Today I have a lovely recipe for a lovely story I read over the weekend, Goodbye Paradise by author Sarina Bowen. I’ve read a few of Sarina’s books, her Him Series, was in my Comfort Reads List for last year, and her recent book Good Boy is literally the first het romance I have read in YEARS. In this novel, which is the first in a series, we meet a couple of young men Caleb and Joshua, who have been raised in a polygamist cult in Wyoming…The book is not so much about the cult, but about their life once they escape it. I really enjoyed the story and will definitely read the next one.
Before I get further in to the book let’s talk a little about the recipe I paired the book with. I decided to do a Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Tart, which was essentially as a result of quiches being mentioned several times in the book. 🙂 This recipe is foolproof. There is literally no way to mess it up, it looks super fancy and it is DELICIOUS. Perfect for two young guys trying to start on their own out in the world!
Now the story…We meet Joshua and Caleb right before they are forced to start a new life outside of their religious community. Joshua is forced out of the compound and left to fend for himself, but Caleb does not leave him to his own devices ,and together they make their way to a fresh start.
This story even though it is built around some pretty rough themes, and could have been very dark, is very sweet and quite sexy! Joshua an Caleb escape a situation in which they never could have been together, an along the way find kind and generous people that help them start over.
I thought the author did a good job of getting at the internalized homophobia that a person growing up in that environment could struggle with, without stalling the development of Caleb and Joshua’s romance. There was not much conflict there at all actually, which honestly I enjoy in a romance. There was no doubt these two would end up together it was just a matter of building a solid foundation for their lives.
I loved the friends and family and really appreciated how they were such a central part of the story. I specially loved Maggie and how her struggles were portrayed. I of course love little kids in book, so that was bonus. Overall this was nice story, with some very sexy parts, an for the most part a nice and easy happily ever after.
You can buy Goodbye Paradise HERE.
You can read more about Sarina Bowen and her other novels HERE.
Now the recipe!
Caramelized Onions and Mushroom Tart
1 pie crust (I just used a pre-made frozen Trader Joe’s crust)
2 large onion sliced thinly
1 8oz pack of white mushrooms sliced
1 cup of Gruyere cheese shredded
1 cup of Swiss cheese shredded
3/4 cup of half and half
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven at 375 degrees. In a skillet with 1 tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of oil saute the sliced onion (sprinkled with a pinch of salt and pepper) at medium heat until they are caramelized (about 15 minutes) stir regularly and watch them so they don’t burn. After the onions are done set aside in a bowl to cool and saute the mushrooms (sprinkled with a pinch of salt and pepper) with the remaining oil and butter, until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir so they don’t burn. Once cooked set aside in a bowl to cool.
Put your crust in the oven to cook for 16 minutes. Watch it and take out before it browns too much. Once crust is done take out to cool. While crust is cooling, scramble the eggs in a bowl and mix with the half and half, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Once pie is cool, spread the mustard over the bottom of the crust, the sprinkle cheese in one layer, than layer of mushrooms and top with a layer of the onions. Pour the egg mixture on top of that. Put in the oven at 375F for 35 minutes. Make sure the center is firm before you take out. Let it cool for 5 minutes before cutting. You can serve this with a spring mix salad tossed with a light vinaigrette. It goes VERY WELL with a dry white, like a Sauvignon Blanc.
Hope you enjoy the tart and the book, they are a pretty yummy combination!
If you try the recipe, please comment below an let me know how you like it!
Cheers and Happy Reading!