The tartine that I prepared this week made me think of one of our favorite
places in Paris called Le Rubis (1st Arr.) at 10 Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré.
Jim and I made this a definite destination each time we visited Paris.
After a day of sightseeing and walking all over town,
we looked forward to relaxing a bit and would stop in
Le Rubis in the late afternoon for a Kir Royale.
We would order either the plat du fromage,which consisted of
bread slathered with butter and slices of cheese spread on top,
or a plate of country style bread with slices of charcuterie.
It was so rustic, and absolutely delicious.
For my tartine I used a hearty country bread, buttered and topped it
with prosciutto. After adding walnuts I drizzled olive oil on top. I only
prepared one tartine and served it as an appetizer before dinner.
Simple, easy and very enjoyable.
In the midst of the holiday craziness I found that this recipe also
had me reminiscing of Paris. Or perhaps dreaming of a get away ?
Either way, my mind focused on the bread as much as the toppings.
I of course wish I could have used the famed pain Poilâne for this
one but instead I got a hearty country loaf at the local grocery store.
Luckily, like Nana, I was able to use my souvenir
bread knife from a prior trip to the 6th Arr.
A special treat was that I recently purchased a print of a Poilâne loaf
by the wonderful artist Mike Geno. He is a Philly local and a foodie at heart,
but he has become well known for his portraits of cheese. Yes, cheese.
They are glorious. Not one to be limited by a single food group, he has
also done paintings of pastries, bacon and a few other delectables.
Another favorite of mine was his cannelles painting, as I just recently made
those little lovelies at home also. He is fabulous- do check out his link:
Now on to the tartine. With endless creative possibilities I opted to simply
recreate the version Dorie shared with us. I would love to try the air dried beef
(viande de grisons) she enjoyed but had to "settle" for prosciutto. The walnuts
were a lovely addition and I drizzled walnut oil over top. Lovely, easy and a
very good dinner along with some soup during these hectic holiday evenings.
Happy French Friday~
|Taste Tester/Younger Son Chase, Tricia, Dorie, Nana|
PS- for those not on Facebook, here is a shot from our visit to Dorie's
book signing this week in Manhattan. It was phenomenal, just like her.