For the perplexed the lovely Cooksister set me the theme of Tarts for this months Waiter Try Out . The event alternates host between myself, Jeanne and Johanna The Passionate Cook each month. For December each of us is to assign another host one of the Waiter themes from 2008; Jeanne selected Topless Tarts for me with the erroneous assumption that I would go for one of the many dessert options. Admittedly I was mighty tempted but ran with this Potato Tart from The Food Traveller.
As per the instructions I substituted Taleggio for the suggested Strachitunt cheese; the former being stocked locally the other meeting blank stares from the deli staff. As an addition a sprinkling of parsley adds a little colour. The pastry I made myself using a mixture of butter and lard (’cause I had a smidge stuck in the fridge).
The wine match was less successful; I should have opted for a crisp Italian white as the ‘on offer at Waitrose’ Loire Sauvignon was lacklustre and disappointing; certainly not worth a write-up on Spittoon.
What remained of the tart was served with Lamb Shanks the following day. Next time, and there will be a next time, I’m thinking a layer of spinach and/or pancetta would make for a worthy addition.