Pickled Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Tart; the girls are at it again

I don’t remember when I first decided that beets and goat cheese were a perfect match, but, once the decision was made I started looking for any and all ways to pair them.

Why not a little tart?

Further contemplation of the idea added the walnuts.

But I wanted a bit more flavor…..

The answer was Pickled Beets.They’re easy enough to make and only take about an hour of ‘pickling time’. I made a batch the day before.

You could, of course, just buy pickled beets…..

Pickled Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Tart

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 2 small sheets or 1 large sheet of puff pastry cut into 2 squares
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pickled beets
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3oz (90gr) soft goat cheese

Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Tart


  • Thaw the puff pastry, if needed.
  • Lay the cut pastry on a baking sheet. With a dull knife (butter knife) lightly etch around each pastry, 1/3″ (.75cm) from the edge.
  • Divide the goat cheese and spread evenly within the etched lines.
  • Top with pickled beets and walnuts.
  • Bake, 425F (215C) for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove and serve.

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The girls are being pissy again.

I suppose one could say they’re just being dogs, but I would prefer that my dogs get along.

I didn’t realize what was happening at first.

They were outside enjoying the cold sunshine. Guapa gave the usual ‘woof’ signaling that they wanted to come in. I opened the door and she came running in, but Bonnie was sitting on the walk about 10 feet from the door, looking at me.

Usually they both run in the door, side by side, knocking any human out of their way.

Bonnie just looked at me.

I called her and she sat there, looking at me.

I called again…. She didn’t move.

I finally turned around and saw Guapa, just behind me, staring daggers at her.

I had to put Guapa in the kitchen in order to get Bonnie in the house so I could close the door that was turning our warm house into a refrigerator.

Then Guapa wouldn’t let her into the kitchen.

It occurred to me that perhaps Guapa was trying to usurp my position as alpha.

I started being more firm with both of them and putting Guapa through a few more training exercises.

Today both dogs went in and out with no issues…. until just a few minutes ago. Then the same thing happened. This time I put Guapa in a down-stay in the kitchen while Bonnie came in.

Once again Guapa wouldn’t let her in the kitchen.

We haven’t had any actual fights or even growling, but there has been a lot of staring and stiff tails and nasty looks. I’m concerned about this behavior inside. I don’t need two small cows fighting in the house.

On the other hand, maybe they just have cabin-fever.

I do.

5 thoughts on “Pickled Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Tart; the girls are at it again”

  1. I am definitely trying this recipe sans walnuts (since I can’t have nuts) because I love pickled beets and goat cheese and this is nice and simple and just looks yummy.

    You know, maybe it is just cabin fever. Maybe Guapa has had enough of it all and wants to exert her non-existent authority to make things more interesting. But I don’t blame you. They’re larger than my Dobermans and I don’t like when those two get going so I can imagine what it would be like with your girls going at it!

  2. are the girls Spayed? I can’t remember if you ever said or not…maybe it’s hormonal? Love goat cheese beets I am trying to acquire a taste for this looks like a recipe that could help with that quest..

  3. I wish I had a helpful suggestion for you regarding your girl dogs. When I had two girls, Tillie was dominant and rather bugged Chica as if it was her right. Finally one day Chica, who was larger, finally had had enough and she rounded on Tillie and without actually hurting her, asserted herself with growling and snapping. It was over in the blink of an eye, but Tillie never bugged her again and they never fought again. Not sure this would happen with your two as mine were not litter mates and one was older. And they were different breeds. Maybe your vet could help with advice?

  4. nightsmusic, our last two lived in a stalemate, ignoring each other for years. These two are fighting over me. But I think cabin fever…. In summer they’re too tired.

    Gayle, yeah, they’re spayed. I can’t imagine having dogs that haven’t been fixed LOL Try pickled beets…. They’re easier

    kate, True!

    Zoomie, they’ve had sharp ‘words’ last summer and then quieted for awhile, but now they’re starting again. French vets aren’t really that type. They’re normally large animal vets that do pets on a part-time basis. At least, here in the country.

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