Light Fruit Tart

We had our fair share of Valentine’s evenings that are quite memorable.   A few where we are sitting in this or that romantic restaurant packed with couples trying to be romantic pretending we are not hearing our neighbors trying to be romantic, pretending they are not hearing us trying to be romantic, pretending…  

The most special one is when while waiting to be seated in our favorite seafood joint, we met this older couple (he was a WWII veteran).  Here we are, thinking, wow!!!, what could be more inspiring than spending the evening with these old love birds!? They happily agree to share a table with us.  A few wine glasses later, Dave and I are just about to get all starry-eyed and envision ourselves  in 50 years still madly in love, when we find out that the couple is actually cheating on his hospitalized wife, they are swingers, and would love to invite us over to her place after the dinner!

So, this year we celebrated at home.  Of course I faced a dilemma.   How do you enjoy a festive dinner, and yet fit into that special night gown later on…

This recipe is a pretty light dessert – a much skinnier version of a traditional fruit tart, but still yummy and exceptionally easy to make.  Adopted from TasteOfHome

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LIGHT FRUIT TART

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tbs cold butter, grated
  • ¼ cup water, ice-cold
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup fresh kiwi, peeled, and cut in circles

GLAZE:

  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cups unsweetened pineapple-coconut juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Yields 16 servings

DIRECTIONS:
Make crust: in a large bowl, mix flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter until crumbly. Add water and mix the dough. Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to form a ¼ inch-thick (about 5 mm) sheet.
Place onto an ungreased 12-in. tart baking platter. Cover lightly with foil. Bake at 350°/175⁰ C for 10-12 minutes for about 20 min, remove the foil and bake for another 1-15 min or until very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Make filling: in a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth with a hand mixer. Spread over crust. Arrange the strawberries, oranges and kiwi on top.
Make glaze: in a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch and juices until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool and drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate until chilled.

And finally, my most delicious desserts, my little Valentines.

Book clubs, kids, and nominations

 

My Mexican friend, Alma, finally picked the new book for our club! It’s Tear this heart out” by Angeles Mastretta.  The name sounds dreadfully depressing, so I cannot wait to start reading!  


On another note, I have a feeling that lately the kid-bragging was inadequate.  So, here are some new photos…

First and foremost, the new year starts with the new do.  What DO you think?  

Here is a fresh one of baby Pea.  We visited San Francisco famous Brian Wilson today.  Apparently, my girl expected to meet the “fear the beard” guy.  

Here is her puzzled look when she realized it’s just his namesake, the hippo.

 

 And lastly, a very talented photographer and blogger, http://barbaraelka.com/ noticed my online jabbering, and nominated it for a 7×7 award!  Thank you so much!  The rules are below:

1.       Share something about yourself that other bloggers don’t know.

Recently I’ve been working on this groundbreaking invention in the field of weight loss. 

So, I came up with this amazing dish.  I think if you eat it every evening for a couple weeks, you are guaranteed to shred some pounds!  I haven’t shared it with anyone yet due to limited research and potential side effects that may include but not limited to blurred vision, dizziness, and painful death…

It’s this baked fish recipe that tastes AWFUL! It’s so awful, you don’t even want to put anything else in your mouth after you ate it, so you are certain to loose extra fat!  As I mentioned earlier, it needs some work before I share it with public… but, I think I’m onto something here…

2.       Link 7 posts from your blog that you think are worthy.

Ohm.. I have only been doing it for two months… Let me see:

http://russianmomcooks.com/2011/12/13/friands/

http://russianmomcooks.com/2011/12/31/mandarin-ginger-chicken/

http://russianmomcooks.com/2011/12/24/2011_instagram_pea/

http://russianmomcooks.com/2011/12/24/2011_instagram_fam/

http://russianmomcooks.com/2011/12/09/happy-friday/

http://russianmomcooks.com/2012/01/05/corn_casserol/

http://russianmomcooks.com/2011/12/12/sharlotka-with-cranberries/

3.       Nominate 7 other bloggers that deserve the award and haven’t received it yet.

I would really like to see author’s picks from all the blogs I follow, but here are the absolute favorites (in no particular order):

http://delacasa.wordpress.com/

http://comeduemaiali.wordpress.com/

http://savorysimple.net/

http://clarabelleblog.com/

http://daisyt13.wordpress.com/

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

http://deidraalexander.com

Ta-ta

2011 Instagram Favorites – Lil’ Jem and the fam

In a fruitless attempt of realizing some unfulfilled dream of his, my husband is growing Lil’ Jem’s hair.  He declared himself the sole person responsible for Jem’s Hair Plan.  

Mr. Big Hair Man.  Oh, little did I know that those days would go down in history as “short hair” days…

Watching the penguins at the zoo

100% boy

Non-fat spicy chai tea latte, thank you very much!

It’s always sunny in San Francisco

California Dude

Catching the waves with babushka

The big hair days

Happy Holidays! Na zdarovie!

2011 Instagram Favorites – baby Pea

My baby girl changed so much this year from this little bundle of lovin’ to the cutest toddler on Earth (coming from the most unbiased mother).  I guess this was the year of hats!.. or the year of mostly bold… ;-) Smooching my laptop screen right now!

Baby Pea in her flower hat

Baby Pea in her stocking hat

Baby Pea with a flower

Baby Pea in her brother’s hat

Baby Pea in her car-seat

Baby Pea with Daddy

Baby Pea with pumpkins

Baby Pea after a nap

Toddler Pea – Love of my life

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