My parents own quite a unique garden. It’s filled with so many different plants and vegetables, like a fig tree…..in Ireland?
It’s quite wild and chaotic but at the same time it’s very lush and inviting. It’s the perfect kind of garden to sit and have a few drinks in, away from everyone and everything else.
In the summer time especially, the garden is filled with so many things to throw into a salad. So it’s just a case of literally going outside, picking a few bits and pieces, throwing some good olive oil on top and there you go, a salad ready to go.
This is my favourite lunch to rustle up if someone comes to visit. It is such a lovely light but filling lunch that can be interchangeable to suit what you have in the fridge or cupboards. It’s hard to resist all those savory flavors like pesto, goats cheese and red onion especially when it’s sitting on a crispy and flaky piece of puff pasty.
Recipe to make 6 medium sized tartlets
A package of savory puff pastry, thawed
2 large tomatoes
100g of soft goats cheese
Red onion marmalade
Side salad of your choice, optional
Preheat the oven to 150°C or 300°F and prepare a baking tray with some baking paper or a silicone sheet.
Score each square around 2cm from the edge, being careful not to slice all the way through. Place sliced tomato just enough to cover the bottom of the tart but keeping inside the lines of your boarder. Dot 1 tbsp/3 slices of goat cheese on each tart, and then lightly season with salt and pepper. On top of this, lay on the onion marmalade. (With all of these ingredients, add as little or as much as you prefer)
Place tarts onto your prepared baking tray, and brush each with some egg wash. Place tarts in the oven and bake for around 15 mins or until the edges are golden and crispy.
Plate each of the tarts up, but before serving, dollop some freshly made (preferably) or store bought green pesto on top. Serve with some crunchy fresh salad and a glass of chilled white wine and you’ve got yourself summer on a plate.
Anybody have anything interesting growing in their garden this season? Let me know in the comments.