One doesn't normally think of cherry tomatoes as a spring vegetable, but they always appear right along with the asparagus and green garlic…. Before their bigger cousins are ready.
French elections – after the recipe
Purchased puff pastry makes these little tarts a snap.
Other than giving the leek a quick sauté, this is just a matter of assembling and baking.
You can use any semi-soft cheese ( Brie or Camembert), but I prefer the a slightly aged Chevre (goat). It normally comes log-shaped (long, round), and wrapped in paper. It will have a thin rind that is an edible part of the cheese.
Cherry Tomato Pastries
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
- 2 – 3oz (75gr) goat cheese or other semi-soft cheese, enough to almost cover the area
- 1 small leek
- 2 tbs pesto
- 6 cherry tomatoes (1" diameter, 2.5cm) or 8 – 10 grape tomatoes
- 3 – 4 fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 sheet puff pastry – freeze what you don't use
- Thaw the puff pastry, if needed.
- Slice goat cheese 1/4" (.6cm) thick, either 2 large or 6 small (see above).
- Cut tomatoes in half.
- Snip basil.
- Trim leeks and slice thinly.
- Heat oil in small skillet. Add leeks and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Lay out puff pastry and either cut 2 circles, 5 inches in diameter (11 – 13 cm) or 2 squares, 5" (12cm).
- Lay the cut pastry on a baking sheet. With a dull knife (butter knife) lightly etch around the pastry, 1/3" (.75cm) from the edge.
- Divide the leeks and spread within the etched lines.
- Lay the cheese on top, cutting smaller slices to roughly fit.
- Spread pesto on top of the cheese, dividing evenly.
- Put tomatoes cut side down on top of pesto.
- Bake in pre-heated oven at 420F (205C) for 12 – 15 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed around middle and are golden brown.
- Remove, garnish with fresh basil and serve.
The first round of the French presidential elections are this Sunday.
For the curious – this is the bit of information I picked up about it:
There are 10 candidates on the ballot for the first round of voting. That will / should be narrowed down to 2 candidates for the final round of voting on Sunday, May 6.
Every registered voter in France has received an envelope with a 4 page bit on each candidate: a full page photo followed by 3 pages of the candidates pearls of wisdom and promises for the future.
Also in the envelope are 10 sheets of paper, about 5" X 7" (12cm X 17cm). Each piece of paper has one of the candidate's name on it.
To vote, the piece of paper with the name of the selected candidate is folded, inserted into a small envelope and taken to the polling station on Sunday.
I assume (but don't know for sure) that each voter is cross-referenced against a list
I don't think the 'vote early and vote often' theory is advocated in France, either.
As to who will win? (Gallic shrug here)