Still Working Hard Blue Cheese & Rocket Crostini

I´m starting to sound like a scratched record now, I´m sorry. Work continues but with huge progress.

Last night, in House Number 1, we mopped the final floor, we screwed in the final light bulb, polished the final window and left a Welcome Card and bottle of wine for our lovely new tenant.

It was all a little emotional if I admit the truth. It was our first truly joint business venture and blood, sweat and tears (literally) went into the work. We feel happy with a job well done, to a high standard and we were happy in our time spent in the little house.

Who remembers the bathroom that went from this…


…to this…?


Or the kitchen (sorry about my nose causing a big shadow!)…


…which now looks like this


And that scary hall….

Scary carpet...this house needs some love!
Scary carpet…this house needs some love!

..sorry, I know you loved that carpet….but it had to go!


Last night we were exhausted. Too tired almost to eat. But we rallied for a bottle of bubbles and a little celebratory snack.  I was reminded of a fabulous recipe From the Bartolini Kitchens and created some tasty little crostini which went perfectly with our “end of the first part of the project” drinks. Simple, tasty, perfect.

Gorgonzola Bruschette (1)


  •  Slices of toasted ciabatta (or other dense bread) drizzled with a little olive oil
  • Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • A few handfuls of rocket leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Coarse Sea Salt & Freshly ground pepper

Spoon some crumbled cheese over the little toasts and then sprinkle over some rocket leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and honey, add a tiny sprinkle of salt (optional, blue cheese is typically very salty) and a good grind of black pepper.  Raise a glass, put your feet up and enjoy.

PS. Thank you all so much for your patience, and apologies for not being able to get to all of your great posts as much as usual.


56 thoughts on “Still Working Hard Blue Cheese & Rocket Crostini

  1. Tanya, so happy to see what you and Big Man have done! Was thinking of you yesterday, wondering when we’d hear. Everything looks Wonderful – the kitchen Amazing! Congratulations – you two clearly were meant to team up! (But of course you knew that!) (And I’ve done John’s crostini too, and they’re a celebration in and of themselves!) Hope you’ll be taking the weekend off and popping at least one more cork! x

  2. I dunno…that wallpaper in the bathroom was pretty spesh…and I actually liked the floorboards…all sort of Upstairs Downstairs styley…The kitchen, however, is a triumph! a tiny space turned into a perfect galley kitchen that even Nigel Slater would be happy to potter around. Is that a dog door on the door? If not, what is it? I may lay in bed tonight unable to sleep because of my nosey need to know! That simple meal is the kind of simple meal that makes me twitch with degustory delight. You nailed it girl! House number 1…tick…now, on to house number 2!

      1. My nan had a Cairn terrier called “Tuppence”… I think she cost a LOT more than that, but she was adorable. She DID get very fat in her old age so hopefully your tennant doesn’t run to spoiling her little uber Tuppence like my nan did and poor U.K. Tuppence gets stuck in the door…now THAT would make a hilarious post! 😉

  3. Wow, love the renovations. And you guys certainly deserve to celebrate your success. The crostini looks so good and I especially love it with the addition of the rocket. Congrats to you both on a job really well done, and keep the champagne flowing!

  4. Tanya – WOW – congratulations to you both on an excellent job! I cannot believe the transformation – absolutely magnificent! Hope you give yourselves an extra pat on the back for this.
    Hmm, sadly (as I think you may know) I cannot do the blue cheese thing so I will just wonder back to the photos of the renovated brilliance.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Ah yes, couldn´t make this for my bestie either. How about some nice runny camembert or brie instead?! Thanks for the kind words, am patting Big Man on the back right now 🙂

  5. You two make the best team…you did a great job. Glad you celebrated with bubbly and the blue cheese croistini. Enjoy your celebratory dinner!

  6. Given that I sell real estate and I love decorating.. nothing is more exciting for me than a home make-over.. as long as I don’t have to do the work, lol. Congratulations.. you’ve really outdone yourselves and made a beautiful home for someone! I can see why you’re emotional. I recognize those crostini’s, it might be time to make a few:D

    1. High praise indeed from a true professional – thank you! I need to try to not think so much with my heart but I´m an emotional half Italian chica with a Spanish Big Man…now wonder I do get like this! The crostinis were fab…highly recommended!

  7. Tanya, you two did a wonderful job! That kitchen and bath look so very nice. Hard to believe their original condition. Simply amazing! You’ve made a very nice home for you tenant.
    Before Max, I had a Cairn, “Bully”, that looked just like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. They are a great breed and make a fine housepet.
    Thank you for the shout out, Tanya. As busy as you two have been, I kinda like knowing that you took a break and enjoyed some of these crostini.
    Take care and don’t work too hard! 🙂

    1. Thanks for inspiring us with the crostini – actually I made another dish inspired by one of yours so really should be wearing a From the Bartolini Kitchen Fan Club shirt 🙂

      We started to forget how awful it was to start with – it´s only when you look at the “before” photos that you realise quite what you´ve achieved!

  8. 3 cheers !! A fabulous job Tanya well done to the pair of you! I know how exhausting it can be and wow, look what you achieved. But the carpet, sob, sob, sob….. yeah right 🙂

      1. I could swap with you – I still find remnants of the pink carpet that was on my allotment – used to smother weeds, but as it was down so long the weeds had started to grow through. I still find teeny bits – perfect present size 🙂

  9. darling girl, look at that amazing transformation.. magnificent.. so clean and professional looking.. now I do hope that you carefully rolled up that carpet for me.. really though tanya, i am very impressed.. and would be more than happy to be one of your lucky tenants too! have a lovely day, only one more to go?. c

      1. Daisy said she would breathe in .. Charlotte has already bagsed staying with you in spain actually, she is not fond of the damp!! c

  10. Well worth all the work and effort….just lovely. And the crostini don’t look bad either! 😉

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