1 October 2010

Chevre with Herbs, Olive Oil, and Lemon Zest with Savoury Palmiers for LiveSTRONG With A Taste of Yellow 2010 - Heart Series

Chèvre with Herbs, Olive Oil, and Lemon Zest

October 2nd has been announced as LiveSTRONG Day 2010. Once again Barbara of Winos and Foodies is spearheading LiveSTRONG With A Taste of Yellow her event which supports and raises awareness for cancer issues worldwide. This is an event with an important message.

This year Barbara would like us to post a yellow food with a heart photo on our blog on Saturday. She will link us all up in what will hopefully be the largest support for the event since its conception in 2007. I see it as a way for all food and wine bloggers to share their stories, the happy and the sad, the struggles and the triumphs. I don't think there is anyone among us who has not been touched by cancer in some way, whether it be a friend or a family member, a co-worker or a neighbour. Raising awareness for cancer research as well as early detection to help save lives is something to shout out to the rooftops about today and always.

My dish this year is a simple one with a simple message. Other years I have supported Barbara by baking more complicated dishes such as a Lemon Tart with Candied Lemons 2009, and Lemony Goat Cheese and Asparagus Stuffed Rouladen 2008. The message is still simple...we need to find a cure. Today I am wearing my heart on my sleeve and asking for your support of this event. Send your heart photos to Barbara at atasteofyellowATgmailDOTcom and join other food bloggers in their quest for hope.

Directly from Gwen Nyhus Stewart:

"Yellow represents the colour of the sun and brings feelings of self-worth and lifts depression. It is a great aid to concentration and study as it provides intellectual and inspirational stimulation. It surrounds us with warmth, joy, and laughter and brings us to a more positive outlook on life. It is thought to prevent calcium from accumulating in the joints of older people and is used in the treatment of diabetes, kidney, and liver disorders.

Yellow coloured foods are important for the support of the nervous system and it is directly involved with the digestive process especially the liver and intestines. It helps the elimination of toxins and purifying the body so is helpful in alleviating skin conditions. Yellow fruit and vegetables contain varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C and other phytochemicals. A lower risk of some cancers, a healthy heart, a healthy immune system, and healthy vision are thought to be some of the benefits of eating yellow coloured foods."

**Chèvre with Herbs, Olive Oil, and Lemon Zest**

5 oz. Chabis or other fresh goats' milk cheese, cut into slices about 1⁄2" thick
extra-virgin olive oil or other mild fruity olive oil
Zest of 1⁄2 lemon, finely grated
1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
3 snipped chives
Crushed coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh baguette or crusty bread or in this case heart shaped Palmiers

Arrange cheese in a single layer on a serving plate; drizzle some olive oil over cheese.
Scatter lemon zest, parsley leaves, and chives over cheese, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve cheese atop slices of warm toasted baguette or other crusty bread, if you like.

Serves 2 – 3

 **Savoury Palmiers**

frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed but kept chilled
2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment.

Sprinkle some cheese on a work surface and cover it with a puff pastry sheet. Then sprinkle more cheese evenly over pastry sheet and roll it out into a 10-inch square with a rolling pin. Roll 2 opposite sides of the square so that the sides meet in the center.
 Cut pastry crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Dip cut sides of each piece in cheese and arrange into a heart shape; place cut side down, on lined baking sheet. Repeat with three remaining pastry sheets.

Bake palmiers in batches in middle of oven until golden on bottom, about 10 - 12 minutes. Turn over and bake until golden on bottom, 5 to 7 minutes more, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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  1. Love the savory palmiers idea!

  2. Look really yummy Vall! xx gloria

  3. A simply delicious dish for a simply amazing cause. I am a huge fan of cancer research since that's basically what I want to do when I grow up!

  4. I'm in love with those palmiers Val!

  5. I love your heart shaped palmiers with the goat cheese- beautiful!

  6. Yes, I have been touched and will touch. Echo love for the palmieres but love all.

  7. The heart biscuits look gorgeous - or palmiers... and I love the lemon idea with the cheese.
    You are really involved in so many aspects of the blogosphere. Good for you.

  8. Both your recipes are a delight, Val. And nothing can be more important than cancer research. We are all touched by it.

  9. HI there! I am your newest follower from the Weekend blog hop! Lovely blog:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

  10. Wonderful entry for Taste of Yellow and beautiful hearts! Luscious cheese and palmiers - so creative and mouthwatering. I want to try and taste both!

  11. How very lovely! You are always so kind to share your cooking love with such important causes.

  12. Not sure if you got my comment as my computer went down when I tried to leave a comment before.

    I love the savoury palmiers and plan on trying them out this week.

    Thank you for giving me your heart Val.

  13. Following you now from Seasonal Saturday. Please follow me back!


  14. A truly beautiful culinary tribute to a truly worthy cause... Elegant and moving.

  15. So beautiful, Val. I love that you're participating in this too. Barbara is such an amazing woman, and I've been so inspired and comforted by her in regards to one of my close family members recently getting cancer. I'm so glad we can all stick together and support each other.

  16. Love the palmiers, too. They look so nice and crispy.

  17. I've seen this LiveSTRONG day on several blogs this evening. Such a wonderful thing. Your Chevre looks completely delicious!

  18. Val...love the palmiers and cheese.

    I am going to go and follow Winos and Goodies. I wish I had know about this...would have like to contribute.

  19. Lovely contribution Val!
    Those savoury palmiers look really good, great way to serve them too, I would never have thought of that!

  20. As usual Val...your passion and dedication to the cause is very heart warming. Great preparation.

    Ciao for now,

  21. I can just imagine how wonderfully delicious this combination must have been! I ♥ the heart shaped palmiers, and you win me over with the fresh goat cheese & herbs! This is right up my street! Gorgeous ATOY entry.

  22. Thank you again Valli, for linking up this great heart-cause post last week; I featured it tonight as one of the most inspirational and motivating. Thank you again! Roz


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