Here’s the story of how I met my new favorite snack.
You’ll notice a couple things so far. 1. I adore cheese. 2. I adore Pinterest.
So I married those two ideas, threw in a little inspiration from this and now have an incredibly simple and stunning appetizer that is best served on a picnic blanket, under the sun, and washed down with light, refreshing adult beverage of your choice.
Isn’t that often how ideas start? By the inspiration of others? Sure, there are those wonderfully rare moments when a sudden gust of creativity hits, nearly knocking me over before I have a chance to write down whatever revelation just struck. In those moments I am thankful, brimming with excitement and grateful.
Most of the time inspiration is gleaned from one another. An image, recipe, phrase, etc. somehow grabs my attention. I write it down, take a photo of it, or pin it on one of my boards, and save it for another day. That initial idea gets reworked in my head and comes out with a stamp that is more uniquely mine. I have not necessarily made the original idea better but I have adapted it to resemble my own creativity in a way that makes me resonate with it even more clearly.
It has been said that everything under the sun has been done. Sometimes I am disheartened by that, wanting so badly to create an idea, a recipe, an image that is evocative, new, ground breaking – only to find that someone has already done it.
The hope is found in the continuous process of strengthening your creativity. As you persist in the process of creating, your own voice becomes more clearly defined. After a while you have created a style and an artistic identity. Believe me, if it’s not there already, it will come. Often we are far too immersed in our own work to realize it. Ask loved ones around you to describe your artistic voice. You’ll be amazed at how clearly your message is coming across and you’ll have the beauty of seeing yourself through the eyes of people who love you most.
Ideally we should humbly inspire and be inspired by others. We should give credit where credit is due and applaud other artists around us. And we should, without a doubt, eat more cheese that has been grilled.
Grilled Soft Cheese, Thyme Honey and Fresh Figs
1 small wheel of soft cheese such as brie or a triple cream (I picked this one up from Trader Joe’s for under $5 and was very happy with it)
1/4 cup honey
a couple sprigs of thyme
fresh figs (as many as you’d like)
In a small saucepan add the honey and thyme and heat on low. You simply want to warm the honey and infuse it with the flavor of thyme. If it starts to simmer, remove from the heat and set aside.
Preheat a grill (indoor or outdoor) until very hot. Carefully place the cheese on the grill and sear until marks appear and the inside starts to melt, about one to two minutes on each side. Using a spatula, remove the cheese from the grill and transfer to your serving platter. Half and quarter several figs and place on top of the grilled cheese. Drizzle the figs and cheese with the honey. Serve immediately with crackers and/or bread.