I am a very early riser and sitting in the middle of a peaceful garden this morning at sunrise, not too hot yet, a light breeze, the most perfect weather, I have to share with you one of a series of tarts I did for a feature in Brilliant Baking Magazine.
The ingredients come from this Mediterranean garden and I have also used ricotta, a most common ingredient here that you will find any day in every local kitchen.
This is a salad in a healthy pie crust made with olive oil and pistachios.
You must not worry as some of you may think my cooking is too experimental but these flowers are those of common sage that we use every day in a Western kitchen and it is the season when they are flowering at the moment, beautiful at their peak. They are completley edible and taste exactly like the leaf, only a bit milder with a more delicate texture. Unlike the sage leaf, there is no toughness and they do not need to be cooked.
Follow the recipe for the pistachio pie crust and baking blind
For the filling, I have used the same ingredients you would use in a quiche, it is an uncooked quiche, a salad in a crust, on of many that I have made recently.
1 egg hard boiled
Maldon Salt and freshly ground pepper
200g Artichoke hearts, cooked and peeled, or shop bought, sliced
Some arugula leaves
A drizzle of olive oil
A squeeze of lemon, do not overdo it
Arrange the arugula on the cool pie crust. Cover with a thin layer of mashed up ricotta. Hard boil the egg and chop it up. Place on top of the ricotta. Neatly arrange the sliced artichokes on top of the pie. Top with the sage flowers. Season with maldon salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve.