Monday, August 15, 2011

France day 11 -Part 1: It's Tomato time

A friend of Mme. Narbonne brought over plenty of tomatoes straight from her garden yesterday, and I mean plenty. And while the  best thing I would think to do with them is to top slices with olive oil and boccocini, the French have better ideas.

Last night we had the most delicious tomato tart. I had never had savoury tart before so this was really quite the treat. It's also surprisingly easy to make especially since you can by pre-made flaky crust and there's little prep to do before sticking the whole thing in the oven. This is another must-make-when-I-return dish. Below is what Mme. told me she used, I'm guessing she doesn't actually measure things out so it's more of an ingredient list than a recipe.

Delicious raw too!

Tomato tart
Yield: 1 tart, serves ~6

  • 1 premade tart crust (it's flaky, unlike pie crust)
  • Mustard
  • Rolled oats
  • Tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Emmental (shredded)

  1. Spread a thin layer of mustard over the pastry
  2. Sprinkle with rolled oats (they help absorb some of the water from the tomatos)
  3. Cover pastry with tomatoes (Mme. said something about pre-treating them with salt to let out some of the water)
  4. Sprinkle with Emmental
  5. Bake (maybe the pastry box will have some advice on baking time/temp?)

A different type of zucchini! 
Tonight was tomato quiche night. Despite quiches being quite popular in Canada, I had never actually had one. Obviously, it was another delicious creation by my Host-mom. Mme. said that she spent an entire hour peeling off the skins of the cherry tomatoes. Aren't we spoiled?

PS check out these little treasures at lunch time

Religieuse cafe (coffee nun?) PS those choux pastries are filled with whipped coffee cream

Mille Feuilles (thousand sheets)

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