My Little Escape
I only get 30 minutes for lunch so I try to make that time as nice as possible. It normally never works out that way, as I am working and eating at the same time. There are many days I wish people would just understand that the person answering their technical questions has the right to eat and go to the bathroom even though they might not think so. You may not believe it but I have had people tell me that before. That their only being able to print to 5 printers instead of 6 was more important than basically anything I could possibly have to do. Honestly I could tell you some good stories but that could take days! Gotta love the service industry. So to keep myself sane and not wanting to just hang up on people as soon as they are rude. I try to make myself interesting lunches so that I have something to look forward to. When I made the Pear Almond Tarts I had a sheet of Puff Pastry left over and thought it would be nice to have a tart for lunch. I had just finished watching my DVR'd shows and one of them was of course Barefoot Contessa. She made a tomato tart and it looked really good but I didn't like all of the components. So I made up my own I think I could have eaten 10 of them they were so good. Sometimes the simplest things bring the most pleasure.
1 sheet of thawed puff pastry, cut into 4 squares
4 campari tomatoes, thinly sliced or 2 Roma tomatoes
1/3 cup of blue cheese crumbles
3 strips of bacon, cooked til crisp and chopped into bits
2 tablespoons of chopped chives
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet place the 4 squares and cut a shallow border all the way around the square about 1/4 of inch from the edge. Place 3 or 4 tomato slices inside that border and sprinkle with blue cheese. Bake for 15 minutes and then while they are still warm top with bacon and chives and enjoy.