April 12, 2015

Rhubarb and Raspberry Tart

rhubarb is a tough to be imaginative with at times; it's long fleshy petioles sprouting from allotment grounds at an alarming rate leave you left with plenty of crop, but a trifle less ideas. Usually I am baffled with how to use these ruby red, tall, slender stalks in my baking but the arrival of spring sunshine made me crave summer fruits in copious quantity. I am a blueberry / raspberry / strawberry / cranberry fiend so pairing them with punnets of juicy pink raspberries seemed just right alongside the blue skies and golden sunlight cascading upon the concrete blocks of London. 

The dough was super easy to make and after worrying that it might not have that delicate sweetness (that in my opinion, all "sweet" doughs should have), I secretly added a little more sugar if only to complement the sharp tartness of the rhubarb. This dessert was by and large, an alternative to the standard British crumble that we all love dearly; that we cram into our mouths even though we know that our full Sunday roast has been quite sufficient. The pudding that is "justified" by our morning runs or gym workouts; our cheat meal of the week. 

I could not wait to photograph this bake since the wonderful Prunelle Grise was kind enough to give me some beautiful French linen tea towels on my last visit, which I am exceptionally grateful for. I wanted to use all of them in one go but of course, less is more and simplicity is key... A special thanks to Madame Prunelle for these beautiful gifts! 

Without further a do, put your feet up, grab a slice of tart and relax. After all, it is the weekend. 


April 03, 2015

Feta Cheese, Pepper & Courgette Frittata

cheese will give you nightmares...or so they say! I once used to babysit a boy who, before bed, would insist upon a bedtime snack of cheese and grapes. On occasion, I would succumb to his persistant pleading; my reasoning was at least it wasn't chocolate or sweets! But every so often, I would remind him of this cheesy myth if only to deter his requests for more. If anything, he always slept better and my secret to a soundful sleep was kept up my sleeve until he'd grown old enough to look after himself.

Over the years I have become a cheese thief; sneaking a slab of brie when no-ones looking or crumbling a brilliant blue atop a hot griddled burger (adding a little extra before anyone sees!). So when all the fridge had to offer was eggs and cheese, one simple meal came to mind.

I had the ultimate pleasure of rustling up this beautifully vibrant frittata for a girl's night in. Just my sister and I on a quest to eat healthily post-gymathon. In fact, it was so delicious that we had to stop ourselves from devouring the lot in one sitting!! I served it up with an avocado, radish and cucumber salad dressed lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Good enough for lunch and dinner, serve hot or cold! The perfect colourful picnic platter for warmer days to come. If you want a healthy quick-fix of a meal, there should be no stopping you! Take a look at the recipe below...