Cherry Tomato Tart; firewood 

This may be a very short post.

It may end abruptly, but the recipe is done and that’s what counts, right?

This is a simple tart that is almost as much fun to eat as it is to make. You could fill it with almost anything. It only bakes for 12 minutes so don’t use raw meat but cooked works well… Bacon?

Since there are 12 sheets in a package of phyllo I tend to get creative whenever I buy it, although it does keep well, wrapped tightly, for 2 weeks or so.

Cherry Tomato Tart 

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 2 sheets phyllo dough
  • 3 tbs soft goat cheese
  • 2 tbs garlic chives, chopped
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 marinated artichoke hearts, drained, halved
  • basil to garnish
  • olive oil

Cherry Tomato Tart


  • Place 2 ramekins, 2 1/2 – 3″ (6 – 7cm) on a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Lay out 1 sheet of phyllo and cut it into 4 squares
  • Stack the squares, lightly brushing each one with olive oil first.
  • Pick the phyllo up by bringing all 4 corners together and carefully put inside a ramekin. Smooth out the bottom a bit so it kind of lines the ramekin, leaving the 4 corners to hang over the edge. It should all be rather loose.
  • Repeat with other sheet and ramekin.
  • Divide goat cheese and spoon into bottom of phyllo.
  • Divide and add tomatoes, artichokes and chives.
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 12 – 15 minutes, until nicely browned.
  • When done remove from oven and carefully remove filo cups from ramekins.
  • Garnish with basil leaves and serve.

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It’s a hot, humid day here in France… The hottest of the season so far.

Naturally, that means our firewood is being delivered.

We were told it would be after lunch. To an old French farmer, which the firewood guy is, this can mean anytime between 2 and, oh, maybe 7. It would depend on whether or not he takes the traditional nap after lunch which depends on how much wine he had with lunch.

To attempt to pin him down to a more specific time would merely be answered with a smile and a shrug. How could one know this?

For mon mari this is a minor problem…. He has lunch at the same time as the farmer.

I, however, don’t. I have lunch after I exercise. I exercise after I finish whatever my self-designated chores for the day are. That’s usually around 3:30.

3:30 could reasonably be considered, by many people, as ‘after lunch’.

So, I have finished my chores, exercised, and am now waiting for the firewood.

I haven’t showered because why would I shower before unloading a trailer full of firewood on a hot humid day?

I haven’t eaten lunch because we all know that the minute I lift the first forkful of salad to my mouth he will arrive with the firewood.

We also know that he will NOT come until I have the first forkful of salad in my hand.

It’s a conundrum….

I’m trying to be patient

But I’m really getting hungry.

Last update on June 14, 2017

4 thoughts on “Cherry Tomato Tart; firewood ”

  1. We have the firewood guy coming soon. Many standing dead trees were brought down and now he will take away some of the mess. I’d be delusional to think it will all go away. This will be his second huge truck load to take. Perhaps I will be able to walk in the back again. Its been a few weeks since the the piles were created.

  2. Any time I want a delivery or a maintenance man or anything else along those lines to hurry up and come, I make something to eat. It’s like a trigger. The only thing I don’t have to worry about is wood delivery because Husband is not only the chopper, he’s the deliverer, the unloader, the whole thing. 🙂

  3. This is not a problem I would encounter in Morocco….the delivery would never turn up, even on the allocated day. Trades people have their own agenda, unknown to the rest of the world !!!

  4. phoenicia, ah…. the opposite firewood guy. Life was supposed to be getting easier for us – not more challenging (and more work) It will be nice to get the property back again.

    nightsmusic, we don’t have any trees that are big enough – yet. Our little woods will soon yield some, tho. Goody!

    kate, they are slightly better here but one is expected to wait. If they come on a different day at a different time and your not home it’s your fault for not waiting….

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