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French Food Friday...Smoked Salmon, Spinach, and Zucchini Tart


photo and recipe from here


Gifts from our lovely French neighbour consist of a couple of courgettes and some more eggs direct from her farm.

Normally I make friands when I have an over supply of eggs but this week I am in the mood for something savoury.

Hence this recipe is most appealing....

Smoked Salmon, Spinach, and Zucchini Tart
Makes an 11-inch (28 cm) tart
You need:
  • Pâte brisée (Tart dough) of your choice (mine is a new crust recipe from the new book); use this recipe for reference if you don’t have a favorite
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 g) spinach leaves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 7 ounces (200 g) smoked salmon
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 g) zucchini, finely sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Steps:
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C) and garnish a mold with the crust. Make small holes at the bottom and place in the fridge while you prepare the topping.
  • Blanch the spinach in salted water for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs with the heavy cream and fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste (remember the smoked salmon will bring some salt).
  • Add 3/4 of the smoked salmon at the bottom of the tart.
  • Arrange the slices of zucchini and spinach on top.
  • Pour the egg batter over and add the rest of the smoked salmon (it’s nice when its color peaks through the flan).
  • Add chopped parsley and bake the tart for 40 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes before slicing. Serve with a generous salad on the side.
bon appetit à tous, Leeann

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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

Last weekend we bought a lot of wine cases as we thought that they would make good storage, as shown in the photo above.

I particularly liked the idea of making a set of drawers with them or perhaps even a serving tray like this.

{photo from here}
We have quite a few boxes and wine box ends so any ideas that you have would be gratefully received...
Mille mercis et bonne semaine a tous.....

Leeann x

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