EAT: Lazy Sunday snacks…

It’s been raining AGAIN here. So we’ve hunkered down for a day in the house, cooking, cleaning and chilling. I took the opportunity to use up the plethora of onions, cheese and sundried tomatoes I found languishing in our fridge, and turned them into some yummy tartlets which I am now enjoying with a little tumbler of red wine while blogging away at the kitchen table.

These tartlets are super easy to make, (see the gallery below) – but essentially for the tomato ones, you need around 10-15 sundried tomatoes, one red chilli, two cloves of garlic, fresh thyme, and goats cheese or any other cheese (such as Cheddar, stilton etc – we used some left over Comte from our visit to Lyon recently). Put the tomatoes, garlic, chilli, a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar and some fresh thyme in a food processor and whizz to a fine paste (or chop them very very small if your processor is broken. Like mine, hmph.) Roll out some puff pastry (shop bought is fine) into squares or circles, they don’t have to be precise sizes, spread the paste over the middle, leaving a little space around the edge, cover with a few extra tomatoes and some cheese shavings, some sprigs of thyme and salt and pepper. Pop in the oven for 15-20mins.

For the onion ones, cook around 500g of onions or shallots, a garlic clove, thyme and rosemary sprigs, slowly over a low heat for about 30-40mins until they are meltingly tender. Spread over the pastry, and dress with some chopped olives and anchovies. Pop in the oven for 15-20mins.

You can eat them hot, straight from the oven, or cold with a salad and they keep for a day or so. Perfect for taking to work in a packed lunch. YUM.