Ham and tomato tart with emmental cheese

Hello everyone!

It has been a while I know… sickness in the family to blame my disappearance! We caught a terrible stomach flu (or viral gastroenteritis, before my sis corrects me :P) and as usual, after making rounds I am the last one suffering from it. Ugh!

Well, enough from that (ugly subject!). I made this tart sometime ago but took me a while to write the recipe down and transfer the photos to my computer…! See… I am lazy… (*slap* *slap*)

The tart was very good… I liked the fruity taste the emmental cheese gave to it… but please! It is an OD, eat lots of salad with it! ;)

Ham and tomato tart with emmental cheese

Pastry recipe from here , filling adapted from here.

Yield a  ∅ 24 cm pie. Serves 8.

For the pastry

  • 175 g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch of salt
  • 75 g butter
  • enough cold water (I needed about 2-3 tbsp)
For the filling
  • 150g smoked turkey ham, cut into strips
  • 150g grated emmental cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g crème fraîche (I used Valio hyla)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1 spring onion,chopped
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced (gently pat dry with a paper towel)
  • fresh basil leaves to garnish
In a bowl, rub together the butter and flour with a pinch of salt with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Slowly add the cold water, a little at the time to make the crumb mixture come together to form a firm dough. You don’t need to knead it much. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 min – 1 hour.

Roll out the pastry on a light floured surface and line a 24cm pie dish. Chill again.

Preheat oven to 200C.

Remove the pastry case from the fridge. You can bake blind for 20 minutes before adding the filling but I skipped this step this time (< lazy again!)

Sprinkle the ham strips into the pastry base, the cheese, chopped basil and spring onions.

Combine the eggs with the crème fraîche in a bowl and season with paprika and black pepper. Pour over the ham and cheese.

Arrange the tomato slices on top of the tart and bake for about 30 minutes until set (and gets golden)

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with salad.

Ham and tomato tart with emmental cheese

Simple isn’t it? You can use ready pastry if you don’t want to make it yourself. Pikkusiili just eats this crazily… she adores cheese. On the other hand… Luonnonvoima is not a big fan >.<! Sisters, so similar but so different!

This post was written by karaimame exclusively for Acquiring Taste. All writing, images and other materials in this blog remain the property of Acquiring Taste and cannot be used without permission.

Bowser & Hot Drumstick

Back to writing with a crafty post!

It is quite funny I know… a chicken drumstick?

Well… all started with a request from my youngest daughter (and I am so lame to say no to them…): “can you make a meat-food to my Bowser toy? You know mommy, Bowser needs to eat, you could make that chicken thingie.”

(little intermission: Pikkusiili got a Bowser plush toy on her birthday. It is one of her favorite plush characters so far and she treats him like a teddy bear >.<. Oh! And you know who’s Bowser, that one from the Super Mario bros video games! )

Took me a while to understand what she wanted exactly. I asked her to draw an example and then I figured out it was a Chicken Drumstick, an item from the DS game Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. I bought the game to myself but eventually my girls ended up playing it more than I (*mimimi*) !

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Here´s the screenshot with the item:

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So, you can use different types of Drumsticks to restore the health of Bowser during the game. The “spicier” the item, the more it heals :D.

I wasn’t so sure about the size of the Drumstick so I just free styled the pattern and started sewing it right away. Must say, my daughter was very pleased with the result!

Bowser´s Drumstick item

Not bad right?

Eating the Drumstick!

*Showtime!!! Bwahahahaha!*

 

This post was written by karaimame exclusively for Acquiring Taste. All writing, images and other materials in this blog remain the property of Acquiring Taste and cannot be used without permission.

Happy Easter!

April 4, 2012

Pääsiäisruoho ja tipuja. Easter grass and chicks

Trying to enjoy the wonders of Spring, we decided to grow our own Easter grass this year. There´s no sign of green outside yet (we just had snow this week!) so I thought girls would be delighted to get their own piece of green for Easter.

We usually travel to my in-laws on Easter holidays, main reason I didn’t encourage my daughters to have their own baskets at home before (they often get pretty ones from their grandmother!).

You see… it was really exciting for them to watch the grass grow from seeds to “bush”. Too bad our lack of experience resulted in irregular surfaces :P. Next time I figured we need to use more seeds (even if the package says the opposite!).

Anyways, girls acquired a new skill and had fun at same time :D.

Happy Easter!

A beautiful package right? This was made by Luonnonvoima in her pre-school. It has barley grass in. Yep, I admit, it is prettier than ours >_<!

Pääsiäisruoho. Easter grass.

Girls trying different styling: LV has the orange basket and little PS the purple :) *the chick is flying mommy!*

LV´s basket

PS´s basket

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We are off for the holidays and as you might have guessed already, we are spending the long weekend with my girls´ grandparents.

Wish you all a very Happy Easter! Hyvää Pääsiäistä! Feliz Páscoa!

This post was written by karaimame exclusively for Acquiring Taste. All writing, images and other materials in this blog remain the property of Acquiring Taste and cannot be used without permission.

Talking about onigiri

Hello friends!

I did a couple of fun guest posts for my sweet Brazilian friend Nathy from Bistro Pregui. The blog is in Portuguese but please take a look, we are currently talking about onigiri! (I even made clumsy pictorials showing how to make them ;)

I love her blog (she is very talented with graphics!) and being invited to write there made me very happy ^^.

You can get to my onigiri-introduction post on Nathy’s blog by clicking here and for the pictorial posts here and here! Hope you all like it!

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Tutorial to make onigiri by hand

 

Oi gente!! Eu fui convidada pela minha querida talentosa amiga Nathy do blog Bistrô Pregui para fazer alguns posts sobre oniguiri e com muita honra eu os fiz :). Passem lá para dar uma olhadinha, estamos falando sobre o famoso bolinho de arroz japonês. Tem até passo-a-passo com fotinhos para vocês verem, aqui e aqui :) !

Tutorial for making onigiri using molds

 

This post was written by karaimame exclusively for Acquiring Taste. All writing, images and other materials in this blog remain the property of Acquiring Taste and cannot be used without permission.

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