I’ll admit that since I’ve had Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table, I have completely misunderstood the title of this week’s recipe (Dieter’s Tartine, p 38). For so very very long (as in, until a couple of days ago), I had thought this recipe was one of Dorie’s recipes she names after her friends who either give her the inspiration or the recipe, so, a certain Dieter. And no, I don’t always read EVERY headnote in a book immediately…
Actually, no. This is about not a person but a thing. A DIET, in fact. (Ah! Lightbulb moment!) Or the sort of tartines (open-faced sandwiches) you eat when you are on a diet – au régime en français. Apparently popular with ladies who lunch in Paris because it’s “filling but not fattening, pretty but not precious and fun for any season” this is made with non-fat fromage blanc (or a mix of cottage cheese and sour cream) topped with cubes of cucumber and tomato or as Dorie says “just go with what you’ve got. It’s what the French do daily.”
Ok well if DORIE herself is telling me to
go rogue on a recipe go with what I’ve got, I’m all over it. Not having any pain Poilâne in my house on the day I made this did not prove an issue because what I DID have was a gift from a friend who had come over for dinner the night before – muffins from the Boulevard Raspail market here in Paris. Some of the best muffins I have eaten, in fact. How ironic that a guy in Paris does the English muffin so well (actually it’s an American guy – Michael Healy – and Dorie has written about him here and there’s a lovely story about the lady who fell in love with the Muffin Man here). I thought they would make an excellent base for my tartines.
Oh and look, no fromage blanc in my house either (and wasn’t about to go and buy perishables as I head off to the Languedoc tomorrow – needed to use up what I had in the fridge. So, crumbled goat cheese.
This made an excellent brunch for one – that meal you have when you forget to eat breakfast and then it’s nearly time to leave the house for a four-hour walking tour and you need something substantial but light (since it’s 35˚C outside) in your tummy. Maybe it was good I didn’t go too “diet” then 😉
Not a huge revelation in terms of me knowing this would be good before I made it but one to remember. Now, if I could only get those muffins in Toronto….
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