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Dieter’s Tartine





Lunch for one? What?!?
I realised that my attention is always on family meals.
Feeding our family of 5 takes a bit of planning.
Activities determine how quick and easy meals need to be some nights.
Likes and dislikes narrow down choices on other nights.
And then there’s the nights when I give up and order thai for everyone!
So on the days I’m not at work, lunch for me is quick and dodgy.
But not today!
Today I feast 🙂
Today was all about me!
I was making this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe for one!
It was quick and easy… and yet… it felt leisurely and indulgent.
(I am pretty sure I even clapped my hands in delight and anticipation at one point!)

I grilled some crusty bread (I love the stripes grilling leaves!)
Spread some cottage cheese on top.
Spooned some diced tomatoes and cucumbers over the cheese.
Scattered some green onions.
Ground some salt and pepper over it all.
And finally,
I drizzled (drowned) the entire thing with the most delicious Balsamic Vinegar I have ever tasted!
(I bought it on my last visit to the new Williams-Sonoma store that opened in Sydney).
OMG it was amazing!!!

I am looking forward to reading what the rest of the French Fridays with Dorie group thought.


16 thoughts on “Dieter’s Tartine

  1. I won’t stop until I have this today. Instant craving.

  2. Wasn’t this surprisingly delicious for something so simple to make? Great photos & I love that you had “a moment.”

  3. This is a great, easy meal, isn’t it? I was happy that I didn’t have to spend much time in the kitchen for this one, as it’s hot (for Vancouver, anyway). Your photos are making me wish I had another, this time with balsamic!

  4. Your tartine looks great! I didn’t expect to like this one – but I did.

  5. I was tempted to use balsamic, too…I will with my next batch! Beautiful!

  6. Just loved this post- the photos and the narrative. You had me smiling when you said you actually clapped your hands- as well as the “quick and dodgy” lunch description (welcome to my world)…and nailing Thai when the need arises 🙂 I also worked in Williams Sonoma in the evenings after my “real job” right out of college. That is when I first learned of balsamic and it opened my eyes. Enjoy your lunches and that new store !!

  7. Some times, as long as food gets on the table it doesn’t matter how it gets there 🙂
    Well done!

  8. Wonderful presentation of your “dieter´s tartine” – I believe that all the Doristas really enjoyed today´s “non recipe”. How very lucky you are to have a Williams Sonoma store open in Sydney, one day, I will be able to visit one of these amazing stores as well. The idea of drizzling balsamic vinegar over this open-faced sandwich does sound tempting – I shall give that a try next time.
    Have a nice weekend!

  9. Yes, balsamic would certainly give this tartine some zip. For next time. I know that you don’t have many moments that are all about “you” so am glad this was so successful. I also loved putting this tartine together and will probably embellish on this, using other toppings and spreads, throughout the Summer. I just threw my bread in my toaster oven but am jealous of your stripes. Next time – grill marks!!!

  10. This one makes a perfect indulgence! I love your idea about the balsamic. I’ll have to remember that for another time. Happy weekend, Sanya!

  11. YUM!!!! Balsamic vinegar? Now, why didn’t I think of that??

  12. Yay for you! “…pretty sure I clapped my hands in delight & anticipation at some point.” So wonderful to treat ourselves now & then – so we can continue giving. Bravo!!
    (I’m hopefully getting to “my lunch” today, Saturday!)

  13. Balsamic Vinegar is a genius addition!

  14. Love the idea of balsamic and yes, I made this for myself and husband without a thought to the kids.

  15. Looks amazing! Something I would cook

  16. This one was all about me, too! I love that! Beautifully done, my friend!

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