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Butternut squash and feta tart

March 18, 2013

That were a few busy weeks. We hosted Tomek’s brother and his wife. It meant a lot of sightseeing. I will post photos later on. We used this long weekend to rest and catch up with simple things like petting the cats, shopping, reading books and watching movies. We ate simple food – roasted chicken on a beer bottle, carrots with hummus, green smoothies and nice sandwiches for breakfast and this butternut squash and feta tart. I’ve been trying to explain lately to somebody that my food isn’t about being fancy and I’m nowhere close to restaurant standards. You won’t find here restaurant recipes with fancy plating, it’s just not me. I love simple food you can make in minutes. Home-made food that anybody can make. The tart I want to present today is one of these dishes you can put together in minutes and then just wait awhile and maybe read a book.

Do you like reading? I used to love it, I still hope I love it, but with all that Internet, where each minute you get new updates on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, etc. reading a book seems to be too slow, too old fashion. I always want to do too much at the same time. So when I read a book, I feel guilty about not preparing a next week menu or taking/editing photos. But I love reading books, so after a bad period of too long books or books I’ve already watched I finally found a book and read it. It is a first book I’ve read this year. I’m proud of myself and I’ve just started another one.
How about you? Do you read? When do you read? I noticed that the only plan I can stick to is reading before sleep. I can reserve at least 30 minutes and I am able to read a few days a week, it also helps to know somebody else is reading. Have you read anything interesting lately? I spent too much time looking for an another book worth my time, so I will love to hear any recommendations. You can find some books I’ve read here.
Butternut squash and feta tart

Butternut squash and feta tart

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food Magazine Jan 2013
Notes: mix of onion chutney and harrisa is brilliant, time-saving idea. You can use any other nuts or seed instead of pistachios. 
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 320 g puff pastry
  • 2 Tbsp onion chutney
  • 2 Tbsp harissa
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 150 g feta cheese
  • 4 Tbsp pistachios, chopped
  • mint, a few sprigs
  • rocket, handfull
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
Peel the squash. Halve it and scoop out seeds. Cut into thin, bite-size pieces.
Unroll the pastry onto a baking sheet and score a border 1cm from the edge. Prick the centre with a fork.
Mix chutney and harrisa and spread it over the middle of the pastry.
At the top arrange the squash slices. Season it with salt and pepper.
Bake it for 30 minutes.
Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle it with crumbled feta and chopped pistachios. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
Serve sprinkled with rocket and mint.
Butternut squash and feta tart

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  • Reply Nina Bille March 18, 2013 at 23:10

    Hi Magda,
    Your tart looks scrumptious … I like both butternut squash and feta! I usually like reading books, but the last 8 months it’s been only literature concerning my work – so now on Easter holidays I’d like to read a novel or a fiction – I’ll check your book list link :)
    PS. Happy St. Patrick’s day! {I’m not sure if you’re celebrating it in a special manner nowdays – I had two sweet and cheerful friends from Ireland when I was at a collage – I remember them wearing green t-shirts in St. Patricks day and having a little party}

    • Reply Magda March 18, 2013 at 23:18

      Hi Nina,
      I hate being stopped from reading fiction because of the work, but at least you are reading :) I’ve just started Kite Runner, I’m not sure what I think about it yet, but I enjoy reading it so far.
      Happy St. Patrick’s day to you too. I must admit I didn’t celebrate except sitting at home and relaxing, the weather was just awful, it even snowed :/, but plenty of my friends actually wore green and had parties. I would probably made a Guinness Cake or ice cream, but I ate too much lately, so I forbid myself from doing it ;)

  • Reply Kristin March 19, 2013 at 09:06

    I know what you mean about not reading – my one and only new year resolution this year was to spend less time online reading Twitter and Facebook and more time reading books!

    • Reply Magda March 19, 2013 at 21:05

      I know. Probably it is disease of our times, but Twitter and Facebook can be nice and useful as well :)

  • Reply blueberrykitchen March 19, 2013 at 16:12

    Your tart looks so good! I love butternut squash and feta cheese so I really want to try this recipe :)

    • Reply Magda March 19, 2013 at 21:09

      Thank you Blueberrykitchen, it’s lovely, simple recipe. I hope you will like it.

  • Reply Julia | March 19, 2013 at 20:28

    I love reading the books, I actually like how the time slows down when I’m reading. I wish I had more time to do that. Your savory tart looks wonderful, I love using puff pastry in my cooking, too. It’s so yummy and convenient.

    • Reply Magda March 19, 2013 at 21:12

      I like that the time slows down when you are reading, but lately I feel guilty, because to read a book you need quite a few evening.
      I try to avoid puff pastry, as I know how much butter goes there, but it’s really convenient and delicious.

  • Reply Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick March 20, 2013 at 20:02

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  • Reply Anonymous March 28, 2013 at 17:59

    Hi Magda,

    I love your blog. I can’t remember exactly how I found you, but thank God I did. Your blog is great, simply great. I’m Polish as well, love cooking, animals, books, literature, traveling, so it looks like we’ve got a few things in common. I love how you explain about our tradition and culture and how delicious your are your meals and cakes. You’ve got a huge fan in me!


    Mocno ściskam i pozdrawiam,


    • Reply Magda April 1, 2013 at 13:27

      Hi Moni,

      Too bad you don’t remember how did you find me, but good you are here :) Thank you for all the compliments.

  • Reply Adrienne April 1, 2013 at 13:12

    This tart looks delicious Magda. I have your exact problem too, I loved to read and I lost it somehow and don’t read nearly as much as I want to. It’s rare that I can find a book to hold my interest for more than a few chapters. I’m reading JK Rowling’s new book and I’m bored already. The last book I loved was the Paris Wife.

    • Reply Magda April 1, 2013 at 13:32

      Thank you Adrienne. I’ve just finished Kite Runner and I really liked it, somewhere in the middle I felt it was a little bit too predictable, but than it changed a little bit and in total I think it was a really good, interesting book.
      I put Paris Wife on my to read list. Now I’m reading To kill a mockingbird, as I don’t remember if I read it before or no. I struggle a little bit, but I love my Kindle, so I have less excuses ;)

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