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Friday Photo

Daili Perez and I playing with light in the moonlight (and the camera’s settings)….. think this photo is pretty cool 🙂

Playing with light

Playing with light

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Well, if you missed it, and it is such a pity you have…. we had the “burgerton” here on Sunday.  You might well ask what’s a burgerton?

Well, it started with late night tweets as to who makes the best burgers!  You can see what happens…. arguments and counter-arguments as to the best mix…. and next thing there is a challenge and a date set for the battle.

So, Sunday 26th August was the date…. and the chefs and cooks lined up to do battle.

bbq's all fired up

The weather favoured us…. it was a beautiful day.  Friends and family arrived.  It was all really about having fun…. and eating, eating an awful lot!!

Tables and chairs set up on lawn

So here’s my list of thank yous….. in no particular order!

Colette & John

Thank you for all the pre-burgerton help.  For the lovely foodie gifts from Co. Louth.  We love the Stockwell Port Berry 🙂  And John you make the best Mojitos!  They were delicious!


Mona & The Chef

Well, I have to say, having abstained from our own burgers… my favourite on the day was The Chef’s turkey burgers with blue cheese butter! Yum!  We both also loved the lentil salad…. must get that recipe (and purchase some of the secret ingredient!) Thank you too to the Wise children for all the help with clearing up.

Lily & Alan

Thank you to Lily and Alan for adding to our pig paraphenalia collection 🙂 and for being my Dublin shopper!  And, of course, special thanks for being brave enough to be the judge!  And her winner was….

Lily announces winner on Twitter


What can you say about this? I asked Daili would she make a pinata…. look at what she made!  Is that girl talented or what?

a piggy pinata

Fiona & Garrett

Thank you to Garrett for taking up the challenge and for bringing such an array of burgers – there was a huge selection!  And they even brought their mini-egg too!

Jonathon & Jessica

As if the desserts weren’t enough Jonathon and Jessica brought a selection of delicious Mossfield cheeses, yoghurts and milk.


Catherine introduced me to Kimchi…. and brought the most beautiful sunflowers.  I love them!



Made sure we had plenty of wine…. and even a special bottle to have when everyone was gone!  Thank you!


Brought a delicious berry tart and other foodie treats… but the biggest hit of the day was baby, Tadhg!


was the only female contestant in the ‘best burger’ category and she brought a gorgeous selection of lamb and beef/pork burgers and salads…. and a rather nice Jerk Pickle!

And there were even people who didn’t get to come along but still sent things!

Major thanks to A Room Outside for the loan of the mini-egg!

And even bigger thanks to Peter at Arun Bakery for all the delicious vlaas and breads… I love your sourdough bread!

Delicious vlaas from Arun Bakery

The day ended with a late night natter and tweeting huddled around the chiminee!

With overnight guests sitting over breakfast for 5 hours the next day!

So what shall we do for the next challenge?  Any ideas?

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If you’ve been watching along you will know that life here in Redwood has been busy this summer.  We’ve had people coming on day trips, visitors for the weekend, and even for longer stays.  Now I could say that I’m the hostess with the mostest… but to be honest sometimes I totally struggle to try to produce something different when people come to stay!

My friend, Mary, is the true ‘hostess with the mostest’…. she will always remember peoples likes and dislikes, will remember what she served on their last visit….. me I struggle!

Two weeks ago we had the lovely Daili staying with us (she is responsible for the great photo of the tarts), and then Mr & Mrs. Katzwizkaz came to stay too.  So while dinner was sorted… what to serve for lunch???  And then the gods inspired me!  Thank you, gods!

I had been planning (but had forgotten about it) to try the Chef’s Cheese Tart.

And then a new book, A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan, arrived in the post and flicking through it… what do I spot a recipe for a Tomato Tart.  (I’ve only today started to read the book, and I know I am going to so enjoy it!)

A Pig in Provence - book

Decision made on menu for lunch – Cheese Tart with Tomatoes.

I combined the two recipes.  We took lots of photos before the tarts went into the oven BUT forgot to take some when they came out….. chatting too much!

Rather than making one large tart, I got a bit fancy and made individual mini tarts.  🙂


  • Pastry – I used this recipe as I had some already made and in the freezer!
  • Mustard – we used Dijon
  • A couple of different types of cheese, grated
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Few sprigs of thyme
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea Salt


Preheat your oven to 180 deg. C

Line your tins or flan with the pastry.

Apply a dollop of mustard and spread about.

Pile in a mix of cheeses.  I used some Mossfield Organic and Glebe Brethan

Top with tomato halves (or you could just use slices of bigger tomatoes).  Sprinkle in the thyme leaves, drizzle some olive oil.  Season with a little sea salt.

Cheese & Tomato Tarts ready to go into oven

Bake in oven for about 15/20 minutes.  I had to watch carefully as I was doing the smaller version.

Serve with a nice salad from the garden and enjoy! 🙂



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