Incredible how fast the days have swept by. Like the soft rains of April, sweet, refreshing and short, it has left a scent heavy with the sugary aftertaste of sweet friendship and a pungent fragrance of labored ventures. Before I could grasp it properly, this whisper of April has already vanished.
It’s been a roller-coaster of a month with so much happening and so much to do that I’ve often felt like a headless chicken. Last week I took a wonderful (and well deserved) break. We did not travel, but entertained some cherished friends who came from Norway, ladened with food and drink - just like food bloggers are known to do. I am not sure how they managed to fit a dried leg of a lamb in their suitcase but you can imagine our surprise when they pulled that out of their bags. They also managed some prized Norwegian salmon, dried fish, cider from the Hardanger region and a few very thick wedges of cheese including my favorite Norwegian cheese, the sensational Brunost.
We spent a few warm and sunny days with Kjersti, her husband and 2 kids here in Weimar. Time slowed down and we just gave in to the lull of the day.
In contrast, however there are a lot of intense jobs and tasks needing my attention at the moment. The first Plate to Page is just a few weeks away and there has been a wild buzz behind the scenes as we get many issues finalized. There has been so much positive response and we have the most amazing sponsors for this workshop. The goodie bags for the participants are going to be full and heavy with high quality and exceptional items.
Things are also moving forward with my photography. I am in the process of setting Meeta K. Wolff Photography up as a business. The German red tape is futile and it’s like fighting the fire-breathing dragon in the labyrinth to get to the golden fleece! I am getting there though and elated that the feedback on my portfolio and photography has been so positive from incredible sources I would never have dreamt to work with. Imagine getting emails from big ad agencies and publications you have always looked up to with starry eyes!
With all this happening I’ve missed visiting my favorite blogs, failed my dear friend Nanette by not making it to World Figolli Day and I was going to give up and tell my sister-from-another-mother Jeanne, there would be no Topless Tarts from here for this month’s Monthly Mingle. Then I dug deep into my hard-drive (deep into 2009) and found these divine tarts. To be specific, these are Flammkuchen or Tarte Flambée. Light, crispy and thin crusted dough, spread generously with crème fraiche and scattered with a variety of toppings.
Here I make two varieties both equally delicious - so do not ask me which I prefer. One is spread lavishly with juicy, ripe tomatoes and sweet summer squash, topped with a scattering of feta cheese. Fantastic and aromatic fennel with more zucchini is used for the other, with chunks of soft goat cheese. Both are irresistible!
These tarts are divine and the light way to enjoy a fun evening with friends. Serve the tarts with a large green salad and a chilled, sparkling, fruity wine to round the meal up perfectly. The flavors are light and summery, and so much easier to put together than pizza. There is no pre-planning and no cold overnight rising is required to put the tarte flambée together, which makes this brilliant for hot summer days or spontaneous visits from friends.
Hope you have a splendid weekend! See you all next week!
More Topless Tarts from WFLH:
|Bacon Cheese & Leek Tart||Roasted Pumpkin Aubergine Zucchini Tapenade Tarts with Buffalo Mozzarella||Tarte Flambée with Tomatoes and Creamy Spinach|
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