Goat Cheese, Rosemary & Honey Crostini
Recently, I (Molly) went to my dear friend Jen's 102 year-old bungalow for a visit. First of all, it was beautiful, we will have to share some of her home and its renovations some day. Secondly, she made me a treat that I just fell in love with. The plus to this treat was that there was a beautiful story behind this tasty snack that really inspired me to slow down. So we thought we would let her share her story and the yummy goodness that goes along with it.
My husband, Shane, traveled to Sweden back in 2009 on a Mission Trip. One goal of the trip was to simply connect with others while visiting a beautiful church in Stockholm. If you do not know much about the Swedes, you should delve into their lifestyle and culture, it is quite lovely.
The church my husband worked with was truly a city on a hill; a light of hope in a spiritually dark and desolate place. While there, he and the team were immensely blessed with beautiful moments amongst Swedish and American believers. Two cultures that were very different embraced one God.
Relationships were formed and began to grow on the trip and from across the ocean.
Jordi, an American missionary, had been living in Sweden for several years. She was on staff at the church Shane’s team visited. She was their "go to American friend” for cultural views, language barriers and traditions. Fika (a cultural phenomenon) is one tradition that Swedes love and take part of every day. It is a pause in your ordinary day to enjoy coffee and treats with friends, colleagues, or family. Swedes take Fika seriously and rarely, if ever, miss it. These people know how to pause, slow down, and be present with one another. Something that our culture so easily forgets to do. In Sweden, it is also acceptable and encouraged to leave work for Fika. This one tradition has certainly affected my own life and prompted me to just “be” with my people.
Once Shane returned home, I befriended the American-Swedish girl. We began praying for both cultures and sharing our heart with one another. Thankfully, one year while visiting her family in North Carolina, she decided to come down and stay with us in small town Alabama. My one request was that we share Fika together. Jordi prepared a goat cheese, rosemary, honey drizzled crostini that quickly became our family's favorite. We sat on our front porch enjoying our breaks from the busy world. Sharing our fika, snacks, laughter and tears. I just didn't want it to end.
We now make these delicious-Swedish treats for every friend that visits our home. This one small treat and concept of pausing your day to enjoy a break with one another has opened beautiful conversations and knocked down many walls.
So now, here I am sharing a Swedish (& somewhat American) treat with you. It is delicious and one bite will get you hooked. Side note, it is also super easy to prepare and cook! Enjoy!
What you'll need:
- Dried or fresh rosemary (1 tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dried)
- Honey Goat Cheese (Publix brand- small logs of goat cheese in the deli)
- Local honey (if you’re in a pinch, just grab some off the shelf at Publix)
- Baking pan
- Preheat oven to 350
- Open goat cheese + set aside
- Pull off some rosemary sprigs, as much or as little as you like
- Slice baguette into about ¼ of an inch slices (not too thick and not too thin). Place bread on pan.
- Slice goat cheese on a cutting board and place onto bread pieces. Goat cheese can be diffcult to cut and spread so no need to be a perfectionist. Embrace the mess!
- Sprinkle rosemary on top of each (choose as much or as little as your taste buds desire)
- Drizzle some honey over entire pan.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, pull out + drizzle more honey on top, then put them back in for 5 minutes. You want these slices of heaven to be just toasty enough, just gooey enough, and it is best to eat them fresh out of the oven.
- Enjoy and take time to break bread with the people you are sharing them with.
Enjoying Fika, for me, is about fellowship and pausing long enough to be in the moment with those we hold dear. —Jen & MoJo