Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Baked tomato tarts :-)

I'm not the greatest recipe writer of all times. And I usually just wing it.
But here we go:
For tasty baked tomato tarts you need

Small tomatoes - they should be "meaty", vine tomatoes are good. As many as it takes to fill your tart cases.
Olive oil
Salt, pepper, fresh basil, a bit of dried chili (not much)
Cut the tomatoes in halves and put them in a low oven-proof dish before drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with salt, pepper, a bit of dried chili and a small handful basil leaves. Give them a good toss before baking at 200 degrees (celcius) for half an hour. (They can share the oven with the prebaking tart case)

3 eggs
2,5 dl. sour cream
50 gr. Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
a handfuld fresh basil shredded somewhat roughly.
(This is good for a normal sized tart or 3 small ones)

You can buy perfectly good pastry for the tart case or make your own. I like mine with a bit of graham flour. And maybe a bit more Parmesan. I like Parmesan.

Getting it together
Sprinkle parmesan on top of the pre-baked tart case, arrange the baked tomatoes on top of this (leave the juice and oil behind in the dish) and spread the egg-mix before sprinkling a bit of extra Parmesan on top.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 200 degr. C. until golden and set.
It's delicious both warm and cold. And it's perfect picnic food.
I'll have to see if I can remember how the nectarin tarts started.

Oh, well

Oh, life.
I probably don't have to say too much about life working in the financial sector these days.

Since the last time I wrote anything here there has been opera in the park. Requiring a suitably equipped picnic basket:
Small baked tomato and basil tarts.
And small nectarin and marzipan tarts.
"Oh, look they've brought their own little cakes"

And I've had the pleasure of a day with the lovely Linnea and the Economist. An all too short day with me being too tired and them being wonderful.
Copenhagen seems so much more exotic when you have visitors, I'll just have to brush up on my guide-skills.
Linnea brought yarn. Including some of her own beautiful hand-dyed, which is almost too beautiful to use for knitting. And books! Knitting books.

And I have been knitting. And I've finished the February Lady Sweater for my lovely colleague but couldn't find the camera before gifting it, so you'll have to take my word for it.
She loved it. I like knitting for her!

And a few days in bed with a cold and cuddly cats and knitting have proved very productive.
I'm actually knitting a sweater for a man.
Sweater curse or no sweater curse, he needs a hand-knit pullover. (He particularly needs the ribbed pullover from VK winter 06/07.)
And I've realized that I have no clue about men's sizes. But I'm sure that at least one of the boys at work is of somewhat the same height so that I can measure the length of his sleeves. And if there are two or more I can check for consistency.
(Must remember to send out cryptic mass email requesting height of colleagues)
The yarn is Pakucho, an organic fair trade cotton.
I love this. I love that the people who create it are given a fair price, that it enables them to make a proper living - and that it takes up space that could and maybe would be used for coca plants. No pesticides or any chemicals are used at any point from seed to hank. It's soft and lovely and treads softly on the environment.
I am in love with this yarn.

Scarfs are much easier. Henry from Knitty. Fun, interesting, and wonderfully soft and luxurious in a blend of silk and baby alpaca.

And the cats are just being their own cuddly selves.