Tarted Up / by Christopher Karamihos

Our June Kitschen Ckaos recipe is Cherry Tomato Tarts with Green Olives. Our 2016 calendar combines our love of food, photography and design. This year our mouthwatering recipes focus on the delicious world of Hors d’Oeuvre, so join us on our gastronomic journey of discovery.

Cherry Tomato Tarts with Green Olives

Makes 18

Ingredients
18 vol-au-vent or savoury pastry cases
100g soft goats cheese, softened
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
125g punnet mixed cherry tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped green olives
1 tablespoon olive oil
 baby basil microherbs, to garnish

If required, heat or bake the vol-au-vents according to packet instructions. Combine goat’s cheese, red onion and thyme in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine tomatoes, green olive and oil. Season to taste. Spoon or pipe goat’s cheese mixture into cases and top evenly with tomato mixture and garnish with baby basil. Serve.

Tip
You can make the vol-au-vent cases using good-quality store bought puff pastry. Cut a 5cm round for the base and top with another 5cm round with a 3cm round cutting out the centre. Prick the centre of the circle with a fork. and brush with beaten egg yolk with a dash of water. Bake at 200°C for 8 -10minutes or until golden brown. You may need to push the centre of the pastry down during baking if they become unruly and bake off centre.

Goat’s cheese mixture can be prepared the day prior. Assemble up to 1 hour before serving.

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Being a lover of theatre, Cameron recently visited an exciting exhibition at the Melbourne Arts Centre called Stage Presence. 

The creative process behind some of Australia's most innovative productions is brought to life through concept sketches, research files, set models, 'finished' designs and technical drawings, showing the story of performance design in Australia.

This free exhibition is running until the 4th September 2016 at the Melbourne Arts Centre Gallery in Hamer Hall.

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