Last night I made this vegetarian tart I found in the Dish magazine. It is all vegetables apart from some cheese and two eggs. How about that for healthy? The majority of the vegetables create a kind of pizza base which hangs together reasonably well as long as you bake it for long enough. I would suggest turning it in the oven a few times to get it browned evenly. Make sure you time the cooking of the asparagus so they are ready just as the base comes out of the oven. That way, you will have a hot meal.
And now a quick summary of The Taste of Auckland food festival, which I went to last weekend. My sister and I had a wonderful time sipping and nibbling on endless free offerings and bought a few small courses from the top chefs in Auckland. I had a prawn concoction from Euro Restaurant, which was packed with flavour but had very little substance and also a deconstructed cheesecake dessert. I am not sure why a cheesecake has to be deconstructed because it is pretty much perfection when whole. The crumbs skidding about the plate on their own were rather dry, though the ball of cheesecake was acceptable. Nothing to write home about, I would say. I then had one more wee desert from Kermadec. This was chocolatey and not too bad at all. But the tastings at the food stalls were delightful from the cupcakes to the various rich peppery olive oils. Yum! We drank lots of small hits of alcohol and I fell in love with the creamy limoncello. It rained and rained and then rained some more but it couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the event. We tottered off home, a little merrier than when we arrived, with our bags laden with spoils.
Despite all the yumminess, there really was very little that was photogenic so I only have two photos to show you. Because of the rain, we couldn’t step back away from the stalls and tents to even get an overall shot.