Friday, October 8, 2010

FFWD: Gérard's Mustard Tart



This is my first French Fridays (FF) post! We are starting in on Dorie Greenspan's new book - Around My French Table (AMFT).



I'm especially excited because Dorie selected the October 2010 recipes herself! It's so cool to have the author interacting with our blogalong group. To be honest, I would have never bought this book if not for this group.
1) I prefer baking over cooking
2) I'm not a huge fan of French food

But I *AM* a huge fan of Dorie's, so here I am. Challenging myself and widening my palate's horizons. This tart was a nice ease-into the group. It was something I'm used to; Something a lot like a quiche. I used 1/2 the amount of mustard called for in the recipe because I served it to my 3 year old and didn't want to overwhelm his tastebuds. It was fragrant and delicious in its balance of smooth, eggy filling and al dente crunch of the carrots and leeks.

Now that I've got my feet wet I'm looking forward to the other recipes this book has to offer. The beautiful food photos alone are worth the $25 in my opinion.

36 comments:

Monica said...

Well I can tell you this... this book is going to be your passage to liking french food and making more savory dishes.

Your tart looks yumm-yumm! I had the last piece for breakfast this morning!

Danielle said...

I prefer baking over cooking too.. it's just more fun!

That tart looks pretty good though. I've always wanted to make a tart but if I have to make the crust it always seems really hard.

Karen said...

I am with you on preferring baking over cooking but I think this will be a very fun group. Gorgeous tart! :)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

I prefer baking as well, but it's DORIE!! :D

And your tart is gorgeous, too!

Brenda said...

What a fantastic looking tart, Tia, you did a great job. And I bet it tastes divine! I really need to get a Dorie cookbook and a Bittman cookbook. I feel so left out, lol!

onewetfoot said...

Yours looks so professional!

gaaarp said...

Great job! Your tart looks fantastic! I'm an equal opportunity chef/baker, although I've been doing a lot more baking lately. I'm looking forward to learning some French cooking and introducing my family to French food.

Flourchild said...

We have two things in common here..this was my first FF and I would rather bake then cook!! Im exited to stretch myself in the cooking dept! Your tart is looking great! Im glad you enjoyed it. I look fwd to the soup!!

spike. said...

I agree, a good recipe to ease into cooking and french food. your tart looks lovely

Ariel said...

Your tart looks great! I think this is going to be a fun adventure. I see that you aren't a huge fan of French food. I wonder if this will change your mind?

Renee said...

Gorgeous!! It's great to be cooking along with you.

jillbert said...

Your tart looks beautiful! This was so good, and so was last week's recipe - you should give that one a try too.

Cristine said...

Your tart looks gorgeous!

Frolicking Night Owl said...

Love the name of your blog! :) I have to agree with you ... I'd rather be baking, not really into French food, but I love Dorie, so here I am cooking along with AMFT. Beautiful photo!

Laura said...

Thanks! I'm definitely much more of a baker but joined the group to learn some great french recipes! The P's & Q's have been so helpful. Lovely tart!

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping in. I love that all you bakers are doing this. I am the complete opposite. I love to cook and I rarely bake. We can all help eachother. You with baking me with cooking.

luciacara said...

Your tart looks great - did your 3-year-old like it??

Sis. Boom. said...

I'm the opposite of you. Baking scares me but cooking is comfort for me. This one was a bit of both! Your photo composition WINS! Lovely!
Trevor Sis Boom.

Mary said...

Me too! I am more of a brownie fan than a french food fan but I am a dorie fan which I guess trumps everything else.

Elaine said...

It turned out lovely! Good idea to tone down the mustard for your 3-year old. Great photo!

Candy Girl said...

Your tart looks beautiful and delicious! I agree with you about the book's beauty being well worth the $25 price tag.

Jaime said...

I am with you... I prefer baking, not cooking...and only some french food. but I love Dorie so I'm going to cook along when I can.

great job on the first recipe!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Beautiful tart! I can't wait to try it with the leeks and carrots.

K said...

Savory baking feels almost like 'cheating cooking' to me :) ie you get the fun/pleasure of baking but end up with a whole meal. Lovely job!

K @saffronandhoney

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Beautiful photo.

Monica said...

Your tart looks lovely! I'm also in the baking over cooking group, so I'm very excited to try new things with this group!

mike said...

Hey - we're in the same boat. New territory for me too! But loving it and actually enjoyed making my tart! You would never know - your tart is beautiful - looks like a pro made it! Nicely done!

Lindsay said...

Your tart looks great! I should have baked mine a tad longer to brown more.

Katrina said...

I'm the same and totally agree with your 1 & 2! But also--it IS Dorie. And your tart looks perfect! I made minis. Pretty good, since I don't love mustard.

carascravings said...

Oh my goodness, that tart is stunning!

rebecca said...

looks beautiful! My book didn't arrive till this morning so I'll be starting late :(. However I think I might try it tonight. it just looks so delicious!!

Jayne said...

Your tart came out great!

Jacque said...

I'm kind of surprised I'm in this group since I'm like you... more of a baker. Your tart looks wonderful. Nice work!

Clivia said...

Your tart is gorgeous! So many of us in the group are French food newbies. This will be fun.

clwagner said...

Your tart looks delicious! So do your two bite blondies, a must try for me.

Serene said...

I'm much more of a cook than a baker, but even so, this book is challenging me -- there's a lot of baking involved for someone like me. :-)