Yummy Scrummy Baked Tomato and Spinach Tartlets

As part of my 101 Things to Do list I’ve included a task of cooking a 3 course dinner party for friends from scratch. I haven’t decided when exactly to cook this meal, but there’s no harm in a little bit of practice beforehand.

A few friends came over last night for a girly catch up with one (or three) bottles of wine and dinner. One friend is a vegetarian. Panic. I don’t know why I always panic at the thought of cooking a vegetarian meal. It’s really quite easy. Racking through all my cookbooks,  I decided on a healthy (and delicious) Baked Tomato and Spinach Tart, accompanied by a yummy salad. Went down a treat  🙂

This recipe makes 4 decent sized tarts.


  • 1 pack puff pastry, defrosted
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp white wine
  • 1 red chilli (not necessary, but I do love a bit of chilli!)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 50 g Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 ozs Goats Cheese, sliced
  • 2 large plum tomatoes

Lightly flour your work surface and roll a sheet of puff pastry into an 11 x 11 inch square.  Cut into four squares.

Line baking tray with parchment paper and lay pastry sheets on it. Keep refrigerated until ready to assemble.

Preheat your oven to 220C or 425F.

Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium to low heat – we don’t want to burn the onions and garlic. Add aforementioned onions and garlic and saute for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, wine and basil. Cook for a further 10 minutes until onions are lightly browned. Add spinach for 2 mins towards end of cooking to saute lightly. Remove from the heat.

Using a sharp knife, score a 1/4 inch thick border around each pastry square. Prick the pastry inside with a fork, so as the inside pastry doesn’t rise while cooking. Sprinkle 1 tbsp Parmesan on each, staying inside the border. Layer spinach evenly between 4 sheets. Crumble the feta on each sheet. Distribute the onion mixture evenly. Place tomato slices on top of each tart. Brush tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper. Top each tart with a couple slices of goats cheese. Brush edges of pastry with beaten egg.

Bake for 20 – 25 mins until pastry is golden brown.

Accompany with a simple salad. I used lamb lettuce, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and green olives. Dress with 3 parts olive oil, 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part balsamic vinegar. Delicious! 🙂


The final list. Now, time to complete

Well here’s the list. As I mentioned here, there’s a couple of things I’d like to accomplish before I enter my thirties. All 101 things I have to complete in the next 548 days. It’s going to be a busy time!

  1. Complete sprint triathlon
  2. Cycle tour in Ireland
  3. Go to Wimbledon & French Open – complete all 4 grand slams! 🙂
  4. Donate blood
  5. Join a book club
  6. Read 40 books
  7. Watch 101 movies
  8. Make homemade ice-cream
  9. Try Bikram Yoga
  10. Make homemade gifts
  11. Change career
  12. Learn Spanish
  13. Perfect 5 desserts
  14. Go to Glastonbury
  15. Host themed fancy dress party
  16. Godfather marathon
  17. Quit smoking
  18. Buy a good camera
  19. Quit Facebook for a month
  20. Volunteer for a charity
  21. Brew my own beer
  22. Visit Amsterdam
  23. Create a blog
  24. Climb a high mountain (>1000m)
  25. Stay at a 5* hotel (on personal time!)
  26. Make my own jam
  27. Go vegetarian for a month
  28. Take a long haul holiday
  29. Go to Russia
  30. Visit Stockholm
  31. Go fishing
  32. Win big in Las Vegas!
  33. Dance till sunrise in Ibiza!
  34. Do a cookery course in Spain
  35. Make a time capsule
  36. Climb Carrauntoohil
  37. Answer the “50 Questions that will free your mind”
  38. Making something with my sewing machine
  39. Have a family portrait taken
  40. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  41. Learn to roll sushi
  42. Grow my own vegetables
  43. See Radiohead in concert
  44. Hire Volkswagen camper
  45. Guinness Storehouse
  46. Adopt a dog
  47. Go white water rafting
  48. Cruise on the River Shannon
  49. Alton Towers
  50. Overcome one fear
  51. Create family photo album
  52. Swim with dolphins
  53. Go whale watching
  54. Surf again
  55. Take golf lessons
  56. Have Harry Potter movie marathon party
  57. Visit Tate Modern
  58. Learn a card trick
  59. Go to a musical
  60. Write a short story
  61. Learn national anthem
  62. Learn all countries of the world and their capitals
  63. Bowl 10 strikes in a row – not on the Wii!!! 😉
  64. Be able to hold a conversation in Irish
  65. Learn a martial art
  66. Day in a spa
  67. Go to Dublin Zoo
  68. Draw a picture
  69. Lord of the Rings trilogy
  70. Bake Sourdough from scratch
  71. Picnic at midnight
  72. Visit the Cotswolds
  73. Make macaroons
  74. Throw a ‘grown up’ 3 course dinner party
  75. Save at least 6 months living expenses
  76. Buy my own house – or at least be living on my own
  77. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant
  78. Take a dress making course
  79. Skydive, again?
  80. Complete Grade 5 piano exam
  81. Learn Origami
  82. Go Wwoofing
  83. Dye my hair an outrageous colour
  84. Take my parents our to dinner and pay for it
  85. See Des Bishop live
  86. Be on the road to setting up my own business
  87. Go mountain biking
  88. Ride a Segway
  89. Learn to salsa
  90. Have plan in place to go long-term travelling again (Asia and South America for at least 6 months)
  91. Get a tattoo
  92. Make jewellery
  93. Send a message in a bottle
  94. Windsurfing
  95. Go rock climbing
  96. Learn a programming language
  97. Road trip of the Antrim Coast
  98. Learn to juggle
  99. Make pasta from scratch
  100. Reminisce on previous 29 birthdays
  101. Complete this list before I’m 30! 😉

Where to start?!  🙂