Why do I have such a difficult time sticking with a book? Growing up I would read constantly. Harry Potter. The Great Gatsby. Crime and Punishment. Lord of the Flies. Catcher in the Rye. North and South. I loved reading. And here I am, on the verge of turning 30-years old and I just can't do it. I buy booking, ecstatic at the thought of getting lost in a good story or being emotionally challenged by what the author has to say. Instead? I make it a few pages, chapters if I'm lucky, into the book and then forget about it. A few weeks later I'll pick the book back up, take a few minutes refreshing my memory, and then I'll continue reading.
Currently I have three books that I am slowly working my way through. As always, weather in Chicago has been moody - hot and gorgeous one day, cool and rainy the next. This past Sunday we Chicagoans lucked out with a nice day. No rain. Not too cold. Not too hot. In the spirit of living in the moment, I whipped together a quick snack and enjoyed the afternoon on my deck, reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. If I make reading a special event, a treat even, I find that I'm able to sit down and give it the time that I want to. Realistically though, reading while enjoying strawberry bruschetta on the back deck isn't always realistic. Perhaps one day I'll grow up and enjoy reading again.
1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 French baguette, sliced on a bias
4 ounces goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup minced basil leaves
freshly ground black pepper
- Combine the strawberries and sugar in a small bowl; toss to combine. Let the berries macerate for about 30 minutes so that they begin to release their juices.
- Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on top of each baguette slice.
- Top each slice with spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture.
- Drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Top each slice with the basil leaves and cracked pepper, to taste.