“You’re like a squirrel,” P. told me when he saw that I was putting a plump orange winter squash into the large vegetable basket I keep in the kitchen, which already contained at least three or four nice looking ones.
“I know!” I replied, feeling a bit silly to have bought yet another red kuri squash. “I am just too scared that I won’t be able to find any like this one again.”
Especially as I always make sure to buy organic ones, so that I can leave the skin on while cooking, if I decide to.
On Saturday, I made a soufflé au potimarron (Hokkaido squash soufflé). It was beautifully puffed and golden, and we almost ate the whole dish between the two of us, although my recipe actually accommodates four people. “It feels like we are eating flavored snow,” I said, laughing and helping me to some more. “I cannot believe that we managed to finish the whole dish up.”
“It’s bébé who took his or her share!” P. said in a joking tone.
I know already that I have to make another one again soon, and take pictures this time, if I am quick, to show you.
“Perhaps I could make one for your parents, when they come for Thanksgiving, non?”I asked P. “Do you think that they would like a soufflé?”
“Who doesn’t like soufflé?”
Then there was this Hokkaido Squash tart that I baked one evening last week when I knew that P. and I would not be back home until late in the evening.
“It will reheat quite well,” I said in the car as we we were driving to our birth class. Preparing for the arrival of bébé is of course conducive to making sure that we are all well fed — not that we actually need an excuse, really.
And the season for winter squashes is far from being over, Thank God. Especially with the holiday season approaching à grands pas. Are you already preparing foods? I have a dish of red kuri lasagna to make for dinner tomorrow, a cake and an appetizer to prepare for our festive dinner on Thursday. Frankly, I cannot wait to get started. In the meantime, though, we still need to feed us on nourishing foods, to keep us going. N’est-ce pas ?
This vegetable tart is a good example of how to enjoy comfortable, light autumnal meals. Easy to prepare; bursting with flavor. Quite ideal before the numerous foods awaiting us in a few days, for those of us who live on this side of the Atlantic, and celebrate Thanksgiving.
My family in France always wonders what this holiday is like. “Vous mangerez quoi ?” (What will you eat?) I can hear my mum and sister-in-law ask with evident curiosity. Our phone conversations are always filled with food matters. It runs in the family.
“A lot of winter squash, for sure.”
I am not complaining. I love it, in fact!
Next time, I really have to bake a pumpkin pie for them. They *must* try it!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, if we do not speak before then!
(For a 9″ tart)
- Pastry with or without gluten (without gluten: 1/2 cup sweet rice flour; 1/3 cup quinoa flour; 1/3 cup quinoa flakes; 1/4 cup amaranth flour; 7 Tbsp butter; 1/2 tsp salt; 1 Tbsp poppyseeds; 5 to 6 Tbsp cold water)
- 14 oz cleaned Hokkaido or Acorn squash (seeded but skin on), diced
- 3.5 oz cleaned celeriac, diced
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 cup grated hard cheese, type cheddar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped parsley
- Preheat your oven at 400 F. Butter a tart mold.
- Roll your dough and put it in a round mold; place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, steam the celeriac and Hokkaido squash (about 20 minutes) until fork tender.
- Using a food mill, purée the vegetables.
- In a bowl, beat together the eggs and ricotta cheese. Add 1 Tbsp chopped parsley and 1/2 of the grated cheese.
- Add to the squash/celeriac purée, and mix until smooth.
- Pour this filling over the dough, and top with onions, and slices of tomatoes.
- Season with salt and pepper, and add the rest of the grated cheese.
- Cook for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden in color. With a mixed green salad, it’s a delicious meal.
- Pâte brisée avec ou sans gluten (sans gluten: 80 g de farine de riz gluant; 60 g de farine de quinoa flour; 30 g de flocons de quinoa; 25 g de farine d’amaranth; 100 g de beurre; 1/2 càc de sel de mer; 1 càs de graines de pavot; 5 à 6 càs d’eau froide)
- 400 g de potimarron lavé, et coupé en gros dés (laissez la peau et enlevez les graines de courge à l’intérieur)
- 100 g de céleri rave pelé, coupé en gros dés
- 1 oignon jaune ou rouge, émincé
- 125 g de ricotta au lait entier
- 2 tomates, coupées en tranches fines
- 50 g de fromage râpé, type Comté ou cheddar
- 2 oeufs, légèrement battus
- Sel et poivre
- Persil frais, haché
- Préchauffez votre four à 200 C.
- Etalez la pâte et foncez-en un moule. Piquez le fond et mettez au frais pendant 30 minutes.
- Pendant ce temps, faites cuire le potimarron et le céleri à la vapeur (environ 20 minutes), jusqu’à ce que les légumes soient tendres.
- Passez-les au presse-purée.
- Dans un bol, battez les oeufs avec la ricotta. Ajoutez 1 càs de persil haché et la moitié du fromage râpé.
- Ajoutez la purée de potimarron/céleri et mélangez bien.
- Versez cette préparation sur la pâte et garnissez de tranches d’oignon et de tomates.
- Assaisonnez de sel et de poivre et finissez par le reste de fromage râpé.
- Cuisez environ pendant 30 à 35 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que le dessus soit bien doré. Avec une salade de jeunes pousses, c’est délicieux.
Let me be the first to say that I love your photo, the first one, all the different textures and colors. Really nice. Have a happy Thanksgiving with your family, Béa.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, Bea. Enjoy the family time. What a lovely idea: a squash souffle! Brilliant. By the way, I made your lemon yogurt tart for a friend’s baby shower on the weekend and everyone just loved it. Thank you for the inspiration and making me look lovely!
Happy Thanksgiving!! Beautiful photos…. and sooooo soothing. I would like to have a slice 🙂
Delicious! I love you included the gluten free crust option!
Hi Béa. I’ve been an admirer of your site, and of your beautiful photos and recipes.
The way you talk about your baby is so sweet. It’s almost as if we could see you smiling. 🙂
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Your photographs are so pure and delicate !
I can only imagine your dishes are yummy as well.
Congratulations for this blog, I have it bookmarked and am always amazed!
Nothing better than a family that loves food.
Nothing better than a familythat eats dinner together as often as possible.
Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday isn’t really a part of our culture on this side of the Pacific — but that doesn’t stop several of us from preparing “Thanksgiving food” 🙂 Lovey tart!
I squirrel them away as well…it’s only natural!
Curious, Bea… what will you cook for Thanksgiving? The traditional American dinner, or something different?
By the way… your photographs are exquisite, as your cooking. You’re so talented!
I stumbled across your blog quite a bit ago and have been reading it since, this is my first time commenting though. I love your posts, photos & recipes! I’m lookingforward to the holiday ones! 🙂 ~Ally
PS I’m saving this recipe for my mum, she’s from Hokkaido Japan!
I just love that all of your photos look like they were ripped out of a magazine!
Un très joyeux thanksgiving. Il me reste 1/2 céleri au frigo, je me demandai à quelle sauce j’allais l’accommoder, tu tombes à pic : merci !
Une pure merveille !!!!
Mes felicitations !!!!
I, too, cannot get enough of red kuri squash! My husband made a risotto with it last week and it was divine!
happy thanksgiving to your family… love your photos and your recipes.
attention Bea… a force de manger trop de potiron, ton petit loup va avoir une meche rousse a son arrivee 🙂
I too have become obsessed by all the winter squash available now. I love this recipe-merci!
Really pretty tart, just what we need really. have a nice Thanksgiving.
Great Colours! Looks delicious, did you have any problems with the skin of the squash when using the food mill?
I love celeriac, and just love the combination too. Great photography as always. Awesome dining table and chair 😀
Your photos are always so inspired and inspiring! I have been eating pureed squash with some shaved parmesan like it’s going out of business!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Bea!
Wow, everything looks and sounds delicious! When I get down about the absence of my cooking skills I just need to hop on your blog and I know I am sure to find inspiration! Merci Beaucoup!
I love the first photo!! Wonderful. It’s such a pleasure to enter in your blog.
J’AIME BEAUcoup votre photos, vous ètes un point d’inspiration pour tous les food blogger
Potimarron is Chestnut pumpkin in England. I have grown them in my garden and usually roast them,complete with seeds, with onion and garlicand blitz to make soup. Your recipes sound interesting, would like to try them .
I’m sure your baby will like squash as much as ours – he tried it for the first time today, and thanked us with a massive smile and an orange face!
lovely! looks so good. And a wonderful recipe of gluten free pastry. Have to try it. wonderful!
Thank you everyone! And thank you for all of the information given. I also hope your Thanksgiving was excellent. Btw, once you steam the potimarron, the skin is not hard at all, another bonus about this type of winter squash.
I just made this and it’s great! My husband stated, “world class!” I made mine with a buckwheat crust which was a nice foil. Unfortunately, my acorn squash didn’t have the lovely orange color of your squash, but it was still tasty.
My one-year old has a terrible case of separation anxiety and will scream if I don’t hold him, so I had to prepare much of this with one arm until my partner got home from work. Needless to say, it was slow going, but well worth it. 🙂
Not even sure I’ve ever seen a Hokkaido squash, but your post makes me want to rush straight out and buy one 🙂
Rapide et facile à faire. Excellent, surtout.
J’ ai juste remplacé la ricotta par du mascarpone, et je n’ ai pas mis de tomates.
Y- a t’il quelque part la recette de la tarte aux champignons ?
Merci, pour toutes ces belles photos et recettes pour le plus grand plaisir des yeux. Et des papilles, très rapidement !
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Inspired by this delicious tart i made one very similar! the poppyseed in the pastry really caught my attention…then the vegs that i love…the only difference is that i left them in pieces instead of smashing them! ….it was so good! tks…all your blog is so inspiring for recipes and photos!
if u are curious here is what i’ve done http://crumpetsandco.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/quiche-di-zucca-e-sedano-rapa/
I found you while searching for ways to make homemade yogurt. I like the look of your yogurt maker. Do the individual jars have lids that can be put on for storage in the refrigerator?
Also, I was so happy to find a category devoted to tarts! I am always on the lookout for a savory tart recipe! This is a real treasure trove.
Your photographs are stunning!
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i just love your blog, you are a true inspiration.
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