of all those walnut bits, so we toss in quite a few nuts too.
Whipped cream cheese, chopped cranberries, walnut bits... all mixed together in a ratio that you favor. This tastes delicious right away, and even better when the dried fruit and cheese have kind of melded together.
I take mine on a slice of toasted honey wheat berry. But... after Thanksgiving, when the dishes are done, and the pie is almost gone... Alex and I will be in the kitchen making Bogwiches. Bogwiches are turkey sandwiches on the grainiest-seediest-toastiest-tastiest bread you can track down, topped with Bog Spread, and some leafy greens. Oh my.