52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 9: Mood

I think the topic of mood was appropriate for this week. I had been having a challenge (politics) at the office and a challenging commute to and from New York City. I was in no mood to take photos. Plus I was feeling guilty about not submitting images for the previous weeks. However, Frank Jansen, Thief Images Photography[^1], The Only D800 in the Hameau, Magical Normal Life, and Amy Maranto, all submitted images.

Submitted for my 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

Croque Monsieur

I made a fancy-schmancy French-style grilled cheese called Croque Monsieur. My recipe is slightly modified from the one I found on the Spruce Eats, in that I used Camembert instead of Gruyere and Black Forest tavern ham.


  • 14 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 1 ounce Black Forest tavern ham
  • Camembert
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)

While the first side of the sandwich was under the broiler I realised that cooking the one side for 5 minutes would burn the whole grain bread. I reduced the grilling time to 3 minutes.

Steps to Make It
* Preheat the broiler to the lowest heat setting.
* Evenly divide and spread the mustard on 2 slices of bread.
* Place a few slices of ham, followed by the Camembert, on the mustard-side of the bread.
* Cover the cheese with the remaining slices of bread and spread the butter on the outside surfaces of the sandwiches.
* Place the sandwiches on an ungreased baking sheet and broil for about 3 minutes, and continue cooking until they are crispy and golden brown, about 3 additional minutes.

17 February, 2020 | Croque Monsier | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/8.0 | ISO 800