Dreary weather.


Lunch at the home of friends today, haven’t seen them since Christmas.


Mountain sojourn on Tuesday.

The Topless Tart:

Jeanne Horak Druiff was one of the speakers at the Food & Wine Blogger Indaba I attended in February. Until then, I wasn’t aware of her award-winning blog. I have since been following her and this month she is hosting the Monthly Mingle, her sister Meeta’s monthly event.  The theme is Topless Tarts.

My contribution:

1 roll puff pastry

1 packet chopped bacon

1 packet baby spinach leaves

1 camembert cheese round

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

Handful of chopped spring onions

Dried rosemary and pepper to taste

I sautéed the bacon bits until they were crisp, turned of the heat and added the spinach leaves to wilt. I laid this mixture onto the pastry and topped with the cheese, tomatoes, onions and seasoning and baked at 180C for 35 minutes. 

Before posting this, I Googled the ingredients to check that my tart was original. Alas, I find that Oprah magazine featured something similar in April 2010, albeit a galette and not a tart.

Food trivia for the day from foodreference.com:

24 April 1994 The world’s largest lollipop, 3,011 pounds, is made inDenmark.

Why, I ask you, why?


Here is the link to the roundup of all the contributions to this challenge:



54 Comments Add yours

  1. souldipper says:

    Cindy, this looks simply divine. This is going to be one of my next cooking projects. Don’t let my friends on to your blog or they’ll be bugging me endlessly! Besides, I may want to eat the whole thing myself. There are times when a woman has to take a stand even against our best buddies.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL Amy, you are too funny 🙂

  2. deepercolors says:

    Sounds good. Have fresh (from the garden ) spinach now and a little green onion (won’t bulb for a long time though and tomatoes won’t be here until at least June -Just planted them from the greenhouse today to the garden.)
    Oh well, store bout for some of is is better than nothing. Going to give it a try. Any other cheese acceptable besides camembert?
    Thanks. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I should think any cheese will do, Caro 🙂

  3. the topless tart revealed, and she isn’t some floozy who cares little about the weather

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, yes, not me in the kitchen sans tracksuit 😉

      1. phew!

        that cat is a cat-version of fritzel, his owner just has access to great editing software

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh, thank goodness it doesn’t really look like that 😉

  4. Pseu says:

    I make a tart / pizza thingy in a similar way, but use a scone dough base pushed into a dish with my knuckles. This looks delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your scone dough sounds very interesting!

  5. Griet says:

    Good Morning Cin, this looks utterly devine. Going to give it a try. Enjoy your lunch with friends.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Grieta *heart*

  6. earlybird says:

    This looks absolutely delicious.

    Is there really any completely ‘new’ recipe? 🙂 I reckon any new cookery book I buy might have one ‘new’ recipe I’ll use – and that’s often a slant on something similar. That having been said, it’s the tiny differences that make ALL the difference. (If you see what I mean!)


    1. theonlycin says:

      You are right, it’s all in the individual interpretation, but I am always afraid of inadvertantly ‘stealing’ someone’s recipe. 🙂

  7. nursemyra says:

    Mmmm….. pastry and bacon!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Make you happy? 🙂

  8. Tilly Bud says:

    I guess the rest of Europe wasn’t interested; that’s why. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That may explain it 😉

  9. Leeswammes says:

    Such an easy tart, but it looks so delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think I’ll add olives next time I make it 🙂

  10. Artswebshow says:

    That tart looks good, its exactly the sort of thing i would devour

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll remember that when you visit 🙂

  11. nice approach w the down/up/forward frame

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a nice enough discipline to do this once a week, I find, Doc 🙂

  12. Hope my proxy beach walk this morning helped your dreary weather. 😉
    Your topless tart looks outstanding.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy, your beach looks like heaven 🙂

  13. colonialist says:

    I think the men swarmed in here, but somehow the dish didn’t quite live up to expectations.

    Maybe you should have substituted the chopped bacon with whole breasts.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahahaha Col, norty!

  14. mairedubhtx says:

    Your tart looks wonderful. Hope you enjoyed making it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I did, thank you 🙂

  15. Aw, that tart looks amazing, Cindy: might use it to dazzle the 11 who are coming for dinner tomorrow..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooh, that’s a crowd , Kate, good luck 🙂

  16. nrhatch says:

    A “topless tart” . . . what a hussy! 😉

    Hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains. How long is the trip going to be?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Just three days, Nancy.

  17. This looks delicious. I might be able to do this. I’ll have to look for puff pastry. I suppose I could get it from a bakery. Thank you for a great recipe. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Should find it in the frozen foods isle of your supermarket, Carol 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Off to your stove 🙂

  18. You learn something new every day! All along I thought a topless tart was a naked whore!

    1. theonlycin says:

      ROTFLMAO, naughty Paula!

      1. Hey, Cindy! Next time you ROTFLYAO would you get your Hubs or Bunn to take a photo? I sure would like to see that!

        Also – naughty? Me? I think NOT! I’m a pastor’s wife, and only speak the truth in love. . .and let’s face it, you gotta love those naked whores!

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh, Paula, you have me chortling over here and trying to muffle so as not to wake the family 😉

  19. SuziCate says:

    Laughing too hard at Paula’s comment to come up with my own remark!!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She is too funny 😉

  20. libraryscene says:

    it look fabulous…Oprah, who??… you’re theonlycin, in my book it’s an original!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, lovely comment 🙂

  21. Liane says:

    Lollipop… world’s largest… I wonder who is looking and who is licking… haha *shivering*y-u-c-k*

  22. Tokeloshe says:

    Looks and sounds great!

  23. Jamie Dedes says:

    Yum! Love tomatoes and bacon together. The whole thing is a great combo.

  24. Sally says:

    When I’m having friends over I often make a tart – it’s always made with love isn’t it?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Sally, love is the secret ingredient 🙂

  25. That looks delicious!!!
    I am so very bored with everything i am cooking these days, need to start looking through all your awesome recipes for nice quick ideas. At least the ingrediants would be readily available…. and I know that you are anal about measurements and how they are done…. So it could only be simple- right.

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