nectarine tart

Fig, Mint & Nectarine Mini Yogurt Tarts.

What a month it has been. My hosting server was hacked. My hosting account shut down (thrice!). My phone died. My computer faced its own set of confusion and woes. Any self-respecting California girl would throw up her hands, call it Mercury retrograde, and spend the rest of the day cuddling with crystals. Alas, Mercury is not retrograde and I happen to prefer my astrology not at all. (I knowwww! I used to be a yoga teacher and errythang! What happened to me?! That’s a story for another time.)

Because now, at the end of a week that was all about time learning it’s ok—like REALLY ok—to ask for help, I decided to throw up my hands and make these gorgeous little mini tarts.

They won’t remove malware on your hacked hosting account, they don’t know how to reboot the software on your sick little iPhone, and they damn well haven’t got a clue as to how to fix the enduring problem of race and class in America (listen to this, if you haven’t already), but they do have a way of soothing a ravaged soul.

Get the recipe and read more here!

20 questions tag

I was tagged by @eliz1369 — thanks!
Rules: Answer 20 questions and tag 20 followers you would like to get to know better!

Nicknames: Shell, Mimi (by family members)
Zodiac Sign: Libra and Pig
Height: 5′2″
Ethnicity: White? American?
Orientation: we’re getting awfully nosy here, aren’t we?
Favorite Fruits: Nectarines, tart mangos, strawberries, apricots
Favorite Season: Fall and winter (unless it’s super rainy)
Favorite Books: Oye. This is like opening Pandora’s box… I’ll try to limit it. Jane Eyre, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, The Merchant of Venice, and god so many more I’m drawing a blank
Favorite Flowers: roses, gardenia and honeysuckle (just not inside — headache!), wysteria, oddly enough kudzu flowers
Favorite Animals: cats, some dogs, unicorns (don’t judge me, I know they aren’t real)
Favorite Beverage: I don’t know that I have an absolute favorite, but I’m partial to Diet Coke, Diet Cream Soda, Diet Grapico, Diet Sunkist (can you tell I prefer diet? LOL)
Average Hours of Sleep: About 6 or 7. (unless I’m binge playing/watching/reading)
Favorite Fictional Characters: Aw jeez. Have I not mentioned before my difficulties in listing favorites? Ummm…. you know what, rather than me sit here and try to figure it out…just hang out around my blog for a while, you’ll figure it out.
Number of Blankets You Sleep With: 1 sheet, 1 comforter
Dream Trip: ??? I have no idea. How about we go way out there and say to a fictional land/‘verse
Blog Created: February 2016, but first post wasn’t until April 
Number of Followers: 76 (y’all are crazy. I love you, but you’re crazy for following this hot mess)

Tagging:  well, since I don’t know who has been tagged and who hasn’t… consider yourself tagged and do it if you want.

I am a big fan of stone fruit and nectarines are my fave! This easy recipe takes just a short while to make and can be served hot or cold.

Nectarine and Almond Tart
1 roll all butter puff pastry ( or normal if you can’t find)
4-5 Ripe nectarines
125ml ground almonds
125 ml flaked almonds
125 ml butter
125 ml sugar
5 ml cinnamon
5ml all spice

NB *Thaw puff pastry night before*
Roll out puff pastry on a greased baking sheet. Systematically fold the edges of the puff pastry over to create a lip for the tart.
Heat butter, sugar, spices and ground almonds over a low heat until it has all melted.
Slice nectarines into equal sized slice ( I cut mine into thin wedges)
Spread butter mixture all over pastry.
Layer nectarines across pastry in rows.
Egg wash the borders of the puff pastry for a nice golden edge.
Sprinkle a bit of extra sugar over the top and bake as per pastry baking instructions.
I take mine out a few minutes before it needs to and sprinkle teh flakes almonds over the nectarine tart so they can brown  a bit.
Makes 8 very generous portions or 16 lady size portions. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or stiff whipped cream.

Photo & Styling by Michy P