The lamb stew sounded interesting (I love stewed fruit and cardamom), but I don't eat lamb so I decided against making the recipe this week. Since I joined the FFWD group a year late, I decided to make one of the recipes everyone else made this time last year. I took a look at the list of completed recipes, and chose to try Gerard's Mustard Tart for dinner. I absolutely LOVE mustard - I usually have at least three different kinds in my fridge - and thought this would make a nice Sunday night meal.
Unfortunately, even though I was home all afternoon on Sunday I didn't read the recipe ahead of time, so I was pretty worried when I read through the crust recipe about 5:30 and realized that it called for four hours of resting time. Well, I knew that wasn't going to happen so I decided to try to improvise. I did all of the chilling in the freezer instead of the refrigerator, cut the times, and completely skipped the step of letting the crust cool before I filled it. The dough was a bit challenging to roll out and cracked in a couple of places when I pre-baked it, but I still thought it tasted great. Next time I'll try to follow the instructions better, and I'll be curious to see if it changes the flavor and/or makes things easier, but it didn't seem to be a big deal at all and I did save myself a couple of hours of waiting.
I wanted something fresh (and a bit healthy) to go with the tart, so I choose to make Dorie's Orange and Olive Salad, but to serve it over some lettuce I received from my CSA this week. The salad was very lightly dressed, so it tasted a bit bland once I added all of the lettuce. I think next time I would squeeze some of the oranges to make more of a vinaigrette, but we otherwise enjoyed the salad and thought it went well with the tart.
|Orange and Olive Salad|