You cannot really call last January and February easy months, well not for me, anyway.
Many hours spent in the hospital, stress, sadness and very little sleep.
Not in a mood for a lot of cooking or taking pictures, the only thing I was wishing for was some sleep without nightmares and without the continuous angst caused by the possibility of the call to wake you up in the middle of the night bringing you the bad news.
All is now finished though and we have entered into another period where your emotions are numb and you try slowly to come back to reality.
Not as easy as it may sound. Still you need a lot of support even though you deny it.
Also I have to add that these months really showed me who is really on my side and who is not. Not that I was surprised but there was always a little hope. Now the hope is gone and as we say here the masks are off... It is carnival time in Greece anyway...
So, let's talk about other things now.
For many years I have been trying to find the absolutely best dough for a tart. A simple dough, buttery and all, that would come up very flaky after baking and not saggy especially when you have added rather wet fillings. Was almost like looking for the holy grail.
But unlike the holy grail I was able to find such a recipe. I found it in a book written by Kate McDermott, called the "Art of Pie". it only has 3 ingredients (5 if you add the salt and sugar), does not require a mixer, has a healthy ratio between flour and butter and it is as much about the ingredients as the actual way to make the dough and roll it.
I will make a video that will explain things more...
With this base I constructed a nice sweet tart and filled it up with blood oranges.. cut thinly... not boiled.. as simple as that.
It is a simple recipe that you can make with any type of citrus fruit and I plan to make it with tangerines in the future as well.
So, I have to admit that this recipe made me happy. It was as if it patted me on the back and made my insides feel calm and sweet... And you have no idea how much I needed that.
So... Let's see what we will need!