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Tomato Tart

17 Sep

Today I bring a delicious end of summer beginning of autumn dish. A tomato tart. Note, I use the term tart rather loosely.  In this case it’s pastry with a topping, some might call that a tart like myself, others may call it a pie, crustini, pizza (without sauce), foccacia and more. Regardless, it’s a delicious dish combining naughty flour-ey goodness with clean fresh produce.

For this tart I used a mix of tomatoes which not only lent to the taste but made it look that much more “instagrammable”, yes that IS a word. I used small red tomatoes on the vine, yellow mini plum tomatoes and the beautiful kamato tomatoes(thde brown-green ones).

I cheated a bit by using ready made frozen pastry. This took some effort out of the process for sure.

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Tomatoes of your choosing 

2) Pastry– I used Pilsbury croissant pastry which came as a square sheet of dough.

3) Assorted herbs– This is to add to the dough to give a bit of extra flavour.

WHAT TO DO 

1) Add seasonings to the dough and knead it in. You NEED to KNEAD!

2) Roll out the dough 

3) Add cut/sliced/diced/smashed/whole tomatoes onto pastry

4) Pinch edges to create a bit of a pastry pouch and sprinkle with seasonings and add a bit of olive oil.

5) Bake until dough is golden brown. 

6) Slice and it’s ready to be served!

This tart is delicious! The tomatoes become soft and the juciness intensifies once baked. The crust is crispy on the edge and softer in the second centre with the great taste of pastry and herbs.

This is a great appetizer for a dinner party or a more bougie (that’s a buzz word now right?) Alternative to pizza for a night of Netflix. Be sure to try it and be sure to have am awesome day!

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BLT SLIDERS

28 Aug

Open face BLT slider

Hello

Today I bring you a recipe concocted by my sister and named by me: Open faced, BLT sliders.:) My sister made them for an event and she said she got her inspiration the same place we all do…Pinterest.

Ode to the BLT

The BLT: Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato is a quintessential sandwich combo. No breakfast cafe or bar worth it’s salt doesn’t have this item or some modern variation of it on their menu. Something about bacon and tomato works beautifully together. The lettuce adds a fresh crunch and the bread a good solid background to the real flavours: the bacon’s salty, juicy fatty fatness and the tartness from the tomato.

This is another one of those appetizers that are so easy to make it almost seems wrong. My sister also made some open faced cucumber sandwiches and I will share that recipe as well.

BLT Open face sliders

WHAT YOU NEED

1) White sandwich loaf (you can easily use whole-wheat or multi grain)

2) Tomatoes- you will need 1 slice per slider so the number you need depends on the amount you plan to make.

3) Bacon – She only used a small piece (about 1/3 the length of a full strip) on each so again it depends on the number you plan to make.

4) Lettuce

5) Circular cookie cutter

6) Toothpicks or appetizer forks 
WHAT TO DO

1) Cut circles out of your bread slices and lettuce.

2) Slice tomato into medium thickness slices -you want it thick enough to be substantial but not so thick it overpowers the entire thing. 

3) Fry off your bacon and cut the slices into 1/3

Sidenote– I actually do NOT like bacon! :0! I can envision people coming after me with pitchforks for uttering those words. That being said as a self proclaimed foodie I can fully appreciate the value of bacon to many recipes, I will gladly eat bacon and maple flavored cupcake/ice cream. So there!

4) Assemble your slider: bread, lettuce, tomato then bacon.

5) Place toothpick or fork into the centre and serve!

Finished and ready to serve
Open faced Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches are things I imagine eating at fancy teaparties. My mother used to rave on and on about them when I was younger even though she never actually made them for me…

I digress

Anyhow, my sister cleverly assembled these refreshing little appetizers to go along with the BLT sliders.

Open face cucumber sandwich
WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Loaf of bread

2) Cucumber- 1 slice per sandwich

3) Chive cream cheese dip

3) Lettuce

4) Parsley flakes

5) Circular cookie cutter 

6) Toothpicks or appetizer forks 
WHAT TO DO 

1) Cut the bread slices and lettuce into circles.

2) Remove the skin from the cucumber and slide a fork along the entire cucumber creating ridges.

3) Slice the cucumber 

4) Spread a bit of the chive dip over the bread.

5) Layer the lettuce and cucumber.

6) Add a small dollop of the chive dip on top and sprinkle on some parsley flakes.

7) Add the toothpicks or forks, plate and serve.

Plated sandwiches 
You’ll notice that the ingredients for both of these appetizers are very similar meaning you can create multiple items with the same raw materials  (a money saver) 

Both recipes are straight forward, use simple affordable ingredients and create positively moreishly delectable treats.

BLT and cucumber appetizers 

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

Avocado and Hummus on Pumpernickel Toast

31 Jul

Hello all, I decided to eat the trend and jump on the avocado toast bandwagon. I gave it a little pizzazz by adding hummus and layering tomato on top. I’m going to share this super easy recipe for a healthy DIY breakfast alternative to some over processed cafe sandwich.

But first…..

An Argument for Avocado 

So avocado is real darn trendy these days, as trendy as kale in 2013 and as trendy as coconut oil in 2015. As with everything trendy there is a certain amount of hate associated and I get it. Once a popular social media outlet gets wind of something cool it gets big then all of a sudden there are entire pinterest boards and Tumblr threads dedicated to that thing. And it can feel annoying, like no one was interested in avocado in 2012 but it’s been around the whole time, right? 

Well the only thing trendier(is that a real word?) than avocado itself is confounded avocado toast! It is everywhere!  I can’t type breakfast into anything and not have avocado toast pop up. I wanted to hate it so much but the truth is….I love avocado. I really really love avocado. It’s delicious and rich and a source of healthy fats and indeed back when we were teenagers my sister and I would smush avocado between 2 slices of bread and have it just like that. 

So embrace the avocado my friends, embrace it.

Now onto the recipe 

I chose to use pumpernickel bread because it is my all time favourite bread EVER. For anyone who isn’t sure pumpernickel is dark brown and  looks as if it would be chocolate  flavored but it isnt. It’s dense and a bit sour and very complex in taste. It goes beautifully with most flavours.

Now really onto the recipe…

WHAT YOU NEED

1) 1 Haas avocado  (or any avocado )

2) 1 Ripe tomato

3) Hummus

4) Pumpernickel bread

Money Saving Protip:

I got both my hummus and pumpernickel bread half off as they were both approaching their sell by dates. Most items don’t go off until well after their sell by dates so if you want to save a couple coins and you aren’t afraid this is a great way to acquire items that aren’t usually cheap (like hummus and pumpernickel bread)

WHAT TO DO

Prep: Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and mash it with a fork, add a bit of black pepper to taste. I prefer mine to be lumpy but if you want it smoother you can give it a few seconds in a food processor /blender/vitamix/nutribullet/whatever. 

1) Slice and toast your bread to your desired crispness. I actually prefer mine practically UNtoasted. (not sure if that’s a word either)

2) Spread a thin layer of hummus over the bread in much the same way you would put mayonnaise on a sandwich.

3) Put approximately 1 tbsp of mashed avocado on top of the hummus layer.

4) Cut a tomato slice in half and place over the avocado layer.

Add a cup of coffee and you have a decadent tasty breakfast. Enjoy and have an awesome day!

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Po’ cakes

8 Jan

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What does a po’ party girl do with 2 small tomatoes, a can of kernel corn, an inch of cheese, some flour, some butter and the sheer will to live.

She makes Po’ cakes!

Due to some recent financial constraints not to mention a bit of laziness (I refuse to go to the supermarket) this was almost literally ALL there was to be found in my kitchen.

So I had to either concoct something or starve alone in my apartment. I chose the former.

So from my desperation came some delightful not to mention quick snacks that I think might serve as appetizers for a soirée sometime in the future.

WHAT I USED
1) 2 small tomatoes
2) 1 small can of kernel corn (I only used half of it)
3) 1″×1″ block of cheddar cheese
4) 2 cups all purpose flour
5) 3 tablespoons of butter

WHAT I DID
1) Poured the flour into a bowl.
2) Add the butter (cold) and cut it into the flour.
3) Add water (no idea how much, enough to give the consistency of a very thick batter)
4) Add the corn tomato and cheese (grated) or whatever else is lying around your kitchen.
6) Heat some oil in a skillet (just enough to cover the bottom of the cakes)
7) Spoon tablespoon sized spheres (flatten them a bit)
8) Cook on both sides until golden (I left the insdes of mine a bit gooey…..awesome)

Plate and serve with some ketchup and enjoy.

This little recipe saved my hide. Maybe it may save someone else’s.  Lol.

Have an awesome day!

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