When the weather gets too hot to even bear turning the oven on but you have guests coming (or you just want to eat something tasty) then may I humbly suggest having this recipe up your sleeve? Juicy summer figs, grapes and blackberries top a whipped cheese tart with an almond spiced biscuit base. And no ovens were turned on to make this lovely cheese platter tart.
It was a 34C/93.2F day when I made this and I was in no mood to turn on the oven. The filling is easy-whipping cheese is a cinch in a processor and decorating it with cut figs even easier but I wondered about the tart base. Do you always have to bake cheesecake crusts?
Well it turns out that you can make a great base without rebaking it. It's crumbly and spicy and gorgeous with the cheeses and fruit. I called this the cheese platter tart because it has all the flavours of a cheese platter. I'm also thinking muscatels on the vine might be a good idea for my next one. And you can use whichever cheeses you fancy.
There are certain things along with turning on the oven that I refuse to do on a really hot day. Nina and I postpone our training sessions because neither of us want to swelter in the heat. But I do owe her a prank.
Do you remember the last time I left a photo of myself in her apartment? It was my favourite photo called b&*(hface. I left it in her bedroom when we went over for dinner and it wasn't long before she found it.
After training we do stretches and it was while I was flat on my stomach being stretched that she slipped a photo frame in my bag. It was her retaliation for my b&(^hface photo. It wasn't until that evening when I reached into my bag for something that I saw it. She has put her head on a doctor's body and well it was super weird and funny. I couldn't stop laughing. Mochi however was a bit more confused and didn't quite see the humour.
Now it's my turn for revenge! But first I need the temperature to be cooler. Because you can't prank in hot weather...
So tell me Dear Reader, can you think of a good retaliatory prank for me to do on Nina? Are you best in hot or cold weather? And do you avoid turning on the oven when it is really hot?