It’s been a crazy few days. I’ve gone back to a life I enjoy. Phew! Took me one and a half years to rediscover it! If you’re wondering what’s been going on, I just got a new job — in the food industry — and, at 10 minutes walking distance from my home. What could be better? Plus, I have a work space of my own where I am isolated from any noise (something I enjoy the most while working in my zone) or people.
And of course, nothing could stop me from browsing through food blogs. It’s my favourite thing to do, especially at work! I read recipes, put aside ones that I want to try and then share all the excitement with my sister, Tripti, and my friend Fatema, who are both amazing bakers.
So, Fatema recently posted a picture of her strawberry tart on her Facebook photo album called Food Delights, and I was instantly hooked! I dream of making the classic apple pie — which I just love — lemon meringue tarts, quiches, fruit tarts, etc, you get the gist. But, I’m too scared of getting the tart shell all wrong; it is tricky, you know! But, Fatty (which is what we call her with much love) just clinched it, and I’m so inspired! So, I requested and cajoled her to put up a guest post on this blog, and finally had to threaten her till she did it!
This is what it looked like. *drool
And, here’s what she had to write…
Hey everyone in the blog world and beyond! Now, I’m not on cloud no. 9 since Shanti here asked me to write a guest post! Well, that’s because I’m 80% nervous and 20% annoyed, and I have my reasons — I can’t write, I don’t have a blog and I don’t know what to say! I just bake for fun and part personal therapy (let’s not go there!). So, yeah she dragged me out of my happy place to write a post here, and I think I’ll just oblige, because she’s a real good friend and has always helped me overcome my fears! 🙂
So, one day, in my baking spree, I came across this really easy tart recipe, which I wanted to experiment with since I’d never tried making a tart or pie before, and the directions looked simple enough! I got the recipe from this website and halved it to fit in my 8-inch tart tin. Now, the no-bake part is the filling part; you still have to bake the tart! Another reason I wanted to bake this was to see what the big deal with mascarpone cheese is. Well, the deal is it’s very rich and creamy and a tad bit sour (unlike sour cream), and it’s very soft, which makes the filling in the tart lick-clean delicious! However, mascarpone is expensive, but there are various recipes where you can make it at home or just use a substitute! Also, also the original is a peach tart; I used strawberries since they were in season, and they sat fresh, plump and pretty as a red picture on my tart!
So, here’s a cool dessert for no particular occasion. Just try it and enjoy it while you do. And, then with every bite you take, a delightful calm will wash over you and your insides will smile just like the person watching you eat it! Hahaha…not in a creepy way, in the jealous way! 😛 And, Shanti this was fun, but let’s not do this again! Love you and your blog and most importantly all the fabulous food!