Herbed Goat Cheese Tart With Roasted Beets

How was your weekend? Were you fighting off the heat wave, enjoying almost-here-summer days, picnicking or hiking??? I did some of these things plus trip to the farmers market and some good cooking. I had this herbed goat cheese tart on my mind for quite some time now, was just waiting for a perfect summer weather as an excuse to make it…..just in case a  picnic dish was needed. It’s made with marinated roasted beets, whole wheat pastry flour, fresh herbs, goat and ricotta cheese, delicious. Perfect for a picnic at the park or day at the beach.

marinated roasted beets

  • 2 golden beets
  • 2 small red beets
  • 1 small Albina Vereduna, white variety (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2Tbs sherry vinegar
  • sea salt, fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme

for the pastry

  • 1cup whole wheat pastry flour and
  • 1 1/2 all- purpose flour or if you prefer use 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

for the filling

  • 10 ounces soft mild goat cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano

for garnish
fresh chopped herbs, baby arugula
fresh ground pepper, sea salt


To roast the beets wrap them in aluminum foil, place on the baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 min in 425F oven, wait until cool enough to handle and use paper towels to slip the skins off. Slice thinly  and place red and golden beets in two separate bowls. Mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, thyme salt and pepper, pour over each bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
In the mean time mix all of the ingredients for the pastry dough until smooth, flatten into a disc, wrap and refrigerate until ready to use ( at least 30 min).
In the food processor blend all the ingredients for the filling, until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8-inch-thick rectangular shape( if you’re using this kind of pan) . Roll the dough around the rolling pin, and lift it over a tart pan with a removable bottom( I used 10.5×7.5). Line the pan with the dough, pressing it into the corners.You’ll most likely use only 2/3 of prepared dough. Prick dough all over with a fork. Transfer to  refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes. Bake for 10-15 min on the middle rack. Remove from oven, add the feeling and bake on the middle rack for another 30 min. Remove from oven, arrange the beets on top, garnish with chopped thyme, oregano and baby arugula, drizzle with some oil and vinegar mixture saved from marinating beets. Tastes great with mixed greens salad and sauvignon blanc wine.

Are You Sure Coffee Is Good for You

Well, let’s see. According to the association of the British Coffee, its research shows that to drink three cups of coffee one day can reduce the risk of illness of the fatal liver by until 40 percent. But, it is the association of Coffee! Could they be just more that a few biased? In my quest to find if coffee is indeed good for you, I discovered some facts.

In interesting 2006 gathered Data on 88,259 women in a Survey of the Health of the Nurses found these drinkers of coffee lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by 13% if to consume 1 cup per day, 42% for 2-3 cups per day, and 47% for 3 cups per day, compared to the drinkers of non coffee. In an interesting way, the beneficial effects of coffee were not due to caffeine; these reductions in risk of the illness were similar for those to drink caffeine-free as well as caffeinated, filtered, and same immediate coffee.

As well, research found that to drink coffee is in no path associated with to increase a woman’s risk to develop the breast cancer. Nor is there all conclusive evidence that the consumption of the coffee/caffeine increases the ovarian cancer.

A risk study in the January 2006 question of the Nutrition Newspaper found it among women before the menopause, consumption of accustomed (caffeinated) coffee, but not black tea, has been associated with the linear declines in risk of the breast cancer. A 40% reduction in risk of breast cancer has been seen in women before the menopause that drink at least 4 cups of coffee a day.

Although caffeine can be found in the milk of the chest, it is present in the very small quantities, and the normal coffee that drinks some women doesn’t put their children to risk. In any case, a moderate hold doesn’t constitute all risk.

Then I read a thing in “You, The “Owner’s Manual that moderate consumption (2-4 cups per day) appears to have the considerable advantages, including improved memory, and a risk reduces Alzheimer by 25% and Parkinsons by 50% !

The the Society of the National osteoporosis in the United Kingdom declares that, ` We must see all conclusive evidence again that the consumption of coffee curbed is a factor of the considerable risk in the development of osteoporosis.

Note: apparently it doesn’t apply to women who receive the therapy of the replacement of the hormone (HRT)! Other aspects of the food and manner to live, as stress, habits smoker and obesity, are however, risk well established factors.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones are bent or is demineralized, which can lead in turns to a risk increased fractures to occur. A survey of two years of 92 post-menopausal women by researchers to State of Pennsylvania the College of Medicine confirmed that all obvious report between consumption of caffeine and bone the mineral content disappears completely if the factors of the risk knew are controled. You can help to reduce this risk to follow a healthy food, to exercise regularly, of it and taking the calcium, D vitamin and antioxidant supplements.

In summary, while this cannot be big for people with nervous digests, syndrome of the irritable intestine, or ebb acidic, some studies showed that coffee has completely some health benefits, including to lower the risk of a lot of illnesses by 20-25%, including Parkinson, 2 diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and colorectal that the cancer.

The result is typed that the coffee bean is the fruit of the coffee plant of that is consisted of antioxidants! Personally I don’t believe that it is coffee himself, or caffeine, but the qualities!

I of the antioxidant doesn’t suggest, therefore, that you increase your consumption of coffee or even begins rightly on a “kick of coffee” because it can have advantages of the antioxidant! The best and most strong antioxidants are especially formulated, whole fruits concentrated in their own natural juices for optimum consumption and benefits.

At the same time I am happy to reassure the lover of coffee that most the evidence suggests that the regular consumption of coffee doesn’t have any considerable report with the risk of cancer to all site.

However, you know best your own body. If you get yourselves every time so many to the stage fright as appearance to one cup of coffee, then you know that it is not for you!

As in all: Moderation and the common sense is the key! And remembers: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.