February 14, 2016

Crustless Savoury Tarts

Tuna and Pineapple Tart / Broccoli Tart
I'm cooking again!
Santa brought me a cookbook for Christmas last year and I have finally got around to try out one of the recipes.

My choice fell on a couple of tarts, made from the same recipe.
The recipe calls for Tune & Pineapple Tart and Asparagus Tart. Seldom do we get fresh asparagus at the local vegetable market and since I don't want to use tinned asparagus - the taste is awful - I went for fresh broccoli instead.

The recipes in this cookbook are low GI and low fat recipes. Interesting to learn pureed butter beans are used instead of flour to thicken and set these tarts as flour is very high in GI. I used dried and boiled butter beans for this recipe.  

Butter beans pureed together with half of the milk

Pureed butter beans, milk, eggs, mustard powder, salt and pepper - all mixed together in one bowl and then halve the mixture into two. 

Cayenne Pepper is not in the recipe, but it doesn't harm to add a little bit, does it? :)

Tuna flakes (drained) and fresh pineapple in cubes go into one of the mixture 

Doesn't harm to add some dried French herbs and a bay leaf either, for the taste

Sprinkled cheese and some herbs over and the Tuna & Pineapple tart is ready to bake

Broccoli Tart ready to bake

Out of the oven! Broccoli Tart to the left and Tuna & Pineapple Tart to the right.

The recipe below is from the book. I changed it a bit when I made the tarts, by adding cayenne pepper, French dried herbs and a bay leaf.
Since I didn't get fresh asparagus, I substituted asparagus with broccoli. 

For the taste, I must confess I don't really like tuna, but the pineapple seemed to cut off some of the strong tuna taste as well as the taste of eggs. It's delicious if you like tuna, but I don't think I will add that mix again. 
My favorite is the broccoli tart! Needles to say I love broccoli! :) 


This recipe makes two delicious savory tarts without too much work.

250 ml (1 cup) canned or cooked butter beans, drained and pureed
200 ml (4/5 cup) fat-free milk
4 eggs
10 ml (2 t) mustard powder
5 ml (1 t) salt
2 ml (1/2 t) freshly ground black pepper
125 ml (1/2 cup) fresh pineapple pieces or canned pineapple, drained
1 x 170 g or 1 x 200 g can tuna in brine, drained 
200 g cooked asparagus or 1 x 410 g can asparagus, drained
120 g low-fat Cheddar cheese, grated

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 35 minutes.

Recipe from 'Eating for a Sustained Energy 2' by Gabi Steenkamp and Liesbet Delport.

November 1, 2015

Hiking from Ganga Talao to Black River Peak and Chamarel - Part 2

... continues from Part 1...

Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire (Black River Peak (left), the highest mountain in Mauritius - 828 meters / 2717 feet
We still have a couple of hours to walk

The trail-head to Black River Peak is just a few meters after the Gorges Viewpoint

The path is easy to follow, but unfortunately not much to view due to the tall vegetation on each side

An old boundary post from 1878, border between Savanne and Riviere Noire (Black River) districts, set up when the island was a British colony (1810-1968)

The trail is pretty much like this all the way, with some big boulders, uphills and downhills, an easy 3.5 km / 2.1 miles walk.

Less than an hour from the trail-head, we reached this magnificent view to the Southwest coast, with Le Morne Brabant (Unesco Heritage Site), Piton du Fouge and Petit Moka (?)

Piton du Fouge, Southwest

South coast, Baie du Cap village behind the mountain

... and here the steep and difficult part starts! At least there's a rope to hold.

Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire - we didn't make it to the summit! We made it to that big tree you can see on the photo. Not many meters left, huh?!  We both have no head for heights and since I started to get cramps in my legs, we decided to surrender, take a break and start on the return trip. No defeat! At our age it's better to be safe than sorry!

View towards Montagne Rempart, Trois Mamelles and Corps du Garde

View towards the South; Baie du Cap

We have finally reached Chamarel after almost 7 hours walk, very tired and starting to do silly things! :) 

Just outside Chamarel village is Rhumerie de Chamarel

Love the way they have planted the bougainvilleas, such a clever idea! 

Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire seen from Chamarel

Pineapple field 

Back to civilization! Chamarel village. 
We were not sure we'd get a bus back to base this late afternoon, but were told there's a bus at 16:00. 
It felt good to sit down for a rest, watch some villagers chatting away opposite the street and memorize the wonderful hike.

Distance from our home; 28.4 km / 17.6 miles, 7 hours walk. 

October 27, 2015

Hiking from Ganga Talao to Black River Peak and Chamarel - Part 1

Most of our hikes have started from Henrietta, Grand Riviere Noire (west) or Ganga Talao and ended at these places as well. Easy bus access to these places from where we live. Today we decided on a different hike that started out  from Ganga Talao (there are buses from Curepipe) and ended at Chamarel village, via Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire 

We caught the bus at 07:45 from La Gare Jan Palach Sud,  Curepipe  to Ganga Talao , which takes about 45 minutes. Endless stretch of 2.4 km / 1.5 miles from Ganga Talao to Petrin, the main entrance to Black River Gorges National Park 

The first junction after Petrin; Les Marres,  the roads lead to Chamouny (straight) and  Plaine Champagne and Chamarel village (right). 

On the road towards Plaine Champagne. The weather broke and we had nice weather the rest of the day.

Gorgeous bottle brush trees in full bloom along the roadside

Stunning scenery, I love this! Nature on its best! 

We have reached the beautiful alley leading  to Alexandra Falls

We have been to Alexandra Falls several times so didn't want to waste time here again. It's a beautiful place, but also another tourist hot spot...

We have reached the highest point on the road, at Plaine Champagne Police Post, 744 meters / 2441 feet above sea level. In the distance is Montagne Cocotte 771 meters / 2529 feet. 

Just after the Police Post, you will find the trail-head for the Trochetia Trail. It's an easy hike and takes you straight to the famous tourist hot spot; Gorges viewpoint

Splendid view from Trochetia Trail (just before Gorges viewpoint)

Hawkers everywhere on the island! .... at the Gorges viewpoint too! 

We had a short break here at the viewpoint, before we continued further down the road to  Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire (Black River Peak) trail-head.

To continue... Part 2