A few weeks ago, I declared war on winter, and since then it's been a major battle with Jack Frost. Though he might have won by holding my little Jeep hostage on an unplowed street for 2 weeks, I fought back, sipping Dark n' Stormies to a live reggae band, and going on an all out shellfish feast. But when compromised by never-ending snowflakes and the desire to create while keeping to Lenten promises (read: no sweets, junk, desserts...), sometimes making the everyday meal a little extraordinary is the best weapon of choice.
Inevitably indoors again today, I put on a little Al Green, and popped open the door to my deck to watch the snow fall. As lunchtime wandered in, I knew what had to be done. Up rolled my sleeves and out rolled an olive oil wheat dough as I poured a little glass of afternoon white.
"The Savory Tart" is just that, savory, full of flavor and vegetables, and topped with cheese and a fresh crackle of sea salt and pepper. A veritable Red Queen, it is lined by dough hearts and stocked with asparagus, tomatoes and feta cheese. Perfectly comforting for a wintry day while still being extremely hopeful for alfresco dining in a very few short months.
Though I've just about had it with this weather, I've realized that this might actually be the end of it until next year, and am finally making the decision to embrace it. Hell, maybe it's just good old karma telling us that it's about time we slowed things down a bit. So whip up a few of these tasty puppies and treat yourself well until normal sugar consumption resumes and the sun finally shows its face. My, what a fine fine day that will be...