Recently I had a much overdue catchup with my girlfriends. All of us are busy these days: a few now have children, another has just moved in with her boyfriend… and two of us practically live at the gym; so it’s quite an event when we all manage to get together!
This time we headed to Stamford for the Burghley Film Festival, where open air screenings take place in the grounds.
|Burghley House – the beautiful view walking into the grounds|
Being as it was strictly girls only for this gathering, we opted for the double bill showing of Breakfast At Tiffany’s and The Notebook.
Each of us brought along some food and drink and we had a lovely picnic on the lawn, soaking in the early evening sunshine and having a good chinwag, before settling down to watch the films.
My contribution was a tomato tarte tatin.
It was perfect for the occasion as it was easy enough for me to make the night before and refrigerate at work since I was heading to the festival straight from there, plus it was suitable for my vegetarian friend.
I was thrilled when it went down a treat, with compliments from all of my friends and empty plates all round.
Here’s the recipe, which serves 8 as part of a picnic, or 4 for lunch.
250g plain flour
1 tbsp oregano (I used dried but I suspect that fresh chopped would be even more delicious)
5 tbsp cold water (you can add another tbsp if needed)
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 clove garlic
2 tsp white wine vinegar
500g cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper
25 g butter
This tarte is really lovely served warm, but will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. The one thing I would say is that the tomatoes do ooze, so if you don’t eat it straight away some of the juice will overflow and cause the pastry to go a bit soggy – this didn’t appear to bother anyone at the picnic however!