Asparagus Tart

Asparagus Tart

Spring is here!

Yes, do your own little happy dance, as asparagus are in season! Time to celebrate spring! 

This lovely asparagus tart is the low-fuss kind. Quick and easy. No troubles in the kitchen. Yet… absolutely stunning on the dinner table. A pretty little centerpiece for a picnic in the park. Or a family brunch. Or serve as a healthy light meal accompanied with a simple side salad (for example made of rocket salad, cherry tomato mix and balsamic glaze).

This tart has lovely flavors with basil, goat cheese and lemon zest. Beautiful, sophisticated and delicious. What are you waiting for? Go on! Have a spring party and show off your cooking skills :)

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Asparagus Tart
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Puff Pastry
  2. 3 Eggs
  3. Goat Cheese (3.5oz/100g)
  4. Cooking cream (1/2 cup / 125g)
  5. 2 handful fresh Basil Leaves
  6. Green Asparagus (1lb / 500g)
  7. 1 Lemon (for zest)
  8. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Roll the puff pastry into a rectangle fitting to the size and amount of aspargus. Place pastry on a baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, lightly score the pastry one inch from the edges to make a inner rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals. Brush a tin layer of egg wash over the pastry, to give a glaze to it. Bake until golden and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove pastry shell from oven. In a blender or food processor mix 2 handful of basil leaves, 1/2 cup cooking cream, the goat cheese and 2 eggs. Spread the mixture evenly over the pastry.
  4. Trim the bottoms of the asparagus, arrange crosswise in a single layer in the pastry shell on top of the cheese mixture, alternating ends and tips. Sprinkle over some salt, pepper and lemon zest. Bake until the asparagus are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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6 Ways To Serve Caprese

6 ways to serve Caprese

Buon Appetito!

In prospect that I’m going to spend my summer holidays in Italy, I’ve got inspired by Caprese salad, or Insalata Caprese. The famous Italian salad made of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Insalata Caprese is sometimes called insalata tricolore, referring to the three colors of the Italian flag: the red, white and green. Six fun variations of this classic summer salad:

 

1. Classic Insalata Caprese
Classic Insalata Caprese

The original Insalata Caprese is a very simple yummy salad. Combine fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Try to get your ingredients as fresh as possible.

 

2. Caprese Sandwich
Caprese Sandwich

Pick your favorite Italian bread (for example ciabatta or forcaccia). Slice and spread with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Roast 1 tablespoon pine nuts, combine with 1 peeled garlic clove in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and garnish with a few basil leaves. If preferred you can also toast or grill your sandwich to make a panini.

 

3. Sweet Caprese Peach Salad
Caprese Peach Salad

Make a lovely sweet summer salad from fresh sliced peaches, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, sprinkle over basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

4. Caprese Wrap Rolls
Caprese Wraps

A great party snack! Spread a wrap with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Start by roasting 1 tablespoon of pine nuts. Combine the roasted pine nuts and 1 peeled garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Roll, cut into bitesize portions and serve!

 

5. Caprese Zucchini Noodles
Caprese Zucchini Noodles

A quick & easy lunch or dinner, that looks stunning on the plate. Turn your zucchini into noodles and toss with cheerful cherry tomatoes, little mozzarella’s and a fresh basil pesto. Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Caprese Salad Skewers
Caprese Skewers

These elegant and cute caprese salad skewers are a lovely party snack or side dish at a dinner party! Add a cherry tomato, basil leave and mini-mozzarella on a skewer. Serve with basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Cream

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Enjoy

The healthiest, best-tasting dessert. Quick and easy, only three ingredients. And the flavors mix perfectly!

Start off with a perfect ripe pineapple. Picking a perfect pineapple can be tricky. The leaves on the crown should look green, healthy and fresh. The pineapple should feel plump and firm. You can choose your pineapple based on the ease of pulling out a leaf from the top.

Fresh pineapple is an excellent source of manganese and Vitamin C, so delicious and nutritious on its own! But to turn it into a mouthwatering summer BBQ dessert, try grilling it with and serving it with some whipped coconut cream on the side. Fun for summer parties! 

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Cream
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Pineapple, ripe
  2. 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  3. 1 cup Coconut Cream
  4. (Optional: brown sugar/ ice cream)
Instructions
  1. Whip the coconut cream and set aside in little bowls.
  2. Cut the pineapple into 6 wedges. Make sure to slice off the hard middle core.
  3. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill or grill pan. Grill the pineapple pieces, on each side, until tender and golden (about 3-5 minutes).
  4. Sprinkle over some cinnamon and serve warm with whipped coconut cream on the side. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you're a real sweet tooth, sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
  2. Also delicious with a scoop of ice cream on the side!
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