As you can probably tell, I haven’t done much cooking around here. I just got back from travelling around two weeks ago and haven’t really cooked since. To be honest I haven’t cooked at all since my departure to Indonesia. That makes almost 2 months of absence in the kitchen (gasp!!)! Well okay, I fry eggs and toast my bread for breakfast. But we wouldn’t start calling that cooking would we? Let me just say that I’ve had my mind on something else other than cooking lately. But we’ve been eating out way more than I’d like to admit. Especially to the same old restaurant for several days in a row. And especially when the waiter starts throwing winks at you. I take that as a sign that something critical needs to be done, in my own kitchen. Gah! I miss cooking!
Let’s not even talk about the many FFwD recipes that I’ve missed this month. Would you believe that I was even going to miss this week’s recipe? I was going to pull the usual lame excuse: Oh I’ve no time! Then I thought to myself that time was not really an issue. Any self-respecting dorista would pull this off in no time. It is just too simple to be missed. It takes seconds to assemble and even faster to devour.
I have to admit though that I don’t care much for “diet” food. First words that come to mind are bland, boring and beurk (although it might not necessarily be true). I’ve never even been on a real diet. Rather than go through the emotional torture that is diet, I prefer to eat everything (with moderation of course) and then go burn it off later with a game of tennis. Anyway, the problem with this recipe for me had less to do with it being a “diet” food and more with the use of cottage cheese. Like always, I wanted flavours. Big bold flavours. And cottage cheese just wasn’t going to cut it for me (sorry, I’m really just not a fan). So I subbed it with full cream goat cheese (heck yeah!). And remember those divine pistachio oil? Well I made some more and splashed it on top of my (not so) dieter’s tartine. The result was a kick-ass breakfast. I will definitely be making this again.
Now if you’ll excuse me, the gym is calling my name.
(Not) Dieter’s Tartine (in 5 steps)
- Slice a piece of bread. You can toast it if you’d like.
- Dice a tomato and a little cucumber. Try not to include the seeds.
- Dump them into a bowl along with some herbs (thyme, chives, anything you like). Add a couple of splash of olive oil/ any other flavourful oil. I used pistachio oil. Add a touch of pepper and a shake of salt.
- Put some slices of goat cheese on top of your bread, then top it off with the cucumber/tomato mix.
- You’re good to go!
The complete recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table”.
- Dorie Greenspan’s book: “Around My French Table”
- French Fridays with Dorie
- Amazon page for Dorie’s book