Contemporary figs marry fantastically with goat cheese and rosemary, so I made a decision to mix them in a scrumptious tart. I got here up with this plan after my downstairs neighbor introduced me a bucket of figs – lush, fluffy and really fragrant – from his trip spot in Sardinia. Though it’s theoretically peak fig season in France proper now, there’s a scarcity of native figs this yr, making me much more grateful for the reward.

Chevre-figues-rosemary tarte / Goat cheese tart with figs and rosemary

Full disclosure: I truly acquired the thought behind this dish after seeing an identical tart at Picard, a superb French frozen meals chain. I did not purchase it, I would moderately attempt it. And my first try was lower than wonderful – I blended goat cheese with Greek yogurt as an alternative of French milk and crème fraîche, and the tarts are fairly heavy. So I attempted once more, and got here up with the method for a lightweight and full-flavored tart that my neighbor cherished once I introduced it to him as a return reward. (I feel first.)

On my first journey, I made my very own pastry, utilizing pate brisee recipe from this web site, like the image on the precise. I served it to dinner visitors as a primary course, and the consequence was: an excessive amount of pastry. So please do not inform anybody about this, however the second time I used retailer purchased flavored dough, as pictured above – and it was good.

This tart could be served as a starter or as a predominant course at lunch, maybe accompanied by a smooth leaf salad. Serve heat for optimum taste, and pair together with your favourite wine—a cool rosé, a fragile pink, or a spicy white.

In the meantime, I simply acquired the most recent publication from author Ann Mah, who has been residing in Hanoi for the previous yr. Ann’s publication comes out as soon as a month, with attention-grabbing sketches about meals, books and journey – every time doable. On this situation, he paints a horrific image of life in Vietnam. Journey is unimaginable because the nation is beneath strict lockdown. Individuals are solely allowed to depart their properties to purchase meals or go to the hospital – even going out to train or stroll the canine is forbidden. This month’s publication additionally contains enjoyable details like how folks in different cultures say ‘I like you’ by way of meals. To learn extra, click on right here.

The state of affairs in Paris is a lot better, it may even be stated to be again to regular, with cafes, eating places, galleries, theatres, cinemas and swimming swimming pools all open to anybody who can present a vaccination certificates. That is due to President Macron’s wonderful initiative aimed toward growing vaccination charges to extend collective immunity. The one different technique to exit to dinner or a film is to have a adverse take a look at lead to lower than three days. Testing has been free, however can be charged from mid-October — the hope is it will encourage extra folks to get vaccinated.

It’s exhausting to imagine that we have now been masked for a yr and a half, and even more durable to think about that it could proceed for some time, with specialists now saying that the epidemic has change into endemic. Thank goodness we are able to nonetheless get pleasure from lovely meals.

On the left, a present from my neighbor: figs from his fig tree, home made fig jam (wonderful!), and a bottle of olive oil pressed from olives grown on his property.

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