I wish I have intelligent things to say about this plate of Goat Cheese & Strawberry Tartine. The timestamp on the photos told me I made the open-faced sandwiches exactly a year ago when I happened to have all the ingredients at home. That very weekend, a three-year relationship came to an end. The ingredients came from the famed Marche Jean Talon in Montreal and I drove home heartbroken. Only a year? More like a lifetime ago. Thankfully it is all behind me now and I have my hands full with other concerns.
I am also thankful that I made notes way back when. I used green olive baguette from Première Moisson, unripen goat cheese from Qui Lait Cru Fromagerie, local Quebec strawberries from Ile d'Orleans, home-grown basil, and balsamic vinegar. Looking at these photos reminds me of spring 2012.
Lately I’ve been thinking about memories. Sometimes I remember a concise timeline of events without a trace of emotional attachment. Sometimes the shadow of feeling is all that I remember with all the details blur out. Does my mind prioritize these history with selective memory as a self-defense mechanism?
I don’t remember much about the taste of these tartines. It was a nice snack but certainly not memorable enough for me to recall a year later. It must means the self-defense line of reasoning does not hold true. There’s no bad experience to be blocked, I promise! Don’t be afraid to give it a try.
You do not need a recipe. Everything that you need to know is already shown in the photos. Slice a baguette, spread on some young goat cheese, pile on the strawberries, garnish with basil, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. While I cannot tell you what I think about the taste, I can guarantee the gorgeous presentation will win you compliments. These tartines feel right at home at casual luncheon, fancy dinner party, or just stuffing your face by the kitchen sink.
Fellow cooks at French Fridays with Dorie, it’s been much too long since I last dropped by. Read on to find out their experience with this dish. I bet they can tell what it tastes like!