Working on hot days is the worst. But with long days at least one can seize the evening that’s still warm. So I try to squeeze the best out of this time. Like last week when we went to the lake for an after-work-swim and because I’m always hungry after work, I brought a snack with me: polenta sticks with a herb cream cheese dip.
It’s perfect for a picnic or anytime you feel like eating with your hands.
- 1 cup polenta
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- salt, pepper
- 2 Tbsp chopped thyme
- olive oil
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh herbs
- Put the milk and water with the salt and pepper into a pot and bring to the boil.
- Add the polenta, put it aside and stir well.
- Let it rest for 30 mins.
- Spread the polenta onto a baking tray lined with baking paper at the thickness of the sticks you later want.
- Let it cool down completely.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 120 °C.
- Now cut the polenta into sticks and spread them out on the baking tray. Sprinkle the olive oil onto the sticks and pop them into the oven.
- Bake them until golden brown around the edges (after about 30 mins).
- For the dip combine all ingredients and serve them with the sticks - you can eat them either warm or cold.
I’ve posted an instruction post on these paper bags yesterday, if you have missed it. They are just so cute. I guess I have to eat all finger food now out of them.
These polenta sticks remind me of my best friend that’s living in Vienna and I don’t see her as much anymore as I use to and I miss our talks. So when I made them it reminded me of the great parties she hosts. She’s the best host I’ve ever known – spending hours in the kitchen and you never go home but have to roll. I’m not complaining though. How I miss those.
Before I get to sentimental I’m planning my next after-work-activity. Maybe some walk in the hills, eating ice cream in the city? What are you doing after work?
Now. Carry on!