Sunday 19th October 2008Spring Asparagus, Lemon and Olive Cottage Tart
Looking around the garden it is easy to understand why the Northern hemisphere chose Spring to celebrate new life and the Christian holiday of Easter. Seeds are pushing forth, fresh vibrant greens and more beautiful colours appear every which way. And even while I sit and write here I'm able to enjoy watching a flurry of dickie birds, racing back and forth from the lawn to the trees, finding grubs and worms to feed their newborn young. Even if I couldn't see them, I would still know what was going on from the chorus of twittering and the short bursts of silence when the Mama and Papa bird return with their tucker.
We are so fortunate to see many creatures come and go about their busyness here on our wee 5 acres. There are not many days we aren't visited by some wild hares, bunnies, Pukeko, Paradise Ducks or simple mallards. The feathered couples we've seen dedicately foraging for food over Winter, now come and show off their cute little babies. We count them 1, 2, 3,... 7 little ducklings. Sadly often by the time I get my camera ready, they've moved on over to the neighbours - which is probably just as well with our two black panthers on the loose. Besides that, the fact is I'm not too happy about them thinking my vegetable garden is an all you can eat buffet!
This "buffet table" is also under threat by our own hens at times, however they are fun to watch too and are supplying us abundantly with super-sized fresh eggs each and every day, especially now the days are longer, whereas through Winter we would only get 2 or 3 a day.
Armed with a gorgeously fresh bunch of asparagus last Monday, I knew I wanted to make a tart. Yet, I wasn't feeling like the rich cream and many egg laden tart you often find enveloping asparagus. That's when I was reminded of images past, images of La Tartine Gourmande's Spring Legume Tarts. I looked through the Spring months (that's March, April, May in the Northern Hemisphere) of Bea's blog, and sure enough there were the images I had remembered - I'm sure you'll agree Bea's photos are hard to forget?!
I knew at once this was the kind of tart I wanted to make.
The lemons in my fruit bowl were beckoning me too, so I knew I had to incorporate them in some way. Actually I welcomed their zesty flavour to the mix. Some Kalamata olives and oregano would finish my Spring tarts nicely.
Spring Tarts inspired by Béa - so imagine my surprise when later in the week when I returned to Béa's blog, to see she had posted the most exciting news, perfectly timed for our Spring - the season of New Life!
Congratulations Béa and Phillip - these are for you!
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