beet, goat’s cheese & walnut pie

June 12, 2015 § 72 Comments


We’ve been in a constant state of remodel here at the tiny white cottage.  So much so that I have been without a kitchen table for the past five months.  Since then all of my photo’s for this humble little blog have been taken on a cutting board on my counter top.  I could have lost steam and inspiration for lack of space (and light for that matter) but for some reason I have been chugging along like the ‘little engine that could’.  I certainly haven’t lost enthusiasm for cooking dinner for the guys and some of my best meals have transpired in this construction zone. Like for instance, this beet, goat’s cheese & walnut tart.


It doesn’t take a kitchen table to bring us together for a nice meal in the evening.  We are happy to sit down on stools or chairs or even hop up on the kitchen counter with a plate and fork in hand. It’s such a valuable time of day, and to be able to take three lovely organic beets with the greens attached and create a delicious tart such as this calls for a moment to sit and sigh in relief that all is well and wonderful.

I stumbled upon this recipe a couple of weeks ago on Epicurious and couldn’t get to the market quick enough to pick up beets and goat’s cheese.  If you love beet, goat cheese & walnut salad you’ll love this pie.  Sometimes beets with the greens attached are not available at the market.  If this is true at your market you may use another tender green such as spinach or chard.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

I n g r e d i e n t s

  • single pie crust of your choice
  • 2 to 3 small beets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
  • greens from the beets (or spinach can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used whole)
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (about 4 ounces)
  • small handful of mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnut, crushed

M e t h o d

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Peel and grate the beets using a box grater or food processor.  Place a large skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil or coconut oil and spread onion slices evenly in the pan. Fry for five minutes each side.  Add garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant.  Toss in 1/2 of the beet greens (or spinach) with apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.  When the greens are wilted stir in the other half and remove the skillet off the heat. Beat the eggs together with the milk and then crumble in the goat’s cheese. Add the eggs and cheese to the greens and onion mixture and combine well.  Stir in the mint leaves and set aside.

After rolling out your pie dough transfer it to your pie pan.  Prick the bottom a few time and blind bake for 10 minutes.  Arrange the grated beets at the bottom of the pie and keep a little for the top. Pour the egg and greens mixture onto the crust, making sure that the cheese is evenly distributed.   Spread the walnut pieces here and there on the top and sprinkle the remaining shredded beets.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and set.


soft goat cheese and fennel pie

December 23, 2013 § 68 Comments

We prepared this savory pie for dinner the other night and if you are in need of an aromatherapy session this is your answer.  Your whole house will have a lovely scent of fennel and roasted walnuts.  It is perfect for a casual weekend lunch or as a vegetarian option for entertaining.  We enjoy a savory pie for breakfast on Christmas morning.  You can make it the night before, refrigerate and reheat in the morning.  Awww the smell…


I n g r e d i e n t s

  • 3 fennel bulbs, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 oz. soft goat cheese, roughly crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 light cream
  • 2 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • your basic regular pie crust recipe

M e t h o d 

Preheat oven 350°F.  Put the fennel bulb wedges on a roasting pan, add the olive oil, and season well with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for 40 minutes, turning after 20 minutes, until golden and tender.  Let cool to room temperature.  Prepare your pie crust while the fennel is in the oven roasting.

Once the fennel has cooled arrange onto the pie shell and scatter the cheese and walnuts randomly over and in between the pieces of fennel.  Put the eggs, cream, and scallions in a bowl.  Whisk with a fork to combine, season well and pour over the fennel.  Bake in the still-hot oven for about 45 minutes, until golden on top.  Serve the pie at room temperature.  Delicious with a lightly dressed arugula salad on the side.

oven roasted beets

April 11, 2013 § 10 Comments


I have a delicious beet recipe for you today.  When I first started cooking beets I thought you had to peel, slice, then boil them in a covered pot until tender. Very time consuming and not exactly easy, especially peeling them.  Then I learned the “real” method for cooking beets.  Poke a few times with a fork, wrap in foil and roast.  When using this method, the flavor is held in the beet and not dissolved in the boiling water.  The skins peel easily after roasting.  It is wonderful how the whole plant, root and all is edible.  We enjoy adding the greens to a salad, or steam/sauté them as you would a bunch of chard.  I have had guests around my table who never liked beets until trying them roasted.  For a simple way to eat beets you may bake, peel, slice, then drizzle olive oil over them and  a little sprinkling of sea salt.  This is wonderful in a salad or served as a warm side dish.  Or, consider adding a little goat cheese and nuts.  Very delicious.

What you will need:

  • 3 medium-large size beets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans-toasted
  • 2-3 ounces chavrie goat cheese
  • salt
  • foil


Preheat oven to 450°.  Using a fork, poke several holes in each beet and wrap with foil.  Place in oven on a baking tray.  Set timer and bake for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, toast your nuts of choice by placing in a non-stick skillet on medium high heat.  Occasionally move the nuts around by shaking the skillet and/or using a spatula until toasted, approximately 10 minutes.

When beets are ready, use a fork to test their tenderness,  Make sure the fork pierces the beet easily.  Unwrap them and allow them to cool just enough to handle.  Using a paring knife, peel each beet.  Slice them in your desired shape and place in a bowl.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle a little salt, top with chavrie and toasted nuts.

Serves 4, as a side dish.

buon appetite.

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