Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Preparing for World Cup

The World Cup (WC) is descending on us this weekend, hubby is all ready - having weeks ago signed up for the full coverage of the WC on the SCV Sports Channel, and the hard-disk DVD recorder has been erased of all previous recorded programs in readiness for those late nights/early morning 'unearthly hour' matches.

In the meantime, the wife will be happily ensconced in another room watching her favourite Korean drama serials. Not wanting to be a 100% WC-widow though, the dutiful wife will from time to time make her appearance in the living room, hovering at the fringes of the game, cheering sometimes, asking stupid questions ("why isn't that a foul?", "what's the ref blowing at?", "how can u tell he's off-side?", "why is he kicking into no-man's land?"...) and making inane comments every once in a while (sometimes, just for the sake of irritating that soccer-fan), but generally acting like a conveyor belt between couch and kitchen - you see, my biggest role during the WC is as F&B supplier!

Sunday Dinner Tart
With that in mind, I recently tried this bacon and onion tart and hereby declare that the short preparation time, together with a 25-minute baking period, makes this savoury tart perfect for snacking during a WC match.

Using frozen puff pastry that's been thawed (in fact, if you buy the ones which are already pre-rolled into square or rectangular sheet-sizes, you don't even need to use and wash a rolling pin), spread a blended mixture of cottage cheese and sour cream seasoned with just a tad of salt (not too much as the bacon would be salty) and pepper onto the pastry leaving a 1-inch border all around, top with the sliced bacon and onions mixture (which I cooked together in a fry-pan for a few minutes to soften both bacon and onions), grate some parmesan cheese on top and put the baking tray into the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the pastry is a nice golden brown color and puffed up.

You can stock up on the 6 main ingredients (apart from salt and pepper) in the pantry and refrigerator, and bake this tart any time. Easy to prepare, really tasty with the savoury bacon and onions mix and mild-flavored cheese spread, the soccer fan(s) will definitely appreciate this over ordinary potato crisps anytime but beware, if hubby's friends get a taste of this, they may end up camping in your living room every evening for the WC month!

The recipe for this Alsatian Cheese Tart can be found on epicurious.com.


Anonymous tanna said...

goodness gracious great balls of fire! Easy, spectacular looks and great taste. I've got the bacon. I saw Vidalia onions in the store. I really like working with the puff pastry after my apple strudel. And I bet the second time you make it a bit of variation will creep in. Great post!

6/06/2006 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous evan said...

hey cath, i love yr photos! how did u manage to take such beautiful photos...i can nvr do that. wish i can be like u!

are u a korean drama fan as well? same here. i'm a 101% korean addict. loves anything from the dramas, to k-pop, to their cuisine & culture. since 2002 after winter sonata, i've watched countless of k-dramas! the latest i watch was 'my lovely samsoon'. what r u currently watching? =)

6/07/2006 02:57:00 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very appetizing! As usual, your pictures are so beautiful...

At least, my boyfriend isn't a football fan and neither am I, so I don't have to go through the WC thing! Like you, I would prefer to be the supplier ;-)). And unfortunately, our tv died on us a few days ago, so that means no series for us :-((((((!

6/07/2006 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger Audrey Cooks said...

I find it fun to make some 'cafe bar nuts' to usher in the WC. Some assorted unsalted nuts fried in a little butter with some curry leaves, chili powder, brown sugar and sea salt. Not to forget that bottle of ice cold beer! viva WC!

6/07/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

oh tanna, can't wait to see your variation of this tart.. I'm already thinking of our local barbecued pork (char siew) sliced thin with spring onions and drizzled with thick char siew sauce (like peking duck sauce).. am going to try soon..

thanks evan - a good camera helps and of course, with practice your skills will definitely improve, and don't start me on Korean dramas.. just love them.. just finished 'full house', and just got my hands on 'my lovely samsoon' :-P

thanks rosa - so sad to hear of your tv conking out... my hubby will flip and probably fly right thru' the roof if that were to happen during the period...oohhh 'touch wood' (our local equivalent of crossing our fingers) :)

hi audrey - your cafe bar nuts sound great.. yay viva WC indeed.. especially if we all share recipes of our quick snack fixes !

6/07/2006 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous slurp! said...

i'm not too sure if it's unfortunate of not? coz i'm not a big fan of soccer/football, let alone World cup :D
so i live normally during world cup :)

6/07/2006 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Piccola said...

Yummy yummy~

Fortunately i am not a fan of soccer or football. I remember the previous world cup, all my colleagues are crazy over betting. I wonder if it will be as crazy this year.

6/08/2006 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

how lucky you are, slurp, for being able to live a normal life in June 2006, while a majority of soccer-world is surviving on less than 4 hours sleep a night!

thanks piccola.. I'm sure there're a bunch of WC pools out there in many offices, in fact some may actually be led by women :P

6/11/2006 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Yeah, WC fever is on at the moment. Bf stocked up lots of potato snacks already for his munchies but this looks really good. The local mag, Flavours also came out with some excellent snacks to make.

6/12/2006 02:53:00 AM  
Blogger Meeta said...

Too delicious to be true! Just one thing that disappoints me though .... how come you never enterde this to my Monthly Mingle in May? the theme was Soccer and this would have been perfect.

I hope you'll party with me and the crew in June. This month the theme is Baig on Barbecue!

6/14/2006 04:43:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@boo_licious, methinks WC is just an excuse for everyone to snack on potato chips with wild abandon!

@meeta, awww shucks, I didn't know.. but will try and join the June party :-D

6/14/2006 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photo is mouth-watering. It looks like a flammenkueche, a dish from Alsace
(a French region along the border with Germany).
People would sometimes put all kinds of stuff on the cream and bacon base, eg
potatoes, goat cheese, etc...

6/26/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi anon, the tart is actually Alsatian in origin.. so you're right and thanks for enlightening me on its name - such a nice unpronounceable name (for me, that is)!

6/26/2006 10:35:00 PM  

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