Last week, we had our usual girls’ get-together. It had been awhile and we had lots to share. There were holiday stories and plans to relate, wedding plans to mull over, teaching woes of old and new to commiserate with, the death of a close family member to mourn and tales of children and grandchildren to entertain us all. We laughed and cried and supported each other. There were gifts, and flowers and books exchanged. We shared a glass (or two) of wine and indulged in a few snacks. As usual, these tolerant and oh-so-kind friends were my guinea pigs for a new recipe found on Pinterest, of course. It was a savoury tomato and basil tart. Sounds good, right? Sounds like spring. The crust was a basic pastry dough with the inclusion of finely chopped garlic and loads of fresh basil. It smelled heavenly as I blind baked it for 10 minutes. I topped it with sliced mozzarella, cherry tomato halves, lots of fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Yumm! As it baked for another 20 minutes, the spicy aroma filled the kitchen. I could hardly wait to try it.
My hopes were deflated with the first bite! Maybe I was too anxious. The crust was dry…flavourful but dry. All that work when the same effect could have been achieved on a toasted baguette. Oh well! It was eaten. My friends are generous….and hungry! Save yourself the work…just make a bruschetta.