Last week I was tagged by Wendy at A Wee Bit of Cooking on the subject of home with a meme for Refugee Week 2009. The campaign aims to raise awareness of refugees’ contributions to society through a wide range of cultural and educational programmes nationwide. Inspired by the the Simple Acts campaign encouraging people to do one little thing to understand the experience of being an exile a little better Wendy has provided a meme , “What Does Home Mean to You?” with the challenge post three photos which represent “home” to you and write a little about each one , check out her post here
Home is where the heart is
They say home is where the heart is and thats even more true recently for me. Nick and I have been together for a couple of years, commuting back and forth weekends between eachothers respective homes in the South West and Derbyshire. One Sunday a few months ago as the usual sadness at leaving settled in , packing my clothes up. I finally said enough and committed to making his home mine.
One of the most positive things about leaving my small studio flat in the centre of Bristol is having a garden. Which for me is an increasingly big part of home . I had brought seeds from my previous gardens , now scattered around the edible poppies & nasturtiums are coming into flower , we have also dug a vege-patch so increasingly we will be eating home-grown
Well this is a foodblog after all for my mum and step-dads were visit this weekend . I wanted to make something of a tribute to my new home in Derbyshire , Bakewell Tart. This dish was supposedly created by accident when an inexperienced cook was making a jam tart and forgot to put the almond egg mix into the pastry Not sure I believe the story but it’s a delicious tart reminiscent of a frangipane or even tart au citron.
125g plain flour
75g unsalted butter , cold and diced
25g caster sugar
1 egg yolk and white seperated
3 heaped tbsp cherry jam
150g unsalted butter , at room temperature
150g caster sugar
3 eggs , beaten
150g ground almonds
lemon , zested
- To make the pastry tip the flour, butter and sugar into a food processor . Whiz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the egg yolk and 1 tsp of cold water, pulse until the dough comes together.
- Cover and chill for 30mins.
- Roll out the pastry to 3mm thickness.
- Line a 20cm fluted tart tin with a depth of 31/2 cm. Prick the base with a fork. Heat the oven to 180degC.
- Line the pastry case with baking parchment . Cook for about 20 minutes til the pastry is a pale golden colour.
- Spread the jam in an even layer over the base of the pastry case.
- Cream together the butter and caster sugar, add the beaten eggs and egg yolk. Fold in the ground almonds and lemon zest.
- Spoon the mixture over the jam and spread level. Bake for 20 minutes. Scatter with the flaked almonds and continue to cook for a further 15-20 minutes until golden and set.
- Cool to room temperature, dust with icing sugar and serve with pouring cream or custard.
I am tagging
All of these blog for me a have a real sense of food and home if you want to have a go The rules are quite simple:
- Think about what home means to you.
- Titled “What Does Home Mean to You?”, post three photos which represent “home” to you and write a little about each one.
- Include a link to the Refugee Week website: http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk
- Tag five others to do the same ( sorry I have managed three)