Would you be surprised if I told you this was made with tofu? Well, it sure is! This plant-based tart is delish!
This was fun! Sometimes I think about all the energy and emotions that goes into telling a story with food. Making the food, styling the food and photographing the food. It’s so cathartic. Oh yeah, and eating the food!
Each part has it’s own story.
While preparing this tart, I thought long and hard about how food affects our body. Having gone through chemotherapy, our stomach isn’t going to be the same. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don’t. To be honest, figuring out what will help ease our symptoms is a process.
Seeking the joy of our own experiences
While I was preparing, styling and photographing this tart, I was immediately transported back to one of my acting classes with a truly remarkable acting teacher, Carol Fox Prescott. Carol’s mantra is to “seek the joy of your own experience.” Meaning, that no matter what is happening in the acting scene (or in life too) that we are to see the joy within it. It doesn’t mean that we ignore the hard scary parts. It’s that we include some joy as well.
I felt a lot of joy during this creation. One of my favorite things to do is shop for the ingredients. It’s close to strawberry season, but I usually get them all year round. Depending on your geographical location, eating in season isn’s always an option. The strawberries I found were ripe and juicy. By the way, strawberry season in New York doesn’t begin until June fifth, but these were so perfect that I couldn’t resist.
Want to learn more about what is ripe for the pickins in NY state? New York harvest calendar is very resourceful.
I think the best recipe creations are the ones that change mid-preparation. My intention was to make the date, walnut and almond crust and then add a layer of crushed pretzels on top of the crust. I remebered that I had some left over tahini chocolate in the fridge and a light bulb went off. Mix the chocolate with the pretzels and you have instant yum! I mean, chocolate and salt? OK, yes!
Remember, with most things, I encourage people eat these meals and desserts in moderation.