I have had quite a morning, mostly burning energy and I’m feeling rather hungry now. I definitely need something that’ll replenish my energy levels and not take too much time to make.
I watch a lot of cooking shows and cooking competitions on TV and my favourte TV channels are ‘The Food network channel and BBC Lifestyle’. But as mentioned before, I don’t like recipes. So when I watch a cooking show and I see something I like, obviously I get inspired. But I mostly get inspired to make something completely different, only on occasions ( few and far inbetween) do I want to make what they made on the show. This is the reason my husband does not understand why I even bother watching them the whole day.
You see, cooking for me is about me, in my sacred space with my taste buds( I’m lucky my family shares the same taste)! And as soon as another person, be it in a recipe, gets involved, they’re are taking something away from my experience. This is why I suck so badly in desserts!
This lunch is one of those occasional moments, I watched Siba from ‘Siba’s table’ do it, and it looked simple and simply delicious.
You can check out the original recipe on: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/siba-mtongana/cape-town-tarts.html
So I’m making my version and interpretation of it. Bacon and Veg Tart.
Instead of Parma ham/ Proschuito, I’m doing bacon- I only have bacon in my fridge. I’m also scaling down the ingredients so I make only 2 servings. Otherwise I’ll have left overs I won’t eat.
For my filling, I’m using cheddar cheese instead of Blue cheese, also don’t have blue cheese in my fridge, and German Tilsit cheese instead of Parmesan, white onions instead of red, spring onions instead of chives and peppers(red/yellow-and green) instead of olives, and seasoning with salt and pepper. Basically, the point is, USE WHAT YOU HAVE! And what I have is what I like and prefer. So you don’t necessarily have to go the shop to buy ingredients.
I also made my cooking time in the oven 20 min instead of 15, and left to cool for 10 min so the tart can properly set. I told you I don’t like following directions 🙂
But this has better be edible, I am really starving! Worst case scenario, I rescue the bacon and put it on top of bread.
THE VERDICT: Not too bad even if I have to say so myself!