Chocolate raspberry tartlets and market produce

Chocolate raspberry tartletsWhen I came home from the market with two boxes of raspberries that needed to be used quickly (more on that below), I immediately thought of this amazing-looking white chocolate raspberry tart I’d seen on Celine’s blog. Unfortunately I didn’t have the white chocolate or silken tofu required for the filling, so I went with a slightly different idea and made mini dark chocolate tarts instead. I halved Celine’s crust recipe, replaced the whole wheat flour with plain flour as that was all I had left, added a little cocoa powder for extra chocolate flavour, and baked it in a muffin tin (about 8 minutes for 6 mini crusts). The filling is a recipe from Vegan Pie in the Sky (Lagusta’s Chocolate Raspberry Pie) and even though I think I let the chocolate melt too quickly which prevented the ganache from firming up properly, I’m really happy with the way they turned out. I like that they’re not too sweet, so the flavour of the raspberries really shines. I’d love to try the white chocolate pie as well!

Back from the marketLately I’ve been buying most of my vegetables (especially the ones that tend to be overpriced at supermarkets) at a local market. After shopping there a few times at different times of day, I now try to go in the morning when it’s not too busy and there’s still a good variety of produce to choose from. I usually bring a limited amount of cash (say, €10) and stick to that as my budget. I often spend less than that and just bring as much as I can carry, which will last us for 1-2 weeks. And I’ve found some pretty good deals! Here’s what I brought home today:

- eight (striped) aubergines for €1
- a bag of tomatoes (also striped! couldn’t resist the gorgeous patterns) for €1
- five courgettes for €1
- three ears of corn for €1
- one watermelon for €1
- two artichokes for €2,60
- two boxes of raspberries for €1,50

I did my best to protect the raspberries while carrying them home, but some of them still got crushed in my bag. Oh well, all the more reason to eat them straight away! The mushier berries were perfect in the tart filling and most of the whole ones found their way into our mouths by the end of the day as well. I don’t buy fresh raspberries very often so they’re a wonderful treat.

The artichokes were a little more expensive than I’d hoped, but I decided to splurge on them anyway because I love artichokes and my boyfriend has never tried them! I’ve never cooked them myself so I’ll have to look through my cookbooks for tips first. I’m hoping to counter my boyfriend’s reluctance to try new vegetables by appealing to his love for foods that come with dipping sauces, so I need to make a good vinaigrette or mayonnaise (or both)! Any ideas? :)

Thanks to everyone who’s been reading my posts and/or leaving comments! <3 Hope you have a lovely day.

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14 thoughts on “Chocolate raspberry tartlets and market produce

  1. Those tarts are so pretty!
    I’m also an artichoke cooking newbie, I was meant to cook with them this winter but somehow it is now spring and I haven’t gotten around to it. Must do it!

    • Thanks Susan! I’ve been planning to cook artichokes for a while as well but I don’t see them at the market very often so I kept forgetting. I just hope I can prepare them properly!

  2. I don’t know what’s making me hungrier- Those lovely tarts or the stunning striped tomatoes! It’s been a rotten tomato season around here, and even our garden has failed to produce anything noteworthy. Your farmer’s market haul seems like an absolute steal at those prices.

    • Oh I’m sorry you didn’t get to enjoy more tomatoes this season! :( I tried planting a few tomato plants on my balcony and windowsills but they haven’t produced anything either.

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