Bacon Cheese and Leek Tart

by Meeta Wolff

This chapter is a free excerpt from What's For Lunch, Honey?.

There comes a point where the friendship reaches its final limit.You know no matter what you say or do, it will never ever shake their belief in you. You know there is no judgment, nor is there envy or jealousy. There is fun, a secret language and private jokes. When you have found that soul mate, you have all the pleasures and appreciation of enjoying a rock solid friendship. Friendships based on loyalty, understanding, appreciation and motivation is something to hang on to and never let go.

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There comes a point where the friendship reaches its final limit.You know no matter what you say or do, it will never ever shake their belief in you. You know there is no judgment, nor is there envy or jealousy. There is fun, a secret language and private jokes. When you have found that soul mate, you have all the pleasures and appreciation of enjoying a rock solid friendship. Friendships based on loyalty, understanding, appreciation and motivation is something to hang on to and never let go.

My sister-from-another-mother, Jeanne came to visit me in Weimar not long ago. If we told you we had been planning the trip for months, I am sure you can imagine how our excitement was building up. We celebrated from the minute I picked her up at the airport. For the four days we spent together, a-ha played endlessly on the iPod while stories of life, love and fantasies were shared. What else do two sisters do when they get together? Well we storm the first shoe store and buy shoes of course!

Never fear: we spent some time in the kitchen too (and it was not just to open bottles of wine and mix cocktails). We cooked, and tucked into a delicious yet very simple tart. The flavors of a herby cream cheese with smoky bacon and subtle leek bedded over flaky puff pastry was simply divine. The side of a rucola, cherry tomato and parmesan salad drizzled with a pumpkin seed oil and balsamic vinegar vinaigrette rounded off our late dinner perfectly.
Peabody
You had me at bacon.
AUGUST 21, 2010 10:44:00 PM GMT+02:00

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to approx. 180ºC (356ºF). Lightly brush the tart form with some melted butter and line it with the puff pastry.
  1. Sauté bacon cubes until crisp and golden. Then add the leeks, and continue to sauté for just a minute so that the leeks soak up the fat from the bacon. Check for seasoning and salt and pepper according to taste. Set aside.
  1. Spread the cream cheese onto the pastry, then add the bacon-leek mixture over the top. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden and crispy.
  1. Take out of oven and serve immediately with a large salad.
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