This is a recipe that I saw a few years ago, decided I needed to make it, and promptly forgot about it.
I saw it again last month. It was the mustard that really caught my eye.
Kristin Espinasse has been writing French Word-A-Day, a blog about French life and French words and French families even longer than I have been writing this one…. She started in 2002.
She has also written a few books on what it is like being an American, married to a Frenchman and raising a bi-lingual family.
And she makes this fantastic Tarte à la Tomate
I adapted it to a smaller serving for two as a starter.
I am lucky enough to find small squares of puff pastry, 4 in a packet, that are the perfect size for something like this. If you have to buy the usual big size, use half for this and refrigerate the other half for a week or so for another use (tart?)
Or just make a big one…. use lots of mustard.
Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese (2oz, 60gr)
- 2 heaping tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 sheet puff pastry
- a few basil leaves
- Thaw the puff pastry, if needed.
- Lay pastry out flat and cut 2 large circles or squares Lay the circles on a baking sheet.
- With a dull knife, lightly score a line about 1/3″ (1cm) inside the edge of the pastry. It helps the edges to raise.
- Divide mustard and spread on puff pastry circle to scored line.
- Divide cheese and sprinkle on mustard
- Lay tomato slices on cheese.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400F (200C) for 12 – 15 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed around middle and are golden brown.
- Remove, drizzle with olive oil, garnish with basil leaves and serve.
This is what my kitchen counter looks like on Fridays, after I’ve been to the market:
The tomatoes and squashes are from my potager; the peaches, pears, bananas and melons from the market. I turned about half of those tomatoes into another 4 qrts of juice.
Back to the Medieval Festival….
It was in a medieval village – authentic, eh?
Like any good summer festival, there was a beer tent.
It might have been busier if it hadn’t been cold and rainy….
And, of course, a giant and a few folks on stilts.
Hard to get a good photo that doesn’t include the back of at least one person’s head….
Oh yes, and games for the kids:
It was rather sad to see the fair shrinking rather than growing.
Perhaps the dreary day had something to do with it….