Make pate brisée.
Roll it out and press into mini tins. I’ve collected some French antique ones but places like Lakeland sell them too.
Blind bake your pastry shells until lightly golden. (Not too much because they will be going back in the oven)
When cool enough to handle take them out of their tins and brush them with a beaten egg. This will also fill all the holes in the pastry.
Then, whisk together:
Also carefully arrange inside the other cases: small cherry tomatoes cut in half, anchovies, black olives and caperberries, a smear of pesto. Brush the edges of the pastry with butter or oil.
Place back in a hot oven till the cherry tomatoes have roasted skins, normally about 10-15 minutes.
Sprinkle a little rosemary salt and serve warm or cold.
Laughing Marshmallows: (made while listening to Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth)
4 teaspoons rose syrup (available from Indian shops)
4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, dissolved in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon hot water
“I’ve been told I’ll have an unexpected baby!”
“Are you her boyfriend?” I asked him.
“Not any more” he said, dryly.
So thrilled. Two Americans on holiday showed me that I was in the Time Out guide for things to do in London. Always a slight fantasy for me. I’d like to be listed in the Lonely Planet guide as well, just like the paladares in Cuba. The long term trend in my head has always been about tourists, who visit a city like London, see the sights, but never meet a Londoner, never go to their house, never eat their food. Home restaurants are perfect for tourists. I can visualise, by 2012, visitors to the UK being excited by the idea of being able to eat in people’s houses.