Books and bakes #2: Big Girl, Small Town and stromboli

The bake

I don’t bake a lot of savoury things. Sweets are more in my wheelhouse. But this recipe for stromboli on Sally’s Baking Addiction interested me. So when my boyfriend suggested we bake something together, it seemed like a great time to try out this recipe. (Plus, it saved us from figuring out what to have for dinner.) Sally’s recipe calls for enough dough to make two stromboli, suggesting you use the dough to bake one and freeze the second to use another time. But we made both so that we could try different filling combinations. We made one with pepperoni, red pepper, Edam, and mozzarella. We filled the second with ham, mushrooms, cheddar, and mozzarella. If I had to pick a favourite, I’d choose the pepperoni, But they were both delicious! As Sally points out, it’s a combination of bread, cheese, and meat, so you can’t really go wrong.

The book

This weekend, I’ve been reading Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen. This novel is about a young woman who works in a fish-and-chips shop in a small town in Ireland. Majella lives with mother, who is an alcoholic and often needs Majella to look after her. Majella is also dealing with the recent murder of her grandmother, for which there has been no arrest. That all sounds much more grim than the book actually is. I’m only about 50 pages in. So far, Gallen has given a real sense of Majella’s quiet and mundane life, but I am hoping for more of the hilarity and entertainment that the book jacket copy and endorsements promise.