Rustic mushroom tart, baby sewing and a surprise visitor!

 Pre-festive greetings to you! A few goings on from the week to share, from my world to yours...

1. Mushroom tarts:

I was making a meal for a friend this week and decided to go with a mushroom tart. Not having made one before I was happy with the happy I ended up eating the second one myself..shh. It was a combination of several enticing looking recipes morphed into one..scroll down to see my kombi-recipe. 

2. Baby sewing:
(New Look 6793)

Two gifts were needed in a hurry for two different babies and New Look 6793 proved to be a most suitable pattern (if a little oversized!). Above is the dress version, view A, which I made in a 'small' size, although appears to be sized around 6months/00. 

Below are view C and D - pants and top which I made in newborn size, although actually turned out more like a commercial 3 month/000 sizing. That's both cases the recipients can grow into them... 

3. The Teen Creates:

Of late -  a gingerbread house. I had found myself in a situation with a large quantity of gingerbread dough in the fridge needing to be baked and she offered to make a house for the as you might well imagine, I said yes. 

I don't know how this will go with my plan to cut out sugar from my diet *sigh*. But while I figure it out, I can still enjoy looking at it in all it's naive sweetness, literally! Those wonky windows I happen to find particularly charming!

4: A surprise visitor!:

What an exciting discovery to find a small turtle sitting near our back door last night! After observing it for some time, we watched it make it's way back into the dam, in a most peculiar, (turtle like even?) fashion. A movement kind of like a cross between a waddle and a sassy sway..with all four legs moving in time and a very, very long neck poking out of that small shell! Quite swift it was too, in fact. What a sight! Happy Solstice! :)

Rustic mushroom, caramelised onion and thyme tart

2 large spanish onions, sliced
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1tbs brown sugar
500g button mushrooms, quartered
2 tbs butter
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1-2 tbs fresh or dried homegrown thyme, chopped
125g greek feta, crumbled
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
your favourite shortcrust pastry recipe
olive oil

Preheat oven to 180c. To begin, gently saute the onions in a little olive oil until transparent and then add the vinegar and sugar. Stirring often, allow the onions to cook down over a gentle heat until they are dark and thick, around 15-20 minutes.

Remove the onions and place into a separate bowl. Heat a little more oil in the pan and add the butter and allow it to melt and start to foam up. Add the mushrooms and cook gently until they are glossy and the juices are starting to run. Add the garlic and thyme and allow to cook until the mushroom liquid has nearly evaporated. Add the caremilised onions to the pan and season well.

Roll out the pastry into one large or two smaller squares and place on a lined baking tray. Heap the mushroom/onion mixture into the centre of the pastry and spread out to within about an inch from the edges. Fold the edges over to contain the mushroom mixture and brush pastry with beaten egg. Sprinkle tarts with crumbled feta and bake in the lower part of the oven for around 40 minutes, or until golden brown and base is cooked. Serve sprinkled with extra thyme with a green salad alongside.


  1. We, too, have turtles in our backyard. They are shy creatures and move very fast!

    I love the baby outfits that you have made! Seeing them makes me want to dust off my machine, and sew!

    1. Really fast, Wendy! It was a complete surprise how quick that little guy moved!!

  2. The sewing outfits are so cute only wish my daughter was that size and I could make it for her. Enjoy your Christmas with the family. We found a little turtle at our local creek a couple of weeks ago but that is quite a large one funny findinf it at your back door. regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    1. Wishing you a lovely Christmas, too, Kathy. :)

  3. Aren't they amazing we guys, We found one sitting one the railway tracks, on the level crossing coming into the Navy base here, it was scorching hot day as well, he had a bit of a chink in his armour possibly from a ride on mower, so after a quick vet check we took him, to a nice quiet safe place on the base, far from people and mowers. I felt quite privileged to have spent time with one. So nice you have him living in your damn. :-)

    1. Yes, really good company to have, Wendy. I hope he stays away from the road..

  4. Oh that turtle!! How gorgeous! The gingerbread house looks great - what a clever daughter you have!

    1. Thanks Kristie - that gingerbread house did not last long at all..throw 5 tweenage girls at it and it was brought down in a matter of seconds!

  5. Everyone's discussing that turtle but holy cow that torte looks DELICIOUS! !

    I've gotta make one now! ;)

  6. The mushroom tart looks divine I might try to make "veganise" it with an egg substitute.

    1. Good idea, littlegreenvillage. I'm sure the pastry would be fine if it was brushed with water instead of egg.. ;)

  7. The baby clothes are just gorgeous! And I love the gingerbread house. Makes me wish I'd made one. Very cute!

    1. Aww, I know why you are looking at baby clothes, Linda!! What a special Christmas this must for you all. xx


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