It’s Picnic time !

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Hello everyone !

We are melting in NY, the heat is unbearable at times, but there is a bright side: you can enjoy many activities outdoors, like Picnics !

We were lucky with my BF to have a super cute garden for a few days and decided to have a picnic , and although the day was beautiful and we were able to put everything out on the grass for a few minutes and make nice pictures , after a while began to rain. ..buuuu , so we ended up eating under an umbrella. It doesn’t matter cause any excuse is good to eat tarts ! sweet or savory, quiche, pie, in this case gallete . A very very simple version of a picnic pie that you can also eat on the couch if you want ! Be sure to save some portions to be eaten at breakfast time with coffee ! or pack it and take them to work! Yummm

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Go away rain clouds !!!!!

Also, the good thing about galettes is that they are so versatile, you can put any flavor to your pastry by adding herbs, cheese, or cinnamon if you decide to go the sweet side. And same with the filling, you can use any vegetables in your fridge or fruit for sweet ones.

The pastry is so easy to make that once you dominate that, you’ll be making galettes no matter the season or occasion. It’s a great vegetarian dish and it can go along with some simple salad and wine. We ate this tart with a simple tomato, onion and balsamic vinegar salad and mixed olives. And off course wine.

Hernan also made his galette! and ate it with friends sitting in the grass. I don’t know what their friends think about him now, they might wonder why he stopped making barbecues and started baking picnic pies. Do they hate the girlfriend who makes him cook vegetarian recipes? I would be so happy if a friend suddenly starts cooking for me,  but in the world of film making i don’t know how that looks lol.

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Anyway, enjoy the last days of summer, if you are in the north, bake pies and make a picnic, or if you are in the south, eat pie in bed watching the movie we recommend on this post.

This pastry can be used also to make sweet galettes, with fruit for example. Just add brown sugar or honey and skip the herbs.

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Mixed mushroom and ricotta galette

Serves 4

Pastry:

2 cups whole wheat flour (you can replace with almond or oats meal)

3/4 cup unsalted chilled butter,  diced in small cubes ( 1 1/2 stick)

1 large egg

1 cup ice cold water

Salt, pepper and dry  or fresh thyme to taste

For  the filling

1  cup fresh ricotta cheese

1 large egg

2 cups fresh mixed mushrooms, thinly sliced  (cremini, shitake or any fresh mushroom you find)

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 bunch fresh thyme (you can use rosemary, oregano, marjoram)

Salt, pepper, olive oil

Butter and flour for parchment

I used toasted almonds, fresh parsley and feta cheese to top my galette. You can use any nuts or seeds  and fresh herbs you like.

Preparation:  

1. Mix the flour, salt and herbes in a large bowl. Add the butter and toss until coated.  Using your fingers and palms, work the butter into smaller, irregular pieces, moving quickly and aggressively so it stays cold. Do this until the mix resembles coarse crumbs. Add the cold water and the egg little by little until the dough comes together to form a ball. Do not overwork the dough. If you do it will develop gluten and it will shrink in the oven. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and shape it into a flat disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile turn on the oven.

2. In a large skillet , saute mushrooms with olive oil, sal and pepper until brown and crisp. Add garlic and set aside. Discard the liquid that occurs as a result of cooking the mushrooms. You can save it and use it as broth for another preparation

3. In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with one egg, add salt and pepper.

4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured sheet of parchment until you have a regular round shape about 1/8″ thick. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Transfer on parchment to a baking sheet. Spread the ricotta  over dough, leaving a 1 1/2″ border. Top with mushrooms. Bring edges of dough up and over filling, overlapping as needed, to create a border. Bake galette on high heat, rotating if needed, until crust is golden brown and cooked through, 25 – 30 minutes. Let cool slightly on baking sheet. Top with feta cheese, toasted almonds and fresh parsley.

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For dessert with simple had chopped mango and coconut with a dip made of greek yoghurt, honey and vanilla. This dip goes along with any of your preferred fruits. It is summer and you should be eating tons of tropical fruits.

This weeks’s movie is a beautiful romantic comedy (even though i cried more than i laughed). They cook a lot and spend a lot of time outdoors so it is kinda like the perfect kick of motivation to make a picnic 😉

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Hello everyone !

I want to recommend a beautiful romantic comedy called “Ruby Sparks”. For those who have seen “Little Miss Sunshine” the relevant fact is that it is made by the same directors. The tone is similar. But here they tell the story of a writer who falls in love with one of his female characters. Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) was a prodigy child, whose first novel had been very successful. But since then, he undergoes a systematic creative block aggravated by his dismal love life. Finally, he manages to create a female character, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), who ends up materializing and sharing life with him. So far so good. The problem begins when the protagonist realizes that can change every detail of her character – Bride – he does not like. “Improve” it. From there everything goes downhill. They say that couples are separated by the same things that united them in the beginning, right? Well, here is a case . Zoe Kazan is the screenwriter and lead actress Ruby Sparks, developing a theme based on the myth of Pygmalion: the asymmetry between the creator and his work. Through the fantasy story of Ruby Sparks, they touch the problem of difficulty in accepting people as they are. In the same line of films like My Fair Lady ( 1964 ) or Lars and the Real Girl Craig Gillespie (2007 ) , Ruby Sparks is a lighter proposal but it doesn’t stop doing quite uncomfortable questions about life , love and how we relate to that person we call ” boyfriend / girlfriend ” . Beyond expectations , illusion and that first wonderful time of the act of falling in love, what is love , if not the idealization on expectations that sooner or later are confirmed or dismissed ? Surely when you see this movie you’ll  feel identified on more than one occasion. Nothing better than being reflected on a screen and recognize yourself, right? Hopefully in your case, your film has a happy ending, but I will not tell you how the author  goes with his work. You tell me latter.

Love,

Hernan

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2 thoughts on “It’s Picnic time !

  1. Lo mejor de este cumpleaños fue el de disfrutar de esta deliciosa Tarta con la Familia y Amigas, masa crujiente sabor a hierbas un relleno perfecto, a sugerencia de la autora me anime a preparar la misma masa pero dulce con un relleno de frutas (higos y frutillas) mmmm quedo fabulosa.
    Necesitamos mas de estas recetas para variar nuestros menus.
    Sigue adelante Mariana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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