We had guests this weekend. Nicki, Dennis and Ozzie came up to visit on Friday and just left an hour or so ago.
We love having people come up and see us. We are sort of far away from everyone so we really enjoy having visitors that we can wine and dine.
This weekend it was all about the food. Tarts in particular. On Friday night I made wasabi/panko encrusted salmon, a vegetable tart and a caesar salad. The vegetable tart was so easy and so pretty and was the highlight of the meal. Here is a before picture:
It couldn't have been simpler to make. I used a frozen deep dish pie crust that I pressed into my own tart pan. I pre-baked the shell and when it was cool I sprinkled on crumbled goat cheese. Then I layered thinly sliced red onion, red bell pepper, yellow Summer squash and zucchini. I drizzled on some olive oil and then seasoned with salt and pepper. I baked it at 375 for about a half an hour.
If you go to tastespotting.com and search on ratatouille tart you'll find the original recipe, including the pastry. Okay I was really feeling lazy when I first posted - here is the link to the orginal recipe of the Ratatouille Tart. I feel better now.
On Saturday Rick picked apples from our very own tree and I decided to make an apple tart. I looked on-line for a recipe and ended up kind of cobbling together several recipes to come up with this one.
Again, using the frozen pie crust (Marie Callander's) I pressed it into my tart pan and pre-baked it. While it was baking I made a simple applesauce using the apples, some sugar, a dash of maple syrup and cinnamon. I spread it on the tart shell and then layered thinly sliced apples in a pleasing pattern on top.
After I baked it (40 minutes at 400F) I brushed on a glaze of marion-berry preserves, golden syrup and a splash of rum. I would have used apricot jam if I had it but we were out so I used the marion-berry preserves instead. It gave the tart a bit of a rosy glow.
I think if I was to make this again I would go to the trouble of making the pastry myself and would do a sweeter pastry.
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It's a three-day one for us in the states. I'm about to start sewing yards and yards and yards of hand-crocheted lace to a bed skirt.
That ought to keep me busy and out of trouble for a while.
P.S. Two weeks of being Diet Coke free! It isn't getting any easier yet. But I'm sticking with it.