thru arrangements 4 of us worked the day (including the hostess), i sort of volunteered to fix the food and decided on mexican (as it's super easy and fast) and rustic plum tart as dessert. decided on this plum tart because, how shall i put this, i wasn't sure there would be a pie pan in the kitchen i was baking in.. surprise, there was!
decided to make the crust the night before, it would be well chilled, easy to transport and everyone has a rolling pin, right? here's what you need
recipe calls for yellow corn meal, which i didn't have so i put some semolina instead (worked fine), but in a pinch you could just add that amount of regular flour. it pays to actually chill everything, i usually skip this chilling (confession time), somehow the crust came out perfect (note, i had not done this before). the steel contraption? it's a pastry blender, if you don't have one, food processor works fine and that is actually what the recipe says to use. i do find this contraption very useful. actually, it might work for mashed potatoes as well
the blender leaves nice size butter pockets that help make the crust crisp
all packed, ready for fridge and baking later on
fresh from oven, it was served with whipped (real) cream with some vanilla extract and sugar in it. recipe doesn't call for it but i used some demerera sugar on top the crust to make it even more crispier. i was very happy on how this tart turned out, will definitely make it again to serve with mascarpone
my heap of mexican goodness on a corn tortilla, made a mess eating it (wasn't the only one!) there is letture, grated aged cheddar, tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa, chili beans, rosa mexicano guacamole, red onions, bell pepper, spicy chicken on top. i might have forgotten something...
turned out that the only thing needing improvising in the kitchen was using a bottle (empty!) of bubble as a rolling pin. she did have one (pink of all colors!) but little did i know that you're supposed to fill it with water in order for it work, oh well...
oh, girls! why do wear black socks?!?!?!
here's the fireplace at the shack, very handy as it's getting colder and we'll not be having a shortage on fire wood...