Heirloom Tomato & Onion Tartine on Chickpea Flatbread

By no means let go of that fiery unhappiness referred to as need.
Patti Smith

On the event of this special occasion, I’m making notice of issues as I sit and write this publish to you, my readers. It’s my birthday at the moment (and sure I’m sitting in a jazz-filled cafe alone early within the morning and it’s HEAVEN), and on today I’m one whole entire 12 months older (DUH, I do know you realize this however nonetheless). A 12 months that each flew by and but felt prefer it crawled at occasions, with anguish, discomfort, heartache, and most of all stretching that has introduced with it an immense quantity of non-public development – it’s one which gained’t quickly be forgotten.

As with New Years time, and as I grow old (and hopefully wiser), birthdays have begun to indicate milestones within the life of 1 grown girl: me. Humorous that I by no means actually considered myself that method till only recently. A grown girl (sure, I assume at 37 years outdated they name you that). So yearly I discover myself reflecting a bit greater than in my youthful years, it’s a great factor.

So with out wanting again to the 12 months that was, I’m proper now waiting for the street earlier than me. That street consists of the entire issues I’m grateful for at the moment, together with all of you. On today I’m grateful for the great folks in my life, from my household who I like to itty-bitty items to my loopy sensible associates who’ve joined me on our collective journey to discovering function by means of expression. Make no mistake, I’m one fortunate birthday woman and I do know it.


This recipe got here to gentle one superb weekend not way back after a farmer’s market enterprise I made alone on my bike. The tomatoes shaped the inspiration because the late summer season solar retains pounding out the heat and the tables and the stalls on the market bear the proof of that. Bounty is in every single place proper now and this recipe is the celebration of this abundance —- we reside in a most stunning place and time — remember to take the time to get pleasure from it. Discover heirloom tomatoes at their peak and while you’re at it, a candy freshly harvested white onion. You’ll style the distinction within the onion, it’s loopy what a drastic distinction in expertise a bit freshness makes. Serve this as a starter to a cocktail party or at a potluck, it’s assured to not solely be the attention pleaser on the desk, however a success for everybody’s style buds too. Take pleasure in (and Pleased Birthday to me!)! xo

Heirloom Tomato & Onion Tartine on Chickpea Flatbread:

  • 1 recipe Genuine Chickpea Flatbread
  • 3 kilos Heirloom tomatoes (ideally smaller firmer varieties), assorted sizes and colors
  • 1 candy white onion, medium sized
  • Salt & pepper to style

Olive & Caper Tapenade:

  • 1 cup packed pitted Kalamata olives 
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp recent lemon juice
  • 1/2 recent shallot, minced

This recipe is fairly easy to make as long as you propose forward and prep for the flatbread. Thus far, that is simply the most well-liked recipe on my web site, and I like discovering new methods to include it into our consuming patterns – it’s simple to make, tasty, reasonably priced, and filling, which inserts the meals philosophy in my life to a tee. I extremely suggest attempting it and in the event you do, give the satisfactory time to let the combination sit (as really useful). On this model I let the chickpea & water sit for 8 hours and the outcomes had been unbelievable.

Earlier than prepping every little thing else, peel and slice the white onion into skinny strips. Place in a small bowl with simply sufficient chilly water to cowl, and add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the water. Let the onion soak when you prep the remainder of the substances, this may take any edge off of the style and produce out the sweetness.

For the Tartine, comply with the directions for the flatbread. As soon as the flatbread is baking within the oven, get to work on the tapenade by mixing the entire substances in a meals processor or blender. Mix till nicely blended (however a bit chunky is ok too). Style for lemon juice and salt and put aside.

To make the tomato salad, merely wash and reduce the tomatoes as desired. I like the irregular colors & shapes of Heirlooms in season. Drain and blend within the onion slices to style, saving any leftovers for salads or sandwiches later within the week. Combine ever so gently together with your fingers and wait till the flatbread is able to assemble.

To assemble the Tartine, wait till the cooked flatbread has cooled to round room temperature. Leaving the bread within the pan it cooked in, unfold a fair layer of tapenade over the whole floor (you’ll use about half of this recipe). Simply earlier than serving, gently scatter the tomato & onion salad over the layer of scrumptious tapenade. Prime with freshly floor black pepper as desired (and even some feta for these craving a bit cheese). To serve, merely reduce into squares with a pointy knife or pie cutter and revel in.