I have made the exact same request every Mother’s Day. Starting with the very first one and each and every single year since.
It is a simple request. It is nothing too out of the ordinary or crazy luxurious (although when it is put together it does become a sight to behold). It may seem silly to some to request something so simple, but the only thing I really want on Mother’s Day is a picnic. Why a picnic? The food is prepped in advance by my Hubby as he is talented in putting it all together. This means that we have a good amount of time just to relax, eat and play. The focus is on us and nothing much else and we are away from the house, the kitchen and any other distractions.
The first Mother’s Day will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a little on the chilly side that day but a lot of sunshine helped make it all possible. It was an active time with little hands grabbing onto everything, climbing and exploring. It seems like it was yesterday, but I have had several more memories of ‘My Day’ to add to the collection. Each one unique on its own.
Mother Nature has been good to me all these years so far as there has not been a rain out yet. Knock on wood.
One year it was pretty calm out and everything was set out on the picnic blanket. We were enjoying the sun and watching our daughter play with a ball we brought with us. She was pretty small then and clumsily chased after it, threw it a short distance and then was after it again. Suddenly out of no where the wind picked up and the ball went sailing across the park. My Hubby chased it around while I held down the fort also known as the blanket, napkins and anything else lighter than the picnic basket itself. It all worked out in the end with the ball successfully being caught.
There have been some small casualties along the way like the one fancy glass that met it’s demise last year. It was 1 of 4 that came with the picnic basket set. The broken glass is now part of Mother’s Day history as my daughter still recalls the day she broke it. Ahhh. The things kids remember. Epic.
The picnic basket itself was a wonderful surprise from a very close friend of ours. We had returned back from our honeymoon to find a wicker picnic basket set that included silverware, plates, stemmed glasses, along with salt and pepper shakers. Our friend added a small battery operated radio, some wine, a portable briquette barbecue, dominoes and a table cloth. Everything you need with exception of the food.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking. Wedding gift. Picnic basket. What a useless gift? It is easy to get caught up in the daily routine of work, errands, schedules and general running around and have it sit unused covered in dust, or you can take it as an opportunity to break away from the norm. I guarantee myself that at least once a year to have a picnic and take the time.
Happy Mother’s Day
Tomato Tarte Tatin with Goat Cheese
Picnic perfection that will add a bit of elegance to your alfresco dining.
- 3 Roma tomatoes
- 12-14 Large yellow cherry tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup fine bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 lb puff pastry
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/8 cup goat cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the roma tomatoes width wise to end up with approximately 12-14 slices. Halve the yellow cherry tomatoes. Arrange tomatoes in rows close together cut side down in a heat proof skillet that is at least 12 inches in diameter.
- In a small bowl mix together 2 Tbsp of the olive oil, 1 Tbsp of the thyme, the rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the tomatoes.
- Lightly flour the counter and roll out the puff pastry in a circular shape that is 12 inches in diameter. Place the puff pastry over top of the tomatoes and tuck it around encasing the tomatoes. Brush the lightly beaten egg on the top of the puff pastry.
- Place in the oven and bake from 30-40 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes to rest. With oven mitts on, place your serving plate over the top of the skillet and press the plate down hard. Over top of the sink to avoid any potential moisture leakage, flip it while holding everything in place. The skillet will be on the top and the serving plate on the bottom. Remove the skillet and let cool on rack. Garnish with the remaining thyme, olive oil and crumbled goat cheese and set in the fridge to further cool. Serve chilled.