tart16 There are days when I just want to make something simple, with less mess in the kitchen. This tart couldn’t be simpler because it’s using thawed puff pastry and tomatoes. It doesn’t require any precooking except defrosting the puff pastry. It almost looks like pizza! At first I wanted to go very simple and add some mozzarella and basil on top. But during the baking process I decided to add some prosciutto and arugula instead. I still added grated mozzarella cheese and I would strongly recommend to use the shredded mozzarella because if you go ahead with regular mozzarella it will have too much water and will make the dough soggy. You can also add more colors if you mix some yellow and red tomato together. More »

tartThis is the season when my every trip to the Fresh market ends up bringing home fresh beets with stems. I just love the sweet taste of the young beets and tartness of the stem. There are so many ways to use them in the kitchen and today I would like to share with you an idea for a tart. I used my previous recipe for the dough but I made a little bit more dough so that I could lay out the lattice and make it look pretty. If you don’t like ricotta, you can use goat cheese or feta cheese. It’s such a perfect dish for lunch or light dinner on a hot afternoon here in DC that the only thing that makes it better is a glass of cool white chardonnay. More »

07. March 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Vegetables · Tags: ,

leek tart frontIf you ever wonder what to bring to your friends’ house party I have a perfect solution for you. Unlike other food that gets bad when cold, this one is great served either warm or cold. This is also perfect as a starter before a sit down dinner with friends or as a side for pan seared chicken in tarragon vermouth sauce, the recipe for which I will post later.
What I like about this recipe is that you can substitute the filling ingredients with whatever you have in the fridge.  Just keep to the egg and milk ratio and it will work with spinach, kale, mushrooms, grated zucchini and/or sweet corn. It starts with your imagination… More »

05. January 2014 · 1 comment · Categories: Desserts · Tags: ,

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Since the last two weeks involved eating a lot of Polish food I think it’s time for some French classic dessert, a decadent, chocolaty tart with a tiny hint of coffee flavor. It’s a recipe from Anna Olson’s Canadian baking TV show that I enjoy watching.  Her show is simple and straightforward but what I really like about it is that her recipes actually work.  I have tried different recipes for tart pastry and many times the shell became too crumbly.  That was fixed this time with the magic ingredient of cornstarch.
You can leave it plain and simple or just add some whipped cream, fruit and little chocolate garnishes that are very easy to make and turn the dessert to piece of art. It will surely impress all your friends and family after Sunday dinner. More »