Bonjour Mon Amies,
I have been totally embracing and loving life. I just went up to a cabin in Lake Tahoe the past couple of days….just me and my dog. I watched the sunset over the mountains, made hot chocolate….. and a decadent chocolate strawberry tart. It was nice to just relax and hide away reading by the fire, enjoying the pleasures of a glass of wine with the mountain backdrop and baking. Solitude at its finest.
I have been quite busy and MIA – this blog is always in the back of my mind. Visiting with friends, travel, AND… I left my job. This was a big decision but one I am completely confident with. I really am a free spirit and feel a deep pull in my heart that I am just meant to be an entrepreneur…meant to run my own company. So my next adventure is to come and I took the plunge. Stay tuned!
Here are pictures from my lovely “French” inspired going away party from my company….this warmed me up for my lovely Provence trip next month. I just received an e-mail from Patricia Wells herself today! Pinching myself…. she spoke of her bountiful vegetable garden and the village markets we are visiting not to mention the wines we will learn about and taste when I arrive.
Salad Nicoise, Cafe Music, French theme….with eclairs, baguette and macarons.
Back to Tahoe… I made the most delicious chocolate tart with strawberries. It’s springtime and the strawberries looked delicious and I was craving something rich and chocolatey- so combined the two in a graham cracker crust! Delish!
Recipe to follow below… Happy Weekend Everyone! I have my sister’s wedding shower this weekend and then it’s Mother’s day!
Highly recommend this book if you are a francophile like me and want a nice summer beach read…
This recipe is “semi-homemade” and that’s A-Ok with me. I would usually whip up a pie crust from scratch but I was really into my books and not working too hard so I picked up a graham cracker crust at the store. Either way this is rich and delicious and very simple! Enjoy.
Strawberry Chocolate Tart
Store bought pie crust (9 inch) (I have graham cracker)
1 1/2 pints strawberries (de-stemmed/washed)
1/4 cup strawberry jam (heated with 2 tbsp hot water)
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tbsp water
-Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over simmering water; this will take about 15 minutes. When the chocolate is melted add the butter. Whisk quickly and add the confectioners sugar and water, continuing to whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
While the chocolate filling is still warm, spread it in the tart shell. The filling should be about 1/4 inch thick. Place the berries, tips up, over the warm chocolate filling in a circular motion working from the outside in until the surface is covered. Warm the glaze in a small saucepan over low heat until thin enough to brush easily then coat the berries evenly.
Refrigerate for two hours; remove from the refrigerator 45 minutes before serving.