The client is a no-nonsense kind of woman, who knows exactly what she wants and her brief was quite specific; I am to provide a three course meal for a board meeting of six people tonight. The starter must be served plated and the main course is to be served buffet style. Dessert will be served when the members end their meeting, with coffee. As I don’t know what time that will be, I thought tarts – at room temperature – would be ideal. I had a bottle of figs preserved in ginger syrup that I have been dying to try. I could blind bake my pastry shells early this morning and make up my custard filling; et voila. Very conveniently, I recently purchased six Le Creuset mini cocottes which are perfect for both transporting and serving my desserts and provide the perfect opportunity of entering Tandy’s Bake Something Sweet (that you’ve never baked before) and her Le Creuset competition together in one post; something I didn’t think I was going to achieve this week.

My little puds may not be the most photogenic entry to this challenge, but they sure smell like heaven and I’m certain they’ll get a nod of approval from my strict client.


73 Comments Add yours

  1. Amia says:

    I am not even the client and you have my nod of approval. and another nod. and another …..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Dankie, dankie, dankie 🙂

  2. earlybird says:

    Looks divine – I can almost smell it from here! But doesn’t the pastry go soggy in those thick pots? Even with baking blind.

    Good luck for the rest of the meal.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, I do hope they don’t go soggy. (The pots are really tiny, only 10cm across, so the stoneware walls aren’t that thick.)

  3. Ooh YUM! Hope you will share the recipe 🙂 Now I am going to have to buy these mini pots when I get home.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      No real recipe, I put the figs in and made up a thick, baking custard to cover them.

  4. Rosemary says:

    Wish I was at the that board meeting!

      1. theonlycin says:

        Wish both of you were there 🙂

  5. Leeswammes says:

    What a lot of serendipity there, Cindy. (I just wanted to try out that word. It’s not my favorite English word – that is “ubiquitous”).

    Good luck with the rest of the meal. I think you’ve got it all under control!

  6. Madmom says:

    Nods with approval!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Merci Madame 🙂

  7. sue chef says:

    What a good use for your little pots 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m enjoying them 🙂

  8. Rachelle says:

    Mommy, I’m hungry – it looks divine??

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m tempted 🙂

  9. colonialist says:

    Hope you are fit and frisky again.

    Yum – how do I get in on that meeting? I could take minutes or whatever!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Getting better, thanks Col, still a little dazed 😉

  10. Yummie! Hope you feel better with the sunshine outside!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, how was that rain last night ?!

  11. Tilly Bud says:

    Oo, yummy.

    May I be the first to say I don’t give a fig what your customer thinks: they look scrumptious and I don’t like figs.

    When I win the Euro Lottery will you come and chef for me?

    1. theonlycin says:

      But of course 🙂

  12. Tandy says:

    I just love your pots 🙂 Thanks for doing this challenge! Don’t forget to send the email as I need something for the prize draw 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you got the email? *holds thumbs*

  13. nursemyra says:

    Mmmm… looks delicious as usual

  14. Liane says:

    Nowadays I have such a sweet tooth. I’m very much tempted and I’m sure your client is going to not just be pleased, but impressed 🙂 Wish I was in that meeting 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sweetie 🙂

  15. granny1947 says:

    Oh my word but you are so talented!!!

  16. Naomi says:

    Nod, nod, nod – love it all! Cheers to your wonderful catering work, Cindy. I shall have to spread the word 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bless you, Naomi 🙂

  17. adeeyoyo says:

    Great idea, Cindy. The tarts look wonderful and I can almost smell them… 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I must say, the kitchen really smells dreamy 🙂

  18. mairedubhtx says:

    Looks great and I can smell them from here! Mmmmm!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, smell still lingers 🙂

  19. Baglady says:

    Hmm I love those pots…Your pudding looks amazing. I dont think she can fault it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      She didn’t 🙂

  20. Tes says:

    What a cute pot! And those looks delicious 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tes, they are cute hey?

  21. suzicate says:

    I’m sure those tarts will be a smashing success or else we will call you client a tart!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, she the last thing from a tart 😀

  22. that sounds so very good. wonderful idea

    1. theonlycin says:

      They have cinnamon 🙂

  23. slpmartin says:

    The tarts look just delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Charlie 😀

  24. There’s the secret, Cin. That’s the difference between a cook and an artist in the kitchen. You have ideas galore and your soul is behind every one of them!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Amy, you’re so kind 🙂

  25. nrhatch says:

    Individual custards and desserts are such FUN!

    Hope your tarts are a smashing success.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very nice thank you sms from client 🙂

  26. Those are so cute! I love the way you are so organzied and able to manage all of that catering/cooking.

  27. Gracious, this is the right profession for you, Cindy! You didn’t seem phased by the brief and are happy enough to freestyle with figs even when they are a departure for you. What an artist!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Kate 🙂

  28. The only problem with the dessert (it looks fab!) is that it has figs. . .yuck. I have forgotten to add to my very small list of things I do not like the taste of and thus will not eat knowingly or voluntarily: figs. THe rest are cilantro (another word for soap), green olives, anise/licorice, carraway seed, coffee. There might be a few other things, but, for now – that’s all I ask you to avoid when I come visit you! 😀

  29. bluebee says:

    oooh, I hope you kept one of those for yourself – scrumptious, indeed

    1. theonlycin says:

      I didn’t, but wish I had 😉

  30. Sounds heavenly to me. I’m in the mood for dessert and coffee right now. Blessing to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      And to you, Carol 🙂 xxx

  31. wow. all i can say is wow!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Doc 🙂

  32. libraryscene says:

    figs in ginger syrup…yes, please ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Here you go … *hands over bottle*

  33. BB says:

    Figs… I know they have some kind of passionate, sexy, romantic, ‘royal’ & extravagant connotation – but I can’t stand them! Not in jams, desserts or any way or form. 🙄 Sad thing is they always LOOK so wonderful – also on a cheese/savoury platter – but I so wish they tasted different!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just adore them 🙂

  34. Jamie Dedes says:

    Tasti and clever. Trus it was well received.

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