Thursday 28th June 2018
June just has to be about my favourite month of the whole year and this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my birthday happens to fall in the middle of the month!
This year, the weather has been just amazing and very much enjoyed by all. This is definitely not the norm for June in Britain. One of my sister’s celebrates her birthday in May, and over many years, she is 80 next year, she has, almost always has better weather than me.
This year I was lucky enough to be on the beautiful island of Corfu, Greece for my special day. We enjoyed swimming frequently, if sometimes wonderfully leisurely, in clear blue waters, off a sandy beach as well as strolling peacefully through shady olive groves, carpeted with the traditional black nets used to harvest the olives in Spring.
Malcolm and I enjoyed a really special dinner in a taverna called “O Mylos” in a village called Kameno, within walking distance of our Greco hotel. The steak au poivre we both selected from the menu, just has to be one of the best steak meals I have ever eaten! Served with delicious aubergine fritters, chips to die for and a tomato salad dressed with herbs we saw growing on the way in, plus lemon juice and olive oil, turned out to be a truly memorable main course! We just could not find room for dessert! High up in the hills, our table for two overlooked dramatic views of the pretty village in the foreground and then the deep blue Mediterranean beyond. Very atmospheric. The beautiful balmy evening, with the sun setting as we ate, made the occasion very special. I think I will probably remember it fondly for the rest of my life.
On returning to the hotel, much to our surprise, the thoughtful staff had left a delicious chocolate mousse cake in our room with plates and forks. Lucky we hadn’t had dessert at the tavern then! I must say we did both indulge telling each other that surely the walk back to the hotel must definitely compensate for the calories consumed that evening!
Football mania is with us now of course, with the world Cup in full flow!
You might like to make this easy Pizza tart to enjoy, with the kids, in front of the telly. Super easy and quick to make, it re-heats well in about 25 minutes at 190C, if you want to make it in advance. Enjoy it, served warm with a dressed mixed salad. I bet it will go down a storm!
Puff Pastry Pizza Tart
Roll 1 x 500g packet puff pastry out to an oblong about 25cm. x 30cm. Transfer to a baking sheet. Score a border around the tart, about 2.5cm. from the edge. Prick centre of tart all over with a fork, then brush all over with a little milk. Bake in a pre-heated oven 200C, 180C Fan, Gas 7 for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes or so.
In a mixing bowl, combine 180g full fat cream cheese with 4 Tbsp. pesto sauce. Spread over centre of tart. Top with 2 thinly sliced ripe tomatoes and 1 thinly sliced courgette. Add 2 slices ham, torn into pieces. Brush or spray all over with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper. Finally grate about 40g Parmesan cheese over the tart. Return to oven for 20 minutes, until smelling amazing and golden. Serve immediately, in large slices.