Sunday, September 13, 2009

Family influences...Goat cheese & tuna Crostini

Life has a funny way of working out...when I moved to the states more than a decade ago I've never dreamed that I would make my permanent home here. I'm the oldest of 3 girls. Both of my sisters are significantly younger than I am and not shy about reminding me about it :) As many of you know I grew up in Poland. At the time of my move to USA, both my sisters were in elementary and getting ready to go to High School (we do not have junior high)They've since grown up and moved away from home...I mean AWAY, AWAY, one lives in Geneva, Switzerland and the other in London, England. We don't get a chance to see each other as often as we'd like but thanks to "Skype" we get to talk when we want and my daughter gets the chance to keep in touch with her favorite aunts and grandparents. It's been more than 10 years since we've spent holidays together (my parents and siblings) and I can't tell how ecstatic I am to be able to be with all of them this coming Christmas and New Years. We were laughing that we all have our own American-Swiss-British holiday traditions that we've picked up along the way and should celebrate international Christmas! I am so excited to see how this will turn out....I am looking forward to a fabulous celebration. It will be so good to see everybody again!!!

As with everything else, we've picked up new culinary traditions as well, and have regional favorite dishes. My sister Ala had shared with me her recipe for Goat cheese crostini. I have to say, I was a little sceptical about it at first, but I am a crostini junkie and had to try it before I made up my mind about it. The recipe calls for goat cheese and tuna, yes, I said tuna...I would never put the two together and did not expect to love this recipe...

Goat cheese crostini:

4 oz of soft goat cheese
1 3 oz can of tuna packed in oil ( you can use water packed tuna but will have to add 1 TBSP of olive oil)
1 green onion chopped
1 clove of garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
Baguette bread or your favorite bread

Slice bread and toast it or grill it till crispy. In the meantime, mix all the other ingredients together and season to taste. Spread on the crostini and broil for couple of minutes.

I have to say that this recipe was a HUGE HIT! I love the tuna and goat cheese together! Ala, I'll be making it again for sure! Thanks sis!


  1. Goat cheese and tune taste well together...nice recipe

  2. What a fun Christmas you will have...nothing better than having the family together:) You all look the same age to me in that photo, seriously!
    My husband loves tuna so I'll have to try this!

  3. I can't wait to see everybody! Thanks Sue! You are so kind!

  4. I love goat cheese and this is perfect!

  5. It will be just a joyous holiday season for all of you! I tear at the thought of it for you.

    Now isn't this just a nice looking little finger food!

  6. That is really good news that you will soon see your whole family!! I love the picture of you all : )

  7. I have two sisters as well, I love them both dearly. I am so happy that you will all be together over the holiday season. You are going to have so much fun!! The recipe looks great!