As usual, life has a habit of getting in the way of good intentions. I've just been back to the UK to visit my dad who is recovering from a major heart attack. He is 89 anyway, and considering what he just went through, he is doing really well. We spent a lot of time together, including taking him out for lunch. As he has simple tastes, I don't really have much for this Blog from the trip, except to say the Fish and Chips in Northumberland really are the best in the world, and that the local meat and cheese is outstanding.
So now I have made my excuse for my absence, here is a simple and delicious dish that is versatile, cheap and easy peasy. Thanks to Mr la Ruche for the idea, and letting me get his kitchen dirty.
I am referring to Cherry Tomato, Thyme and Dijon Mustard Tart, a succulent and tasty treat you can make for any meal of the day, as an appetizer, or even as a quick meal when those pesky guests show up unexpected.
You will need some frozen puff pastry (who makes this stuff fresh any more), and depending on the size of the tart, you can roll it out and cut it into bite size pieces, or leave it whole for a larger version. In this case, I buy packs of 5" squares.
Lay them on a baking sheet and score a smaller square on the inside, about 1/2 an inch from the edge, careful not to go all the way through. Inside this square, paste some Dijon Mustard with a pastry brush, more if you like Dijon, or not so much if you don't.
In a small bowl, add the halved Cherry Toms, a touch of Olive Oil, some fresh Thyme and salt an pepper. Coat the Toms generously and arrange, face up on top of the Dijon so that the juices don't all run out and make your bottom soggy (pastry that is.)
Place them in a pre heated oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes, or until light brown. Always make more than you need so you can taste them as they come out. Be careful as you bite in to them as the juice is hot and travels far.
Place them on a platter and decorate with some salad greens and serve. Bon Appetite.