You can tell that I have a paper due when I bake a lot. It is nice because I can study and take time out to bake and it calms me.
Saturday I made lemon poppy seed shortbread cookies. They were a nice little snack to have around, I just took a plain shortbread cookie recipe and added 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and about 4 tablespoons poppy seed. You have to chill in the fridge a lot longer since the lemon juice adds more moisture. I have been craving citrus sweets.
Then Sunday was my brother law Andrew's birthday, and I wanted to make something that I have never made before. I have never made a tart and I have always wanted to try a recipe from my French-American culinary hero, the Latartine Gourmande. She has beautiful recipes, but her food photography has a special place in my heart. The recipes also have interesting stories that accompany the food. So I decided to be brave and try her Lime Cream Tart with Sweet Almond tart shell. I was in the kitchen all day! Her recipe is for the tarts to be bite sized, but I don't have petit four tins, so I made one tart with my tart pan from daiso.
The shell was fairly easy.... I wish mine was a little more pretty, but that will just take more practice on my end.
The lime custard was harder, I cooked it in a water bath on too high a temp and it curdled. When this happend, my phone was ringing and Andrew and his girlfriend showed up all at once. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I let it cool and took a break. After it chilled in the fridge for awhile, it got it's proper consistency back!!!! All was well in the world again!!!!!
I added a little shaved dark chocolate to the custard and filled the tart shell.
The tart is very yummy, best enjoyed in small doses so that you don't overdose on the flavor. Funny thing was that we never ended up eating the birthday tart on Andrew's b-day, we were all too full from dinner!
Here is our bentos that we had today, we both worked and I finally got to enjoy my bento at the office. The sakura shaped veggies are in honor of the cherry blossoms I am currently enjoying here in Portland. On walks I will stop and just soak in the blossoms at random. Each day there are more and more!
Bunny's had pork and salad, mine was my favorite bread and cheese with a salad.