Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart; tiny toddlers tidying the town

I first made and posted this recipe 9 years ago.

Time flies…..

I used a brown rice crust but you could also use shredded potatoes or even shredded butternut squash. Just substitute either for the cooked rice. No pre-cooking is needed, but bake the crust for 10 minutes rather than 5.

Or you could (gasp!) use a proper pastry or pie crust.

And, of course, you could use regular ham or smoked turkey rather than Prosciutto or leave it out for a vegetarian tart.

We love proper aged goat cheese but use your own favorite.

It’s the tomatoes that are important – sun-ripened from the garden.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Total time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4oz (120gr) chevre, (goat cheese), or other semi-soft cheese
  • 4oz (120gr) Prosciutto or other dry-cured ham
  • 2 – 3 tomatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, loosely packed

tomato tart

Instructions:

  • Cook rice in stock according to package instructions.
  • When done, spread out on a plate for 5 minutes to allow to cool a bit.
  • Lightly oil a 10″ (25 cm) pie or quiche plate.
  • Lightly whisk 1 egg.
  • Add 1/4 cup shredded cheese and the cooked rice to the egg.  Mix well.
  • Pat into the quiche plate or pie pan, working it up the sides as best you can.
  • Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 5 minutes.Remove.
  • Slice goat cheese into 1/4″ (.6cm) rounds.
  • Slice tomatoes about 3/8 ” thick, (.3cm).
  • Tear or cut Prosciutto into large pieces.
  •  Leave basil leaves whole.
  • Whisk eggs and yogurt together.
  • Arrange sliced goat cheese on crust.
  • Top with Prosciutto and basil leaves.
  • Pour egg mixture over as evenly as you can.
  • Top with tomatoes; do not overlap.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until center has set.
  • Remove and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.

Note: When baking quiches or tarts, I put the dish on a sturdy baking tray, before pouring in the egg mixture, for easier handling.

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I read an article the other day that recess was being reinstated in some primary schools in the US.

Seriously?

They took away recess?

They (The Powers That Be) thought that little kids, 6, 7, 8 year old children, were better off studying all day with no play-time? No time to get rid of some of the excess energy kids that age are blessed with?

Seriously?

What the hell were / are they thinking? Why would you do that to children?

We have recess here in France. We also have activities outside of school, just for (dare I say it?) fun.

When we lived in Andorra I remember seeing a string of 4 and 5 year old’s walking up a mountain trail with backpacks on, accompanied by a group of teachers and helpers with tents and gear for an overnight camping trip. It’s considered an important part of a child’s education to have basic survival training.

At least half of the kids were dragging teddy bears along beside them.

They were going to learn about nature and learn about camping…. two valuable things to learn and a fun way to do it.

This morning when I drove through our village I saw a group kids, probably 5 and 6 years old, on the sidewalk with their teachers….. This is a fairly common sight here when the weather is nice.

What was unusual was that all of them were wearing the bright green hazard vests – the kind one has to wear if you have car trouble so that you are easily seen.

Then I noticed that the kids also had bright green gloves on.

And the teachers were carrying bright green garbage bags.

The kids were cleaning up the town….. Picking up the trash and garbage from the sidewalks and gutters.

Apparently there were some teaching moments interspersed with the tidying-up. As I slowed down to gawk I noticed a group of kids surrounding a teacher, all bent over studying something on the ground before it got picked up and put in the bag.

What a great way to teach kids about taking care of their environment.

(Plus they get to inspect all the icky stuff up close.)

What do you think – will this catch on in US schools?

Last update on September 23, 2016

4 thoughts on “Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart; tiny toddlers tidying the town”

  1. Catch on here? Are you kidding? The only thing they want to do here is stuff their faces in their phones. 😉

    I know near us, they still have recess so I’m not sure what schools where discontinued it but I agree, recess, breaks in the work time, are so important for kids. Especially the young ones. They just don’t have the focus for 7 or 8 hours a day unless it’s bright and shiny with lots of colors and makes lots of noise.

    I need to make this recipe. This is right up my alley 🙂

  2. I so wish it would! The area around the school where I tutor is a mess most of the time. Directing the children to help with cleanup would be a great lesson.

  3. nighstmusic, I think the article was about Texas….. I can’t imagine trying to keep kids attention without recess. Make the tart – you’ll love it.

    Zoomie, it’s a good thing for the kids to learn – maybe then they won’t do it when they grow up

    Kate, well, this is a small town…. 😉

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